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Friday 16th April 2021: 7.30pm - 8.30pm and Saturday 17th April 2021: 2pm - 6.30pm

Secrets of the Spoken Voice

The BVA is proud to support actors, public speakers and voice-over artists with our next big online event: a series of short workshops on 16th and 17th April 2021. This is an entirely practical event - not a PowerPoint in sight!

Friday 16th April 2021: WORLD VOICE DAY, 7.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Barbara Houseman: The Communicative Heart of Voicework – FREE EVENT

Saturday 17th April 2021: 2pm - 6.30pm

  • Matt Dudley: Moving and Being Moved: Finding Freedom and Ease with Fitzmaurice Voicework®
  • Yvonne Morley- Chisholm: Holding the Mirror Up to Nature
    Vocal skills for speaking on Elizabethan stages, the intimate vocal booth and encompassing all those who rely on their spoken voice.
  • Joanna Weir Ouston: Linklater Voice Work
    Linklater's philosophy and use of imagery to help free the voice and deepen the speaker's/actor's connection to text.

BVA@home event presented online via Zoom


Thu 11th, Tue 16th and Thu 25th February 2021 (7pm – 9pm all three days)

Voice Clinics Forum 2021: 'Managing Laryngeal Injury'

  • Thur 11th February: Surgical session
    Moderator: Yakubu Karagama, ENT Surgeon
    Elisabeth Sjögren, ENT Surgeon (Leiden, The Netherlands): ‘Sulcus, scar and tricky things’; and Nicholas Gibbins ENT Surgeon (London).
  • Tue 16th February 7–9pm: Tissue engineering session
    Moderator: Jonathan Fishman, ENT Surgeon
    Professor Markus Gugatschka, ENT Surgeon (Graz, Austria): ‘Molecular Laryngology: Establishing a new level of understanding in modern laryngology’.
  • Thur 25th February 7–9pm: Research session
    Moderator: Dr Rehab Awad, Speech and Language Therapist
    Presentation of short papers relevant to the field of voice (Deadline for submission 7th February).

BVA@home event presented online via Zoom


Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November

Training the Vocal Athlete:

Pedagogical approaches to optimise vocal fitness and wellness

A weekend event hosting the authors of 'The Vocal Athlete’, Wendy LeBorgne, Voice Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist and Marci Daniels Rosenberg, Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Singing Voice Specialist.

BVA@home event presented online via Zoom


Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2020

The Voice – Top Down

A practical weekend looking at the neuroscience for working with voice. A top-down, multidisciplinary approach to vocal pedagogy and voice rehabilitation.

BVA@home event presented online via Zoom


August 2020

Online Lectures

Four one-hour sessions (45 minute lecture + 15 minutes Q&A)

  • Professor Martin Ashley: The First Choirs Standing
    7:00pm, Wednesday 5th August 2020
  • Paul John McKenna: Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the Voice
    7:00pm, Thursday 13th August 2020
  • Christella Antoni: Working with Transgender Voice
    7:00pm, Tuesday 18th August 2020
  • Mark De-Lisser: The story sings the song
    7:00pm, Monday 24th August 2020


Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June 2020

Healthy mind, Healthy Voice

Multiple factors can impact on healthy vocal production. This event presented strategies from experts in different fields on how to enhance our understanding of these issues as well as practical tools and advice.

BVA@home event presented online via Zoom

Saturday 22nd February 2020

Tension Release

Helping voice users unlock tension and free their voice. A day about managing muscular and psychological tension in professional voice users. A multidisciplinary approach to releasing tension from the experts in their fields. Hear the input from an experienced voice therapist, a skilled physiotherapist and learn how to self-manage tension through self-hypnosis or external vibration therapy to relax muscles.


Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November 2019

Extreme Voices

A weekend for vocal coaches, speech and language therapists, singers and voice professional researchers exploring different approaches to extreme voicing from around the world.


Sunday 22nd September 2019

Finding Your Inner Jazz: Voice, style and pedagogy

Though a century old, jazz singing is still a mystery to many singers and teachers. This interactive study day with masterclass, led by expert jazz singers, teachers and voice researchers, offered a practical and pedagogical overview of jazz voice and vocal style.


16th and 17th July 2019 plus 13th January 2020

The Accent Method 2019: 3-day course

The Accent Method is a holistic therapy regime designed to co-ordinate respiration, phonation, articulation and resonance to produce clear and well modulated speech. It originated with Danish Phonetician, Svend Smith, and is widely used in Scandinavia and on the Continent. It is an effective rehabilitation technique for voice disorders and stammering, and has also been used as a valuable method of vocal training for healthy voices.


7th July 2019

Hormones & Voice

Shining a light on the role of hormones on our voices. Intended for everyone who works with voice: speech therapists, singing teachers, physical therapists, doctors and performers.


19th May 2019

Breathe easy: Theories and practices for speaking and singing

Respiratory issues for all voice users, problems caused by asthma, coughing and ageing plus introductory workshops on two different approaches to breathing, The Accent Method and The Fitzmaurice Voicework.


