What Form Below? – I hear you ask!

My humble apologies, to anyone who wanted to use the form I mentioned in my last post to express an interest in joining the Voice Class next week.  Click on this and you will see the form!

Ah, the joys of modern communication, eh?

Thank goodness we still have voices, for that vital face to face communication, and thank goodness we can come together from time to time to discover new ways of doing it even better.

In case you’re wondering how we do that in The Voice Class, well, amongst other things we move around and we make funny sounds, and in the process we learn how to listen to ourselves, from the inside, how to hear what our bodies are actually doing, and how they affect the way we sound. We hear our voices thrumming away inside ourselves, we feel the vibrations as they make their way out into the world, and we hear AND feel the vibrations others are making and we notice how that affects what we hear, and how we hear it.

All of this adds up to a more efficient voicing instrument, a more effective communication and creative expression, and a greater understanding of how the whole thing works – and why it is so important to know that!  Especially when we are performing, and even MORE especially when we are speaking words that someone else provided for us to speak.  And EVEN MORE especially when that someone is Mr W. Shakespeare.

Don’t you just love it? I know I do…

Here’s the form.  Go on, click – you know you want to.


Voice Alive!

I recently committed myself to take part in a three week intensive, full time clown training course with the fabulous Ira Seidenstein.  Terrified that I might totally exhaust myself, and run out of beans to do anything for the rest of the year, in fact I came out at the end quite invigorated and fired up, ready to take on anything 2012 can throw at me.

We worked with Shakespeare’s text, some of it placed in the mouths of actual clowns, some that you might never suspect of being clowns ‘as characters’, but then what is a character?  It’s a person. And if you are the person playing that character, and you happen to be a clown, then way-hey to go!

For example, in this clip, Anne Chaponnay, a French improv performer who came out from Paris to do the workshop plays Katherine, Princess of France, while I am her chambermaid, Alice, in a scene from Henry V.

I’m now very excited about the upcoming Voice Class, and the prospect of playing with some actors, singers, teachers, Mums, Dads, people of the world with a view to growing our voices, our self expression and our capacity for speaking great language ourselves.

Still a few places left. Get in touch, either by Facebook (Being in Voice), or Twitter (@flloydpk) or use the form below.



Beginners, Please!

I’ve been thinking for some time about producing an iPhone app for voice professionals and anyone else interested in taking care of the voice, and developing its potential.  My software development guru (my son Roderick) is standing by to turn my mp3 files into the actual app, so it won’t be long now.

To start at the beginning, I’ve just made a 10 minute recording of an introductory voice lesson for absolute beginners, offering a way in to vocal maintenance and for the development of power and flexibility of the voice.  Just for you, here it is. Please feel free to send me your feedback, I value your opinion.


Here we are again – happy as can be…

Just to let you know, I’ve transmigrated to a new hosting service provider, and in the process lost all my posts for the past 3 months.  Ah, what the heck, they’re just words, eh?  Anything important is bound to come up again, and again, and again…

The really important news is that The Voice Class 2012 is now open for bookings, shoot me an email, or phone me directly, contact me on Facebook or Twitter (@flloydpk).  Or just fill in the form below!

The class is for actors, however all acting skills are life skills, so anyone who uses their voice professionally will enjoy and benefit from this work.  We’ll kick off on Monday evening, 5th February, 7 – 9 pm. 8 classes, each Monday evening, until the end of March.

Looking forward to making beautiful, and strange, and unusual noises with you soon.

Ever-Increasing Circles

Such a lot happening at the moment, and so little time to write about it!

First, I must mention that I’m presently on the Critical Mass blogging team for the Queensland Music Festival. I’ve managed to catch 3 shows so far, with 2 to come next week. Read all about it here. I’m delighted to be back in the swing of reviewing, which means I not only get to see stuff for free, but I get to see stuff I probably wouldn’t choose to go to, even if I could afford it, because it’s just not my taste.  The Randy Newman concert was a case in point, and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity, and the push to go.

Meantime, I’m still recovering from my tumble downstairs a week or so ago, when I cracked my face off the tiled floor and tore a muscle or two in my rib-cage. The latter had the side bonus of forcing me to focus on deep breathing, which meant I was able to continue my current project of singing along with Arthur Samuel Joseph, a rather fine singing teacher I discovered online. Arthur’s philosophy is “love, and let go” and what a powerful teaching tool it is. I bought his cd set as a wee treat for myself, and I’m having a blast working with my new coach.

I keep telling my students that I never cease to be amazed at how my voice keeps on surprising me – even at my great age.  It’s simply true.  Singing along with Arthur, just doing one simple exercise that I’ve been doing for years, but his way, I’ve discovered a whole new sound I did not know I was capable of producing.

Here he is talking the talk, saying all those things I keep saying, but in his own way, clearly and delightfully.

Interview with Arthur Samuel Joseph

Another toy has just come into my life – Google+.  I was going to resist, I’m too easily distracted from the thesis writing by Facebook and Twitter as it is, let alone email. But I’ve been invited to join a Theatre-Makers Circle by a colleague based in Austin Texas. How could I refuse?

See you around…