Mary-Jane de Havas 

LRAM. Prof.Cert.RAM. Cert.Adv.StudiesRAM. MISM.

Singing, Speaking and Performance Teacher

Welcome!

Do you want to be empowered to sing, speak or perform at your best?

I teach positively to inspire you with creative solutions, so you can fulfil your potential.

Your voice is an instrument you can learn to play, and you can develop your ability to sing or speak freely and with greater impact. Maybe you want more range, power or stamina?  Beginner to professional, all are welcome, so why not Join others with this INTRODUCTORY OFFER to attend the ongoing group webinars on Tuesdays at 7pm or Sundays at 5pm UK time, or book one-to one.

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"..Mary-Jane has given me the confidence to perform without inhibition!"

Sarah Munro

Singer/Song writer

"She helped me to discover a voice I didn’t know I had"

Corinne Worsley

Life transformation coach

“Mary Jane is the Go-to expert for Voice training”

Janey Lee Grace

BBC Radio 2 Presenter, Singer, author, television presenter and radio disc jockey, Virgin Radio.Developer

"My speaking voice is so much better now"

Francisa Miller

Karate Teacher, 4 times National Champion and Bronze medalist at World Karate Championships.

“I never thought learning to sing would be so much fun and interesting.”

Steve Elliott

Retired

"an inspiration as my coach"

Nicole Russo

Singer/ song writer/ session singer, solo singer with The Brand New Heavies

You too can discover how strain, soreness or worrying about your voice can become a thing of the past and sing high notes you didn't know you had.  

Imagine being free to focus on what you want to communicate. You may achieve more than you thought possible.

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About Me

Having had a very round-and-about route in my own training at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music,  I take my clients by the shortest and easiest way from where they are, to where they want to go.  I am like a driving teacher, teaching people how to drive, places to go, and like a mechanic when clients arrive with vocal issues. I also know when to refer on to medical professionals.
I am a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music and have a Professional Certificate from the Royal Academy with 11(1) Hons., also the Certificate of Advanced Studies. LRAM. Prof.Cert.RAM. Cert.Adv.StudiesRAM. MISM. I have been teaching for over twenty five years and loving it! 

See more about my training and experience below.

“an informed and nurturing teacher of classical singing with a holistic approach to the integration of technique and interpretative skills.”

Susan Cullen

Voice and accent coach, The Urdang Academy London. CSSD (Central School of Speech and Drama)

"Mary-Jane was exceptional in her understanding and commitment to help"

Susan Bull

"A transgender girl has to deal with a lot of changes"

“ you feel comfortable & confident.”

Annabell Wood, 

Stuntwoman, including on Game of Thrones

Operatic Roles

As a Mezzo-soprano I have sung in France, and five cities in Japan with the Ambrosian Opera Chorus with Maria Ewing as Carmen and José Carreras as Don José.

I toured Britain and Northern Ireland, singing Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus for the D’Oyly Carte Opera and chorus. Other roles I have sung include Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, Elvira in Don Giovanni, Marcelina in The Marriage of Figaro, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, the Mother in Hansel and Gretal, Azucena in Il Trovatore for Brent Opera, Opera London and Windsor and Eton Opera, Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Ulrica in Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera, Maddalena in Rigoletto and Martha in Gounod’s Faust.

 I sang Marcellina and Don Basilio in the Marriage of Figaro with Olivier award winning company OperaUpClose from September 2014 and toured the UK in 2015 with The Marriage of Figaro.

Memberships

I am a member of the BVA (British Voice Association), AOTOS (The Association of Teachers of Singing), ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) and was a member of Equity from 1989 to 2017.  I work with all ages and abilities and  have an enhanced DBS to work with children.

Teaching

I have taught at The School of The Science of Acting, as a part time lecturer for the Faculty of Arts Brunel University, and at The City of London School for Girls. In May 2012 I created VOICERCISE. As well as one-to-one lessons, I have led singing and Voice Workshops for singers and professional voice users such as school teachers, and led a Singing for Health and Pleasure class in my local community.

Invitation

In 2018 I was invited by Mary Hammond to lead a short practical session on Lax Vox at the Royal Academy of Music's British Voice Association Rock and Pop seminar. I am available for podcasts, radio and TV interviews, conferences and wellness retreats.

Honorary Observer

In 2012 I was an honorary observer at The Luton and Dunstable Hospital ENT Voice Clinic.

Multidisciplinary voice conferences (CPD)

2021
Singing for Health and Trauma, with Emily Foulkes exploring Neuroscience research, the Principles and Practicalities.

2020
British Voice Association (BVA) - Training the Vocal athlete.

British Laryngological Association (BLA ) - Laryngeal Sequelae of COVID19

BVA, Neuroscience for working with Voice, Dr Boris Kleber, Neurophysiology and MRI imaging,

Sing for Parkinson’s, N. Wydenbach,
Dr Michel Belyk, Evolutionary Neuroscience of Voice Motor Control.

Dr Maryna Kryshtopava, Muscle Tension Dysphonia.

