Deborah Garvey, MA, B.Mus, LTCL, PGCert TLHE, FHEA

Job title

Lecturer, Voice

Profile

I am a voice practitioner who teaches both spoken voice, accent work and singing. This multi-faceted approach is informed by my early training as an actor and singer and subsequent study to complete a music degree at Goldsmiths College in 1994. Alongside performance work in West End, repertory, and radio, I went on to gain experience as a singing coach at Goldsmith’s College, the BRIT School and London School of Musical Theatre. In the same period, I became interested in vocal health and independently designed and implemented workshops to fitness professionals, teachers, and performers. This growing enquiry into the spoken voice provided the impetus for me to pursue further specialist study on the MA Voice Studies programme at Central. I graduated in 2008 and began working here a year later as a visiting lecturer before joining the faculty as Lecturer in Voice on the MA/MFA Voice Studies programme in 2014. In addition to teaching voice and providing pastoral, academic and pedagogical support I liaise with MFA students and co-ordinate activities in the second year of their study.

I also teach group singing and accent coaching on BA Acting (CDT), practical voice on MA Music Theatre and vocal support on student productions at Central. Outside the conservatoire training setting, I am an associate coach for Speak Easily Ltd, a leading provider in communication skills and accent softening courses.

My research interests focus on the relationship between the spoken and sung voice and the development of an integrated approach to access vocal expressivity. I am particularly interested in how this might be applied in the process of theatre-making and seek opportunities to compose music for the stage which exploit this interrelationship and attempt to move beyond a specific vocal aesthetic to what might be appropriate to the meaning, mood and style of the text. This enables me to create work which informs my research and generates appropriate teaching materials to support my practice.

I’m currently compiling a collection of original vocal music for publication as a teaching resource.

External Memberships

  • Equity
  • Voice Care Network
  • British Voice Association
  • Voice and Speech Trainers Association

Courses

Voice Studies, MA/MFA

Music Theatre, MA

Acting (CDT), BA

Teaching Areas

  • Practical Voice
  • Accent and Dialect work
  • Singing

Research Areas

  • The interrelationships and differences between the spoken and sung voice
  • Integrated voice techniques
  • Politics of RP in actor training
  • The role of breath in performance
  • Vocal character work

Practice

My practice includes work as a composer and voice coach as well as conference presentations.

Compositions include:

2014. Home Fires (also musical director and cast member) Sydenham Arts Festival and subsequent transfer to the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, (Director: Vicki Hambley). Funding received from ACE and Heritage Lottery Fund.

2001. Looking for Mister Right, also actor. Finborough Theatre (Director Cate Hamer).

1988. Golden Galleon, also musical director. Pleasance, Edinburgh (Director Caroline Rowbottom).  

As voice/accent coach:

2014. Blue Remembered Hills, New Diorama (Director Graham Hubbard.

2013. Vanessa and Virginia, Riverside Studios (Director Emma Gersch).

2012. Impotent, Lion And Unicorn (Director Graham Hubbard).

2011. The Importance of Being Earnest, Sydenham Arts Festival (Director Jonathan Kaufman).

2009. Midsummer Nights’ Dream, Sydenham Arts Festival (Director Jonathan Kaufman).

I have given presentations at a range of conferences and for a series of networks including the International Centre for Voice and Voice Care Network, SongArt Symposium, the Stage and Screen Conference, and Rose Bruford College.  

Register of Interest

Nothing to declare.