Professional vocal coaching
in North West England


Singing lessons with Andy Follin will give you the necessary vocal skills
to use your voice effectively, in any style and genre.

Why choose Vocal Skills?

UNIQUE

Vocal coaching

Andy Follin is the only Certified Estill Master teacher currently working in the North of England.

EFFECTIVE

Training methods

Estill Voice Training™ merges Science with Art, giving singers complete knowledge and control of their voices.

COMPLETE

Technical knowledge

Andy can teach you to sing in many genres (Pop, Musicals, Opera, Rock) with total freedom and skill.

FLEXIBLE

Learning process

Andy does not insist on regular, long-term tuition. Clients attend as and when it suits them.

Recent blog posts

  • What makes a good performance?

    Posted on Thursday 5th May, 2016 by Andy
    Audience reaction

    I recently gave a presentation to the NHS on the subject of Performance Anxiety, as part of a wider day on Social Phobia. We discussed the physical responses to stress (irregular breathing, constriction etc) and simple solutions to deal with those triggers. But the part that caused the most debate was when I asked them to discuss what… Read More »

  • What is ‘Mix’ anyway?

    Posted on Monday 2nd May, 2016 by Andy
    What is 'Mix' voice?

    ‘How do I sing in the mix?’, ‘What is my mix?’, and ‘How do I find my mix?’ are fairly common questions I get asked by singers. But what exactly do they mean? I suppose the first thing to say is that every Voice Quality is a ‘mix’ – a combination of structures that contribute to the overall… Read More »

  • Stop reaching for high notes

    Posted on Sunday 24th April, 2016 by Andy
    Stretched rubber band

    Quite often I’ll see singers lifting their chin or even standing on tip toes as they approach the top of the range. Partly, I think this is because we describe them as ‘high’ notes and ‘high’ means ‘up’. In all string instruments, pitch is determined partly by the tautness of the vibrating string. Stretch an elastic band and… Read More »

Read the full posts and more on the Vocal Skills blog...

Student updates


David Moorst (Acting) won the Evening Standard 'Emerging Talent' award for 2015.

James Platt (Opera) is currently starting his first principal contract at La Scala, Milan.

Kasia Howley (Musical Theatre) won the 2014 BBC 'Your Voice' competition.

Stephanie Kirkham (Pop) has recently (Jan 2016) released her latest album 'Tiny Spark'.


Knowledge is power


Have you ever sung well, but not known how? Or had a problem that you couldn't fix? Do you wish you could sing in more than one style? If you've ever asked the questions 'how did I do that?' or 'why does my voice do this?', Andy can help.

Singing lessons with Andy will give you complete control over your voice, allowing you to sing in any style, in any repertoire, all with complete skill and understanding - and all with your own beautiful voice!

Unlike 'traditional' singing lessons, which focus on one musical style or genre, Estill Voice Training™ can explain the requirements of any type of singing - and show you how to achieve it, quickly and simply. Whether you sing Musicals, Opera, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Gospel or Worship, Andy will give you the knowledge of how your voice works, and how to apply it to each unique style.

…what sound do I want to create, and which structures do I need to control to create that sound?

Estill™ vocal coaching


Andy Follin is a Certified Master Teacher (CMT) of Estill Voice Training™ (EVT) and one of the most respected vocal coaches currently working in the UK.

(Click here to see Andy's profile on the EVT website)

Certified EVT representatives are an elite group of teachers and coaches - internationally recognized for their extensive knowledge of the voice, and for the innovative teaching techniques they employ in their singing lessons and vocal coaching sessions. Andy is the only Certified Estill teacher currently working in the North of England.

Read what other Vocal Skills clients have to say about Andy...

Professional Singing lessons in North West England


Andy is a professional vocal coach, not a school teacher or piano teacher doing a few singing lessons in their spare time. Unlike a lot of voice teachers, Andy does not insist on long-term tuition, where students have to attend regular lessons, repeating the same exercises until their voice improves. You can attend as often as you like, but there's no compulsion to attend every week or every fortnight. In fact, many students find that a singing lesson every 4 to 6 weeks suits their needs.

