About

"Just to let you know that I had my audition for the choir, and I got in! So thank you, thank you, thank you for your brilliant singing lessons!"


more about Heather

Voice Club Director 

Heather Maîr Thomas ftcl, Ltcl, dipTcl. 

Heather's  is widely regarded as an expert in accessible, therapeutic  singing, specialising in enabling adult beginners. 

A consultant for the media (the Times, BBC Radio 4, Sky TV etc) she is committed to supporting people's right to sing. 

Her accessible singing technique training programmes  are delivered with a compassionate and intuitive approach to help people work through fears, anxiety and creative blocks.

Heather is a professionally trained classical/operatic soprano and crossover artist, blending a Cornish/folk and jazz background with 5 years training at London conservatoires, Guildhall and Trinity.  
She holds a Fellowship, Licentiate and Diploma from Trinity College of Music.

A singing teacher in private practice, Heather combines over 30 years of professional singing and performing with 25 years teaching experience , training in Clinical Hypnosis  and Life Coaching qualifications.

Heather has been teaching singing technique since 1992, with clients ranging from anxious/terrified non-singers to corporate clients and professional celebrities *


She delivers Voice Club training assisted by hand-picked,like-minded musician/coaches.

What is Voice Club?

Singers ( from choir, karaoke or shower!) all benefit from regular vocal training & practice  but may not have the time, confidence or budget for one-to-one singing lessons.


Voice Club offers weekly group courses and sessions  to nurture and support vocalists of all stages,  teach technique, iron-out bad habits and encourage expression and creativity.

Sessions are light-hearted, instructive, friendly, informal and non competitive. 

There are regular courses, groups and one-day workshops to encourage your singing confidence!

Beginners


Relax & Sing Courses are designed  for adult beginners to discover the basics of vocal technique in a practical, yet informal way. The content is designed to suit the participants, taking into account their relationship with their voice, vocal history and their goals more  here

Therapeutic


Heather is committed to enable victims of  "Voice Shaming", a socially acceptable practice  of teasing and criticism which can cause immense harm and deny the victim of their right to enjoy their voice. 


Heather's compassionate and intuitive approach helps people work through fears anxiety, shame and  creative blocks.

Designed to arm a singer with the practical tools to be the pilot of their own voice, in a state of controlled relaxation, with therapeutic benefits. The singer can challenge the origins of their vocal identity and put old fears to rest.

Voice Club sessions aim to create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable and safe, and it's ok to "do it wrong"!

Specialising in training adult voices at all levels, this method can help particularly with confidence issues and performance anxiety, from adult beginners to established performers.

Your relationship with your voice is very personal.

Like "body image", many people experience issues, beliefs and feelings relating to their "vocal image" that can be traced back to early years.

It can be important for many people to explore these beliefs as part of their vocal development.

Courses and classes can combine practical singing technique with a therapeutic approach in addressing past associations that may limit vocal freedom and confidence. A flexible, accessible, sensitive method, suitable for all levels

Every voice is unique, and every person has their own individual learning style and experience of their own voice.

Therefore, our teaching methods/techniques are tailored and blended to suit the singer, their voice, their personal experience of singing and their goals rather than a rigid adhesion to one particular method.


Enrichment



Heather  was a major contributor
 to the BBC Radio 4 documentary
"Am I Tone Deaf" 
Some people find that accessing their voices helps with other areas of personal development, which can deeply enrich their lives.

As a vocal coach, Heather works with actors and musicians in the public eye, as well as with many people whose singing is an important part of their life.

Current students come from a variety of backgrounds, amateur and professional, from West End, international TV & film/record industry to people starting completely from scratch. Everyone's goal is unique to them.
 

Recent students' personal successes include:-
  • Told "You Can't Sing" in early years- proved them wrong!
  • Mature student accepted for Musical Theatre postgraduate at Mountview 
  • Sang in public for the first time at her husband's 50th birthday 
  • TV news reader overcoming breathing problems 
  • Despite label "tone deaf" since childhood - passed choir audition! 
  • Doctor Who actor David Tennant preparing for the vocal demands of Hamlet for the RSC 
  • Mat Willis (Busted) is now appearing in Wicked 
  • Andy Bell (Erasure) in "Pop Star to Opera Star" 
  • Pop Idol contestants 
  • Sky TV preparing Justin Lee Collins for his appearance as Amos Hart in the musical Chicago in London's West End
* Former and current clients include:
  • David Tennant (Dr Who/Hamlet - RSC) 
  • Matt Willis (Wicked/Busted/Flashdance) 
  • Andy Bell (Erasure) 
  • Rosie Millard 
  • Pip Clothier 
  • Mark Nevin 
  • Dubstar 
  • Guilty Pleasures 
  • Justin Lee Collins (Chicago - London West End) 
  • BBC Television/Radio 
  • The Times - Body & Soul 
  • Kimberly Stewart 
  • Long Blondes 
  • Learning & Skills Council 
  • Rough Trade Records 
  • Channel 4 
  • Sky TV

Kind words from happy clients:      

"Just to let you know that I had my audition for the choir, and I got in! So thank you, thank you, thank you for your brilliant singing lessons!"

"Thank you so much for a brilliant lesson on Saturday.You seemed to understand exactly what was needed!"

"Thanks for the confidence tricks - I will be making use of them"

"THANKS SO MUCH FOR SUCH A GREAT SESSION TODAY! I FEEL TONS BETTER THEN WHEN I WALKED IN..."

‘’Heather is a great vocal coach, technically excellent but more importantly sympathetic to the needs of a karaoke singer like me. I needed to lose my Tom Jones impression and find my own voice and Heather helped me do that...’’ Justin Lee Collins - ( playing Amos Hart -Chicago)

"Heather is a committed and enthusiastic singing teacher and coach. Known for her patient and non-judgemental approach, she delivers inspiring courses and workshops in simplified singing technique to adults, from beginners to experienced professionals."



."..how extraordinarily inspiring and encouraging you are. You communicate so much so effectively and you create such a warm and supp...