Geoffrey ThompsonSinging Lessons in London with Geoffrey Thompson

BA ARCM ABSM
Cert Ed

~ Singing & voice production lessons in Central London, Eastbourne & Brighton ~

A Personal Statement

My earliest professional experience was the seven years or so I spent in the Royal Opera Company at Covent Garden. There, singing in the chorus and playing an assortment of roles, I was able to observe and talk to the greatest operatic talents at the time; 1976 - 1983.

These observations and conversations reinforced what my teacher, Otakar Kraus, had already instilled; a belief in Italian "Bel Canto" singing.

Otakar, who had himself studied in Italy, showed me how to produce a supported, forward-placed sound which has formed the basis for my own singing and teaching. It is a classical technique which works as well in music-theatre and light music as it does in opera.

What every singer needs is a technique which gives them confidence in their ability to control the tone they are producing, thus allowing the music to speak through it.

The acquisition of such a technique is the key to allowing artistic expression. Lessons, therefore, take the form of exercises to develop this control. They are a mixture of those I was taught myself; those developed over the years and those specifically designed for each individual need.

These techniques are then applied to whatever music the student wishes to study.

Past and present students include, singers with solid or burgeoning professional careers; actors and dancers who have singing as one of their professional needs; recreational singers enjoying amateur music making and aspirant singers aiming for courses at acting or music schools. I hope the lessons are friendly and relaxed besides being productive.

 

Geoffrey Thompson Singing Teacher