BREAK A LEG!!

Wishing our pupils at Little Voices Peterborough all the best as they take to the stage at The Cresset Theatre this week.

We have two pupils who auditioned and were lucky enough to be chosen for a role in High School Musical with Rare Productions.

Well done guys and enjoy every night up there on the big stage!high-school-musical

 

What do I love about LAMDA?

Having taught LAMDA examinations to individuals and groups for over 8 years with a 100% Pass Rate there is obviously something that I love about LAMDA. I have recently been asked to feature in LAMDA’s new brochure which I feel quite touched by so as my first blog I wanted to touch on the central part of what we do at Little Voices the entire core of what I do every day and why I do it! IMG_2948

We primarily work with the Musical Theatre syllabus for Groups, Solo/Duos and the Communication syllabus which was termed Introductory, Preparatory and Preliminary but is now known as Stage One, Two and Three. Our entire idea for Little Voices 8 years ago was launched at the same time as the Musical Theatre GROUP syllabus. It just makes sense – to have a realistic setting for a piece of musical theatre to be examined as part of ‘a cast’ rather than individually – this is so real ! We rarely stand on stage as a professional and do a full blown soliloquy or solo. This way children can receive individual tuition as part of a very small group but also learn to interact and work with others.

The Introductory Communication syllabuses allow very young children to build confidence, work on their diction, eye contact, posture, projection, articulation and have the experience of an examiner, exam day and the adrenalin rush / nerves accompanied with this. These provide the perfect foundations for 4 – 7 year old children. It is so lovely to see them arrive for the examinations and witness the parents looking even more nervous than the children. It is all about the preparation!! We really strive in Mini Voices lessons to make it a ‘fun’ experience preparing for the examination. We talk about the friendly ‘Grandma’ or ‘Grandad’ figure (hopefully not offending the young LAMDA examiners among the team) that will be listening to their poem and talking to them about their favourite toy,photo or book. The fact that the young children can enter the examination room with something that means something to them definitely provides comfort too!

The Group Musical Theatre Syllabus provides such a huge opportunity for creativity and freedom. It promotes individuality and team work, hones all the skills of diction, musical rhythm, timing, pitch, articulation, characterisation and is a way of allowing children of similar ages and similar or varying levels of confidence / ability to work together and learn from each other. Every child matters and can take a role and character most suited to them. You can have such fun choosing what piece to perform from any genre of Musical Theatre; Billy Elliot, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Legally Blonde, Frozen, Annie to name but a few! You can add costume and props and generally have ‘a ball’ preparing musically and dramatically for the examination.

All of the examiner over 8 years (we hold approx. 6 + exam sessions a year  and growing), with the exception of one, that I have ever met, have been OUTSTANDING. They are incredibly knowledgeable, supportive and clearly passionate about their role.

This is why I love LAMDA and we continue to work so closely with them…..

Meet Our Tutors Here in London!

Here at ‘Little Voices’ we pride ourselves on traditional and inspirational yet fun filled lessons, which are taught by passionate and highly qualified tutors so that your child can excel in a happy environment.

Here are some images and information on our tutors.

Ashlea Pearson

Ashlea is the principal of Little Voices South West London. Ashlea is also is a vocal tutor at Putney, Richmond and Fulham. She has a wealth of live performance experience and numerous years of being classically trained has put her in great stead to be a leading vocal tutor at her very own centre’s throughout South West London. Ashlea is extremely passionate about Little Voices and all of her pupils, she works closely with her team of tutors to make sure lessons of distinction are delivered in a fun, engaging and unique way.

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Lottie Rose

Lottie spent two incredible years studying Musical Theatre & Acting, in New York at The American Musical & Dramatic Academy. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles & worked for the major TV network CBS in casting which gave her valuable industry insight.

Lottie loves teaching drama to children of all ages. She enjoy’s watching their confidence grow, encouraging them to work as a team, challenge their creativity & listening to their great ideas!

She aims to provide a nurturing & supportive environment so that children are able to freely express themselves & let their creative ideas flow.

Lottie has passed ABRSM music exams up to Grade 8, both LAMDA & Trinity Guildhall & RAD ballet, and is very excited to revisit the LAMDA syllabus and to prepare our pupils this semester for their LAMDA exams.

