25 episodes

Interviews and conversations to inspire and inform singers and singing teachers.

Hosted by BAST Training.

BAST Training is here to help singers gain the knowledge, skills and understanding required to be a great singing teacher. We can help you whether you are just getting started or have some knowledge gaps to fill.

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    • Performing Arts

Interviews and conversations to inspire and inform singers and singing teachers.

Hosted by BAST Training.

BAST Training is here to help singers gain the knowledge, skills and understanding required to be a great singing teacher. We can help you whether you are just getting started or have some knowledge gaps to fill.

    Ep. 26 The secret of authenticity with Nigel Richards

    Ep. 26 The secret of authenticity with Nigel Richards

    "Not only do you have to be a good artist, you have to be good at being an artist"
    During lockdown Nigel has been very busy helping college students to finish off their performance years, online. Having never taught online he discusses the challenges he's encountering and how he's dealing with them. He advises how a teacher can help the student prepare for college auditions. Nigel discusses the vocal and physical challenges he encountered whilst playing the lead role in Phantom of the Opera, travelling and performing, his pet performer peeves and how he deals with the fact he's the least well known Guildhall graduate of his year! Finally Nigel gives his top tips for how a teacher can bring out the best in their student's performances.
    ABOUT
    Nigel is a veteran of 8 West End shows, both plays and musicals, including the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. He has had an eclectic career, from touring the world in Tom Waits The Black Rider to singing Weil at the Royal Opera House, Figaro in Vienna, and as soloist at the John Wilson Orchestra Proms.
    Since working with Bernstein whilst studying at the Guildhall, Nigel has concentrated on new writing and nurturing young composers, culminating in his solo album, A Shining Truth. He has also been teaching singing, and ‘acting through song’ for over 15 years privately and at many of London’s top Musical Theatre schools.
    BAST Training is here to help singers gain the knowledge, skills and understanding required to become a great singing teacher. We can help whether you are just getting started or have some knowledge gaps to fill. 
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    Ep. 25 The performer's health starts from the inside with Nutritionist, Stephanie Moore

    Ep. 25 The performer's health starts from the inside with Nutritionist, Stephanie Moore

    "We have these living creatures inside of us, this mass of different microbes that need to be looked after" Stephanie Moore
    Nutritionist and author, Stephanie Moore is a powerhouse of nutritional and health information. It's becoming more and more accepted that health and wellbeing starts from the inside. Stephanie and Line discuss how gut health impacts not only the performer's general health but also their brain  health and function. Do you experience 'brain fog'? Well this could be down to your gut health. Stephanie gives advice on how we can help singers understand the impact of their general health and wellbeing on their voice and performance, useful supplements to boost the immune system, why sleep is important to health and practical nutritional advice. Stephanie also advises how a singing teacher can help a singer who they suspect might have eating issues, and how to counter the often quite sedentary work life a teacher experiences at the piano.
    ABOUT
    Stephanie is a clinical nutritionist, author and health coach with a degree in nutritional medicine and a Masters degree in counseling and psychotherapy. She  has worked as a natural health and physical therapist for over 30 years combining her numerous skill sets to help people with all kinds of health issues, both physical and psychological.  Stephanie is head of nutrition at Grayshott Medical Spa where she oversees a radical 7-day digestive health regime that she co-developed 8 years ago and is Lead Nutritionist at a cutting edge medical and sports clinic which opened in July 2019 in Mayfair, London. 
    Stephanie published her first book in 2017: ‘Why Eating Less & Exercising More Makes You Fat!’, which explains why conventional weight loss advice fails and what to do instead to achieve permanent health and weight loss goals and she has co-authored a new book on SuperFoods with doctor of biochemistry and health campaigner, Dr James DiNicolantonio, to be published in 2020. Stephanie is now researching her new book on learning to love your wrinkles and the psychological and physical cost of trying to reverse the ageing process.
    Website: health-in-hand.co.uk 
    BAST Training is here to help singers gain the knowledge, skills and understanding required to become a great singing teacher. We can help whether you are just getting started or have some knowledge gaps to fill. 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep. 24 How Elphaba helped me understand my voice with Natalie Andreou

    Ep. 24 How Elphaba helped me understand my voice with Natalie Andreou

    "Don't take your voice for granted" Natalie Andreou
    Natalie Andreou's CV includes lead roles in West End and touring shows as varied as Rock Of Ages, Wicked, Mama Mia and Evita. She and Line discuss the various pathways to the West End, the challenges and joys of the job - vocally, mentally and physically. Other topics they discuss include the various vocal qualities required in MT, belt, vocal health, vibrato, dealing with costume and staging challenges. They also discuss Natalie's teaching practice including how she went about increasing her prices, useful teaching MT tools, tips on helping a student prepare for auditions, and how she now helps singers achieve their MT career goals.
    ABOUT
    Natalie Andreou is a vocal coach and career mentor for the musical theatre industry. Her 10 year career saw her performing in many shows around the world, including Standby Elphaba in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria, London. This followed a two year run playing the lead role of Sherrie in the original London cast of Rock Of Ages. Her career varies from ensemble dancer to leading lady, so her personal experience is of great benefit for those looking to work within the specialism of musical theatre, from any aspect. Since training with BAST in 2015, Natalie has taught from her private studio in central London. Natalie offers a personalised 1-2-1 service mentoring industry professionals, whether it's to secure agency representation or get through that audition door. She also currently runs online workshops in subjects such as Acting Through Song and Audition Prep.
    Website: natalieandreou.com
    BAST Training is here to help singers gain the knowledge, skills and understanding required to become a great singing teacher. We can help whether you are just getting started or have some knowledge gaps to fill. 
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    • 57 min
    Ep. 23 How research informed my teaching with Dr Jenevora Williams

