Dr Jenevora Williams
Dr Jenevora Williams is a passionate pedagogue and a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. 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.
As voice science is a relatively young discipline, she has engaged in pioneering work at a grass roots level through the delivery of innovative lectures on Vocal Health, Performance Anxiety, Vocal Pedagogy, Teaching Young Singers, Singing in the Brain, Voice Acoustics, and Teaching Studio Communication Style for bodies such as the British Voice Association, British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), the Association of Teachers of Singing in the UK; NATS and the Voice Foundation in the US; PEVoC and EVTA in the EU. Jenevora has delivered her courses in Belgium, Finland, Portugal, Austria, Slovenia, Perth (Australia), Chicago IL, and has bookings for an Australian tour next year. She also offers more general training for teachers in regional and national music organisations like Sound Connections, The Voices Foundation, Sing Up and Sistema Scotland. Her work now is mainly through Vocal Health Education: along with Stephen King of the Voice Care Centre, she has set up Vocal Health First Aid training that leads on the Vocal Health Practitioner and Vocal Rehabilitation Specialist, all of these are fully accredited qualifications.
Jenevora has a busy private practice both at her home in Guildford, Surrey, and also at Pro Voice Care in Soho, London. She is experienced in preparing singers for solo professional performance and recordings (Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Les Arts Florissants, Aix-en-Provence, Garsington, Decca, EMI, Hyperion). Many of her students are members of professional opera choruses and groups such as the Monteverdi Choir and The Sixteen. Others perform as soloists both nationally and internationally. She has given masterclasses in Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, United States, Canada and Australia.
Much of her teaching work is in vocal rehabilitation; she offers guidance for singers who may have challenges with vocal health or technique. Jenevora works alongside the UK’s leading voice doctor Declan Costello in more than one voice clinic. Jenevora is an Associate Lecturer in vocal rehabilitation for professional singers on the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. She is one of the recommended Vocal Rehabilitation Coaches for the Voice Care Centre and BAPAM, and she also takes referrals from voice clinics around the country.
As one would expect for someone who has always been interested in advanced training for young singers; Jenevora’s PhD research looked into the vocal health of intensively trained child singers. She has taught elite musicians at the Yehudi Menuhin School; and was Singing Consultant and teacher-in-residence for the National Youth Choir for twenty years. She has taught singing at The Royal College of Music Junior Department, as well as young adults at the Guildford School of Acting and many universities. She has been the singing teacher for the choristers at St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, as well as a consultant teacher for many other British cathedral foundations.
Here’s Jenevora performing ‘Voi Che Sapete’ from Le Nozze Di Figaro, Mozart – with the guitarist Stephen Goss.
And here’s a recording of ‘Piangero’ from Giulio Cesare, Handel – with the pianist Susie Allen
Jenevora’s rigorous academic study in tandem with her own practical professional experience has equipped her for teaching and teacher training to a level beyond that of any other singing teacher in the UK.