2nd and 3rd February 2019

BVA/CEN Voice Clinics Forum 2019

'The Philadelphia Voice Clinic Approach to the Management of Professional Voice Users': A unique collaboration between the British Voice Association and the London Voice Clinical Excellence Network.


24th and 25th November 2018

Interactive Rock & Pop Weekend 2018

A weekend of practical ‘hands-on’ learning for singers, vocal coaches and voice professionals.


9th September 2018

Glottal Start: Laryngeal science into practice

A day of lectures, demonstrations and interactive panel discussions that will appeal to all voice professionals including speech and language therapists, laryngologists and singing teachers.


12th and 13th July 2018 plus 21st January 2019

The Accent Method

The Accent Method is a holistic therapy regime designed to co-ordinate respiration, phonation, articulation and resonance to produce clear and well modulated speech.


23rd March 2018

Voice Clinics Forum 2018

Topics included: Neurological voice disorders; public understanding of the voice; the elite performer in crisis and functional voice disorders.


18 March, 2018

Freeing the Dancer’s Voice

A multidisciplinary day for dancers who sing and anyone who supports them. This event looked at the range of difficulties dancers can be faced with and how best to approach working together to support them.


21st January 2018

Chain Reactions

An interactive and practical day suitable for speech and language therapists, spoken voice and singing teachers and performers.


27th and 28th July 2017 plus 15th January 2018

The Accent Method: a three day course

The Accent Method is a holistic therapy regime designed to co-ordinate respiration, phonation, articulation and resonance to produce clear and well modulated speech. The aim of this course is to set out the rationale, on which the Accent Method is based, to allow delegates to experience the technique themselves and provide them with practical skills and tools to bring into their own area of work.


4th November 2017

Interactive Choral Day

A day of practical, ‘hands-on’ learning for singers, conductors and choral leaders

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In association with abcd (the Association of British Choral Directors)


23rd and 24th September 2017

A weekend for singers & singing teachers

Saturday 23rd September: Janice Chapman, the distinguished Australian-born soprano and voice coach and author of ‘Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice’, presented a masterclass using her unique teaching model with five young singers.

Sunday 24th September: 'Growing a Singer: Resourcing, nurturing, troubleshooting'; An exciting day with five enlightened singing teachers sharing their expertise.


2nd July 2017*

The management of Chronic Cough and related disorders

Focusing on chronic cough. Contributing factors stemming from allergy or conditions in the ENT, chest/pulmonary and gastroenterology systems will be considered. Speakers to be arranged.

* British Voice Association AGM* Study Day, included presentation of the 2017 Gunnar Rugheimer Lecture by Mel Churcher (Acting and Spoken Voice Coach).


7th May 2017

Tools of the Trade

An interactive day designed to look at evidence based voice therapy techniques used in current clinical practice. Topics discussed include Lax Vox, Lessac Madsen Resonant voice therapy and facilitation techniques for eliciting voice in paediatric psychogenic voice disorders.


18th March 2017

Assessment, diagnosis and remediation in the studio

Dr. Ron Morris working with four students and troubleshooting problems they might encounter in their repertoire. Following the success of the recent book If In Doubt Breathe Out by Ron Morris and Linda Hutchison, delegates had the chance to observe Dr. Morris working on such issues as respiration, articulation and tongue function.


13th January 2017

Voice Clinics Forum 2017

Debate: “This house believes that professionals working in a voice clinic should demonstrate fulfilment of a set of core competencies” – the case for and against.
Multidisciplinary Panel discussion of four difficult cases and their management
Vocal biomechanics: are vocal gestures meaningful? If so, which ones and why?
Research and audit presentations
An hour devoted to small on-going research and audit projects from around the country including reports and questions.

19th November 2016

From Vocal Health to Vocal Wealth!
How to help the untrained speaking voice achieve potential

This event offered perspectives on voice education for the professional voice user. Speakers: Carol Fairlamb – Head of Voice, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; Phyllida Furse – Spoken Voice Teacher and Coach and Carrie Garrett – Voice-Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Singing Teacher, Choir Leader and Singer.


13th and 14th July 2016 plus 5th January 2017

The Áccent Method: a 3-day course

The Accent Method is a holistic therapy regime designed to co-ordinate respiration, phonation, articulation and resonance to produce clear and well modulated speech. The course set out the rationale on which the Áccent Method is based to allow delegates to experience the technique themselves and provide them with practical skills and tools to bring into their own area of work.


24th September 2016

Method in the Madness: An introduction to research and audit

A multi-disciplinary study day for all those working with voices who are interested in carrying out research or in auditing their work. The speakers addressed the principles of research and why we need an evidence base for the work we do.


10th July 2016

Voice in the Extreme

Issues addressed included innovation in neuro-laryngology, laryngeal re-innervation surgery, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and the extremes to which the human voice can be developed including world records for range, volume and other wonders of agility, tone and voice production.


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