by Joshua Hopkins July 7th, 2008

Breathing into Freedom: An Afternoon Session with Patsy Rodenburg

As from 2008 BBT is offering all musicians on its roster an introductory consultation and practical session with Patsy Rodenburg, Director of Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and until recently at the Royal National Theatre.  Joshua Hopkins writes about his session with her on 28th June…

In recent years, I have developed a significant fear of singing in a recital setting. This fear grew out of a comment made to me in 2005 that described my physical posture as stiff. Since then, I have been battling with this affliction, stiffness, and have felt it hinder my performance in recitals. My breath ceases to be efficient, my legs tighten, and over the course of a recital program, my voice tires. In a constant effort to improve my ability as an artist, naturally I am driven to seek assistance from specialists who can help me face my challenges. In one afternoon session with Patsy Rodenburg, I not only learned the simple tools necessary to alter my bad habits, but also gained the confidence to overcome my fears.


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by Christian Poltéra July 1st, 2008

The BBT Long-Term Effect

Isn`t this wonderful: four years have passed since I received a BBT Award in 2004. And right now, looking back over the last two months, the effect of this wonderful prize, of all the work and support connected to it, seems more alive then ever…

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