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 20 years and teaching for 11 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)
Perfect! Portia was a very fun and relaxing person to be taught by. I felt quite nervous as this was my first proper lesson but she made me feel at ease from the very first minutes. I had told her I wanted to extend my range so we tried a couple of exercises that were quite efficient, which happily surprised me. She also asked me to sing one of my own songs, which I absolutely hadn't prepared for. But it was a very positive experience as she helped me sing more expressively. Overall, I would say that Portia is a very professional and caring teacher and I would highly recommend her.
Perfect! Portia has been an excellent teacher. Her instructions are easy to understand and I have found her guidance highly effective.
Perfect! Professional, Intelligent, experienced and I really enjoyed the lesson. Felt an improvement right after the first one. Highly recommended
Perfect! Is warm and makes you feel comfortable
Perfect! Omg I loved it,she taught me so many things about singing and the science behind it that I didn't know about. I really enjoyed my lesson and felt like I improved right away. Can't wait to go back.
Excellent! Entertaining, informative. Portia was very patient, engaging and encouraging. She was able to explain abstract concepts simply and easily. Very down to earth, welcoming and supportive - great for shy or nervous people. I only wish I had kept better notes to make sure I remember everything we went through.
Perfect! The session with Portia was super helpful and has served in opening a whole new exploration with my voice in unexpected and creative ways... I'll definately be booking with her again...
she was warm, approachable, honest, and very knowledgeable.
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.
I felt instantly comfortable singing with Portia, she's very encouraging yet gives constructive criticism. She's helped me understand how the larynx works, and to realise my ability. She's highly qualified, professional, but extremely personable. As well as improving my singing, having lessons has increased my confidence and the whole experience is very relaxing and fulfilling. I would thoroughly recommend Portia as she's a great teacher and a bubbly, smart and unique person. Being with her is a lot of fun!
I had been a singer for 20 years when I decided to have some sessions with Portia to improve on my technique. 6 months later I had improved my tone, built up a great repertoire and gained about 2 semitones in my upper range. She was able to hear what my throat was doing right (and wrong) and put together exercises accordingly, as well as choosing some great songs to work on.
Singing with Portia during my months in London was a great way to explore my singing voice further, and discover new ways to make use of it. I am not experienced with singing techniques and have made good use of the variations and alterations I was taught. Entering her calm and atmospheric sphere was also a much appreciated contrast to the constant stimuli of sounds outside and in halls.
Portia is a very patient and encouraging teacher who creates a safe and welcoming environment, where one feels comfortable and empowered to sing. She has an excellent knowledge of a variety of vocal styles and techniques, and tailors her lessons around your particular needs and interests. Her explanations are great and she has really boosted my confidence and singing abilities.
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