Hello. Thank you for visiting my website. This page is just a little bit about me.
I have assisted people people in the business of being comfortably human for 40 years and have met and worked with hundreds of wonderful people in that time. As well as my private students, I have taught on The Guildford School of Acting's Musical Theatre Course, worked with members of the British Olympic Dressage Team, and with a great many musicians, singers, and choirs - both professional and amateur.
I specialise in the arena of mind-body-emotion; how our thoughts and feelings reveal themselves through our bodies and into our work. This is especially pertinent in the arena of authentic performance and ease on stage, for soloists, orchestras and choirs - hence Open Voice. A musician, dancer, or actors' love of performance runs deep, and yet the demands of the performing life can hinder the freedom of breath and availability of tone, colour, and movement, so the work is of special importance to those in this field.
However, an artist's 'voice' is paint, ink or clay, and a writer's 'voice' are words in pencil, ink or a computer, and I work in the same way with all creative people to assist in their 'voice' being free and open in order for their message to the world to flow; unfettered by self-doubt, blocks, or mimicry.
I qualified from the three year teacher-training course to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique in 1983, and then undertook a two year post-graduate qualification in 2016.
I am also a Facilitator and Trainer of Compassionate Attention. I am involved in the training and CPD of facilitators who guide and support others on their own journey of deep cellular clearing of old patterns, emotions, and trauma.
(The story of how I came to do what I do is on the 'What are our stories?' page click here to read.)
I include the work of Brené Brown, don Miguel Ruiz, and poets David Whyte and John O'Donohue in my work, amongst many others.
Music, dance, art and writing have filled my life. I sing with the Three Spires Singers in Truro. I love to write ( here and on my blog), paint on big canvases using a palette knife and water-based oils, and I take thousands of photos.
My family are very special to me - my eldest daughter and grandson up-country, my middle daughter - a professional singer in London, and my son - a circumnavigated sailor and sailing-instructor.