Voice Specialist (UK)
LINDA HUTCHISON AGSM is a member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama vocal department working with jazz singers and a yearly Music Theatre project. She does a specialized session on teaching contemporary styles for the teaching skills strand. In her private studio she works with professionals from the world of music theatre, classical and jazz. Her students come from many European countries –several of them flying in just for the lessons – as well as from as far as America, South Africa and Australia.
She is involved in the multidisciplinary world of voice. She works extensively in voice, breathing and rehabilitation. She is in demand as a teacher, vocal consultant, presenter, lecturer and competition judge. She has been a singing advisor in NHS Voice Clinics since 1997.
Linda was for several years a visiting member of staff at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London. She created and directed a part-time course and third year degree module at the London College of Music and Media which balanced the science of the singing voice with artistic freedom. This experience she extended into organizing the professional development course The Fundamentals of the Singing Voice on behalf of the British Voice Association and in conjunction with the City Literary Institute. Linda is also a regular member of faculty on the Association of Teachers of Singing annual summer teacher training course where she presents and deals with Anatomy and Physiology, Music Theatre and Accent Breathing.
As a performer, her operatic career began at the age of fourteen when she sang Belinda in an open air production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she won the Sydney de Vries Opera prize. A Caird Scholarship enabled her to continue her studies and as a result of being heard in the finals of the Kathleen Ferrier Scholarship Competition was offered a contract with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. She sang with them for several years as principal soprano. In 2010, ‘Linda Anne Hutchison, Enchantment Surely’, a biography of her by Tony Joseph was published in the D’Oyly Carte Personalities series. Her freelance career embraced opera, operetta, oratorio and solo recitals Linda has been President of the British Voice Association and has served on the Council of the Association of Teachers of Singing.