- VOCAL SOURCES
Lives in Cologne (Germany) and Montagnac (France)
Worked with Roy Hart and was part of the Roy Hart Theatre (before 1991)
Roy Hart Voice Teacher since 1970
My work is rooted in the Wolfsohn-Hart approach to exploring the human voice. I aim to help my students not only to free their voices but also to feel emotionally and physically connected to their vocal range in a way that builds a sense of vocal empowerment. Each student can come to feel that their voice belongs to them and that they possess a repertoire of vocal possibilities to which they have conscious access and which corresponds to who they are. I have been offering individual voice lessons online since the Covid-19 pandemic has sadly made face-to-face lessons unsafe. These “distance” classes in fact usually work better than I had imagined they could. More information about my experience, my way of working and reflections on this approach to voice work can be found in my book “Owning our Voices: Vocal Discovery in the Wolfsohn-Hart Tradition,” written with Dr Patrick Campbell. It was published by Routledge, in January 2021.
One of the Roy Hart Theatre founding members, Margaret Pikes has been a voice teacher internationally for more than 50 years. After participating in the early Roy Hart Theatre productions, Margaret continued as a professional singer of many genres from jazz to chanson Française. She sang as the soloist in the ‘Canto General’ for many years. She lived in Togo, West Africa for six years singing regularly with the jazz trio ‘Anima’. She toured more recently with Smith Dancetheatre in ‘Agnes and Walter: A Little Love Story’. She was an honorary research fellow at Manchester University. For more detail of her 50 years of experience, please see her website.
Margaret Pikes has worked with Roy Hart, Dorothy Hart, Robert Harvey, Liza Mayer, Kaya Anderson and Barry Coghlan.
She speaks English, French and German.