Mary King's career has encompassed a wide range of roles, including that of performer, teacher, coach, broadcaster and writer. A popular and highly experienced mezzo soprano, she has worked with leading conductors and numerous orchestras across the world and has made a particular feature of the contemporary classical repertoire. Highlights of her performing career include numerous collaborations with Oliver Knussen, as well as pieces by Henze, Britten, Birtwistle and Stravinsky.
She has had a long involvement with outreach and teaching, working with all the major companies in the UK as well as running training programmes both at home and abroad. During her long association with English National Opera, she devised and ran a highly successful performance skills course, 'The Knack', for eleven years, and was also an Artistic Associate for the company.
Between 2007 and 2013 she created and led Southbank Centre’s Voicelab. From 2013 she has taught at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth. Currently she teaches at the Royal Academy of Music on the Musical Theatre course and the Arts Educational School. In 2017/18 she worked as Vocal Coach for the Actors Touring Company and was Vocal Director for performances of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS at London’s Southbank Centre.
She is currently Vocal Talent Consultant at Glyndebourne and director of the Glyndebourne Academy – a programme for singers who have faced barriers to their progression. She also works privately as a vocal coach for a number of West End shows and offers one-to-one vocal teaching for professional singers.
She is increasingly widely known through her work on television and radio. She was one of the driving forces behind Channel 4's award-winning Operatunity. She has appeared on BBC TV as the expert analyst for the Cardiff Singer of the World competitions since 2003 and is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3.
She is also in demand as a writer. In 2007 The Singer's Handbook (Faber) was published, co-written with Anthony Legge. This has been followed by a series of selected vocal repertoire collections with coaching notes, The Boosey Voice Coach (Boosey & Hawkes). She is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College and a Fellow of the Northern College of Music.
At Eurovox 2020 she will be the keynote speaker.
Roderick Williams OBE
Roderick Williams is one of the most sought-after baritones of his generation, with a wide repertoire spanning baroque to contemporary music in the opera house and on the concert platform, and is also in demand as a recitalist worldwide. He enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses and has sung opera world premières by David Sawer, Sally Beamish, Michel van der Aa, Robert Saxton and Alexander Knaifel.
He performs regularly with leading conductors and orchestras throughout the UK, Europe, North America and Australia, and his many festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Melbourne.
As a composer he has had works premièred at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, the Purcell Room and on national radio. In December 2016 he won the prize for Best Choral Composition at the British Composer Awards.
He was awarded an OBE in June 2017 and was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Opera in the 2018 Olivier Awards for his performance in the title role of the Royal Opera House production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.
At Eurovox 2020 he will give a recital and hold a masterclass.
Susie Allan, pianist
Susie Allan, one of today’s most perceptive accompanists, performs with international vocal soloists including Emma Bell, Susan Gritton, Rowan Pierce, Jonathan McGovern and Mark Padmore. She has accompanied masterclasses of Sir Thomas Allen, Elly Ameling and Roger Vignoles at Britten-Pears School and the London conservatoires, also holding teaching posts in accompaniment at the Royal College of Music and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She recently adjudicated the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s English Song Prize.
In a collaboration with Roderick Williams spanning over twenty years, forthcoming appearances include Abbotsholme Arts Society, Three Choirs, Thaxted and Fishguard Festivals. They will record a third disc exploring the songs of Arthur Somervell in summer 2019. She performs in the UK’s most prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, and at festivals including the Buxton, Endellion, Oxford Lieder and Three Choirs Festivals. She regularly appears for BBC Radio 3 and for television, including BBC Proms Extra.
A 'Shropshire lass', she is dedicated to the music scene of her home county. She has appeared at the Ludlow Song Weekend and programmes for the Ludlow Music Society.
At Eurovox 2020 she will accompany Roderick Williams' recital.
Born in London,1951, Cecilia McDowall has won many awards and been eight times shortlisted for the British Composer Awards. In 2014 she won the British Composer Award for Choral Music. Much of her choral music is performed worldwide, as well as her orchestral music.
