Private Singing and Coaching

Actors and dancers. Ever wondered if you can sing? Of course you can! Go for that musical theatre audition, reality TV show, or prepare for your gig and record your first single or album.

Everyone can sing; everyone sings differently. Belief in this simple statement has been key to my teaching. Whether you sing for pleasure or profit, I have an approach to suit your individual style and needs.

"a teacher of note"

I have over 25 years’ experience working with students at the start of their career, those preparing for auditions and seasoned performers in West End and regional theatre. Pupils successes include Kinky Boots, Beautiful, In the Heights, American Idiot, Avenue Q, Wicked, Rent and many more.

Singing is an art and a sport.
I have a very physical approach to technique: my enthusiasm, experience and technical knowledge will set your voice free.

I also help soul singer, pop, rock and R&B artists and bands, preparing and supporting them on long tours dealing with any vocal problems that arise.

"A singing teacher with a difference.... what stands him apart is his burning desire to make singing fun;"

I offer private lessons and group workshops in my SW2 London studio.

It all begins with the first singing lesson so let us begin your journey to maximize your potential.

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Robert Bicknell

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Member of Incorporated Society of Musicians - Equity - British Voice Association – Bmus

TV and Vocal Production

I am often asked to coach clients for TV and Pop recording sessions, With clear, strong and efficient technique you can quickly respond to the director, the choreographer and the music director.

"Robert can teach anyone to sing; his approach is unique and refreshing" Avril MacRory producer Silverapples Media LTD, former Head of Music BBC.

My TV work started with live teaching on Channel 4‘s Big Breakfast, with Chris Evans, Gaby Roslyn and the late Paula Yates. Continuing with many shows including; MULTI AWARD WINNING Faking It (Channel 4) Celebrity Stars in their Eyes (Granada) Lesley Garrett Show (BBC) Hidden Talents (LWT) Just the Two of Us (BBC) Pushy Parents (Five).
Popstars series (Germany and Switzerland).

"I had some singing lessons from a wonderful teacher Robert Bicknell who taught me how to sing and breathe and not ruin my voice" Kirsty Young (winner of Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes).

I was awarded double platinum and gold discs for my studio work in Germany and Switzerland and the charity record ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ raised nearly £450,000 for Save the Children.

‘Robert is the one to show you how and give you confidence... From inspiring young performers to seasoned performers, singing on stage or television.’
Victoria Jones (Development Diamond Management, former BBC Development / Talent producer)

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My Journey

Private Singing and Coaching

I am very lucky to have started my career as a performer so I know what it feels like to be in your shoes! Whilst I was performing professionally people began asking me to help with their auditions and I realized my passion lay in enabling singers to dramatically improve their technique and performance across all genres – contemporary pop and rock and musical theatre.

It is extremely moving when I see one of the hundreds of performers I have tutored to get into drama school or land their first professional gig.

About Robert

I have always been fascinated by music and performance, studying oboe, piano, theory of music and I sang with the Chapel Royal Choir at Hampton Court Palace.

1981 I trained in musical theatre at Redroofs Theatre School; after graduating I trod the boards professionally in The Rocky Horror Show, Godspell, Pantomimes, Operas (Ambrosia Chorus) and cabaret shows etc.

1989 I began helping friends and colleagues with their audition songs and decided to continue studies in music and singing techniques at Goldsmiths University Graduating with Bmus, whilst teaching groups and solo classes privately and at various drama schools; Guild Hall School of Music and Drama, Italia Conti, Sylvia Young and Redroofs Theatre School.

1993 During my last year at university I was asked to appear on the Big Breakfast and I continued to work on many other TV shows in theUK, Switzerland and Germany.

Pupils regularly appear in major West End musicals, Pantomimes, recorded albums and TV shows. Their credits include, Hair, Grease, Beautiful, Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables, In The Heights, Kinky Boots, Cats, Mamma Mia, Fame , Martin Guerre, Joseph, Phantom of the Opera, Chess, West Side Story, Tommy, Enter the Guardsman, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oklahoma, Passion, Oklahoma, Spend Spend Spend, Rent, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, American Idiot, Buddy, Starlight Express, Annie, Lend me a Tenor, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Dirty Dancing, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The King and I, Footloose, We Will Rock You, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Avenue Q, Thriller Live, The Rat Pack and  Dancing in the Streets.

I have taught in Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Mallorca, Chile, Ireland and Dubai

Celebrity clients include Amelia Lily, Natalie Imbruglia, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Dawn Porter, David Ginola, Laura Paussini, Kirsty Young, Denise Welsh, Josie Lawrence, Greg Wallace, Cheryl Baker, Kevin Woodford and Billy Bragg etc…

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Private Singing and Coaching

Singing is an art and a sport you need to have the strength of an athlete, allowing you the freedom to create the right vocal quality and acting choice

Private lessons are at my SW2 Studio.

Roberts Studio

During a 1 hour lesson, students will work on specific singing exercises and songs to develop your own voice and style, increase your vocal strength and develop your vocal muscles, your voice will get a personnel workout. Singer songwriters are encouraged to bring their own original songs to solve any technical issues. I have an extensive library of musical theatre, pop and rock songs appropriate for your voice, age and personality, so you are prepared for your auditions or performances. We need to balance technique, style, emotion and acting. Let us find repertoire that is suitable and explore the text together

"I have witnessed Roberts work with students at showcases and in my own shows, he has a positive approach to teaching and enables students to reach the height of their potential"

Derek Nicol ( Managing Director Flying Music )

Areas Covered In Singing Lessons

• Good singing habits how to keep the voice healthy - how to manage lifestyle habits.

• Controlling nerves and anxiety.

• Rectifying any bad habits.

• Technical and constructive help to support performances - breath control - support – posture and vocal onset.

• Specific exercises to develop vocal range through the registers while keeping its unique character and tone.

• Ear training – tuning – how to listen!

• How to be true to the text – acting – articulation – expression – feeling.

• Audition preparation and personal presentation– advice on repertoire, cutting songs, what to wear - Writing your CV– headshots.

• Preparation and advice on how to survive tours and gigs.

• Advice on career at all levels including university and drama school.

• Liaising with performers’ agents and management when required

• Helping and advicing on any problems that may need an ENT specialist.

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