Sarah is a Singing Teacher, Vocal Rehabilitation Coach, and an NHS Clinical Vocal Consultant. Having initially trained as an Opera Singer, she toured the UK and abroad for several years before qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist. She now combines her knowledge of the speaking voice into her coaching. Sarah is part of the ENT multi-disciplinary team in the Professional Voice Users Clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and also rehabilitates the performers voice in private practice. The overall aim of vocal rehabilitation is to restore a performers speaking and singing voice back to normal function. This usually takes between 2-4 sessions and if necessary, Sarah may refer the performer to another health professional and/or liaise with the performers voice/singing tutors if applicable to ensure a long term resolution of the vocal problem.
Sarah is currently a visiting specialist lecturer at the University of Birmingham and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She has accumulated a wealth of experience coaching students of all ages and abilities in schools, FE and HE institutions, and in private practice. In addition to this, she has regularly worked with theatre companies such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, and a number of national musical tours including ‘Grease’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. She has also had the pleasure coaching professional Bhangra singers and CCM artists when preparing for studio and live performances.
Sarah is passionate about how singing benefits mental and physical wellbeing, and runs a ‘Singing for Lung Health and Wellbeing’ group in Birmingham, which is supported by the British Lung Foundation. She is also an elected Director of the British Voice Association, and is currently researching singers who suffer muscle tension dysphonia and vocal fatigue.