Estill Voice Training™ is known for producing quick results. Quite often, Andy finds that long-standing problems can be fixed in the first few lessons. At your first session, Andy will give you an assessment of your abilities and draw up a singing lesson development plan that ensures you get to where you want to be, as quickly as possible.

If you're ready to take your voice to the next level, book a singing lesson with Andy today (see bottom of page).

Andy runs his studio in St Helens so is ideally located for students in the Liverpool, Merseyside, Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire areas. Please check out the separate pages for students from Liverpool, Merseyside, Warrington, Widnes / Runcorn, Wigan, Cheshire, Lancashire and North Wales.


Vocal coaching for everyone


Although Andy works mainly with professional singers, he's more than happy to work with serious students at all stages of their career development, to ensure they're given the right guidance at the right time.

For professional singers, a singing lesson with Andy can assist with gig and audition prep, vocal strengthening, range improvement, tonal balance, learning new vocal styles and voice rehabilitation for those occasions when things have gone slightly off track. If you're a singer who is suddenly having difficulties, or just looking for a vocal MOT before an important gig or audition, a singing lesson with Andy will quickly get you back on track.

Singing lessons in North West England

If you've recently graduated and are preparing for professional auditions, Andy will give you an honest opinion of your performance and the kind of feedback you might hope to get from an audition panel (but don't always get!)

If you're leaving higher education and want to audition at a major college, Andy can tailor your singing lesson to help you prepare your audition material and work through any technical difficulties to ensure you present yourself in the best possible light.

If you're unsure about your voice and just want a professional opinion of your abilities, Andy will be happy to arrange a consultation where you can discuss your needs and desires - and help you draw up a plan of action.

Andy passionately believes that all singers deserve the best tuition. This especially applies if you're fairly new to singing, but serious about your future. At this stage, it's vitally important that you're taught the basics - and taught them properly. Whether you want to be a lead in a musical, a front man in a band, a solo artist, an opera singer or a worship leader at your local church, singing lessons with Andy are designed to ensure that you learn at your own pace, giving you the time and freedom to discover your own voice.

Andy has great experience of teaching singers how to 'cross over' styles. If you're an opera singer who wants to audition for musicals, or a pop singer with a Jazz gig coming up, you'll need to understand the different techniques required to make you sound authentic. Singing lessons with Andy can give you this knowledge in a way that will seem like second nature, as though you've been singing that way all your life!


Record your lesson


If you want to record your lesson (either the entire session or specific sections) or just have a recording of your performance to take home, simply bring along a USB memory stick and Andy can record you directly through the system.

You'll have a CD quality .wav format recording which you can then burn to disc or upload.


Singing lessons - costs and times


Cost

£50 for 1 hour


Professional singing lessons

Teaching hours

Monday: 1000 - 1930
Tuesday: 1000 - 1930
Wednesday: 1000 - 1830
Thursday: 1000 - 1830
Friday: 1000 - 1500


Book your singing lesson now!


To book your first singing lesson with Andy, you need to pay in advance.

Please note that waiting times can be up to 4 weeks, depending on the time slot you require. If you have an urgent requirement, please contact Andy before paying your deposit.

Simply click on the link below and follow the Paypal instructions (NB each 60 minute session costs £50). Once you've paid, Andy will contact you to arrange a suitable time for your lesson.

Book now

If you don't have a Paypal account, please contact Andy for alternative ways to pay.

Please note: Clients must give a minimum of 48 hours' notice should they need cancel a lesson. Giving less than 48 hours' notice will mean the full cost of that lesson will be charged. Additionally, if a client forgets a scheduled lesson or is late (regardless of reason, including illness) the full cost of the lesson will still be charged.