Recent important commissions include one for the BBC Singers, Westminster Cathedral Choir, London Mozart Players and a joint commission from the City of London Sinfonia and the Scott Polar Research Institute to celebrate the life of the British Antarctic explorer Captain Scott in Seventy Degrees Below Zero. Three Latin Motets were recorded by the renowned American choir Phoenix Chorale; this Chandos recording, Spotless Rose, won a Grammy award and was nominated for Best Classical Album.
New commissions for 2016 included works for the BBC Singers, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and a new song cycle for Roderick Williams, among others. Earlier that year the BBC Singers premiered When time is broke, three Shakespeare settings. Oxford University Press has signed her as an ‘Oxford’ composer and she is currently ‘composer-in-residence’ at Dulwich College, London. In 2013 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Portsmouth.
At Eurovox 2020 she will give a masterclass on her songs Flights of Angels.
Karen Brunssen is Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Music Performance at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University (Illinois, USA), and President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (USA). Her newly published book The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan published by Plural Publishing chronicles changes in respiration, vibration and resonance, and the impact on realistic, age appropriate expectations for vocal development throughout a lifetime.
She is a frequent vocal clinician, master teacher, panelist, adjudicator and presenter, most recently at the 2018 NATS National Conference, 2017 International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden, the 2015 ACDA Conference, 2016 ACDA Central Region Conference, Association of Teachers of Singing, Opera America, and Chorus America. She was a keynote presenter for the International Symposium on Singing and Song at the University of Newfoundland and presented at the Podium2016-Choral Canada as well as residencies at Cambridge University and with the Zürcher Sing-Akadmie in Zurich, Switzerland.
Her singing career has spanned over 30 years. Students of hers have gone on to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, many other awards, and perform and teach all over the world. In 2013 she was presented the Weston Noble Award by her alma mater, Luther College. She is a Consultant Editor with Plural Publishing.
At Eurovox 2020 she will give two presentations, International Pedagogy and The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan; and a masterclass.
Kim Chandler MMus BMusEd is one of the UK’s top session singers and industry vocal coaches. She runs a busy private studio in Marbella (Spain) and London where she coaches an elite worldwide clientele of professional singers, signed artists, artists in development and other vocal coaches.
She has coached many high-profile artists such as Courtney Love, Paloma Faith, Jess Glynne and Birdy, and worked as a vocal coach for two audition tours of The Voice UK. She is regularly invited to run masterclasses, workshops and teacher training events in the UK and abroad. She is also a regular presenter at national and international voice conferences, and was a keynote speaker at a national voice conference in Australia in 2010.
In the academic world, she has been President of the British Voice Association and served two terms as a Director. She was a senior lecturer in Contemporary Singing at Leeds College of Music and London College of Music. She was the Head of Vocals at the UK’s first contemporary vocal college Vocaltech (now BIMM London). She has written many articles for Voice Council magazine, chapters in The Ultimate Guide To Singing and Teaching Singing in the 21st Century, and is the creator of the popular Funky ‘n Fun vocal exercise series.
As a performer, she has well over two decades of high-end performing experience in both live performance and studio singing. Aside from her voice being heard on films, albums and thousands of jingles worldwide, she has also sung with artists such as the Bee Gees, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Bjork, Michael Bolton and Susan Boyle, in addition to having performed at some of London’s iconic locations such as the Royal Albert Hall, Downing Street, Wembley Arena and Stadium, the O2 Arena and Buckingham Palace.
At Eurovox 2020 she will give a masterclass on Contemporary Commercial Music.
Scott Harrison trained in Musical Theatre at GSA Conservatoire and the Dance School of Scotland MTC. He gained his PGCLTHE (Arts Education) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is a Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of the Arts.
