The Heart of the Breath

‘I struggle to think of a more capable and committed professional in the world of
voice care. Alison has an extraordinary skill in rehabilitating complex vocal injury,
through a thorough understanding of detailed anatomy and physiology, both at a laryngeal and holistic level. It has been a privilege to share patients with her.’ Ed
Blake – Laryngeal and Vocal Physiotherapist

Alison Mary Sutton is an experienced singer and singing teacher who has spent
many years working as a singing rehabilitation specialist, including patient
referrals from a UK voice clinic where she is the Singing Rehabilitation Coach.

In this new book, the first in the Vocal Health and Rehabilitation: Clinical Pathways and Practical Applications Series, she examines the critical role of the breath in singing and performing voice, coupled with a detailed client case study on MTD in a CCM singer that demonstrates, practically, how these principles have been successfully applied.

With a clearly laid out rehabilitation pathway, supported by progressive exercise routines illuminated by audio and video clips, the MTD case study is beautifully clear and concise, and provides a framework for a client-specificrehab programme.

Print edition

April 2023

ISBN 978-1-909082-67-0

142 pages


Price £27.50

E-Pub also available

October 2021

Regular price £13.50

Web price £9.45

Comprises PDF text,plus audio and video files delivered by email to your desktop. 

About the Author

Alison Mary Sutton, GGSM PGCA FISM, trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, gaining honours in Graduate and Recital Diplomas and winning several major awards. As a concert singer, she has performed at most of the major London concert halls and, as part of a voice/harp duo, has fulfilled
numerous recital engagements at music clubs and festivals throughout the UK.

She has performed many operatic roles, working with Kent Opera, Pavilion Opera, London Opera Players, London Opera Factory and Opera de Lyon, with whom she toured in Europe and the USA. She has also sung with the Monteverdi Choir. 

Alison has had a long career as a singing teacher, examiner, adjudicator, and choral workshop tutor. For many years she examined for GSM&D and for the ABRSM as a Diploma examiner. Adjudicating engagements have included Leith Hill Musical Festival and Sligo International Choral Festival. Alison ran her own
residential solo singing course for several years in the Cotswolds in the UK, which was subsequently revived as part of the International Summer School of Music at Shrewsbury. She has also tutored at Hereford International Summer School and
Benslow Music Trust. She was the External Specialist Assessor on the final recitals panel at Birmingham Conservatoire for several years, returning to conduct a vocal workshop, and has been on the jury for the AESS National Junior English Song Competition.

Alison is very committed to her work as the singing rehabilitation coach in the Voice Clinic at Cheltenham General Hospital and sustains a busy private rehabilitation practice.

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