Kristin Linklater Voice Centre
Introductory Linklater Voice Technique
The 30-hour workshop runs 7 hours a day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - and Saturday morning. Thursday is a day off for sight-seeing or rest.
The workshop begins with exercises designed to awaken a sensory and imagistic relationship with voice. The progression of exercises leads from physical awareness (locating tension and releasing it), to awareness of natural breathing, the experience of sound in the body, the release of tension in the throat, jaw, tongue and soft palate, the development of resonating power in the chest, the mouth and the face, the accompanying development of breathing power, the exploration of range throughout two to three octaves of speaking notes and, finally, to articulation.
The workshop gives a practical, experiential overview of the voice work for actors known as Freeing the Natural Voice. This work is extensively laid out and explained in the 2006 edition of Kristin Linklater’s book Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language. The overall function of the work is to remove the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human vocal instrument. The objective of the work is a voice in direct contact with emotional impulse, shaped by the intellect but not restricted by it. Once the voice is free it can connect viscerally with language, transforming communication and interpretative skills.
Be aware that exercises include adapted yoga position, floor relaxation, arm-swings and other physical activities. All these can be adjusted to individual physical needs.
March and July - Paula Langton (Deisgnated 1991), Associate Professor, Voice and Speech, Boston University College of Fine Arts, will join Kristin as co-teacher.
Loose clothing for work. No belts. No jeans.
Up to 20 lines of a memorised text that has special meaning for you. This can be a poem or a dramatic speech from any period, or any prepared text that serves your purpose (e.g 3 minutes of a speech or lecture). If English is not your first language, then the text can be in your own language - bring an English translation.
Accommodation & Food
You will be housed at the Voice Centre in our purpose-built Bothy. All rooms are single occupancy with shared toilet/shower facilities.
Mealtimes are communal. Lunch and dinner are cooked by our own chef. We cater for dietary considerations including the following: gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and lactose intolerant. We regret to say that we are unable to accommodate more complex dietary requirements. For additional food information please see our FAQs HERE.
The workshop offers a minimum of 30 hours tuition time.
Please plan your arrival to be at the Voice Centre for 6pm for a welcome dinner and orientation. You will be collected from the ferry or airport and taken to the Centre (please note travel times: 45 mins from airport, 20 mins from ferry).
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday:
These are your core working days.
Classes run from 9.00am - 1.00pm and 3.00pm to 6.00pm.
There will be a two-hour lunch break from 1.00pm - 3.00pm.
The evening meal will be served at around 6.30pm.
This is a day for study and relaxation, either staying home at the Centre or out exploring Orkney. Breakfast will be available as normal but lunch and dinner will not be provided. You may cook for yourself or eat out at a restaurant. Thursday’s plans will be arranged once you are here.
There will be a final morning session of voice work 9.00-12.00.
Departures are about 12.00 noon.
Qualifications for attendance:
Desire to develop understanding of voice. No previous training necessary. Fluent ENOUGH in English to follow Kristin's instruction.
If you are unsure if you fulfil the prerequisites for your chosen workshop please contact us.
Please have the following available before beginning your booking: current photo and 2 pieces of evidence of self employment/freelance work (if applicable).
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Should you have a query or require any guidance feel free to contact us – we are very happy to help.
Business Terms and Conditions (updated 6/4/2020)
A deposit of £200 is required to secure your booking. £120 of which is non-refundable.
The remaining balance payment is due 30 days prior to the workshop start date.
If you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop start date KLVC Ltd will retain £120 of the deposit fee to cover administration/booking fees and the remaining £80 will be refunded or can be transferred to another workshop.
If you cancel between 30 and 14 days before the workshop start date KLVC Ltd will retain the full deposit £200.00 (no refund of deposit, no option to transfer).
If you cancel in the last 14 days before the workshop is due to start KLVC Ltd will retain the full deposit and the remainder of the full workshop fee will be due to be paid in full.
KLVC Ltd reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any workshop or event at any time. Should this occur a refund will be provided if our alternative arrangements do not suit your schedule, less the non-refundable part of the deposit.
We do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any 3rd parties.
Please ensure that when making your travel arrangements you have suitable insurance to cover any other losses associated with your trip as KLVC LTD do not take any responsibility for any additional costs.
KLVC Ltd do our best to accommodate any dietary requirements based on the information given at application. But we cannot guarantee that all foods are 100% allergen free.
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LOCATIONKristin Linklater Voice Centre, Orkney
£882.00 (inc. VAT)
*Total cost £882.00 = Workshop fee £870, Booking fee £12