Choral Adjudicator & International Vocal Specialist
|Vivien studied music at the Royal Manchester/Royal Northern College of
Music after previously studying medical sciences. She graduated with teaching
and performing diplomas and a silver medal for the highest performing marks.
In 2006 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University for her lifetime’s work with singers nationally and internationally. She is also a Churchill Fellow, researching the Cultural Influences on Voice Development in Sweden, Finland and Estonia. A further notable achievement has been her election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
|Vivien started her singing career at the age of seven. Since that time
she has gained extensive experience as a recitalist and sopranosoloist with
many choral societies including the prestigious BBC Northern Singers, of
which she is a former member.
|Vivien has specialised in the teaching of the voice for over
35 years, and during that time hundreds of young singers have benefited
from her enthusiasm and instruction, including the internationally acclaimed
soprano Lesley Garrett.
Her private students continue to gain national recognition and acceptance into the main Music Academies within the UK.
She is an external examiner of singing at degree level and a visiting lecturer/examiner in choral conducting at Huddersfield University
|Her choirs have won many prizes in national and international competitions and have enjoyed tours to Italy, Germany, Ireland, Australia (representing UK at the first Melbourne International Choral Festival), Canada and USA, Finland and Estonia. Her female choir celebrated 30 years of high standard singing in 2009.
At present Vivien holds a position as vocal coach for several nationally acclaimed choral societies.
|Vivien is in great demand for solo singing and choral workshops and has worked with singers not only in the UK but also internationally in Sweden, Latvia, Ireland, New Zealand and Estonia. She has lectured in Latvia and Slovenia and recently as a visiting professor at the Estonian Academy of Music.