Our passion behind the project
Both Jenevora and Stephen had to prematurely curtail successful performing careers as a result of injury or chronic dysfunction. There was a lack of knowledge around health and wellbeing of the elite performer, and rehabilitation was a dream not a choice. Stephen and Jenevora started with a question…“Can we help everyone in the UK understand Vocal Health? And then extend this internationally?” … and they’re not going to stop until they get a “YES!”. So putting a plan of action together, they decided that education is key to preventing issues, so they began planning… and planning… and ended up forging a customisable pathway through which Singing Teachers, Vocal Coaches, Musical Directors and Speech Therapists can receive important education surrounding vocal health, in order to guide and empower their students and patients.
They also sought to empower and educate the next generation of singers and performers across the UK by providing subsidised, specialist vocal health education to drama schools, music colleges and theatre companies – which is no mean feat for two people to achieve. They needed help to achieve this massive goal, so they amassed an initial team of specialists from across the UK to help educate those in need. They realised that there needed to be more accountability for the work undertaken with singers and their health, and no accreditation in the UK seemed to be facilitating and safeguarding this. Thus, the VOCAL REHABILITATION SPECIALIST pathway, in three levels (see above), was established.