Deborah Hudson (BA Hons LTCL) is an accomplished singer and teacher.
Based in London Deborah teaches singing to all ages over 16, working alongside students until they are confident. She has a special interest in singing-problem fixing and teaches people from all kinds of backgrounds who use their voices professionally. A trained Mindfulness Coach, she uses mindfulness techniques in her teaching as well as exercises drawn from Qi Gong. Deborah studied singing acting and drama (Guildhall School and The Peoples’ National Theatre, France), Movement and Dance, Piano and Oboe. She also has a 2:1 Hons Degree in French Literature from London University with special emphasis on poetry. She has run festivals, small opera companies and artists’ management.
Deborah’s early training included Husler approaches as well as Bel Canto singing and historical performance style. She trains with the eminent classical teacher Raymond Connell and continues her professional development with courses and masterclasses, including the Advanced Singing and Teaching programme with Prof Janice Chapman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She recently attended the “Assessment, Diagnosis and Remediation ” course led by Dr Ron Morris. Deborah has her own style of teaching which is student centred, using Comfort as the watch word. This has proved very successful and swift. She has sung in recital, opera, operetta and oratorio as well as session singing (rock). She has sung improvised songs with pianist Tom Donald and internationally for meditation workshops both unaccompanied and with drums. She speaks fluent French and sings in English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. She has conducted choirs and small ensembles, always emphasising the individuality of performers’ voices as they join together to make music.
Deborah also teaches therapeutic singing for students recovering from depression, addiction and other debilitating problems. For over ten years she has practiced mindfulness meditative processes, and has taken many Mindfulness Courses (MBCT, MBSR, MSC, IMP) as well as her Mindful Awareness Coaching, at London-Meditation. Click here for some Mindful Meditation Improvisations with Tom. On our sister site www.myselfexpression.com you will find Deborah’s classes in vocal confidence building, designed to help those in the work place communicate more effectively.
She uses breathing and listening techniques and practices forms of T’ai Chi to develop both her physical strength and her own physical awareness.
Deborah’s well reviewed book on how how to sing, Sing Your Heart Out, illustrated by brilliant cartoonist Tony Husband, is available in music stores and online. Click here to read more and for additional links.
She has reviewed study days for the British Voice Association. In the past, books for the Times Literary Supplement and has contributed articles to The Economist Magazine, The Guardian, Homes and Gardens, Apollo and Orientations Magazines. She edited a book of poetry for Carcanet Press and has translated French songs and operetta for recital programmes. She has also written several musical farces and songs.
Deborah is a member of the Society of Authors, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, the Association of Teachers of Singing, The Association of English Speakers and Singers and the British Voice Association. She also supports Freemuse, an organisation to promote freedom of expression for all musicians.