    Ep. 23 How research informed my teaching with Dr Jenevora Williams

    One of the things that we love about Dr Jenevora Williams is her open, intelligent and enquiring mind. She has contributed to the BAST Training webinar library and past live training events.
    In this interview we find out more about what makes Jenevora tick. She talks about her journey which started as a Botany undergrad, to becoming an opera singer, then getting a PhD in voice science. Her research was around male chorister voices as they went through puberty. Naturally this then led her to writing a book, 'Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults', a popular staple in many a singing teacher's bookshelf.
    Jenevora discusses her research findings, how she works with singers needing vocal rehabilitation, her latest topics of favour - the learning process, motor learning theory, and the work she does helping teachers on UK's only MA Voice Pedagogy degree.
    There are a lot of handy teaching gems for you to pick up in this podcast, so don't miss this one!
    ABOUT
    Dr Jenevora Williams is a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. After a successful career in Opera, Jenevora turned her attention to investigating healthy and efficient vocal function. The combination of academic study and practical experience has resulted in a unique perception for understanding the human voice. She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK, and won the 2010 BVA Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research. Her book, Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults, has been enormously popular with singing teachers throughout the world. She is well-known for her imaginative and rigorous training courses for singing teachers in the UK, the US and Europe. As a teacher of singing, she works with professional singers of all ages, as well as working in and training teachers for Vocal Rehabilitation for BAPAM and the NHS.
    Website: EvolvingVoice.co.uk
    BAST Training is here to help singers gain the knowledge, skills and understanding required to be a great singing teacher. We can help whether you are just getting started or have some knowledge gaps to fill. 
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    • 52 min
    Ep. 22 The pioneering spirit with Dr Meribeth Dayme

    Ep. 22 The pioneering spirit with Dr Meribeth Dayme

    Dr Meribeth Dayme is a familiar name to many singing teachers. From her detailed but comprehensible books on vocal anatomy, The Performer's Voice and Dynamics of the Singing Voice, to her holistic and energy-based approach to singing and vocal training, CoreSinging®, thousands of singers have benefited from Dr Dayme's passion for voice and treating the singer as a 'whole'.
    A pioneer in the world of singing pedagogy, Dr Dayme has been instrumental in helping singing teachers understand the role of energy and alternative healing to bring out the authentic performer.
    ​In, what turns out to be her last interview, Dr Dayme reveals how she went from singing to becoming an anatomy geek and specialist to delving into the unseen world of energy and alternative healing.
    Sadly Dr Dayme passed away on 28th Oct and before this podcast was published. Her legacy will continue and we, in the singing teaching world, are ever better because of her dedication and passion for singing and teaching.
    ABOUT
    Meribeth Dayme PhD, a pioneer in the field of the singing voice, founded CoreSinging® in 2010. Her dream is that singers become channels for healing themselves and the audiences they reach. After years of research, writing and teaching singing she has found a way to honour that dream through CoreSinging®. She has taught singing and vocal pedagogy in university and privately for over 35 years and is recognised internationally for her textbooks on singing and teaching singing, master classes and courses.
    Website: coresinging.org
    BAST Training is here to help you gain the knowledge, skills and understanding you require to be a great singing teacher. We can help you whether you are just getting started or have some knowledge gaps to fill. 
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    • 43 min
    Ep. 21 From performer to healer, via an injury

    Ep. 21 From performer to healer, via an injury

    Stephen King started his performance career with great promise. On the road to a dance and MT career, Stephen had to take a dramatic turn away from performing after a serious knee injury. With all the physical therapy and medical attention he received Stephen found himself pulled into the world of manual therapy and decided to combine it with singing teaching.
    Stephen has worked as a vocal coach and MD for 20+ productions as well as being a residential teacher for a variety of colleges and academies. He is deeply committed to learning all he can about the performer’s anatomy and physiology and regularly trains with vocal, medical and physical clinicians to hone his skills even further. With a passion for helping to prevent vocal and physical injuries in performers and singers Stephen is a key player in health promotion in the performing arts world.
    In this podcast Stephen dives into his rather unconventional journey as a performer turned manual therapist and anatomy geek. He explains the importance of touch, emotionally, mentally and physically. He also talks about how vocal hyperfunction occurs and how it can be treated, how heel height can impact the larynx, his pet peeve, the proton pump inhibitor and his goals for changing the way singers are treated.
    Website: kingmanualtherapy.com
    BAST Training is here to help you gain the knowledge, skills and understanding you require to be a great singing teacher. We can help you whether you are just getting started or have some knowledge gaps to fill. 
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    • 51 min

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