Charlotte Davies, Sound processing.

Heidi Moss, training the tonally compromised.

Kate Sheppeard, Emotion for Training Singers.

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, COVID-19 Rehabilitation.

Dr David Joncos and Teresa Shaw,  Music Performance Anxiety (MPA) with (ACC) Acceptance Commitment Coaching derived from (ACT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy.

Alex Ashworth, The Royal Academy of Music on Intention in Singing.

Singing for Health conference.

Emily Foulkes BA hons, PGcert, ITEC Dip, Trauma and Mental Health Practitioner Dip., impacts of trauma on young people, how that relates to voice and how the voice and singing may support positive mental health and well-being.

Singing for Lung Health with Phoene Cave BA Mus Hons, PGDip MT, MA an HCPC, music therapist.

Free Voice work, Christina Shewell MA, FRCSLT, ADVS.

Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher Vocal Process Ltd, Best Practice Update.

BVA Inner Jazz with Pete Churchill.

In 2019
BVA Hormones and the Voice.

In 2018
The British Laryngological Association, Perceptual Analysis – Current Theory & Practice.

BVA Laryngeal science into practice.

In 2017
BVA,Christina Shewell MA, FRCSLT, ADVS. Imperial College London: Therapy for Voice Disorders.

BVA Voice Clinics Forum, St Thomas’ Hospital.

Estill for singing teachers.
Estill Workshop with Estill CMT.

In 2016
BVA Assessment, Diagnosis and Remediation.

BVA Voice and Neck.
BVA Burnout and The voice in distress, Emotional Repair.

The Estill Papers with Anne-Marie Speed.

Before music college

I toured Spain at age sixteen, singing my own composition for voice and string orchestra, also playing cello on the tour.

Music College

I studied singing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, then The Royal Academy of Music, winning the Arthur Burcher prize and two scholarships.

Recitals and Oratorio

I have sung as a soloist in Oratorio and on the concert platform from the age of fourteen to present.

GALLERY

"He leaves each lesson positively ‘buzzing’ at what Mary-Jane helps him achieve vocally”

Archie Halward

After two years from age 12-14 Archie passed ABRSM Grade 7 and 8 singing with DISTINCTION.

““She makes me feel so comfortable and free”“

Tayla Kenyon

Actor


“Mary Jane gave me the tools to be a more authentic performer.”

Archie Mcdonald

Singer/Songwriter, beatboxer and flautist

"Mary-Jane has a lovely, bubbly, warm character. I can honestly say that she has always believed in me the most and to the fullest. ”

Ria Dave

Student

“I learnt so much in such a small space of time“

Ian Francis

Musician


“Her movement and acting inspire me to go out and beyond my comfort zone.”

Warren Davis

Editor at proximitylondon

Reviews and Views

The Independent ★★★★

“Mary-Jane de Havas’s fruitily-exaggerated Marcellina makes a perfect foil…”

What’s On Stage

“There’s a charming moment when Mary-Jane de Havas, who doubles Marcellina and a gender-bending Basilio, has to effect a knowingly fumbled hat-swap in order to share a scene with her other self.”

The Independent ★★★★

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What’s On Stage

“There’s a charming moment when Mary-Jane de Havas, who doubles Marcellina and a gender-bending Basilio, has to effect a knowingly fumbled hat-swap in order to share a scene with her other self.”

Derek Carden

Chief Conductor at Hastings International Composers Festival.

“tremendously professional”

Randy Nichol

Tenor and Director of Opera

"I recommend her as a performer and a person who understands the technique of singing and performing."

David Bezona

Professor at Wilmington College of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Mary-Jane possesses an outstanding singing voice and one certainly as good as any with whom I worked while singing opera, oratorio and concerts during my 12-year professional career in Germany and Europe."

Adrienne Walters

Singer

“a dramatic and powerful actress and singer…very moving”

Anthony Mccarthy

Musical Director

"Mary Jane has an extremely versatile voice that is enhanced by her good sense of musicianship developed through her many years of orchestral experience as a Cellist. Her performances are always sincere with a convincing portrayal of the character both through the varying timbres of her voice and her strong acting ability. Her passionate and sincere portrayal of any given character shows flexibility from the wild heroine to understated comedienne."

Chris Moon-Little

Freelance Director 

“your energy and creativity have been great.”

Victor Scarbi

Lyric baritone – opera, oratorio

“beautiful voice and fluent acting skills”

Ian Wilson-Pope

Opera singer, Welsh National Opera

Mary-Jane brings charm and charisma to the stage”

Mark Windisch

Chairman of the National Early Music Association

“Not only does she have a beautiful voice. But her acting and ability to project emotions was very impressive indeed.”

“Mary-Jane will help you get the absolute best from your unique voice…”

Kerrianne Cartmer-edwards

committed to excellence

"I significantly benefited from Mary-Jane's support and advice regarding repertoire and vocal preparation."

Nick George

Baritone

“Mary-Jane is an inspiration.”

