Brand New Exciting Venue for Little Voices Altrincham
Little Voices Altrincham is so happy to have restarted ‘physical’ lessons in their new home at Hale Chapel Hall on the Hale Road. The light and airy hall has a high ceiling and sprung wooden floor, which makes it the perfect place for children to enjoy their drama and music lessons.
On a Wednesday afternoon we currently have places available for 8, 9 and 10 year old boys and girls.
Apply for a free trial lesson now! https://www.littlevoices.org.uk/locations/altrincham/little-voices-altrincham-free-trial-application-form
Little Voices on the LAMDA website!
Have you seen the LAMDA website?
We are feeling so privileged and excited this week at Little Voices…
Back in March, LAMDA attended our Little Voices centre in Kew Bridge, to take some fabulous photographs of our pupils to add onto their website. Not one, not two, not three but FOUR images were chosen! Thank you to LAMDA for capturing some truly beautiful and magical moments.
Be sure to have a look at LAMDA’s website and take a look for yourself!
Self Tape Competition!
Are you aged 4-18 and want to put your confidence and acting skills to the test…Why not have a go at our self tape competition? All you need is a camera/phone and somebody to record you!
This competition is open to ALL, so whether you are a Little Voices pupil or not, get involved!
We have split our competition into appropriate age groups. Here is what each age group will be expected to do for their self tape entry…
- Minis 4-7 years (Reception- Year 2)
You will have the choice of 3 poems. You must learn and recite this poem to camera.
- Little’s 7-12 years (Year 3- Year 6)
- Voices 12 years+
If you are a “little” or a “voice”, you will have the choice of 3 scenes (duologues) which you must learn and produce a self tape for. TOP TIP: You will need somebody to read the other characters lines.
Each age group will have a winner and will receive a £25 cinema voucher!
Our competition will be judged by a few of our tutors who are all working actors/performers/creatives and of course industry professionals. The deadline for our competition is Friday 4th September at 5pm.
To apply for this competition, please fill in our competition application form and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you!
Little Voices INDUSTRY CHAMPION 2019
The winners for the prestigious ‘What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 have now been announced – and Jane Maudsley CEO of Little Voices which was founded in Blackburn is amongst them!
These pioneering awards were launched in 2007 to celebrate the UK’s best children’s clubs and classes, along with leaders, volunteers and party providers for children – as nominated and voted for by the experts – parents, carers and parents-to-be.
Over the last decade, the What’s On 4 Kids Awards have become established as the industry accolade with hundreds of exceptional businesses and individuals in the flourishing sector keen to be part of the action and be in with a chance to be revealed as a finalist or winner! Parents and carers logged on to What’s On 4 Kids to cast a massive 80,000 nominations and votes to ensure that their ‘most-loved’ were in the running.
Little Voices founder Jane Maudsley is officially the winner in the highly esteemed Industry Champion category and she received her award at the glittering ceremony on 11th October. This award is judged by the Children’s Activities Association Board of Trustees.
Little Voices trains children to be the best that they can be in life and on the stage through their drama and singing lessons delivered in schools across the UK. The company was founded in Blackburn and boasts numerous national awards and recognition in both the children’s activity/education sector as well as franchising.
Jane from Little Voices said: “This was a completely overwhelming accolade to receive. We have worked tirelessly in the children’s activities sector to help each and every child aged 4-18 years through our drama and singing lessons of distinction. Children’s after school activities play a massive part in a child’s life and sets them up to be confident communicators. In a world of technology and severe lack of arts education in schools, we are able to help every child to be the best that they can be. Little Voices helps every child to find their voice, nurturing their confidence and talents so that they believe in themselves and are well equipped for their life and career.”
Nick Howe, Regional Enterprise Manager for NatWest Business Banking in London & South East, added:
‘At NatWest we are keen to support growing businesses – the lifeblood of the UK economy – by being more than just a provider of financial services. We are delighted therefore to be the official hosts for the 13th National What’s On 4 Kids Awards! We congratulate all those many businesses that made it through to the exciting final stage and celebrated with us at our London Bishopsgate HQ.’
What’s On 4 Kids Managing Director, Sam Willoughby, concludes
‘Each and every year it’s a pleasure to welcome back so many activities, keen to be part of these National awards once again but it’s also so exciting to see the new nominees from this thriving sector being showcased for the first time. We know from parents’ testimonials how clubs, classes and individual leaders have such a positive impact on the lives of their children and it’s an honour therefore to publicly recognise and celebrate these activity providers in this way. Huge thank you to NatWest, Morton Michel and all our sponsors and supporters as well as the thousands of parent voters for being such a massive part of the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019’.