 

Lucy Sellers

Lucy graduated with a Drama BA (Hons) degree from the University of East Anglia in 2006. She has been teaching Drama since she was 18 and loves sharing her passion for the Arts with her pupils!
Since graduating she has taught in numerous schools across London and completed her British Sign Language Level 2 qualifications. This has given her the opportunity to grow her teaching capabilities by working with hearing impaired and deaf students. Lucy has also completed the Dramatherapy foundation course at Roehampton University. This opened her eyes to a wealth of new directions that Drama can be taken in, in order to benefit those who use it. She loves watching her pupils develop their confidence, empathy and communication skills using their own imaginations to do so.
Lucy is really excited to be joining Little Voices as a Drama tutor, and can’t wait to begin preparing new pupils for their LAMDA exams

Claire Poole

Claire Poole
Claire Poole
Claire
Claire completed all her LAMDA exams as a teenager. She is extremely passionate about drama and acting and see’s the importance of doing LAMDA exams to build your confidence as a child/teenager. Claire has done various plays and pantomimes as an adult, her children our attend Little Voices lessons and they absolutely love it!
In 2017 after studying Law and setting up her own business Claire wanted to do something in her spare time which she is truly passionate about. She joined us at Little Voices as a tutor and absolutely loves teaching at Little Voices as all the children are excited to be there and each week she can see how they grow in confidence and improve hugely.
at Little Voices as all the children are excited to be there and each week she can see how they grow in confidence and improve hugely.
ttle Voices as all the children are excited to be there and each week she can see how they grow in confidence and improve hugely.
Little Voices as all the children are excited to be there and each week she can see how they grow in confidence and improve hugely.
Little Voices as all the children are excited to be there and each week she can see how they grow in confidence and i
Hannah Wood
Hannah Wood

Hannah was born and bred in Newcastle upon Tyne, then went on to get a degree in Acting from Birmingham School of Acting. Hannah has many acting and voice over credits including: Downton Abbey (ITV) and can be heard on the TV adverts for Gumtree, Calpol and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Hannah has been teaching drama for over a decade to children aged 3-18 years!
“Teaching with Little Voices has been a joy and I’m delighted to be continuing. The children are so engaged in all the activities that we do and are really responsive to any direction or feedback that is given. I love working with pupils on performance through song and playing to their acting strengths.”
Hannah has been teaching drama for over a decade to children aged 3-18 years!
“Teaching with Little Voices has been a joy and I’m delighted to be continuing. The children are so engaged in all the activities that we do and are really responsive to any direction or feedback that is given. I love working with pupils on performance through song and playing to their acting strengths.”
Fiona O’Carroll
Fiona O’Carroll
Fiona trained at the Guildford School of Acting. She has worked in the musical theatre industry for some years enjoying a lot of success working on musicals such as; Sunset Boulevard, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd & many more.
Her passion for teaching is something she has always incorporated into her life. Her experience is vast and very fruitful. She has managed schools & worked with students with intellectual & physical disabilities as well as teaching musical theatre to adults. But in the main, Fiona enjoys working with young children and developing their confidence. Helping them to express themselves and find self belief in themselves. This, she believes, is at the heart of her ethos for teaching. She’s very excited to be part of the Little Voices team, getting to know all the children and having a great term!

Past Pupil Sadie tells us about the benefits of Little Voices in her career

Sadie Thomas

Where are you now? (eg. college/uni/career and location in the world)

  • I am currently living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, after taking a last minute job role with 2 weeks notice I had to pack up my life and move over here!  I am a Women’s Footwear Merchandising Intern at Tommy Hilfiger International Head Office. I am on a placement year from the University of Manchester where I study Design Management for Fashion Retailing BSc Hons.

 

What are your aspirations for the future?

  •  I hope to create my own fashion brand and take on the role of Director and Head Buyer within this, focusing on fast fashion which is affordable but super chic! I plan on moving to Australia in September 2016 to complete a Masters in Fashion Business at the Fashion Institute in Sydney to help further my knowledge in fashion!

 

When did you first join Little Voices?

  •  I joined Little Voices in 2006 and stayed throughout School and Sixth form until I left for university.

 

How did you/your parents hear about Little Voices?

  •  I heard about Little Voices through the co founder, Jane herself, as the business was founded just as I was to join

 

What made you attend and stay with Little Voices?

  •  I had some of the best nights at Little Voices, and made some friends that I will have for life, the pure talent of the teachers inspired me learn more, and I was completely obsessed with Drama and Singing throughout (and still to this day)

 

How do you think Little Voices has helped you – is there a direct correlation between what you are doing now and your attendance at Little Voices?

  •  Little Voices gave me confidence to work solo, and as a team which has helped me significantly now. It helped me with my presentation skills, vocal skills, which I am constantly using in work presentations. Little Voices made me realize that in life you have to remove yourself from you’re comfort zones. I highly doubt I would have moved countries, to a Dutch speaking country with no family or friends if I didn’t have the confidence Little Voices gave me

 

What did you love about your lessons?

  • I loved the freedom of the lessons, and the structure of the lessons (one week singing, one week drama). The teachers made you feel so comfortable, and the other pupils were great to get along with. Having the choice of musicals and plays meant you always had the freedom to choose characters. Little Voices expanded my vocal range, and dramatic skills which have significantly impacted my life today.

 

Can you give a one line quote/advice for those wishing to follow in your footsteps?  (what they should absolutely do to reach their dreams?)

My quote I live by “Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself & a little less time trying to impress people”