Meet the Teachers

Julie Gossage

Julie Gossage

VB Master Teacher

Julie was born in Staffordshire in the UK and trained for six years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. On leaving she was invited to join the Welsh National Opera where she performed such roles as Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Flora (La Traviata), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte) and Rosina (The Barber of Seville). Julie has also performed at The English National Opera as Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) and Pitti-Sing in the acclaimed Jonathan Miller production of The Mikado.

She has over 20 years of experience teaching both in the UK and internationally including 1 to 1 singing lessons, workshops, lectures, directing choirs and musicals.

Other work includes, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for English Touring Opera, Aurelio (L’Assedio di Calais) for Wexford Festival Opera amongst many others. Recordings include Edith (The Pirates of Penzance) conducted by the late Sir Charles Mackerras for TER Records. She has also given numerous recitals and concerts to a wide range of audiences.

Richard Halton

Richard Halton

VB Master Teacher

Richard studied singing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and with Renato Cappecchi in the USA.

On leaving GSMD he enjoyed a 20-year career continuously in work performing over 40 principal roles with all the major British Opera companies, collaborating with many of the world’s finest conductors, directors and choreographers. He has also given recitals, concerts, oratorios at home and abroad, and taken part in many commercially released recordings. He was also versatile enough to take on, amongst others, the title role in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London and Ravenal in Showboat, which he performed for nearly two years on national tour and twice at The London Palladium.

He brings a wealth of experience as an educator, teaching a variety of singers including; young adults, undergraduates, post-graduates, industry professionals on a one-to-one basis as well as directing choirs and musicals, delivering workshops and summer schools.

 

 

Amy

Amy Whittle

Accredited VB Teacher

Amy received a 1st Class honours Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Music Performance from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduating in 2010. Since then, Amy has performed WORLDWIDE as a Singer, Dancer and Actress within many contexts, including… the role of The Gumbie Cat in 'Cats the Musical' China/Asia Tour and onboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, understudying and playing Grizabella and Jellylorum; as a Swing in 'Cats the Musical' International and European Tour; lead vocalist onboard a 6* Cruise Ship 'Seabourn' for Belinda King Productions; as a Singer/dancer in 5* Hotels in Tenerife and Egypt 'Sensatori'; as a lead vocalist in hit UK Tour 'Back to Broadway'; as a lead vocalist in 'The Rodgers and Hammerstein Songbook' UK Tour; as the 'opera singer' with Steve Grants (The Sweet) rockband 'Barockestra' at the Edinburgh Festival; numerous amounts of UK/European Concert Work; as part of the dance group Eclipse in Sky One's 'Got To Dance' Semi Finals; as the vocalist on Number 1 Drum and Bass Single 'Seven Notes in Black' (High Contrast); and as a Wedding Singer including the wedding ceremony of Emmerdales very own Viv Hope (Deena Payne).

Amy has been teaching Singing privately and in group settings for over ten years. She herself has studied singing with Julie Gossage at Vocal Balance for over 6 years and is now Level 1 trained with Vocal Balance on their teacher training course and is hugely passionate about their incredible philosophy and the toolbox they offer for great singing. Their way of working allows their students the freedom to open their mouth and tell their truth, by balancing their voice and bringing them back to their natural sound, having fun along the way.
Amy works within the Creative side of the industry also. Most recent shows including; 'FireDance Live' UK Tour with Strictly Come Dancing Stars Gorka Marquez and Karen Hauer (Creative Assistant), 'Get on The Floor' UK Tour with Strictly Star AJ Pritchard (Creative Assistant); 'Piano Legends' at The Barbican (Co-Choreographer); 'Sleeping Beauty' at New Theatre Royal, Lincoln (Choreographer); Brand new shows for Celebrity Cruise Line (Creative Assistant); many Production shows for Haven and ParkDean Resorts (Choreographer). Amy has also worked within the Community Arts setting for over 14 years, gaining endless amounts of experience in working with children and adults in varying sectors. She has worked for companies such as Bamboozle Theatre Company (Leicester) Community Music Wales (Cardiff) Hijinx (Cardiff) and Music in Prisons (London). Amy's joy is being a part of a creative process that offers the opportunity to interact meaningfully with the world through the powerful vehicle that is the Arts. As a fun-loving lady, Amy's classes offer a fear- free environment and a safe space, to allow the extraordinary to happen.