Little Voices Makes Top 100 Franchises AGAIN!
We are incredibly proud to announce that once again we have made the Top 100 Franchises in the country!
Last year we were 74th, THIS year we are 64th! We are so proud of what our hard work, dedication, determination, enthusiasm, confidence, talent and creativity has done.
A massive well done to everyone… to our founder Jane Maudsley, our franchisees, our tutors, our pupils, our parents and our head office team. You are all AMAZING and we cannot thank you all enough.
As the article says, we are definitely “rising up through the ranks”!! Let’s continue to shine!!
Symposium Booking Form 2019
Please fill this form in by 18th November 2018.
There is no charge for this event unless places are booked and there is non attendance or cancellation of a place is received less than 14 days before Saturday 26th January 2019. In lieu of non attendance or cancellation of one of two places a £64+VAT fee per person will be charged.
Please take note of the contact details for the venue and times:
Times: 9.30am-5pm (PROMPT START TIME – Arrival from 9am for coffee and Registration)
Date: Saturday, 26th January 2019
Kilworth House Hotel,
Interview with Franchisee of the Year 2018
Interview with Samantha Obiorah
Our Franchisee of the Year 2018
Samantha where do you operate your franchise?
In West Surrey
How did you feel when you won Franchisee of the Year?
Very emotional, I wasn’t expecting it at all-in fact I thought i’d been forgotten completely when all the yearly mentions were being announced. I was thinking, this is going to be really awkward when I have to tell Jane she’s forgotten me and then she announced that the Franchisee of the year winner was somebody that had doubled their business in the space of 6 months…I started thinking “hang on a minute” I think that’s me!
What do you think are the key elements of success?
Goal setting, going above and beyond for your customers and goal setting.
Why did you choose Little Voices as opposed to setting up alone or choosing another franchise company?
I loved teaching, and I did both group teaching and private one to one teaching but it got to the point that it was becoming unsustainable for me (working very unsociable hours). I liked that Little Voices lessons are after school and not at the weekends and I loved the smaller class sizes and exam focus as I had seen through my teaching that children that are working towards a specific goal improve much quicker than those that don’t. I also met with Jane, asked lots of questions and sat in her lessons and I felt that the culture of the company was one that resonated strongly with the kind of person that I am. I had taught for a performing arts franchise before and whilst I enjoyed it, I felt that Little Voices was more me.
What is your background?
I trained in Dance and Theatre Performance (BA Hons) at Bird College in Sidcup Kent, performed on Disney Cruiseline and at Tokyo Disneyland as a Principal Vocalist, was an Associate trainer with the SpeakersTrust and am a certified IVA Vocal instructor. I have also taught as a peripatetic singing teacher in schools across Surrey.
What would you say to someone considering the franchise opportunity and hesitating about making a decision as I am sure that you know how that feels?
I’d say that it’s important to do your homework. Explore your options, and in particular, look at the support that each company offers new franchisees. I literally had no idea how to run a business in 2015 and by 2018 I had won an award and a large part of that is because of the support I received from Head Office. Then ask yourself if you really want to push forward in your life and if you are willing to do what it takes to succeed, it takes determination, focus, long hours and hard work, but if you are willing to do it, you will be successful. It is a tried and tested business model but you have to work it, even when you don’t feel like it.
What advice would you give them now you have been in the network for a while?
Know that success rarely happens overnight and that you have to chip away at it everyday and have faith that it will all pay off. It takes time to build a reputation but once it is built it all just flows from there. Understand your “Why” as well. Why do you want to be successful, what will it give you? You keep the end result in mind all the time so that you will have a reason to work hard.
What has your journey been like with Little Voices?
It has been an adventure of ups and downs, it has certainly developed me as a person and as a businesswoman. When I look back over all that I have achieved in these 3 years it seems quite unbelievable.
What do you do when you are having a bad day? How do you cope?
If i’m having a bad day it’s usually to do with something I feel is an impossible situation. The first thing I do is pray about it, and the second thing I do is call head office to find out what Jane would do. She always has the best advice having years of experience and always knows the right thing to do. Then I implement the advice, trust it’ll all be OK and every time and the day turns around!
What are the main benefits of running your own franchise with Little Voices ?
Being in business for myself but not by myself, having the benefit of the training and advice from head office and also getting to chat to other franchisees in exactly the same boat as me so I don’t feel alone. The regional hubs are a great opportunity for local principals to get together in an informal setting and share their achievements, problems and to cheer each other on. I always leave re-inspired and it’s also nice that now i’m 3 years in I am able to pass on things I’ve learned to the newer principals in the network
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How children learn those first performance/ life skills through their first LAMDA exam…
Children come to us from the age of 4 years old. Our mini voices lessons cater for children between the ages of 4-7 with various different reasons as to why they attend. The child could be none stop singing and performing at home, so Little Voices is where the parent of said child has decided to send them for lessons in how to sing and act! The child could be under confident and may need a little help with learning how to make friends at school or putting their hand up in class or a little bit of help in social situations… The list really is endless.
