'Bring everything on stage with you, your whole inner life. The ones who need to do that are the ones who actually change our lives.' (Simon Callow, Actor).
Valerie Gabail is the founder of the Professional Voice Trainer. She is a bilingual Singing, Voice and Presentation Skills specialist based in London. She draws on her twenty-five-year performance career in the Classical Music industry as an international soloist, to provide singing, voice and presentation skills coaching to singers, actors and business professionals.
Her lifelong interest in voice and acting led her to gain a Master of Fine Arts in Voice Studies at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, from which she graduated with Distinction. Valerie has been nominated 'Lyric Revelation of the Year' 2006 at the Victoires de la Musique Classique and is a laureate of the Royaumont Foundation.
Her pedagogy draws upon a wide range of voice, movement and acting approaches, to provide both aspiring and professional performers with the tools to make creative and healthy vocal choices, as well as help business and corporate clients to develop their spoken style and become confident and inspiring speakers. The techniques she uses have been developed from a wealth of resources, including her experience as an Opera performer, her training in voice and speech pedagogy at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, her work as an assistant opera director as well as five years running a film production company.
She coaches both individuals and groups and has recently worked with performers and business clients at the London College of Music, the Identity School of Acting, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the Rose Bruford College, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and the Actors Temple. She's also currently teaching accent modification and communication skills at the London School of English and City Academy for Business. Her private studio in Belsize Park welcomes all those interested in understanding and improving their voice and presentation skills.
Valerie is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Fanny Brabeck, Singer
I highly recommend Valérie as a vocal coach. She constantly adapted to my needs and expectations. In each class we would explore different techniques to warm up and control the voice in Valérie's unique style: highly professional and fun at the same time. The class quickly became one of my week's highlights.
Catherine Berjal, CEO CI-AM
Valerie enabled me to get to the core of English language, focusing in detail on voice, breath and pronunciation. Training with her enabled me to remove physical and emotional blocks and improve rapidly, in a relaxed and playful atmosphere.
Marie-Laure Vaganay, Amateur Singer
Valerie is extremely knowledgeable, patient, optimistic and positive. One hour a week is like one apple a day – it keeps the doctor away!
Maëlys Robinne, professional Soprano
Valérie is an amazing vocal coach as well as an incredible human being. She works hard and makes you work hard, always empowering you.
I learnt a lot thanks to her expertise and skills. My voice greatly improved and she taught me how to get deeper into the flesh of the characters I needed to perform.
She was, and still is, a wonderful support, and I have no words to thank her for this. So, don't let yourself hesitate, go for it!
Hippolyte Broud, Actor & Director
I discovered 'the voice field for speech thanks to Valérie in 2017 . The one to one sessions we spent together were seminal for me as they made me realise all the power and all the possibilities of the vocal apparatus in a theatre practice.