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Gillian Rae-Walker Classical Singing Teacher (Walsall)

Gillian Rae-Walker

  • Lichfield (WS13) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 27 Oct 2017
  • Sex: Female

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Personal Message
Everyone can sing! I am confident that you will feel a big difference after just a few lessons.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Classical singing technique. This is essential for opera, but also a good basis for musical theatre, folk and all other styles of singing.
Tell me about your qualifications.
M.A. Honours, University of St. Andrews (music, German, French)
Post-Graduate Teaching Certificate, University of London (Goldsmiths')
intermediate Level, Stuttgart Conservatory and Opera School (Post-Grad)
NOCN Level 2 Italian
What kind of experience do you have?
I have 25 years of experience as a professional soprano soloist in opera, oratorio and concert work. This includes work at the Ludwigsburg International Festival, the European Festival of Church Music, with Opera East and other companies, with a wide range of choral societies as their guest soloist in works such as Verdi's Requiem, Handel's Messiah and Orff's Carmina Burana. I am a regular guest soloist with the Chamber Ensemble of London and future performances include the Strauss Four Last Songs with York Symphony Orchestra and Verdi's Requiem at Malvern Theatres.

I have at least 15 years of experience as a singing teacher working in private schools such as Windermere School and Abbotsholme School and also have a private practice. I undertake continuing professional development through conferences, reading and through continuing my own vocal and personal development. I am also a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing and of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, being a Registered Private Teacher with them.
How much do you charge?
Approximately £40 per hour - to be revised.
Where do you teach?
I teach in our music room at home in Lichfield, Staffordshire, near Birmingham in the West Midlands. I do not travel.
When are you available?
I am available on weekdays in school term time. Occasionally I teach in the summer holidays if students are preparing for conservatoire auditions in the autumn.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all levels, from complete beginner (including adult beginners) to professional level. I am happy to take pupils from about the age of 8 up to retired adults.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
ABRSM examinations and diplomas, if desired.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Association of Teachers of Singing
Incorporated Society of Musicians (on the professional private teachers' register)
Where and with whom did you train?
Stuttgart Conservatory and Opera School, then privately in London. Voice teachers include Elisabeth Grümmer, Ryland Davies, Esther Salaman and more recently Neil Semer and Cathy Pope. Repertoire coaches include Mark Packwood and Alastair Dawes (Royal Opera House), David Roblou, Steven Wilder (ROH), Bill Girard (Stuttgart Opera). Drama coaches include David Edwards, John Abulafia and Leonard Prinsloo.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I am presently preparing a student for conservatoire auditions. Her voice has changed enormously over about 2 months and has become fuller, stronger and much better supported. We are spending 10 minutes per lesson on sight-singing with great results.
Do you have a personal message for students?
My approach to singing is very physical and attention is given to posture, the inbreath, breath support and an open throat along with a free jaw and tongue. At first there is a lot to take in, but we do this step by step and I can guarantee that you will notice definite progress. Lessons consist of some stretching exercises, breathing exercises, a few vocal exercises and singing one or two songs. With very young students the emphasis is more on learning songs. Other elements such as sight-singing can be added, as well as preparation for all parts of the ABRSM examinations. I aim to help you relax and to grow in confidence.