He is a freelance singing teacher and vocal coach, working mainly in theatre and television. He is currently a Lecturer of Singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a Lecturer of Singing and Musical Theatre at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Head of Singing and Music at West End Musical Theatre, and Senior Musical Theatre Consultant at Associated Studios London. He works around the UK, Europe and Asia regularly training students in all aspects of singing technique, pedagogue, repertoire and audition/performance technique. He has worked at LAMDA, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, GSA Conservatoire, Arts Educational London, Italia Conti Theatre Arts, Bodyworks/Cambridge Academy of Performing Arts, Primoatto Productions, Rijn Ijssel (Arnhem, Netherlands), Evolve Arts (Singapore), Sing’Theatre (Singapore) and the Brit School, Croydon; he can also been seen as the vocal coach on two series of ITV’s All-Star Musicals.
He has designed and led courses in ‘Integrative Voice Practices’ for singing and voice teachers at the National Opera Studio in London in conjunction with Arlene Rolph’s The Singing Entrepreneur, and designed and led teacher-training courses for musical theatre and pop teachers for eight years in conjunction with T’eXtpierement Theaterschool (Oss, Netherlands). His passion for integrated practice and his experience with a broad range of methodologies and approaches will see him researching the area further in the near future.
Further teaching credits include being choirmaster and singing tutor at Enfield Grammar School, and pianist and audition consultant for companies around London and Essex including NCL International, the Charing Cross Theatre London and the Growing Studios London. On top of all this, he also has a private singing practice where he works with a wide range of clients from some of the West End’s top leading performers and current recording artists.
Scott has also worked as a professional performer. Some of the performance work he has been involved in includes: Butler/Asher in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (National Tour), Doug in Original Irish Cast Album of Elegies: For Angels, Punks & Raging Queens, The Intruder in See How They Run (Pomegranate Theatre), Originated the roles of Roy in Supermarket! The Musical/Rebels and Retail and Ford Maddox/Hangman in Scandalous! (Nottingham Playhouse), Ensemble in Only The Brave (Concert), leading man Diamond Jim in The Diamond Horseshoe (Disneyland, Tokyo), Frank Lacey in ITV’s Albert's Memorial alongside David Jason and David Warner, and Psycho Joey & Sketch regular in BBC’s Life According to Fred alongside comedian Fred McCauley. He is also no stranger to performing in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall having performed in such pieces as Berlioz's Te Deum under the direction of internationally renowned conductor Susanna Mälkki with the BBC Symphony Choir.
At Eurovox 2020 he will give a masterclass on musical theatre.
Prof. Norma Enns was born and grew up in southern Manitoba, Canada. In 1970 she completed an AMM in Piano Pedagogy, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music at Brandon University with double major in Voice and Viola. She continued her studies in voice at the University of Music, Theatre, and Media in Hannover before getting her opera diploma in 1977 and her concert artist diploma in 1978. An international singing career followed, concentrating on music of the twentieth century. In 1994, she was named Professor of Voice and contemporary music at her alma mater in Hannover and served as Head of the Voice department. She became President of EVTA from 2005 to 2012 and is now an Honorary Member. Although she has retired, she keeps in touch with singing and teaching through coaching and advising former students. She is also busy looking after her grandchildren.
At Eurovox 2020 she will give two presentations: Teaching English Song to non-native speakers and English Contemporary Commercial Music in contrast to 'English Classical Song'.
Born in Wiener Neustadt/Austria, Prof. Dr. Martin Vácha has diplomas in Voice, Voice Pedagogy and Solo Voice Performance in Vienna and graduate degree in Arts Management in Hamburg, Doctor of Philosophy, all graduated with high honours; courses in Operetta, Church Music (organ) and Adult Education. He has taken masterclasses and private lessons with Prof. Helga Meyer-Wagner, Prof. Cornelius Reid, Prof. Noelle Turner and Prof. Sebastian Vittucci.
His voice type is lyric baritone; his first engagements were at the Volksoper Vienna and the Salzburg Festival. At present his focus is on lied and oratorio, and he has performed as a soloist at the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Berlin and at the Alto Adige Festival. In broad oratorio and lied repertoire he has given many performances with ensemble repertoire such as Brahms’ Liebeslieder-Walzer and Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel; a 2019/20 Schubert programme with the guitarist Alexander Swete; and opera, operetta and musical theatre productions.
Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Department for Voice), he also gives masterclasses in Austria, Slovenia and Japan and has continuous activities as a researcher, lecturer, writer, reviewer and manager. Vice-President of the European Voice Teachers Association (EVTA), board member of EVTA-Austria and chair of the International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT) 2021 in Vienna.
At Eurovox 2020 he will give two presentations: German Romantic Lieder ensembles (Schumann's Minnespiel) and Phrasing in Schubert’s vocal music.
Ineke van Doorn
Dutch Edison winner, jazz singer Ineke van Doorn is a highly respected authority as both a singer and a teacher. In 2016 her 300-page book Singing From the Inside Out, exploring the voice, the singer and the song was published (ArtEZ University Press) and got raving reviews among others in the NATS Journal of Singing.
As a singer she has been praised for her personal style and her seemingly unlimited vocal capacities. The Dutch newspaper Volkskrant called her ‘the adventurer among the Dutch Jazz vocalists’. Together with her duo partner guitarist and composer Marc van Vugt she performs internationally; their thoughtful and multi-layered original music combines lyrical songs with expressive improvisations. She has released 13 CDs with line-ups ranging from a trio to a full orchestra and a classical choir, and played in clubs and festivals in among others Canada, New York, Japan, France, Germany and Indonesia. Both in 2016 and 2018 she toured for five weeks in Canada, playing in clubs and teaching and performing as artist-in-residence at Universities in Toronto and Vancouver. A CD with live recordings of these tours was released in 2019. Also in 2018 she toured with dancer and choreographer Cecilia Moiso with an original duet on criticism.
She holds a master’s degree in jazz singing and graduated as a classical pianist. She is a voice professor at the ArtEZ University, Arnhem and is presently on the board of the European Voice Teachers Association (EVTA). She teaches master classes and lectures regularly, among others at the Leo Sings Conference in Aalborg, Denmark, the International Jazz Voice Conference in Helsinki, for the AFPC in France and at universities in Canada, Germany, and the USA. She was keynote speaker at Eurovox Riga (Latvia), Eurovox The Hague and the International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT) Stockholm.
At Eurovox 2020 she will give a presentation Breathing technique for pop and jazz singers; and a masterclass on pop and jazz.
Prof. Sascha Wienhausen completed his education at the Detmold University of Music (Germany) as a graduate singing pedagogue along with a final examination in concert and oratorio singing. Following that, he took the contact study course ‘Popular music’ at the Hamburg University of Music; a stage qualification in musical theatre completed his education. After participating successfully in several singing competitions, he has sung professionally throughout Europe.
Since 2000, he has been responsible for numerous directorial works in musical theatre. As a teacher, She works nationally and internationally. He is a Master Trainer of Estill Voice Training and a certificated teacher for the Complete Vocal Technique (CVT). Since 2009, he has been Professor of Pop and Musical singing at the Osnabrueck University of Applied Sciences in Germany, becoming Dean in 2012. From 2009 to 2012, he was visiting professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria.
At Eurovox 2020 he will give a presentation Complete Vocal Technique and run a CVT workshop.
Nick Gibbins is a Consultant Otolaryngologist and Voice Surgeon at University Hospital Lewisham, London. He graduated from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London in 1998 and was awarded the Registrar’s Gold Medal for research by the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Masterclass in 2011. His ENT training ran through London and Australia including paediatric ENT at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. He is head and neck cancer, and thyroid lead for the Trust.
He is mainly a laryngologist and has a specialist interest in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of voice disorders, the management of the professional voice, and the biomechanics of the body that can affect both voice and swallow.
He has published articles and written text-book chapters regarding the management of voice disorders. He teaches, trains and examines both under- and postgraduate medics and has appeared on national radio discussing the voice. He is in demand as a speaker, having given lectures on the voice to the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine, and multiple international conferences. His passions include the evolution of the larynx, ensuring professional voice users know how to manage their voice, and what to do when it goes wrong.
At Eurovox 2020 he will give a presentation on Voice science.
A multifaceted artist, soprano and musicologist, Patricia Caicedo is one of the leading interpreters of the Iberian and Latin American art song repertoire, having sung in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Russia, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Latin America to public and critical acclaim.
