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Rivington Voice - Maria Rivington

5.0
(9 reviews)
Lewisham, SE26
14 years in business
5 hires on Bidvine
9 reviews
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About Rivington Voice - Maria Rivington

Maria Rivington - MMus, BA (Hons) is a London-based experienced presentation skills & vocal coach, offering singing lessons, communication skills/voice training and career advise. All sessions are currently delivered ON LINE. With a passion for communication and the human voice, Maria delivers bespoke vocal coaching to individuals, businesses and academic institutions in the UK and abroad as an in-house coach or free-lancer. Recent clients include Goldsmith and Cambridge University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bucconi Milan, HEC Paris, Virgin HSBC, Price's Trust, Universal records, Deloitte, HMRC, HSBC etc. Maria is a member of BVA (British Voice Association) and AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing) SINGING LESSONS Maria Rivington (MMus, BA) brings out the full potential of each singer's voice. She combines technical expertise (Accent-, Bel Canto- and Estill methods) with 20+ years of experience as a performer and pedagog across all styles, dveloping the voice and building confidence. Maria teaches just-for-fun, semi-pros and full-time professional classical soloists, choristers, recording Pop & Rn'B singers and writers, singer-songwriters and West End performers as well as jazz/folk/rock singers - all styles are welcome and lessons are a mix of technical exercises and working on songs - tailored to each singers's needs. Examples of what a lesson can focus on: • Breathing & support - control your phrasing • Placing & projection - develop a richer, more powerful quality of tone and stamina • Range development - sing top/bottom notes comfortably and blend voice registers (mix) • Vocal Health issues - address voice-loss, hoarseness, nodules, fatigue • Harmonising - blend, hold your part & stay in tune • Repertoire - which vocal styles suit me? • Personal style - riff, improvise, embellish and bring out the expressive colours in your tone • Performance issues - address stage fright, building audience rapport • Audition & Exam preparation - for West End parts, choirs, Music College, ABRSM/Trinity grades & diplomas • Music theory - understand notated music, become musically confident VENUE/LOCATION: Due to the pandemic, all lessons are virtual on Zoom or Skype. FEE: £40 per 60 minutes TEACHING HOURS: Tuesdays - Fridays 9am - 6pm. Saturday 10.30am - 3pm PRESENTATION SKILLS & COMMUNICATION SKILLS TRAINING - How to create a strong impression Achieve maximum impact with 1-2-1 communication skills training in a relaxed atmosphere. Learn to be in command of all aspects of your delivery; speaking voice, visual impression and use of language and start raising your profile in all professional & social situations. With a career in both Senior HR & Business Management, Education and as a Professional Performer (Soprano) spanning over 25 years, I can offer a unique perspective and in-depth knowledge of what is required to be an impactful speaker and effective and charismatic Leader. I have both the Academic Background (MA Performance & Pedagogy) and BA Hons (English Linguistics), and the personal experience of Corporate Business Management to be able to apply the classic methods used by Actors & Performers to get the absolute best out of each client's performance as well as thorough understanding of solid of what is expected from Professionals and Executives in today's world. Being a Vocal Coach for Goldsmiths University, Senior Interview Coach for The James Innes Group, Communications Skills Coach for ILoveToBe & Business Education at MBA courses at e.g. Cambridge University, Bucconi Milan, HEC Paris and HEDEC Lille and having coached Executives for organisations such as Sony, HSBC, Royal College of Surgeons, Deloitte etc. ...I can confidently offer training in any of the categories below: Presentation skills - communicate with ease and impact Voice coaching - be heard in all situations Accent reduction - be 100% understood Career Advise & Interview Training - find the right strategy for you in uncertain times…. Public Speaking - feel confident & relaxed Elocution - speak clearly at all times Leadership development - raise your profile & build authority VENUE/LOCATION: Due to the pandemic, all lessons are virtual on Zoom or Skype. FEE: £40 per 60 minutes TEACHING HOURS: Tuesdays - Fridays 9am - 6pm. Saturday 10.30am - 3pm

http://www.rivingtonvoice.com


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Nick M.'s review on Aug 10, 2017

Maria & Rivington Voice worked out really well for me. I learned speaking techniques & tools with comprehensive explanations, session write-ups and genuinely supportive to help me get the best out of my public speaking experience. I'd definitely recommend and with her help I was able to prepare, focus and present to hundreds of people at a Tech Conference in Chicago, US.

Reply from Maria Rivington from Rivington Voice - Maria Rivington
Aug 11, 2017

I'm very pleased to hear you had a good coaching expereince, Nick and It was a pleasure working with you. Your professionalism and positive attitude would have been instrumental to the success of your speech- really glad to hear it went well.Maria


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Christine S.'s review on Dec 23, 2016

I am so glad I found Maria through Bidvine. She is a really good teacher and I would recommend her to anyone. She has a lovely mixture of serious professionalism (with clear technical instructions and support to achieve more than you thought you could), and real warmth and encouragement. I have seen noticeable progress after only 3 or 4 lessons. Thank you Maria!


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Rowena K.'s review on Oct 06, 2016

I spent years hiding in choirs always wondering if I could really sing. I loved singing but there was always that nagging doubt at the back of my mind. I knew I needed to find out but hated the thought of singing on my own in front of someone. Three years later my new singing voice, thanks to the brilliant Maria - she knows just when to introduce new stuff and quietly but surely helps you to get better and better,sometimes without you even noticing; it's uncanny - is such a lovely surprise to me at every weekly lesson I feel I can take on the world sometimes. My confidence has blossomed and my outlook on life has changed dramatically. She really is a remarkable teacher. And such a lovely person to boot. If you are thinking you'd like to give it a go, but are a bit hesitant and a tiny bit scared, I urge you to try lessons with Maria - you really won't regret it. And it could be the making of the new you - the you you always wanted to be.


