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Singing/ Voice/ Musical Theatre Teacher in Lewisham - Meryl Richardson

Meryl Richardson Classical Singing Teacher (South East London)

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  • Professional Qualification PPRNCM Opera (distinction) Royal Northern College of Music Manchester UK
  • Professional Qualification MA City University London Plays and Screenplays (distinction) London
  • Professional Membership EQUITY (British Actors' Equity Association) WFTV (Women in Film and Television UK)
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
Your voice can define you. You will be judged by your voice every time you use it. If you cannot communicate effectively you cannot be understood. Opera/classical singing Music Theatre, audition pieces and all things vocal!
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Classical/Opera/Lieder/Song (beginners to advanced)
- Vocal technique
- Breath control
- Repertoire selection
- Musical/dramatic interpretation
- Period style
- Diction (English, Italian, German)
- Piano - beginners.

Music Theatre (singing/speeches/pieces) for audition and performance (beginners to advanced)

Text preparation (public speaking/accent softening/vocal problem solving (including stuttering)

Audition Workshops (group workshops) for auditioning for Music College or professional engagements (includes use of dance/song/text audition pieces for West End Musicals and more)

Piano - Beginners
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have the following qualifications:
PPRNCM (distinction Opera), Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
MA (distinction) Plays and Screenplays, City University London.
What kind of experience do you have?
I am a professional opera singer soloist. I have performed in productions with the ENO Coliseum, ROH Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, South Australian Opera. I have performed throughout Europe and Scandinavia, and specialise in Strauss, Verdi and Wagner.

I have music theatre and acting experience in principal roles in the West End, Repertory, Fringe and Avant Garde Theatre

I am also a trained classical, professional dancer. Classical ballet, RAD, Cecchetti, Jazz and Contemporary dance.
How much do you charge?
For vocal technique (all genres): £40 per hour £30 per half hour
£35 per hour (student conc.)

Possible travel to pupil's homes for tuition or for audition masterclasses for groups for reimbursement of time and travel expenses within Central London, and can book a room if necessary.
Where do you teach?
I teach at my studio in Lewisham, SE London (10 mins from London Bridge).

I have students from all over London including Greenwich, Brockley, Chelsea, Kensington and beyond.

Travel to pupil's homes for tuition or for audition masterclasses for groups for reimbursement of time and travel expenses within Central London, and can book a room if necessary.
When are you available?
Appointment: times will vary according to availability.

I will send you my STUDIO POLICY once you are in contact.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
Young adults and upwards.
Beginners to Advanced to Professional level
College/Conservatoire/Stage School entrance auditions
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I am familiar with the ABRSM grades if you want to work on your pieces.
I can also assist with vocal technique for auditions and performances.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Not currently
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I will SKYPE with current pupils if necessary and appropriate.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
EQUITY (British Actors Equity Association)
WFTV (Women in Film and Television)
Where and with whom did you train?
Royal Northern College of Music Manchester UK
City University London
St Martins College of Art London
Goldsmiths College of Art London
Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company Bristol UK
I have been privileged to both train and work with some exceptionally talented people throughout my career.
Tell me about some of your current students.
My students range in ages and levels and all want to improve their technique and vocal range; be it to sing or to speak at professional performance level, to communicate more effectively in the work place or with colleagues, or just because they enjoy using their voices.
Do you have a personal message for students?
You need a safe, creative environment to work in whilst exploring your voice. I will learn as much from you as you do from me. That's a win win!

Change can be difficult and stressful but without it you cannot move forward. Instigating that change can be a surprisingly emotional journey as it is not just a technical exercise but a leap of faith. You cannot improve without putting in the work, being disciplined and being honest with yourself. It takes courage but you can change your destiny.

Whether you are using your voice in performance, public speaking or interacting with friends and colleagues, your voice will say a lot about you. It defines you and you will be judged by your voice every time you use it be that over the phone or in performance. If you cannot communicate effectively you cannot be understood.

It is not just about making a beautiful sound.

Bad posture, improper use of muscles and bad habits can set up a chain reaction that can prevent you from using your voice correctly and efficiently. This can be debilitating in performance and auditions and can have a dramatic effect on the way you perform and how your voice functions, especially under stress.