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Secondary Singing Day

On Tuesday 17th October, 18 Bradon Forest Musicians were invited to participate in the 'This Is A Voice' workshop with Jeremy Fisher & Dr Gillyanne Kayes. Assisted by Ronni Bailey as part of the Secondary Singing Day organised by the Swindon Music Service held at Commonweal Sixth Form.

Mrs Fry accompanied the lucky students to the singing workshop with some fantastic vocal coaches. (Two of which worked on The Voice 2017!). The day included learning about how the voice works and techniques used in singing to create different sounds. There were 100 students there from different schools and we were very happy to have two of our students take part in a mini-masterclass with the vocal coaches in front of everyone. Tom Keen and Emily Musty sang brilliantly and the coaches were very complimentary about their performances. They also gave them tips on how to improve. Students said that they found the whole day 'really interesting' and 'a great opportunity to find out more about the voice'.



Information about the vocal coaches:

Jeremy Fisher is a performance coach, prize-winning musician, writer and multimedia vocal trainer. He studied oboe, piano and accompaniment at the RNCM and has worked as a collaborative musician for 30 years in opera, musical theatre and on the concert platform.

Jeremy’s first three jobs in the West End were The Sneeze (working with Rowan Atkinson), Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. His singing clients have won roles in many shows including Mamma Mia, Cabaret, Motown, The Book of Mormon, and multiple roles in Phantom and Les Mis.

Jeremy has written several books on singing with Gillyanne (Successful Singing Auditions, the Singing Express series and This Is A Voice). Commissions include a ground-breaking Voicebox Video for London’s Science Museum and more than 30 singing technique training resources for Vocal Process including Belting Explained and Understanding Head Voice.


Dr Gillyanne Kayes is internationally recognised as a singing voice expert, researcher, and author of numerous published works on singing voice. Her first book, Singing and the Actor, has been reprinted 11 times and is a mainstream textbook for musical theatre singers. Gillyanne has been hands-on with voices for over 30 years: she has worked with singers of all ages and levels, ranging from absolute beginners and reluctant singers to international singing stars and recording artists.

Together, Gillyanne and Jeremy have presented on singing and performance techniques in the UK, Spain, Sweden, Latvia, the Netherlands, the US and Australasia. They were both voice coaches on The Voice 2017 and appeared twice as ‘visiting voice gurus’ on the Cerys Matthew Radio 6 show. The This Is A Voice book was commissioned by the Wellcome Trust in 2016 and today’s workshop will guide you through its many valuable exercises for improving speaking and singing voice.


Ronni Bailey BA (Hons) Popular Music, is a Vocal Process accredited teacher of singing based in Swindon Wiltshire and has  trained and worked with Gillyanne and Jeremy over the last decade.   Most recently assisting them on their 'Inside the singing voice’ training retreats in Wales.  

Ronni Bailey has an extensive performance history in singing, songwriting, recording and performing with bands across the UK & Europe and she has used all this experience to set up her own business RONNI.CO.UK which includes private singing tuition for children and adults, studio recording work for soloists and bands.   She also runs a local harmony singing group, and continues to work with local organisations including ‘Gatecrash Theatre, Swindon Music Services and on a weekly basis Ronni teaches at The Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts which she has done for the past 8 years.