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Andy S.'s review on Oct 03, 2016

'There is very good reason why Rivington Voice is a highly sought after and popular singing class, and that is Maria herself. Warm, Caring and extremely knowledgeable. I have classes every week and have made huge progress, more than I thought possible. It's brilliant. I love it. Maria teaches with a complete joy of the craft of singing. More than highly recommended.'


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Sarah R.'s review on Sep 12, 2016

I have been having singing lessons with Maria Rivington for nearly 3 years. I approached Maria to give me singing lessons after attending a choral course in which she offered a Vocal MOT. Although I had been singing for most of my life I had never had lessons and had reached a stage where I felt I had issues with my voice that I wanted to address. The lessons have been exceedingly helpful. In working with Maria I have learnt vital vocal techniques that have enabled me to sing with confidence and find a new voice that I enjoy using in a variety of repetoire. Maria has always been encouraging and I very much feel our lessons are a partnership. I am delighted to recommend her. .


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Sally J.'s review on Sep 02, 2016

Maria takes a highly professional approach in helping me to develop my singing voice. She is focussed on what I want to work on and take away from the sessions. She helps me to work toward achieving my goals, gives helpful appraisals, empowers and acknowledges achievements. A thoroughly enjoyable experience, which has led to satisfying improvements.


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Lucy T.'s review on Aug 15, 2016

Maria's kind, warm, yet level-headed and intelligent approach gets the very best out of her students. She is well-informed and open-minded. She combines her own extensive education and training as a performer with many years of business expertise, which allows her to find the best way of interacting with each student as an individual. This is key to her success as a coach. Her expectations are high but never unrealistic and she always gets the best out of each session. Maria will always somehow make a student want to aim higher than they expected to: and those moments of 'breakthrough' are the reward you'll get for trusting in her expertise. I always leave a session with a feeling of achievement, of having 'stepped up'. I often find myself recommending her services to other people.


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Marie C.'s review on Aug 13, 2016

I have been a client of Maria's for over five years. Following a lengthy spell of ill health and suffering with asthma I needed help correcting all the bad habits I had picked up to get me through my weekly choir obligations. Maria's experience and positive, encouraging professional manner has helped me immensely and I am far more confident that I can control my voice. I now enjoy singing pieces I could only dream of before.


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Kerstin E.'s review on Aug 08, 2016

I took singing lessons with Maria, because I noticed that after having sung in a choir all my life suddenly my voice started to get tired quickly and I realised that I needed to work on my technique. Maria identified very quickly in the first lesson exactly what I was doing wrong and did precisely the right exercises to correct the issues. Within a matter of about three lessons I could already notice a marked improvement in the choir. She has turned my singing technique around completely. Maria is a very good teacher with a keen eye and ear to really understand her students. Furthermore she is excellent at demonstrating what to do (or not do). I would highly recommend her to anyone who wishes to learn the basics of singing or develop their skills further.


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Questions & answers

What should customers know about your pricing? (E.g. estimates, discounts, fees, package pricing)
Due to the pandemic, I currently offer a blanket, single session price of £40 per 60 per minutes - all lessons are delivered on line until further notice. All lessons are "pay as you go", so I'm afraid no further discounts.
What process do you go through when starting with a new customer?
The first session for each client is an assessment where I through - vocal expercices and songs for singers -reading texts and delivering a short speech perhaps for speakers as well as listening to the client's concerns and experiences form an opinion of what the client wnats to achieve and the work they and I need to do to achieve it. Eaach client recieves a detailed notes and a proposed lesson plan for future sessions. There is no pressure to some back if the clinet does not want to - it's all "pay as you go"
What education or training is most relevant to your work?
I am a professionally trained singer and pedagogue (Master of Music) as well as a linguist (BA English Language) which informs my work across different disciplines. I have also worked extensively in HR training and Executive Business Management - all over a 25 year period.
Do you have tips or advice for someone hiring a pro in your line of work?
Look for academic and professional credentials and avoid on-line courses with no personal interaction. Many vocal coaches have no formal training and I constantly come across clients who have experienced voice damage in the hands of some (very expensive) on-line coaches but also from those teaching face-to-face. If in the UK, check to see if they below to e.g. The British Voice Association or AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singers). Many presention skills and career coaches equally have no formal coaching training or relevant training. A TED talk doesn;t mean they will be good pedagogoues or understand voice and communication skills and break down the issues you have into suitable advise and exercises.
What questions should customers have ready before speaking to pros about their project?
What are your credentials? do you have any references? Are you a memebr of a professional body? How long have you been doing what you do?
What are some good examples of past customers?
Please see my profile and company information - I have loads of examples there.
Describe a recent project that went well. Scope? How long did it take?
-Delivering career coaching and executive presence training for the past 2 years to international MBA students - 100% -positive feedback -Rina Sawayama's (singer&writer) album is labelled as one of the 2020's best albums by critics in The Guardian news paper, Elton John, The BBC, The Rolling Stone Magazine. She was nominated for 2021 Mercury Prize.
How did you first get into this line of work?
Been singing since age of 14, professional performer after Uni at 24, started working in business at 32, my own business at the age of 43.

Location

Lewisham, SE26

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Business hours

Tuesday

9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wednesday

9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Thursday

9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday

9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday

10:30 am to 3:00 pm


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