I am a Master Vocal Coach, holding a PhD as well as a Master's Degree in contemporary vocals.
I am an Associate Professor at Calamus International University and Principal of VIDLA (Vocalist International Distance Learnng Academy). I have also lectured and /or mentored at The Musicians' Academy (now Vocaltech), Dartington College of Arts and The Birmingham Theatre School.
She has been teaching for 24 years, and have amassed a vast amount of experience in that time. I am now a specialist in contemporary vocals, applying expert knowledge in all aspects of vocal training, including how to manage damaged or failing voices.
I have had the privilege of coaching many students from leading West End musicals including Miss Saigon, Chicago, Joseph, Les Misérables, Blood Brothers, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Phantom of the Opera, Lord of the Rings, Me and My Girl, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof and Elvis the Musical.
I also work extensively with pop and rock singers, and am pleased to have countless current and former students working in the industry, worldwide.
Performance credits include concert appearances at The London Palladium, Blenheim Palace, Lincoln Castle and The Prince of Wales Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue - among many hundreds of others!
My favourite performance memory is of touring with Elvis Presley's legendary backing vocalists The Sweet Inspirations, who christened me "The Ria Deal". High praise from some genuine legends!
recent performance credits include performing nationwide in ‘The Best of the West End’, ‘Musical Mania’ (produced by legendary composer David Lloyd-Price), ‘Swing It On Broadway’, ‘From Bacharach to Broadway’, and with 60s legends Billie Davis, Jet Harris and Bruce Welch.
I have done extensive radio work, talking about the field of education in contemporary vocals, and am currently writing several books.
Additionally, I am a regular contributor to a number of print and online publications, and have been known to wax lyrical on any number of subjects!
In addition to being a qualified and experienced teacher, and a performer at the highest levels, I am also trained in Hypnotherapy, Aromatherapy and Psychotherapy, and use these additional skills to help vocalists to attain their full potential.
I was recently awarded a lifetime Fellowship of the World Guild of Metaphysical & Spiritual Counsellors.
I run a Contemporary Choir in Worcester, bringing together people from all walks of life to share their passion for singing. It doesn't always have to be about the 'professional' singer :-)
I am on the elite Voice Council for professional networking / information site The Modern Vocalist, which is a superb free site for singers, coaches, and all voice professionals. Check it out - it’s well worth a visit! http:www.themodernvocalist.com