Available for purchase
- Comprehensive account of how to provide for changing voices in class vocal work for children of any background/ability
- Summary of advances in choral/vocal pedagogy in the USA and how to apply these in UK schools
- Research- and practice-based account of the Cambiata singing principle as adapted for use in the UK
- Analysis of the difficulties in motivating young adolescents to sing in school, with practical solutions
- Ideal resource and confidence booster for teachers for whom singing is not the main specialism
This CD is the outcome of a unique scientific project that followed the career of a boy “treble” from age 10:02 to the time of the ending of the “treble” voice (age 12:08 in this case). The CD contains solo tracks recorded at different stages in the singer’s development and uniquely demonstrates the subtle changes in the “treble” sound brought about by growth and maturation. It is both a source of scientific interest and a product to be enjoyed by any who appreciate the sweet singing of a young boy. There are more details of the project here.
Latest and forthcoming publications (peer reviewed)
Some articles are now open source, others in more traditional journals are now available to all readers via institutional repositories and authors’ sites. The following articles are in press or forthcoming.
Beautiful Swansongs of English Cathedral Music: adolescence and the boy “treble” voice
Forthcoming in NATS Journal of Singing
Listen to a “beautiful swansong”. The singer, aged almost 14 and in his last year as a senior cathedral chorister, had a speaking voice of adult pitch (115Hz) when assessed, yet had recorded rather beautifully and with consumate skill this well known Rutter piece shortly before. This is a changed voice that has retained some features of its former “treble” quality within its falsetto region. Very sadly, it will not survive much further growth of the vocal tract, thickening of the thyroarytenoid muscle and hardening of the laryngeal cartilages. (Happily, the young man is still singing – bass!)
One Size Never Fitted All: old myths and new performance opportunities for the ‘English Choirboy’
Forthcoming in Choral Journal
What Voices Have Emerged? Lessons on vocal health and choral tone from a new choral leaflet series
Young Male Voices at the Peripubertal Stage: clinical study suggests missing voice stage?
Clinical study results: Poster Presentation
Articles in Print
Most of my public output is stored in the Edge Hill University Research Archive (EHRA). You will find links to EHRA for each article in my publication list if you go to this page.
You can find fuller details of all my books here.
Click here for chapters in books, particularly Choral Singing, Histories and Practices for my discussion of the need for radical change to ensure a future for boys in choral work.