I have recently started using Laura as my go to vocal teacher in Hong Kong whenever I need some help working on all things 'voice'. Laura has a fantastically calm but determined energy which made me (a nervous student) comfortable as soon as the lesson began. Her knowledge on the physical structures for the voice and vocal techniques are evident as she passionately was able to explain how the voice works, how to use my own voice, and specific problems I had which I have struggled to understand with previous teachers.
The first lesson began with some physical and vocal warm ups before working towards material I had prepared and was having difficulties with. By the end of the lesson I was able to see a big improvement in my voice and how to achieve further progress with the info and techniques she had taught me. The biggest and most important part of Laura's lessons, for me, is that she makes me feel comfortable and I am able to take the time to figure things out for myself with her guidance.
I would highly recommend Laura as a singing / spoken voice teacher, to anyone of any age and skill level. She would be able to push professionals to new levels, and introduce total beginners to the voice world, all with a smile on her face!
Nicholas Beckwith, Actor
I started lessons in May 2015 after a pretty eventful 3 years at uni where my voice had taken quite a battering. Initially, I started intending to get back a bit of confidence to help me audition for am-dram shows but within a couple of months we were already working on my belting technique and utilising a speech quality to my voice rather than my usual go-to soprano. The quality of my voice is now stronger, my chest range is higher and I have come away with some excellent repertoire pieces. The lessons themselves taught me not just singing but also breathing, posture and general tension relief which I can use in many different situations. As somebody who often gets frustrated when my voice lets me down, or if I struggle to pick up a certain technique, I always felt comfortable and at ease with Laura ... and over 15 months no frustrated tears were shed! Also as a self-professed 'voice geek' she managed to make learning about the technicalities of your voice interesting and understandable. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to practice/learn singing.
"I worked with Laura over seven months, in preparation for Whole Hog Theatre’s adaptation of the Studio Ghibli classic Princess Mononoke. The company strives to “stage the un-stageable”, which requested a lot from the actors of the piece. Laura led the cast, myself included, through a series of carefully selected warm up and vocal exercises, to allow our voices to not only be ready for the stage, but also ensure protection to our vocal equipment – an essential component to any actor. These exercises were layered in a simple yet refreshingly non-patronising way. Laura’s understanding and friendly demeanour allowed us to also be open and at ease when performing the exercises – it’s not easy to make an actor feel at ease when making a variety of strange and wonderful noises to warm up. The performance itself was performed over three months, to varying audience capacities (from sixty to eight hundred), which Laura catered for respectively, teaching and instilling in us an awareness of vocal equipment to cater for the varying auditoriums. She took on a unique, challenging role with Whole Hog Theatre, and did humbly and professionally. An absolute delight to work with, I hope I get the chance to again."
Elizabeth Mary Williams, Actor
"Laura is a wonderful vocal coach! She helped me, having soprano/mezzo soprano voice, discover how to control my voice in lower pitch. I was able to find various new songs for my repertoire. It is extremely encouraging to experience those possibilities for my career. Also, for me being an international singer/performer, she taught me precisely how to sing in British accent. It expanded my expression abilities as an artist. It is very helpful to polish vocal technique and relearn basics of singing as well in her session. Laura definitely helped my professional career."
Yuriko Miyake, International Actor and Singer
"An excellent, thoroughly helpful and fun tuition. Laura is a great teacher; she has a way of making complicated technique seem simple and easy to grasp. I felt that the tuition style and techniques taught got the absolute best out in my voice. After a few short lessons, I was a vastly improved singer, little tips and tricks were really helpful and my weaknesses were always effectively targeted, my strengths encouraged and further improved. Patience, firm advice and a really easy manner of teaching all encouraged and nurtured my voice. I thoroughly enjoyed my lessons and the feeling that one has improved immeasurably through such a short space of time is so encouraging."
Alexandra Rutter, Company Director, Whole Hog Theatre
"I took lessons with Laura last year after a considerable break from singing. I had previously achieved my Grade 8 but through lack of practice had found my voice was pretty weak. Laura helped me bring it back to my previous standard through range of great exercises and breathing techniques I had never come across before. She is an incredibly patient and articulate teacher and is highly recommended for any level."
"I really valued your classes. The work was challenging but also engaging and always very varied. I like that we did a range of things each lesson and it was interesting to have what we were doing practically explained in terms of the anatomy of the vocal folds etc. I think having individual time slots after group work really useful because there were certain things I wouldn't have felt comfortable doing in front of the rest of the class. You were very sensitive to this and always tailored lessons to our specific needs taking into account that we need voice to improve puppetry. Lessons were always well thought out and it was obvious you put a lot of time and effort in. Thanks again, I really enjoyed them and I wasn't sure that I would at the beginning of term so it was a nice surprise."
"Laura taught singing to my son Zak for 6 months. Zak is on the autistic spectrum, with associated dyslexia and dyspraxia. School can be a stressful and painful place for him and he would find his lessons with Laura calming and relaxing. She used the music with him to calm him down and to help him find words to express his emotions. She was always very loving and calm with him and flexible in her approach. She managed to keep him focused for long periods and allowed breaks when necessary. Her own musical gifts and highly skilled playing helped support Zak to perform some songs that he was proud of. It was clear to me that Laura has the right instincts to work with children who are struggling. I always totally trusted her and her lessons were fun and therapeutic. I can recommend her without hesitation."