She has recorded nine CDs dedicated to the art song repertoire in Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese and published eight books considered reference in the area. She often visits universities and conservatories around the world as a guest artist and teacher.
She is the founder and director of the Barcelona Festival of Song, a ten-day summer course and performance series on the history and interpretation of the Latin American and Spanish vocal repertoire that reaches its 16th anniversary in 2020.
She holds a PhD in musicology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a medical doctor´s degree from the Escuela Colombiana de Medicina.
At Eurovox 2020 she will give a workshop on pronunciation for Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese songs; and will hold a masterclass.
Barbara Hoos de Jokisch
Dr Barbara Hoos de Jokisch is a classical voice teacher and methodologist at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany, training future voice teachers and secondary school music teachers. She also publishes and lectures on voice pedagogy, and coaches professionals in all fields of work in breathing, speaking and voice. Beyond Europe, her teaching has taken her to Mexico, the United States, and Africa.
Beginning with her own voice training, she experienced a broad variety of vocal methods and developed a deep interest in their special character and theoretical foundation. In her doctoral thesis (Die geistige Klangvorstellung, Breitkopf & Härtel, 2015) she worked on the voice theory and pedagogy of the renowned German voice teacher Franziska Martienßen-Lohmann, whose books on voice contain a complex, coherent voice terminology.
She has been teaching methodology for eleven years. Her aim, rather than bringing a single teaching method to her students, is to make them familiar in a non-judgmental, tolerant way with different avenues to the voice and its training. This led to the elaboration of a model in which different voice methods can be analysed in their elements, characterised, and understood; she calls this 'The Kaleidoscope of Voice Methods'. She presented it for the first time during the annual conference of the Association of German Voice Teachers (Jahrekongress des Bundesverbandes Deutscher Gesangspädagogen) in Berlin in spring 2018. Since then she has been invited to introduce this model in workshops and masterclasses at several music academies in Germany and Austria. She introduced the Kaleidoscope model for the first time in English during the NATS meeting of voice pedagogues in Berlin. It is therefore a great pleasure for her to present it at Eurovox 2020 in Edinburgh.
In 2019 she will be publishing her comprehensive compilation of Franziska Martienßen-Lohmann’s voice exercises in Die sieben Grundelemente der Stimmbildung (The Seven Fundamental Elements of Voice Training), Breitkopf & Härtel, and in 2020 an extensive article on „Einheit in der Vielfalt? – Zum Konzept der integrativen Gesangspädagogik“ ('Unity in Diversity? – The Concept of Integrative Voice Pedagogy') in Handbuch des Gesangs, volume 2, Laaber Verlag.
At Eurovox 2020 she will give a presentation on Teaching the Kaleidoscope-Model.
Andri Björn Róbertsson
Icelandic bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson made his house début at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden last season as Witness 3/Madman in the world premiere of Sir George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence, which was also recently revived at the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam. As a 2016/17 Harewood Artist, he made his début with English National Opera as Angelotti in Catherine Malfitano's production of Tosca, subsequently performing the role Ceprano in Rigoletto and Basilio (cover) in The Barber of Seville. Most recently, he performed the roles of Lord Krishna in Philip Glass’s Satyagraha and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the company.
Engagements this season included Fifth Jew (cover) in Salome for ENO and recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London with ENO Harewood Artists and pianist Iain Burnside, and at the at Salurinn, Kópavogur, Iceland and Kings Hall Newcastle with pianist Edwige Herchenroder. In 2019 he will reprise the roles of Witness 3/Madman in revival performances of Sir George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence in Hamburg and Lyon.
He was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Queen Sonja International Music Competition and was nominated as the ´Brightest Hope in Classical Music´ at the 2013 Icelandic Music Awards. He studied at the Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts in his native Iceland, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio, London. He gratefully acknowledges Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and her Foundation who provided him with significant mentoring and financial support. He is also grateful to the Behrens Foundation who sponsored his engagement as a Harewood Artist at ENO.
He also teaches singing at Newcastle University and Durham University.
