Theresa Goble is an internationally acclaimed voice teacher in great demand. She is a Professor of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and a Higher Education Academy fellow. As well as also teaching privately in London, she has teaching practices in Switzerland and Germany.
She is also co-founder of award winning vocal coaching organisation Vox Integra, a company providing specialised career development courses for students and professionals in the vocal arts throughout Europe and the UK. www.voxintegra.com
Regarded for her holistic approach, Theresa’s own insights as performer and teacher draw on traditional Bel Canto technique as well as educational kinesiology, brain gym, and inner game principles. Her interest in how students learn led her to conduct a research project to assess the effectiveness of the use of educational kinesiology in assisting the learning of developing musicians during conservatoire study.
Theresa has represented the UK conservatoires in international masterclasses, teaches at summer schools and is frequently engaged as an examiner, audition panellist and adjudicator.
Her students both present and past can be found performing on the stages of Opera houses and concert halls throughout the world.
picture – Allan Watson
Emma Kirkby’s singing career came as a surprise. As a student of Classics at university she was a keen member of choirs and ensembles, – with the particular good fortune to sing with “historical” instruments known to Renaissance and Baroque composers, the lute, harpsichord, early piano, wind and string instruments, whose sound and human scale drew from her an instinctive response. She was then briefly a school-teacher, until offers of work as a singer tempted her away. Since that time, she has built long partnerships with individual colleagues and groups of all sizes, in Britain and worldwide.
Classic FM listeners voted her artist of the year in 1999; in 2000 she was appointed an OBE, and in 2007 became a Dame. Most recently she was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music (2011).
Amazed by all this, she is nevertheless glad of the recognition it implies, for a way of music making that values ensemble, clarity and stillness above the more common factors of volume and display, and above all she is grateful still to be sharing this marvellous repertoire with talented performers, old and young.
Emma has been visiting professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for several decades, and taught in summer schools worldwide, the most regular being Dartington, Neuburg-an-der Donau (Germany), Vorau, (Austria) and Federico Cesi, (Umbria).
Rhiannon Llewellyn was born in Swansea and raise in the UK, USA and France. Rhiannon trained at the Royal Academy of Music Opera School with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp and now continues to study with Janice Chapman and Carlos Conde Gonzalez.
Awards include the 2013 Maggie Teyte Prize and Miriam Licette Award at the Royal Opera House, 2013 Garsington Opera Leonard Ingrams Award, First Prize at the 2014 MOCSA Young Welsh Singer Competition, 2014 John Kerr Award for Early English Song, 2015 AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition and 2014 Dunraven Young Welsh Singer Award.
Operatic engagements include Sandman Hänsel und Gretel, Lace Seller Death in Venice, Anna (cover) Intermezzo (all Garsington Opera), Frantik The Cunning Little Vixen, (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Dalinda Ariodante, Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress, Nella Gianni Schicchi, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte (cover)(all Royal Academy Opera), Armida Rinaldo (Longborough Festival Opera), Cesare Catone in Utica (Dartington), Gala The Shadow of the Wave (Tète-â-Tète Festival), Dalinda (cover) Ariodante (Scottish Opera) and Euridice (cover) in Orfeo & Euridice (English National Opera).
Recital highlights include programmes at The Royal Opera House Crush Room, Madrid’s Real Academia de Belles Artes, St. John’s Smith Square, Gower Music Festival, Cardiff Music Festival, Gloucester Cathedral, Colston Hall, and in Istanbul. Concert highlights include Serenade to Music under Vladamir Jurowski with Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall, a programme of Handel Arias and Duets under Laurence Cummings (Kings Place), Bernstein’s Mass under Kristjan Järvi (Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms), Charlie Barber’s Afrodisiac (Purcell Room), Mozart’s Requiem under Paul Spicer (St. Martin-in-the-Fields), Orff’s Carmina Burana (St. David’s Hall), Orff’s Carmina Burana under Howard Williams (Colston Hall – National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain), Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle under Jonathan Wilcocks (Chichester Cathedral), Mahler’s 8th Symphony (Bristol Sinfonia), Handel’s Messiah (Llandaff Cathedral – Welsh Sinfonia), Bach’s St. John Passion (St. Martin-in-theFields – Choir of Christ College, Cambridge), and Poulenc Gloria (Colston Hall).
Rhiannon lives in Putney with her husband, baby son and faithful greyhound, Zarziyr. When not singing herself, Rhiannon runs a successful teaching studio, is the Musical Director of South London Military Wives Choir and is a busy Vicar’s Wife!
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Penny Jenkins trained as a ballet dancer before studying singing at Trinity College of Music. She has sung Oratorio throughout the South of England, broadcast for the B.B.C. and recorded solos with the Oriana Consort and the Brighton Chamber Choir. As a soloist with New Sussex Opera and Regency Opera she has sung many roles in operas as diverse as The Fairy Queen, The Threepenny Opera, Suor Angelica, Iolanthe and The Magic Flute. She also took part in the world premiere of Howard Blake’s opera The Station.
In recent years Penny has built up a considerable reputation as a singing teacher. Her pupils now come to her from all over the country and regularly win major prizes in competitive festivals and achieve top marks in the Associated Board examinations. She has successfully trained pupils for Choral Scholarships at Oxbridge, and for entrance to Music and Drama Colleges. She even has pop-singers on her books!
For the last twenty years she has been a tutor at many summer music courses, including AIMS (held at Eastbourne College), which she ran with her husband Neil Jenkins. She is increasingly in demand for vocal workshops and masterclasses and takes two courses a year at Jackdaws Educational Trust. Since 2000 she has been co-director of a course for aspiring young singers at the Vocal Arts Institute of Indianapolis, USA. In 2002 and again in 2007 Penny was Musician in Residence at a music project in the West Country. Since 2005 she has been working as a voice coach in the world of film and TV. She is also much in demand as an Adjudicator at competitive festivals.