MA LTCM Singing Teacher, Vocal Coach and Troubleshooter
Linda is a vocational singing teacher whose roots are in the amateur choral tradition in which she has sung at every level with provincial and London choral societies, select chamber choirs, professional ensembles, quartets and as a soloist. Her musical interests encompass oratorio, jazz, barbershop, gospel, lieder, opera, cabaret, and, above all, a capella close harmony.
With a diploma in teaching singing, 30 years of teaching experience, a B.A. in English literature and an M.A. in Critical Theory (philosophy and linguistics) and qualifications and teaching experience in T.E.F.L., Linda draws on a wide range of skills to create a unique cocktail of vocal diagnosis and tuition.
In 30 years of teaching Linda has specialised in training adult choral singers of all standards, especially welcoming beginners. She has turned rank and file choral singers into soloists, enabled the so-called tone deaf to join choirs, prepared candidates for diplomas and entrance auditions, enabled elderly singers to return to singing after they had withdrawn into premature retirement. The only styles she does not teach are music theatre and pop.
Choral groups, large and small, sometimes invite Linda to come and run workshops. These are fun days that concentrate on singing technique and choral skills, often applying the exercises to passages in the piece the choir is learning that term.
In recent years Linda has founded two choirs and is the musical director for a third. She also periodically runs bank holiday weekend workshops that take three outstanding choral pieces and spend 1 ½ days working on the technical skills they demand.
Linda teaches privately at her home near Glyndebourne in East Sussex.
The Community Project
Lawn of Light
In 1998 Linda moved to Sussex from North London with her three children and dog to take up residence at Laughton Lodge, a co-housing community which she co-founded:
Living at The Community Project allowed Linda to develop a large art project, using the Community Project grounds.
From May 1998, to Summer 2001, Linda built four different mazes, three from grass, and the last from bricks.
Every so often a creative urge comes upon me and I am compelled to follow it.
Constructed in time for Christmas Dec 2016 out of 2700m of end-glow plastic optic fibre and 420 ping pong balls (halved), the Lawn of Light covers aprox 80m2. In total there are 860 individual lights.
The tsunami of appreciation for the installation prompted me to leave it up well into 2017.
What do Linda's students think?
"Too old to sing? Linda will disprove that within one lesson. My thanks to her for giving me back my voice and my confidence, and now she is tackling my inhibitions!"
"One of the joys of a lesson with Linda is hearing her own lovely voice, gently and effortlessly leading where we are urged to follow."
"Thank you so much for helping me find my voice. You have no idea how much singing with you has changed my life. You are a total inspiration, an amazing teacher, and a bloody good laugh!"
"I just can't believe how much Linda has helped me over a short period of time. It is just amazing what she has found in my voice and how much she has improved the quality of sound. I now have the confidence to sing solo and have just been offered a solo part by the local opera company I've now joined."
"After 60 years of singing in choirs I felt that my voice was sounding worn out. Linda has not just rescued my voice from degeneration; she has taught me how to sing much more fluently and to make sounds which are quite passable really for someone in his upper seventies!"
From the first, everything Linda said just felt right. In the space of a year she has restored my voice, given me confidence and a great technique I can rely on to get me through even when I'm terrified! I really can't thank her enough.