Lesley Folgate

Teacher and Singer

“such good fun while drastically improving my vocal abilities. Mary Jane has an incredible voice herself. This is always a reassuring feature for a singing teacher”

Zion Davidson

Student

“I can feel my voice improves after every lesson!”

Adam Gower

Student

“Her methods allow your voice to reach new heights”

Oliver Gower

Student

“great mix of technique improvement, and theatrical technique as well.”

Adriana Jack

Soprano

“This is a must for supporting staff well-being”

Amrit Bal-Richards

Headteacher, Chater Infant School, regarding a workshop for all the teachers

“extremely knowledgeable about vocal health”

Julie Martin-Carter

Mezzo Soprano at Scottish Opera

“Her teaching methods are creative, engaging and fun, and produce dramatic results.”

Julia Shelley

Content Editor and Copywriter at Saga healthcare

“As someone who has had larynx surgery followed by speech and language therapy and is trying to regain vocal strength and tone, it was brilliant to find a teacher who combines such an extensive armoury of speech therapy and singing techniques..”

Tom Aldridge

Civil Engineer MA, MSc MICE

“I have learnt to use my WHOLE voice instead of muttering in a hushed, husky tone…and to relax…”

Anna Bodian

Student

"What an amazing woman... She worked my lesson around my needs and learning style,"

Claire Garcia

 Singer (Amateur)

“my progress was phenomenal and without her help and support I don’t know where I would be today. I was so relieved that I had someone who understood what was wrong and knew how to help me”

Eleanor Reynolds

Student

More testimonials 

"Mary-Jane is turning my love for singing into a burning desire to perform. She is showing me how to become a performer – how to interpret music and captivate an audience." Miguel de Carvalho

“Each lesson is a unique and enlightening experience.” Monika Nath

“I feel very uplifted after each lesson…27 mile journey to her home most worthwhile every time.”Richard Garwood

“…The technical progress my daughter has made is striking, and she is now much more secure in reaching the higher notes of her vocal range… the belief to actually feel as if she’s living the character” Alison McRae

“Mary-Jane’s expertise in understanding the physiology of the voice is extremely evident, and her ability to harness that knowledge in ways that benefit her students is impressive.” DWS

“I have always wanted to sing but never thought I could…I have now found my voice.” M Y

“the extra wow factor my daughters needed” N. Dean parent

“With her teaching, fear disappears, and I can sing at my best” Richard Senior

“ particularly privileged to have such an asset as Mary-Jane’s coaching…mightily-impressed.. Inspiring, positive and most of all a real benefit to my vocal technique and confidence-in-performance” David Broom

“She teaches with fun and ease” Monika Higgins

“My singing has improved greatly particularly… my breathing… tone and quality…also my stamina…” Louise Bracebridge

“most enlightening, enjoyable" WL Ayelsbury Opera

“she gave me the confidence I needed to pursue what has proved to be a very enjoyable pastime.” E O

“a very positive approach” Geoffrey Heath, Independent music professional.

“I’m delighted to be able to use these valuable skills and concepts with my own pupils too” Hl Singing Teacher

"she speeds up the learning process massively. I wasn’t aware of what my singing voice could do.” Catherine Cousins, Freelance Statistician, Manager and Lecturer

“confidence restored, I joined a choir the following week.” F Naylor

"My daughter is getting more and more confident." Oksana Rowlands

William Allen Director at signpost counselling, a charity helping young people find their voice.  “Mary-Jane is intelligent, insightful and passionate about helping people find their voice!”  

Blog

Working With People Recovering From Covid Or People Who Have Given Up Smoking

Two of my pupils had Covid early on and I worked with them both to get their breathing back. One had got into high shallow breathing which was all she could do with Covid. As the covid subsided, she was like some smokers I have taught in the past. When they give up smoking and some healing does happen, they still sometimes breath as if they are still smokers, not realising the new capacity they get gradually after giving up. Learning to use again what has been given back as you get better is really important.


Be Loyal To Your Own Progress

Always try a lesson before you choose a teacher and even then, you can, of course see as many teachers as you find helpful. No loyalty is needed to a teacher, be loyal to your own progress.
Below are terms used, but not protected or well defined, and what teachers teach varies enormously. Every teacher, like every pupil, is different:
Singing teacher, Vocal coach, Voice lessons, Singing Tutor, Singing Coach, Voice Specialist, Improvisation Teacher, Classical singing lessons, Aural Training, Opera lessons, Intonation, singing classes, Drama coaching, Vocal Technique, Audition preparation, Vocal Training, Sight-reading, Call centre voice issues, Professional Voice user development, Singing lessons for adults, children or mature or elderly people. Singing courses, Sore voice issues, High notes, Loud singing or speaking, Projection, Vocal stamina, Breathing, Anxiety, Listening, Rhythm, Character development, Confidence, Music Teacher, Posture, Theory teacher, Vocal Anatomy, Musical memory training, Vocal health……….

Contact

  • Vicarage Lane, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, WD49HR, United Kingdom
  • singingspeakingperformance@maryjanedehavas.com
  • +44 7503085308
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