Allan will be giving individual singing lessons throughout the course and, on Saturday afternoon, will start off a week of singing with a workshop: Breathing for Singing: sorting fact from fiction:
The correct way to breathe for singing is a contentious topic with many varied schools of thought, each claiming to have the answer. This workshop asks the question: “what do we actually need as singers?” and provides some evidence-based answers for immediate application into your singing.”
Think you can lie-in in the morning? If you do you will be missing Allan’s daily warm-ups which, besides setting you up for the day , promise to be great fun!
There will also be an opportunity to see Allan working in his unique way with students in an open lesson on Monday afternoon.
Allan was born in the North-East of England, in the county of Northumberland. His love for music (and especially the voice) started at the age of ten when he joined a local Choir and realised that singing was the most fun anyone could possibly have, ever (even more fun than cake). He went on to become deeply passionate about musical theatre and continued his musical studies alongside his academic work and research into phonetics and voice science.
Allan moved to France in his late twenties (possibly because of the cakes) and, whilst teaching at university, began to bring together his love of phonetics and the singing voice. His research into the physiological and acoustic aspects of the singing voice led him to start coaching injured singers needing rehabilitation work and, in 2010, to set up the evidence-based technique programme ‘l’académie du chanteur moderne’ (the modern singer’s academy), which has gone on to become one of the most popular singing programs in France (and is now fully funded by the French government for working singers).
In 2011 he also began training other singing teachers to work with this physiological and acoustic approach to the voice. Allan regularly coaches in-house for musical theatre and opera companies as well as working on healthy and versatile voice techniques with choirs, and artists from various musical fields (classical, rock, heavy metal, soul, RnB, pop, country etc) and often speaks at conferences on vocal pedagogy and new approaches. He is currently director of the voice department of the IFPRO performing arts school in Paris.
Despite trying for many years, he remains unable to play the guitar, but maintains that singing is the most fun anyone can have, ever.