photo by Fiona Horne
photo by Fiona Horne
photo by Fiona Horne
photo by Fiona Horne

 

BROOKS VOCAL WORKSHOP & COACHING

   

        "the only thing better than singing is more singing"  Ella Fitzgerald

 

 Lorna Brooks is a most sought after Vocal Coach, she is a great communicator with a genuine enthusiasm for people and their voices. She offers professional support across the music industry, theatre and education, aiming to increase knowledge, improve techniques, safeguard voices and promote enjoyment from participation in music on all levels and at all stages.

 

specialising in 

Rock/Pop/Jazz/Musical Theatre

 

email : coaching@lornabrooks.com  tel: 079714431768

 

TESTIMONIALS

FRANCES THORBURN - Actor/singer

 

  "Lorna Brooks is a brilliant vocal coach.  She is excellent at pin pointing exactly where you need help vocally and what to do in order to keep your voice healthy and on point for every performance.  She has a very relaxed style and helps build confidence in a natural way.  I would highly recommend her for both general voice work and also for specific vocal techniques.  She is a joy to work with."

 

ANN LOUISE ROSS - Actor

 "I had the pleasure of working with Lorna Brooks on three big musicals at Dundee Rep in recent years. Gypsy. Sunshine on Leith and Sweeney Todd. Although I could sing I never imagined being able to tackle big musical roles. Mama Rose in Gypsy. Jean in Sunshine on Leith and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd were huge challenges for me. In the capable hands of Lorna Brooks however, my voice found new vocal heights. She gently but firmly guided me through the complexities of the vocal scores. Teaching me how to breathe properly to maximise power and sustain notes. Not being a reader of music this was no mean task, but with Lorna's extensive knowledge and extreme patience we got there. I was never more proud than when she came to see the shows in performance and said I was doing well! I even got a TMA award for best female performance in a musical! Thank you Lorna."

 

ANNA MCLUCKIE - Singer/songwriter  (The Voice 2014)

"I was taught by Lorna Brooks for four years during my time at The City of Edinburgh Music school. When I first came to Lorna I had very little experience with singing technique. I had very little faith in my ability and as such I viewed my love of singing as simply hobby and never considered the prospect of it becoming my career. During those years of teaching Lorna changed my entire perspective of singing and provided me with a skill set that I could never have achieved otherwise. Not only did she teach me the necessary techniques and skills needed to become a professional singer, but she also encouraged me with my creativity and song writing, giving me the faith I needed to go on to where I am today."

KEITH FLEMING - Actor

 

"I have worked with Lorna on a number of occasions, in preparation for big shows, and also privately for more personal intimate work. She helped me greatly every time, so that I might feel confident enough to go out and take the stage, prepared me to the extent that I could trust my voice. Her no nonsense approach did not patronise me with terminology, but allowed me to understand my voice....not only it's limits, but it's potential. Her exercises, tuition and encouragement were invaluable in journey through rehearsal and beyond. Warm-up and vocal management advice, stick with me to this day."

 

FERGUS ROBSON -  BWANI JUNCTION  and AVA LOVE 

"Lorna Brooks is a fantastic teacher , forever a professional and personal where it counts. With a bastion of knowledge and voice that melts butter, you really feel like you’re learning from the best." 

 

GAIL WATSON - Actor

"I met Lorna way back in 2007 when I worked at Dundee rep. She was our vocal and singing coach on Sunshine on Leith.  Lorna approaches singing from a different angle. As an actor who can sing there are always the notes you come up against that scare the shit out of you. Lorna gave me tips that helped support and take the fear out of them. Tips that 10 years down the line I use now. Useful hints on how to breath, and where to breath. Simple things like placing the vowels and consonants, allowing you to sing a note better. Please excuse the last sentence, I am not a musician neither do I read music, but this has never held me back. Her particular tip on how to support big powerful, long notes/phrases have indeed helped me no end. Most of my jobs nowadays require me to sing and my confidence and attitude toward singing has completely changed for the better."

DEBBIE DAVIS - Jazz singer

"As a vocal coach I found Lorna's teaching methods both challenging but most of all enjoyable.I went to her with what I thought was a mediocre voice with little range or strength. Lorna taught me how to improve both significantly through breathing techniques and application of mouthing .An excellent teacher indeed who gave me self belief and "found" or rather recognised my potential long before I did."

PATSY SEDDON -Harpist & singer 

"Lessons with Lorna are person centred and flexible. She has an understanding of what you want to achieve and she sends you home with lots of ideas on how to focus the voice and build up vocal strength.  Her enthusiasm and knowledge of a range of music helps make the time useful fun."

KIRSTY MCDUFF - Actor & singer

"Lorna has revolutionised my approach to singing and my career as an actor. I went to Lorna desperately seeking some singing confidence. I found the confidence I was looking for along with so much more! In a coaching session Lorna makes you feel at ease and she really cares - which is the perfect environment to let you be brave and sing with absolutely no judgment being passed. Lorna has helped me discover my potential and I am eternally grateful to her."

 

PATRICIA PANTHER - Singer/songwriter, producer & actor

"I met Lorna whilst doing the very first run of Glasgow Girls, she was our official vocal coach. Lorna helped so much with helping me find my voice and extend my vocal range and I felt such an improvement, that I continued to have private lessons with her.  I have learned various tips, tricks and techniques that have helped to sustain and strengthen my vocal confidence. I'd happily recommend her to anyone wanting to explore what their singing voice can do."

 

Group sessions or One to One Coaching may include:

vocal technique

vocal health

recording skills

performance skills

audition preparation

microphone technique

self confidence

question and answer sessions

accompaniment with piano, guitar or backing tracks

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Vocal tutor the City of Edinburgh Music School
Vocal coach Dundee Rep Theatre on productions - 'Gypsy',

TMA award winning best new musical 'Sunshine on Leith'

and best musical production 'Sweeney Todd'
Vocal coach - National Theatre of Scotland's award winning 'Glasgow Girls'

 

previous work 

Vocal tutor Strathclyde University

Vocal tutor North Glasgow College

Vocal tutor Jewel & Esk Valley College

Vocal tutor Queen Margaret University

Vocal tutor Napier University

Vocalist and tutor Musicians' Union Workshop Band touring extensively throughout Scotland presenting rock/pop workshops to schools and youth centres

Vocal tutor Prince's Trust Scotland

Music tutor on various community projects

Songwriting tutor various organisations

Vocal Tutor 'Totally Sound' 

 

Trained in Estill Voice Craft Levels 1 and 2 - R.A.M. London

 

For more information please contact 

email: coaching@lornabrooks.com    tel: 07971 443168

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