the british voice association


Louise GibbsIt is both an honour and a privilege to be the President of the BVA. As ever, our mission remains to bring together all disciplines working in the field of voice, to disseminate knowledge and best practice and to help foster interdisciplinary relationships and research.

Louise Gibbs
Singer, Composer, Singing and Improvisation Teacher
President, British Voice Association

British Voice Association events

The Association organises and promotes a regular programme of multi-disciplinary events, conferences, workshops, training courses and interactive study days throughout the UK. Courtesy of a reciprocal agreement, British Voice Association (BVA) and Australian Voice Association (AVA) members can attend each organisation's events at the member's rate. Please contact your association office for more information.

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Sunday, 17 July 2022, 11.00-13.00 & 14:00-16:00 GMT

BVA Online Forum event via Zoom

Breakthroughs and Boundaries: Exploring multi-disciplinary voice work

Non-BVA: £25 / £15 (student or recent graduate)
Join the BVA (£65 / £30) and attend this event free!

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Please note that the deadline to register for this event is Friday 15th July at 9am. As it is free to BVA members, we will do our best to accommodate you if you apply after this time. However, please be aware that time needs to be dedicated to dealing with the admin for this course, so please register in a timely manner if you can.

To access the recordings, you need to be a registered onto this course before it takes place - you cannot purchase post-meeting.

Central to the ethos of the British Voice Association is its multidisciplinary reach across professions dealing with the spoken and singing voice. From the start the BVA was set up to bring together scientists and artists, researchers and voice practitioners, specialists in their respective fields, to share knowledge, promote research and to collaborate in solving real life issues related to vocal identity, function and communication.

With 'Breakthroughs and Boundaries' the BVA mounts a one-day online forum to review the landscape of multidisciplinary voice work, whether in private practice or within the NHS. We shall hear about the subtle solutions that multidisciplinary approaches allow, while also examining the limitations and tensions of working across professional boundaries. The event takes on three particular challenges: namely:
1) the lack of shared vocabulary across disciplines;
2) the research and practical application divide; and
3) the boundaries of professional specialism, certification and authority.

The forum will be introduced and convened by Professor Graham Welch, founding member of the BVA and former President. To enliven and guide our discussion we have invited the following experts and multidisciplinary practitioners and researchers: Tori Burnay (speech language therapy), Dawn Estefan (psychology-psychoanalysis), Jacob Lieberman (osteopathy), Paul McKenna (speech language therapy, hypnotherapy), Mr Guri Sandhu (laryngology), Dr Jenevora Williams (singing teaching and rehabilitation). Each speaker offers a unique perspective on multi and cross-disciplinary voice practice and experience.

Biographical details of the speakers and the programme schedule are here.

But this forum can only be as thoughtful, lively and productive as your contribution. We thus invite you (or your team) to contribute a short 10-minute presentation on any of the issues outlined above as they relate to your work as a researcher, teacher, therapist or clinical practitioner. OR you may present up to three questions for our panel to engage with. Please send your proposal and/or questions to administrator@britishvoiceassociation.org.uk. The deadline for submitting your presentation proposal is: Thursday 30 June.

What outcomes do we hope for? - Differing perspectives, lively and respectful discussion, and nuggets of knowledge to re-invigorate our (multidisciplinary) practices and thinking. Some agreement on shared concepts and vocabulary to talk fluently with one another across voice disciplines would be ideal. Most importantly, the BVA, as the 'Voice for Voice', welcomes pointers from you for its future multidisciplinary direction. We look forward to having you join the discussion.

All sessions will be recorded and available to paid-up delegates for a limited period after the event.

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Cancellation policy for a BVA event

In the event an applicant cancels their place at a BVA course or conference, they are entitled to the following refund:

  • 4 weeks or more = 90% refund
  • Between 1-4 weeks = 25% refund
  • From 1 week to the day of event = no refund (under any circumstances, including illness)
  • Should the BVA cancel a course, a full refund of the delegate fee only will be offered (but no other costs that may have been incurred).

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