Everyone’s voice is unique and so is everyone’s learning approach. And yet there is a universality to what makes a healthy voice and a beautifully expressive tone – relaxed, instinctive breathwork and whole-body alignment create the support that provides true freedom to the larynx, which itself moves between intricate and detailed shifts of posture and position throughout the singing act. These intricate laryngeal postures can be explored and understood physiologically, and then incorporated back into a healthy primal, emotional vocal expression.
Lessons are tailored to each individual, and combine technique and intuition to uncover genuine vocal freedom, musicality, expressive tone, and grounded confidence. Through studying with me, students build themselves a toolkit that employs creativity and physiological knowledge to achieve healthy and authentic vocal and musical expression.
I am passionate about providing an environment that is safe enough to support curiosity and experimentation, and to strike the balance between playfulness and discipline, thereby creating the perfect conditions for creative and personal growth.
We uncover skills and knowledge for all areas of music and sound-making: from jazz and pop to classical, folk, experimental, rock, improvisation and beyond!
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I have been performing for 18 years and teaching for 9 years, with students of all levels of experience. As well as teaching one-to-one, I also run vocal workshops in various places from Lee Complimentary Health Centre to deep in the Welsh forests. I mentor undergraduate music and art students from Goldsmiths College, Chelsea Art College on their final shows. I am a visiting lecturer on the voice for 2nd-year degree students at Falmouth University in Cornwall.
I studied for my degree in music at Dartington College of Arts and completed my Master of Music at Goldsmiths College. I have studied Masterclasses with Meredith Monk and Maggie Nicols. I have studied the physiology of the voice from the perspective of the Estill technique Janice Chpaman and Gillyanne Kayes. As a performer I gig with my solo songs as well as in collaboration in the UK and abroad at venues such as The Vortex, Cafe Oto, The ICA, The National Portrait Gallery, The Purcell Room, Resonance FM, Whitstable Biennale, Sadler’s Wells, as well as at venues in Lithuania, France, Canada and Iceland.
I offer concessions to people on a budget.
Dartington College of Arts: BA Music (Performance)
Goldsmiths College: MMus (Creative Practice)
Dancing Voice, Singing Body: Meredith Monk Masterclasses, Paris
Estill: Training with Charlotte Shorthouse and Anne-Marie Speed, London
Falmouth University: Visiting Lecturer (voice; voice and electronics)
As a musician I have had the good fortune to know and work with Portia over a number of years and can say she is a fine musician with, a very important quality this, excellent listening skills. She also has a wide background of vocal experiences and styles to draw upon which makes her able to understand the particular needs of individual pupils, tailoring lessons to achieve the best results in any circumstance. Her sense of humour and empathy is also a desirable quality in any teacher and I have no hesitation in recommending her as an excellent teacher.
Portia is great to work with, really calm when I was nervous. Highly recommend!
I have known and worked with Portia for many years. She is a consummate performer and innovative vocalist and musician who is always exploring new sounds and ways of working. Her thoughtful and super friendly approach to singing can only be beneficial to any student that comes her way.
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