Achieve your vocal potential through one-to-one professional coaching with Simon
VOICE COACHING, ACCENT COACHING/ACCENT SOFTENING
ACTING AND AUDITION COACHING
SPEECH AND DRAMA (LAMDA) TEACHING
"Simon is able to put you at ease, to support you with his trust, his unconditional positive regard and his unrelenting patience. I recommend him highly to anyone who is feeling unsure about where to start in overcoming the challenge of public speaking."
Associate Director, Cultural Sector Partnerships, Arts Connect
HELPING YOU TO A HEALTHIER AND MORE EFFECTIVE VOICE
Hello, I'm Simon, and whether you are an actor or a drama student, or if you just have to use your voice a lot as part of your job, I can help you develop your vocal skills so that you can use your voice effectively whilst maintaining your vocal health.
QUALIFICATIONS, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
I qualified as a professional voice and accent coach in 2016 with an MA (with Commendation) in Professional Voice Practice from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire School of Acting, Birmingham City University. Previously I gained a PGCE in Drama in Education from Birmingham Polytechnic (now BCU) in 1988, and a BA (Hons.) in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of Birmingham (1986). I also trained as a director at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (1986-87) and have extensive experience as an actor, director, drama teacher and lecturer.
I have been employed as a Voice and Accent teacher at drama schools such as Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and the Bridge Theatre Training Company in London. Before completing my MA, I had taught Drama and Performing Arts for 27 years. Having spent ten years as a Lecturer in Drama at Kidderminster College, I was Head of Drama at the King's School in Worcester from 1998 until 2015 and was a part-time lecturer in Drama and Acting at New College Swindon from 2017-18.
I have a current enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate.
I will teach any age from 8 upwards and I am able to prepare students for LAMDA Speech and Drama exams if desired. I also have many years experience of teaching GCSE and 'A' level Drama.
I am a full member of Equity as well as the British Voice Association.
As an actor, voice coach and theatre director, I am represented by Aquila Talent Agency, London.
Following the recent relaxation of Covid restrictions by the government on 12 April, I am delighted to have now resumed one-to-one sessions within a studio setting.
I continue to offer a choice of three well-equipped studio spaces that I currently use in different areas of Worcester city. Please note that choice of location will be restricted at certain times or on certain days.
I am continuing to offer online sessions via Skype or Zoom if appropriate or preferred.
Please note that I am currently working at capacity with regard to the number of clients and students I can accommodate at the present time.
Please do still contact me if you are interested in starting coaching with me, however, and I will try to accommodate you as soon as possible!
I very much look forward to hearing from you.
Breath, Resonance & Articulation Work
Voice and Text
Speech and Drama
LAMDA Exam Preparation
Transgender Voice Modification
Production Work - Theatre, TV & Film
Customised Lessons to Fit Your Needs
£40 / HOUR
PAIRS / GROUP LESSONS
£20 / HOUR PER /STUDENT OR CLIENT
A BIT MORE ABOUT ME:
I am also an actor/ voice actor, teacher, lecturer and freelance theatre director.
For more information about my ACTING and VOICE OVER work, please click the relevant button below.
Aquila Talent Agency, London
VOICE COACHING: WHERE, WHEN AND HOW MUCH?
I currently charge £40 per hour for individual lessons and £20 per hour for lessons in pairs or a small group.
I offer classes in a spacious studio that I hire at a Performing Arts school on the west side of Worcester or in an alternative space in the north of the city. A space in central Worcester close to Foregate Street train station is also one that is available to me to hire if that is more convenient.
I offer an initial consultation session for free with no commitment!
(excludes accent-coaching or one-off sessions, e.g. immediately before an audition)
BOOK FIVE LESSONS AND ONLY PAY FOR FOUR IF PAYMENT IS MADE IN ADVANCE
Half-hour Speech and Drama (LAMDA) lessons available for £20 per lesson.
I can travel to you, but please note there will be a charge of 45 pence/mile to cover travelling costs.
PRODUCTION WORK (THEATRE,TV & FILM) - AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT UK AND INTERNATIONALLY BY NEGOTIATION. PLEASE EMAIL MY AGENT ROBERT JAMES AT AQUILA TALENT AGENCY TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS -
CURRENTLY I AM ONLY ABLE TO WORK WITH A RESTRICTED NUMBER OF PRIVATE CLIENTS BUT DO NOW HAVE SOME AVAILABILITY.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOICE OR ACTING COACHING WITH ME, PLEASE DO CONTACT ME EITHER VIA THIS WEB SITE OR EMAIL
INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS (e.g. SPOTLIGHT-REGISTERED ACTORS) - PLEASE MAKE REQUESTS VIA MY AGENT ROBERT JAMES
Maybe you are....
an actor working on a new accent
a student auditioning for drama school
an exhausted teacher with no voice left at the end of term
a comedian working on a new character voice
a business person preparing for an important presentation
a job-seeker who thinks their accent is hindering their career
If you are interested in working with me, then get in touch by phone, email or by using the enquiry form below.
Let me know what kind of coaching you are interested in, and we can take it from there! There's no commitment, no pressure, and if I don't think I can help you I will be honest and won't waste your time or money! Likewise, if after first session, you don't think it's for you, that's fine.... You won't have to take things further....
VOICE COACHING with me will focus on your breathing and physical alignment.... Voice work involves a whole body approach and gentle exercises to encourage physical release and relaxation, so you will need wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Together we will work on your breathing, vocal resonance and articulation (vocal clarity and precision). We will look at ways to improve your vocal health and minimise the risk of vocal problems and pathological issues (e.g. cysts, nodules etc.)
Please let me know of your requests for help with accents. Please note I will need some time to research the accent if it is one I have not taught before, before I start working with you.
CONTACT ME -
I CAN HELP!