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Maybe you sing at home, it makes you feel good, and you would like to explore it further. Perhaps you are a professional singer who is looking for some expert help and advice (you are a vocal athlete after all). Or, it’s possible you have a burning desire to sing, but don’t like your voice. Maybe you suffer from a voice problem, such as unexplained huskiness or voice loss (see list of voice disorders I commonly work with). These are just a few of the reasons why people come to me, and they are all perfectly good reasons.

Whether your second home is the stage, or you have never sung in front of a single soul, technical voice work can seem daunting. It’s my job to make you feel comfortable enough to work to your full potential. I diagnose quickly, and we work together to form suitable goals. Vocal exercises, techniques and my teaching approach are tailored to you.

I have a grounded knowledge and secure understanding of: • vocal anatomy and physiology • the developing voice (children, adolescents and into adults) • posture • breathing • voice qualities • singing styles • vocal effects • vocal health • voice disorders • song interpretation (emotion, story & style) • performance • session singing • auditions.

Worried about genre? Don’t be. Whether you sing pop, rock, R&B, cabaret, jazz, soul, blues, musical theatre, classical, or you don’t know yet, my secure knowledge of vocal function means I can get the optimum out of your voice, whatever your style. Personally, as a singer, I have worked with many styles! Importantly, if you like your sound, and it’s not causing you any problems, I won’t change it. If you like your sound, but it is causing you problems, we may be able to find a safer way to produce the same sound. I am not just a voice nerd, I also fully understand the realities of music industry expectations.

For more information, contact me either via my contact page, or on 07842 141436.

TESTIMONIALS

I began working with Fran eight years ago and was immediately impressed by her enthusiasm and work ethic. Throughout these years, from working on cruise ships and recording studios, to making my own music film and going on tour, Fran has always been there ensuring that my technique is both safe and efficient, as well as forever encouraging me to dig deeper and find the raw emotion in my work. Thanks Fran!” Jacob Foan, Professional Singer/Songwriter

When I met Fran, I had the smallest hope that my voice could be rehabilitated, after years of miss-use and in turn- vocal fatigue. Not only did Fran achieve this for me, she inspired and taught me how to become a vocal coach myself. Fran’s approach and teaching methods, along with her impeccable knowledge of the voice has enabled me to reach goals I never thought possible. Fran is an astounding teacher! (“they are as tight as a drum, it doesn’t get much better than this” – Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2. See their latest videos, gigs list, live on Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Chris Evans’ TFI Friday Show. Get their music on iTunes)” Hannah Wood, Professional Singer/Songwriter, Sound of the Sirens

Fran’s energy and enthusiasm is inspiring. She is a superb teacher who gave me the confidence and valuable techniques required to reach my singing potential and keep my voice strong & healthy. Every session with her is engaging and a lot of fun – I would highly recommend Fran to anyone seeking vocal tuition or advice.” Rupert Leighton, Professional Singer/Musician, Fujalalada

I was nervous about having vocal lessons having not sung for many years but Fran put me at ease immediately with her relaxed and fun style and after only the first lesson I was enjoying singing once again. Her knowledge of vocal technique is extensive and given the practise I felt Fran could take me as far as I wanted to go.” Allister Brimble, Professional Musician & Sound Designer, Orchestral Media Developments

“I met Fran when I was a young, aspiring singer, having had little previous experience. Not only did she teach me how to get the most out of my voice through a series of fun exercises and techniques, but she built my confidence immensely and taught me valuable skills that I’ve carried with me through my artist career so far and will continue to do so. I couldn’t recommend Fran highly enough for her genuine dedication, kindness and ongoing support. Very talented and lovely lady!” Emma Lauran, Professional Singer/Songwriter, Actress

I’ve been seeing Fran for vocal coaching for over 10 years. Always positive, enthusiastic, encouraging and knowledgable, Fran’s teaching style has always inspired me with the confidence I needed to deliver my best performance. I hugely enjoy every lesson with her! Oops, that wasn’t all – Whether you need help with technique, performance and delivery tips, confidence and constructive feedback or all of the above, Fran has always been hugely helpful, and clearly draws from a wealth of experience and knowledge.” Matt Vowels, Semi-professional Singer/Musician

I had always wanted to sing. I felt that I could but I was overwhelmingly shy. I occasionally could get up and sing at a social event after a little dutch courage but in the main I felt that at age 46 my chance to sing was over. I was introduced to Fran by another friend and over the year and a half she worked with me she helped me to develop my confidence, technique and made me realise that I was a singer and that I could perform. Fran was my coach, mentor and friend and through her I began singing with my own band and also in a duo with the man who became my darling husband. I now regularly perform at events and festivals. She is a lovely person a great teacher and an inspiration.” Ishbel Wenley, Semi-professional Singer/Songwriter, The Real Ish Band

I was only blessed with Fran as my singing teacher for a short while, but her enthusiastic and encouraging approach really got my voice to a place I loved. Without that fantastic start I’m sure I would have neither the singing voice I have today, nor the confidence in it I enjoy.” Drustan Durman, Semi-professional Singer/Performer

I worked with Fran when I was at University and was heartbroken to have only found her in my last year. She was an inspiration for my singing and helped me understand of the inner workings of my larynx and vocal chords, which in turn helped me to strengthen my voice. We worked on my posture, breathing, amongst other things and managed to record some songs in her home studio.  She was fantastic fun, but equally professional; not just a teacher, but a friend too, and I couldn’t recommend anybody more highly!” Lucy Hely-Hutchinson, Singer

I Did It Her Way! I was so fortunate in meeting Fran who not only made me feel completely at ease but introduced me to techniques which improved my singing voice beyond my imaginings. My vocal range increased and the confidence she gave me was the stepping stone to singing regularly with a Big Band and as a solo performer. This was ten years ago now and having moved to France in 2015 I have been able to continue with my love of singing, performing with a multi national jazz band. None of this would have been possible without the skills I have been taught by the delightful Fran who combines a sheer professionalism with great encouragement and warmth.” Mike Long, Semi-professional Singer/Songwriter

I’ve been seeing Fran for vocal coaching for over 10 years. Always positive, enthusiastic, encouraging and knowledgable, Fran’s teaching style has always inspired me with the confidence I needed to deliver my best performance. I hugely enjoy every lesson with her! Oops, that wasn’t all – Whether you need help with technique, performance and delivery tips, confidence and constructive feedback or all of the above, Fran has always been hugely helpful, and clearly draws from a wealth of experience and knowledge.” Matt Vowels, Semi-professional Singer/Musician