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BA Community Theatre Arts
Aimee Leonard
EFP: 2018
EMT: 2019

Specialties: Singing, Speaking
Languages: English

Aimée is the voice coach for London Southbank University. In 2021 LSBU became an Estill Educational Affiliate. Aimée is the lead EMT and, under the mentorship of Tom Burk, has led Level 1 and 2 Estill Courses at LSBU since September 2021 and is currently taking 24 students through their EFP training. Voice work at LSBU is hugely varied and interesting , including voice for actors, singing training in all genres, creating music for productions and assisting students in music/song writing for final year devised productions. Aimée also works for the English Folk Dance and Song Society as a Folk Educator. She works largely with community groups of all ages, delivering song workshops, devising and leading projects about traditional folk song and folk heritage. She also leads a 25 strong Folk Choir who perform songs from Uk folk tradition and beyond. Aimée also teaches up and coming traditional folk singers at Newcastle University for the BA in Folk and Traditional Music.Aimée grew up in the Orkney Islands, North of Scotland. She was surrounded by traditional music and has been singing and performing folk songs all her life. She studied for a BA in Community Theatre at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London and worked as an actor-musician for several years before joining the Celtic Folk Band, Anam. Aimée recorded several cd’s and toured worldwide with Anam, performing at many major Folk Festivals, after the band was signed the JVC label. After leaving the band to raise her family, Aimée co-led the Big Orkney Song Project - collecting, performing and teaching songs from Orkney, worked as a musical director for National Theatre of Scotland and more recently The Old Vic community company who’s production of “Rise” combined folk song, choir leading and community theatre all in one! Aimée’s Estill journey sprang from advice to “get on an Estill course!” by two separate fellow choir leaders within a week of each other! She did her first course with Anne-Marie Speed in London and then went on to continue her study with mentor Tom Burke with whom she gained her EFP and then EMT. She uses EVT in all aspects of her teaching and loves the absolute flexibility of Estill.

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