At Eurovox 2020 he will give a masterclass on Icelandic songs with Eileen and Christopher Field.
Eileen Field studied singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music. She is a graduate of the Royal School of Music and was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in February 1998. She has extensive experience as a soprano soloist, accompanist, choral conductor, and teacher of piano and singing from beginners to post-graduate level. She has conducted masterclasses for solo singers and choirs, including Highcliffe Junior Choir, winners of the youth section of the Sainsbury Choir of the Year Competition.
She selected the material and wrote performance notes for two volumes of twentieth-century songs for Boosey & Hawkes. Her work as an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals has taken her all over the British Isles and Ireland.
She is a consultant moderator and grade and diploma examiner for ABRSM, and helps to train new examiners. She was the lead singing consultant for the selection of repertoire for the ABRSM Singing Syllabus and series consultant for the new ABRSM Songbooks Plus. She has examined and presented seminars for teachers in the UK, Southern Africa, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Korea. the Philippines, Bermuda, Canada, the USA, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Turkey, Poland and Iceland. She has examined for ABRSM at the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts on nine occasions. In parallel, she has examined candidates taking the Academy’s internal examinations and heard a broad range of Icelandic vocal repertoire. As a result of her encouragement, the first collection of Icelandic art songs, with English singing translations, was published by Ísalög.
At Eurovox 2020 she will give a masterclass on Icelandic songs with Andri Björn Róbertsson and Christopher Field.
Christopher Field was a boy chorister at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge and a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. After gaining an ARCM performance diploma with distinction, he continued his studies with Frederick Husler in Switzerland on a postgraduate award from the Arts Council of Great Britain and then worked extensively as a baritone soloist throughout the UK, including performances under Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Colin Davis. In addition, he taught for many years at Dulwich College, retiring in 2000 as Deputy Master.
He has been published by Banks, Boosey & Hawkes, Recital Music, Weinberger and Yorke Edition, and several of his teaching works have appeared in the singing and double bass grade examination syllabuses of the leading examination boards over the past forty years.
He is an experienced festival adjudicator, ABRSM diploma examiner, teacher of singing and double bass and the conductor of the City of London Chamber Choir. He has wide experience of conducting choral and vocal masterclasses working with, among others, students at the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts in Iceland.
He was appointed an Associate of the RAM in 1993.
At Eurovox 2020 he will give a masterclass on Icelandic songs with Eileen Field and Andri Björn Róbertsson.
As a singer, folklorist and writer, Margaret Bennett credits her family upbringing amid Gaelic and Scots tradition bearers with her expertise in Scottish folklore and folksong. Widely regarded as “Scotland’s foremost folklorist” (with a post-grad Master’s in Folklore and a PhD in Ethnology) she “wears her scholarship lightly”, lecturing, singing and storytelling on both sides of the Atlantic. Scottish Arts critic Judy Moir wrote “It’s rare to witness such a charismatic and fascinating raconteur.” A prize-winning author with 15 books to her credit, her awards include the Michaelis Ratcliffe Prize for Folklore (1991), the Scotch Malt Whisky Society award “for notable service... rendered to the people of Scotland” (1994), the Master Music Maker Award (USA, 1998) "in celebration of a lifetime of musicianship and teaching”, the Canadian Historical Association/Société historique du Canada Cleo Award for History (1999), the Celtic Women International 2003 award for “lifelong service to Scottish and Celtic Culture” and Le Prix du Québec for contribution to Quebec cultural studies (2011). She has also featured in theatre, film and documentaries.
Since 2009, she has been a Patron of the Traditional Music and Song Association. In 2011, for her services to traditional music she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; in 2012 the Royal Scottish Academy elected her Professor of the RSA; in 2014 she was inducted into the Traditional Music Hall of Fame; and in 2017 awarded the Saltire Society (Highland Branch) award “for outstanding work in conserving and sustaining the oral traditions, music and song of the Highlands and Islands”. As the late Hamish Henderson wrote, “Margaret embodies the spirit of Scotland.”
She is currently a Professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow; an Honorary Research and Teaching Fellow, at the University of St Andrews and Professor of Antiquities and Folklore, Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), Edinburgh.
