Singing is a beneficial activity for all from workplace choirs, school choirs as well as those who struggle with health issues or challenges connected with communication or isolation, such as succumbing to a stroke or depression.

Singing_forSinging in early years for both children and parents can be enormously beneficial for social and emotional development and singing in pregnancy can help calm the mother and instigate a bond with baby.

Singing in adolescence is an important tool of self expression and for adults with learning disabilities can bring enormous benefits.

Phoene is passionate about facilitating singing for everyone, especially in inclusive community groups and with those who feel they are not natural singers.

“The supportive atmosphere is obvious. There are many beautiful voices and playful characters in the group without a sense of competition. It feels free and friendly. Each week, I am slightly surprised at how much music I am able to learn and feel the strength of my courage to sing out loud. Thank you Phoene for your warmth and humour”

Engagement

Available for one off sessions, half day, full day and short and long term project engagement.

Experience

Over 10 years includes:

  • Vocal workshop leader on Singing For Breathing clinical research trial at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London working with patients with chronic lung disease.  One to one work with cystic fibrosis patients and children
  • Recording and producing a Singing for Breathing CD
  • Delivering workshops, presentations, panel discussions nationally on Singing and wellbeing (Imperial college (London) , British Lung foundation respiratory nurses (London & Dorset) , Sense of Sound (Bluecoat Liverpool), Sidney de Haan research centre, University of Canterbury (Folkestone)
  • Teaching vocals to young performers on the contemporary music degree at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in North West London
  • Teacher training for the Sing up! programme
  • Vocal trainer and mentor for Trinity/Guildhall professional development programme
  • Leading vocal  workshops with infant children across the borough of Lambeth, teaching songs  for concerts for re-opening of Royal Festival Hall
  • Five commissions from the Anvil in Basingstoke exploring voice/ percussion/ stories/ timbre/ pitch/ dynamics working with nursery school children
  • Visiting singing lecturer for Music Therapy Department at Surrey University (Roehampton and Guildford)
  • Vocal co-ordinator for the RNIB music day at the Royal Festival Hall
  • Vocal consultant/author on Jawbone’s book & DVD The Band Bible” and the Rockschool vocal syllabus. Session singer for the accompanying teachers’ guide sold widely
  • “Rhythm and Song” performance and ongoing workshops for 7-11yr olds and older family members at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington
  • Richmond Adult College – Planning/leading vocal improvisation workshops for jazz singers and tutoring students on the Access to Music course