However, whoever the child and whatever their need we will tailor our lessons to help them. And in turn they learn those first performance skills through learning their first LAMDA exam.
The very first part of the exam starts and the child has to walk into the room, stand in front of their examiner and say their name, their poem and who wrote the poem. The children learn eye contact, how to speak loudly and clearly, and to smile. These are all important in performing, and all important in everyday life too.
The children then must perform the poem that they have learnt. The children memorise these in their lessons. Learning how to pronounce words properly, learn new meanings of words… And in performance terms learning all about diction, volume, the speed in which they speak and much more. These children then can mimic these skills in everyday life helping children to pronounce their words properly, not speak to fast or too slow or too quietly.
Once the children have performed their poem, they then have to talk about their favourite toy, photograph or book (dependant on which level of exam). The
Learning from a very young age the importance of eye contact helps to build relationships with people. We often have a giggle in the lessons about how funny it would be if you said hello to someone with your back turned to them, or your head looking all the way down. Children soon pick up these important life skills. Yes they are KEY for strong performances from 4 to 104, but they are KEY for everyday life too.
Inspiring Principals and Tutors
At Little Voices we pride ourselves on working with Principals and Tutors that can inspire pupils to be the best that they can be. If your child comes to Little Voices and feels safe and happy they will succeed, and they will succeed by being inspired. Education is not about feeding children with information and skills. The word ‘education’ derives from the Latin verb educare meaning to draw out. Music and Drama education at Little Voices is about creating a stimulating environment, to inspire a child to access what they are already capable of. We strive to help every child to find the confidence to shine. One of our core beliefs is “inspiring everyone to be the best that they can be”. As an organisation we believe
- In gaining life skills to follow your dreams
- That each and every person has something amazing to share
- In inspiring everyone to be the best that they can be!
- In being positive & happy – You’re never fully dressed without a smile
- Learning should be a fun and a happy experience
- And we are passionate about building confidence and nurturing talent
These are the values and beliefs that define Little Voices. They have been collated from parents, pupils, tutors and Principals feedback to us. It is what people have said about us as an organisation in their own words, what they have observed and what they feel.
This month at Little Voices we are talking all about inspiration and our inspiring Principals and Tutors.
Our Principals want to get to know you and your child. Who your child is, what they enjoy, what experiences they have had before with all after school activities. Our Principals are keen to help but they are also keen to be realistic and honest. Many of our Principals are parents or they have been working with Little Voices for many years and have experience of the needs of many children and how Little Voices nurtures children.
Our Principals want to ensure your child goes in the right small group for them. They will also be honest with parents and tell you if we are not the organisation for your child. WE don’t do big shows every term, it’s not all about the performance. It’s about the skills, it’s about learning the tools to be able to put them to practise in all areas of life; on the stage, at a family party, in an interview or under pressure in a presentation situation at school/work.
Once your child comes to our centres they will be warmly welcomed into a small group of similar age/ability children. They may feel a little apprehensive but how they leave the teaching room will be different to when they first arrived. They will feel safe, they will have fun and they will experience an inspiring lesson with our tutors. The Principals sometimes teach themselves but often there are tutors who have been trained the Little Voices way.
Our tutors want the very best for your child; they want to get to know them, to make them feel included in the group dynamic as soon as possible and because our groups are so small our tutors know every child individually by name and what they are capable of. Our tutors are very passionate, highly motivated and genuinely care. They have a love and experience of the performing arts, they have high expectations and help your child to be the best that they can be. Often tutors have performed themselves as well has having teaching experience and this helps to inspire children, giving them ideas and suggestions on how to access characters, their voice and reach their full potential.
Children start as young as Reception age with Little Voices and grow and develop through to 18 years old. They then become Assistant tutors and tutors and even Principals years later, in fact many parents have taught for us, been trained our way and then gone on to be Principals running their own centres too. This organic growth of Little Voices is so special. Inspiration is happening in the teaching rooms, but it surrounds the entire organisation. We continue to develop and grow because of people talking to other people, mentioning Little Voices to their school and their connections, their friends and family. Thank you for this and please continue to do so we are very lucky and proud that Little Voices evolves in this way in towns and villages across the UK. Everyone has something special to share and we intend to inspire everyone to be the best that they can be for decades to come.