Bethan

Bethan Fflint

Accredited VB Teacher

Bethan gained a BA in French and Italian from the University of Birmingham before going on to train at London School of Musical Theatre and pursuing her career as a performer. Since graduating in 2015, Bethan has performed all over the UK and Europe in a variety of productions. Her credits include roles in new musicals such as; Mari in 'My Land's Shore' Welsh premiere at Theatr Soar, Maggie in 'Happy Funeral' at Market Theatre, Phoebe in 'Mirror Never Lies' at RADA studios, Lady Richmond in 'Marriage à la Mode' at LSMT studios and Hannah in 'Gap Year: The Musical' Tour. She has also very much enjoyed taking lead roles in various pantomimes: Snow White in 'Snow White' with TipTop Theatre, Chester; Queen Rat in 'Dick Whittington' & Molevola in 'Sleeping Beauty' with Talegate Theatre's touring productions; Her roles in children's theatre include Prince Eric in 'Little Mermaid' & Glinda in 'The Wizard of Oz'. Bethan was lead vocalist onboard P&O Pride of Rotterdam in their various shows as well as performing solo cabarets. She also produced, directed and performed in cabaret show 'Babe, You Got This' at Toulouse Lautrec, London. She now performs regularly with 1940s inspired vintage trio 'The Femmes' at private functions and public events.

Bethan has over ten years teaching experience and has taught singing privately and in larger groups to students ages 5 and upwards. After having worked with Julie Gossage of Vocal Balance on her own singing, she began the teacher training course with Vocal Balance and is now a Level 1 vocal coach. Vocal Balance is all about decluttering and making everything as clear as possible for the students and, for Bethan, the ability to enable her students to find their natural voices in such a straightforward way is so empowering.

With a lifelong passion for performance and the creative arts Bethan loves nothing more than seeing that same joy emulated in her students. She has a relaxed and fun approach to teaching, which allows her students to take the risks which enables them to realise their own potential and reap the rewards of hard work.

 

 

Jo Sawyer

Jo Sawyer

Accredited VB Teacher

Jo trained in Musical Theatre at The Guildford School of Acting, winning the Graduate Musical Theatre Prize. Jo is currently 1st cover Glinda in the hit musical 'Wicked' in London's West End. Since graduating in 2012, Jo has been lucky enough to perform in many wonderful musicals and plays. Other credits include playing the role of Rusty in the recent UK Tour of 'Footloose', Cover Liesl in 'The Sound of Music', Hero in 'Much Ado About Nothing', originating the role of Veronica in new musical 'Love Birds' at the Edinburgh Fringe and Anita in 'West Side Story'. She has also thoroughly enjoyed performing in many Pantos over the years, playing Cinderella and Snow White twice each with company Evolution. Jo has also played Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest in two different productions, one for Red Rose Chain and the other for The English Theatre of Hamburg. Her TV credits include Our Girl for BBC One. Jo's other love is close harmony and jazz/swing music and she co-owns 1940s trio, The Femmes, performing all over the world. www.thefemmes.co.uk. Jo has been studying with Julie at Vocal Balance since leaving drama school and hasn't looked back. Vocal Balances' ethos of decluttering singing and making things as simple as possible for the student is something she is very passionate about. Jo has been running workshops and teaching since she was a teenager and always brings a fun, friendly and no fuss energy to her teaching.

Leo Munby

Leo Munby

Musical Director

Leo is a musical director and award-winning composer. Since making his West End debut working on Marianne Elliott’s acclaimed revival of Company (Gielgud Theatre), his MD credits include Gypsy (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Guys and Dolls (Cameron Mackintosh Theatre, Mountview), Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse), Project Broadway (Symphony Space, New York), and the Music Theatre Group New Writing Programme (National Theatre Studio). Leo trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, completing an MA in Musical Direction and Coaching, and was awarded a DipRAM. Before this, he gained a BA in Chinese from Wadham College, Oxford, where he was selected for the inaugural Cameron Mackintosh Professorship/Claude-Michel Schönberg Musical Theatre Writing Programme. His first musical, STOP, co-written with his writing partner Annabel Mutale Reed, won the Musical Theatre Review award for 'Best Score' at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

 

"We started Vocal Balance because we believe that the art of singing should be simple, effective and help students to achieve immediate results."

Julie and Richard

Vocal Balance

 

 
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