Professional Background

Christina’s first job in East London was with adults with acquired aphasia – the loss of language after stroke, accident or disease. After obtaining a Master’s degree in linguistics at Reading University, she worked part-time in Cambridge in speech therapy with children, and also taught linguistics on the speech and language therapy course at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She then became head of speech therapy at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, with a case load whose focus was with adults with neurological impairment, and those with voice problems.

After several years, she changed direction and trained as a voice teacher, gaining an Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama. A voice staff member on the acting and singing courses at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for six years, she also guest taught at both the Central School and at RADA, and was contracted to the Royal Shakespeare Company as a dialect coach. During 12 years of consultancy in Harley Street, London, she specialised in solving the voice problems of top international performers and public speakers, coached both experienced and beginner voice users, and worked extensively as trainer in the political and business world. Her clients included well-known singers, stage and film actors, rock and opera musicians, senior politicians and a huge and rich mix of other professional voice users. In 1991 she took a half-time post as lecturer in voice and counselling skills at the Department of Communication Science, University College London, where she now holds an honorary senior lectureship.

After moving to Bristol in 1994, Christina worked locally in voice therapy both privately and in the NHS. At the same time she continued to work both nationally and internationally as teacher and communications skills coach. Her book on voice work was written between 2000-2008, the result of 30 years of eclectic experience. In 2009 she was honoured with a Fellowship of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

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