Date: 18 Jun—9 Jul 2022
Cost: £50 for all 3 sessions
Details: Saturday 10am - 12.30pm
Run by: Frankie Armstrong
Contact details: 029 2048 0429
Three interlinked Body-Breath-Voice workshops (on Zoom) with Frankie Armstrong and Darien Pritchard
Three connected sessions of 2.5 hours each, on Saturday mornings, with a maximum of 15 people.
The themes are:
- 18 June – The Earth in our Voices
- 25 June – Letting the Breath In, Letting the Voice Out
- 9 July – Let your Voice Soar
We would like people to commit to all three sessions (£50).
The Earth in our Voices: This session focuses on the importance of feeling ‘grounded’ (exploring the role of the lower half of the body) for our voices to flow freely through our whole body. Our ancestors lived closer to the earth, which gave their voices power and depth. We will use exercises, and songs and chants from cultures that still have this relationship to the earth.
Letting the Breath In, Letting the Voice Out: It is self evident that our lungs and breath are crucial to giving full, expressive voice. Yet so many of us have restricted breathing, often without realising it, in our sedentary culture. We will use exercises to free our ribs, spine and hence lungs. This increases awareness of the diaphragm muscle, and of how this, together with the abdominal muscles, gives strength, stamina and resonance to the voice without strain. We will also play with exercises and songs that encourage increasing our range and ability to sustain sound.
Let your Voice Soar: Most of us find ourselves with more tension than we might like in our throat and jaw. This session focuses on freeing the shoulders, neck, tongue, throat and jaw to help liberate sound and song.
Frankie and Darien were the pioneers, in 1988, of the Voice Leader Trainings that led to the setting up of the Natural Voice Network. They are calling on their expertise to offer Zoom sessions for both individuals and groups in freeing up the natural voice. This is a unique opportunity to work with Frankie, who has been called ‘the godmother of the natural voice singing movement.’
‘Whether working at the National Theatre Studio or in a community setting, Frankie Armstrong is able to unlock the most extraordinary and thrilling sounds from people’s voices…’ – Nigel Jamieson – International Theatre and Festival Director
For more information or to book: contact Frankie on firstname.lastname@example.org or 029 2048 0429.
For biographies of Frankie and Darien, look at: http://frankiearmstrong.com/category/voice-leader-training/
Feedback from previous courses:
- “Helped me release jaw and throat tension and open up my voice”
- “Felt more in my body as I made sound”
- “It was ‘me time’ – for just me and my voice”
- “Felt how my whole body is an integral part of my voice”
- “Made me more aware of my breathing”
- “Helped me be braver in experimenting vocally”.