Helen Sherman &
Over the past few months mezzo-soprano Helen Sherman has been working with opera director Stephen Langridge. She writes…
The music profession is a challenging one. The transition from student to professional not only takes years of dedicated practice and training but self-confidence, resilience and vision. Honing one’s technical abilities, working with teachers and coaches is crucial and yet, it is but one piece of the puzzle. The advantage of having a dedicated mentor is that it is NOT a teacher/student relationship.
So far, working and talking with Stephen Langridge has been a fascinating experience, predominantly because he is not a singer. Our discussions and the work we have done together have enabled me to begin to find a sort of clarity of mind on and off the stage, which I had not experienced before. I have found it to be an opportunity to see myself, my work and my relationship to that work, from a different perspective.
I have had years of vital training which has helped me to find my Voice through technique, language, musicianship and stage craft, without which, I would of course not be where I am. However, I feel that through the Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme I am, for the very first time, being assisted with finding and training my Inner Voice.