Hello, my name is Rachel and I am a friendly, warm, highly experienced patient and enthusiastic teacher, based in Kensington.
I have been teaching & coaching for over 25 years and am still loving it!
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Accent Softening or Accent Reduction
Business Presentations & Business Public Speaking
National & Global Dialects & Accents
Speech & Presentation Writing
Singing - Natural voice with classical support & Breathing Techniques
Musical Theatre Singing
Beginners - Anyone can learn to sing! And they do!
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I studied acting and directing (Masters) at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and acting & singing at Webber Douglas Academy - 3yrs Diploma: Disinction.
I studied singing for many years with different tutors but most notably Ian Adam long term. I studied singing extensively with Ian Adam who was employed by Cameron Macintosh; LLoyd Webber and Walt Dysney for their shows and musical films respectively.
At school I was a member of the National Youth Theatre.
My Master's Degree was in Text & Performance at King's College (London Uni) and for my dissertation I received' Distinction'.
- How much do you charge?
12 HOURS DISCOUNT OF £150 OFF
DISCOUNT for partner unassisted job searchers & students
- Where do you teach?
Depending on where my students live they can either use Skype/FaceTime or come to my private practice equidistant between the tube stations Barons Court & West Kensington in London, UK.
For my corporate clients I will travel to specific locations such as their boardrooms to coach them on their Public Speaking or Business Presentations. Providing the travel and time is paid for, the distance doesn't matter.
- When are you available?
I am available 6 days a week between 8am and 9pm in person or on Skype.
Corporate Clients traveling in and out of different time zones preparing business presentations can book outside of these hours.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
All ages and all levels. I love teaching.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Speech writing and Performance Techniques
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use Skype with video or FaceTime and I have an expensive, good quality, high speed broadband connection.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Yes, I absolutely love teaching. It is fun for both parties and extremely rewarding. I watch people becoming happier and happier and more at ease with themselves - it truly is a fabulous job to teach life enhancing skills and watch my students gaining huge amounts of confidence and feel much happier with themselves.
Rachel is one of our best tutors. They have a high-quality profile, verified qualifications, a quick response time, and great reviews from students!
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught for 25 years; privately; in a drama school; and in a private tutors college called Ashbourne Tutors.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have one but it is out of date
- Where and with whom did you train?
RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art)
King's College, London University.
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
The National Youth Theatre
St James's Secretarial College (now Quest Professional)
Hereford Cathedral School
Haberdashers' Monmouth Girls' School
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Accent Reduction Specialists
- Tell me about some of your current students.
All ages, all backgrounds, from all over the world and from every walk of life!
Executive Directors of Global Banks
Hedge Funds Managers; Investment Bankers, Analysts.
A Talent Show Judge
Solicitors and Lawyers & Barristers
A Dominatrix (!)
A Single Mum starting again..
Business Studies Students
Chinese, Japanese, German, Canadian Russian Lithuanian, Spanish, Italian, Nigerian, Hungarian, American, Maltese, Polish, French, South African, Danish, Welsh, Northern Irish, Southern Irish, Latvian ...
Mothers and Fathers who are educating their children in the private system and wish to sound like them.
.. And anthropologists, personal assistants, shy children, shy adults - basically people who want to speak clearly & with confidence.
• The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: MA; King's College (London) MA; St James' Business Dip.
• Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art 3yrs Dip. Distinction
• Member of the National Youth Theatre
• Voiced for the BBC; Oxford Uni Audio Press; Cambridge Uni Audio Press; Kaplan Int. Audio for Global market
Being brought up in Coventry, I'd never had imagined that one day I could speak Standard English so convincingly. Rachel's teaching is faultless & she made learning Standard English a lot easier than I'd anticipated! I highly recommend her.
â€œRachel is one of the most positive, productive, energetic and enthusiastic teachers it has been my pleasure to know.”
Rachel taught me how to speak Standard English – I am South African. She is very motivating; recognizes what you need to work on & works conscientiously with you to achieve this. She gave me fantastic advice & direction: I gained acting jobs
I come from Georgia and went to Rachel to improve my English accent. I am delighted with the results and feel I now communicate much more effectively. I strongly recommend her. Lika Chambers, Conference Manager, in the City.
Rachel is an amazing dialect and accent coach. For example for South African she will offer you 4 different dialects and research another if you need it! She is a natural mimic, so no accent is too difficult and she then analyses it and dissects it to teach you – and it works! Reliable every time, even at short notice, Rachel has helped me many times and I consider her to be the best dialect coach in London.
â€œRachel is the most inspiring teacher I have ever worked with. Without Rachel I would never have gained my place at the Bristol Old Vic. I achieved things in my acting work I never thought possible thanks to her. She gave me confidence & skills in acting I will never forget and will carry for the rest of my life & use in all my professional acting work.”
â€œRachel is an amazing teacher: she boosted my confidence; pushed me to follow my dream of being a singer; and coached me for interviews & auditions. I got into my top choice university, Oxford Brookes, because of her.” Sophia Ackermans
â€œWithout Rachel's expert tuition I wouldn't have got into my preferred drama school – Bristol Old Vic.” Kate Bunten
â€œI have no doubt without Rachel's support I would not have been accepted with full scholarship to Guildford School of Acting. She is a great teacher: supportive artistically & practically.”
â€œRachel fulfilled my dream of going to the USA to study at AADA & has since helped me with countless auditions. She explores the text & character in great depth and I recommend her warmly to you.”
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