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Ms Frith Trezevant

Biography

I sang as a child in New Zealand, where my father was my first singing teacher. At the age of 80 plus, he still has a three octave range and I'm hoping my own vocal folds are as resilient as his obviously are.

Experience in New Zealand included a long-running role in radio drama - I was a fairy in a children's broadcast - and radio plays, as well as with the University Singers, whose conductor, Peter Godfrey, (another ICON, see below)was one of my inspirations, a thorough-going musician with a love of music and people, and the father of choral music in NZ.

In 1981 I studied in Australia with Donald Munro, recipient of an ICON award from the Arts Foundation in New Zealand, for his work. I met David Harper in 1982 and came to study with him in England that year.

I was awarded an Ian Fleming Foundation scholarship for studies with David Harper and Paul Hamburger, and attended the Britten Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, with scholarships for courses in Ensemble and English and American song. My tutors on those courses were Peter Pears, Joan Cross, Nancy Evans, Jan de Gaetani and Graham Johnson.

Discovering the Estill model in 1997 was a turning point in my teaching and my own learning, as I began to understand the physical nature of the voice. From there I've gone on to read and study as much as I can about the factors affecting voicing, be they emotional, mental or physical. It's an ongoing project.

Currently I am lucky enough to work with the National Youth Choir as a singing teacher, and am on the Council of the British Voice Association.

The BVA has been pivotal in developing my teaching due to its educational outreach to teachers, voice practitioners of all kinds, voice health professionals and voice scientists. It is a privelege to be able to give something back to it.

Contact Frith

Address: Bristol and Avon
BS6 5DR
Phone: 0117 9241898
Mobile: 07712 777445

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