Vocal Coach and Singing Teacher
Robin studied singing with Debbie Catterall, ex Director of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Many of Robin's pupils have commented on his ability to teach a diverse range of vocal styles to the highest level. He is currently engaged in ongoing training with leading choral directors nationally, including Sue Hollingworth (Gramophone Choral Director of the Year). Past pupils have gained places at stage schools, LIPA, Huddersfield University, York St Johns and elsewhere as well as successfully competing on a number of TV competitions. For 8 years running they have won the highest marks for their grades in the North East. This year a 15 year old gained her diploma and it's not uncommon for primary pupils to gain Grade 5 by the time they are in Year 6. One of Robin's pupils recently wrote a reference for him on his linkedin profile
- Sue Hunter (MD at PSI Global Ltd Group)
Vocal Styles by Ed
The best commendation I think I can give Dr Harrison is that after every lesson, I come away with a buzz, whistling the tune of whatever I've been singing. I don't really go just because I want to get good results in exams, I go because I want to become a good singer and because I love singing. That means that coming away having felt like I've improved, like I've enjoyed singing and that I haven't just repeated what I did last week is fantastic.
I think that last point is really important. I've been going to singing lessons for about 5 months, something like that, and I still haven't done the same exercise more than twice. I think that Dr Harrison stands out in that his methods work for everyone because they're different for everyone; tailor-made teaching. What works for you works for you and if it works, don't knock it.
The individuality that Dr Harrison is also important because the music is performed by you and not written by whoever so it has to come from you and be expressed as you want it to be and Dr Harrison helps you do this in his methods for expressive singing and his freedom in that he does what you want to do. You want to sing Bach, do it. You want to learn part of Shostakovitch's Lady Macbeth, do it. You fancy learning a bit of jazz singing for a change, great he has just the exercise and just the song to get you going.
Mondays are the best days of the week, I get through school and then I have singing and piano lessons with Dr Harrison.