At Eurovox 2020 she will give two workshops: An overview of Gaelic or Scots traditions, with examples – a ‘what’s it all about?’ session, which will give folk a broad understanding of the culture as well as the songs; Gaelic work songs to the rhythm of spinning, waulking tweed, milking, harvesting, rowing, etc.
Dr Jenevora Williams is a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. After a successful career in Opera, she 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 and Europe. As a teacher of singing, she works with professional singers of all ages, as well as working in vocal rehabilitation for BAPAM and the NHS.
At Eurovox 2020 she will give a presentation on Adolescent voices.
Frikki Walker is one of Scotland’s busiest and most experienced choral conductors, with a special interest in training young voices.
He has trained the Changed Voices of the RSNO Junior Chorus since 2008 and also trains the Changed Voices of the National Youth Choir of Scotland Boys’ Choir. In 2016 he founded Glasgow Cambiata bringing together the changed voices choirs of several local schools. He is also responsible for much of the choral programme at the High School of Glasgow, including their award-winning chamber choir.
He has been Director of Music at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, since 1996, and under his leadership the choir has developed into a choir of professional standing. In addition, he currently conducts the Royal School of Church Music Scottish Voices, which he co-founded, and has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Calton Consort, Edinburgh’s premier chamber choir. Frikki is also an adjudicator at music festivals, an accomplished organist and a composer and arranger.
At Eurovox 2020 he will give a presentation on Boys' changing voices
Heather Nicoll is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), and was appointed Head of Woodwind in 2007.
In a diverse performing career as a clarinettist, she has given concerts and recorded with many of Britain’s leading orchestras, and held a principal position with Scottish Ballet for several years. She has appeared as concerto soloist on many occasions, making her professional debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and has featured regularly with various professional contemporary and chamber music ensembles. She has played on numerous soundtracks for films, working with composers including John Williams (Harry Potter: The Philosopher’s Stone), James Horner (Enemy At The Gates), Craig Armstrong (Moulin Rouge), Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith, and recorded with a diverse range of artists such as Bryn Terfel and Joni Mitchell. In addition to her work in the RCS, Heather has adjudicated extensively at national, regional and international level for organisations such as the Yamaha Foundation Awards, BBC Young Musician and National Concert Band Festival. She has also examined and given masterclasses and workshops at leading Conservatoires in Britain and further afield.
In 2002 she gained an MA in Psychology for Musicians (Sheffield University). More recently, she has completed a PGDip in Performance Psychology at Edinburgh University, exploring the psychology of peak performance in a range of fields including music and sport. In she, Heather is a qualified ‘Mindfulness Now’ teacher, certified by the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation. She practises with RCS students and working professionals exploring the benefits of mindfulness within areas such as managing stress, aiding effective practice and performance techniques.
At Eurovox 2020 she will give a presentation on Performance psychology and mindfulness.
David McCabe is a clinic director and commenced studying for his degree in osteopathic medicine in 1998. He was an annual prize winner throughout his studies and qualified with honours from the internationally acclaimed British College of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy) in London.
He returned to Scotland and set up his own practice in 2004, and this has grown year-on-year to become the highly successful Back2Life Clinics. He lectures on anatomy and physiology and is proud to have been the first UK osteopath in the world to be invited to lecture at the Helsinki Osteopathic University in 2005. He has been a member of the medical team at the Scottish Senior Athletic Championships working with elite athletes and experienced physiotherapists; he is also a former committee member of the Scottish Osteopathic Society. In 2017, he was awarded a distinction for a Masters in Human Anatomy.
He has special interests in occupational health, golf biomechanics (though he needs to play more to improve his own handicap!); sports injuries and clinical nutrition.
He is the only osteopath in Scotland who is a member of the Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association – an organisation that specialises in the care of the performing artist (whether they are singers, actors, dancers or other performing groups). He is a regular lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
At Eurovox 2020 he will give a presentation as an osteopath on Working with singers.
At Eurovox 2020 she will give a presentation on Emmett therapies.