Olivia Archbold has proven her talent - and the versatility of Estill Voice Training - once again, by being cast in the role of Fantine in a production of Les Miserables.
Over 200 young people auditioned for Stint Production's version of Les Mis and, despite it being Olivia's first venture in Musical Theatre, she earned the major role of Fantine.
The show was directed by Andy Follin, who helped Olivia make the transition between Pop / R&B and Music Theatre, explaining the differences in vocal set-up and voice qualities required.
Andy says, "Having taught Olivia in Estill techniques since I started coaching her, it was very easy to get Olivia to engage with a character as complex as Fantine. She has a solid understanding of how to use her voice, and how to apply that technique to songs - everything she sings, she sings with conviction and passion, and a unique, personal style that's very refreshing to see and hear.
Hearing her sing 'I dreamed a dream' was like listening to the song for the first time - she made it her own."
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Great news for Olivia as her first single is released. Following her appearance on Britains Got Talent in 2010 (see below) Olivia was approached by the British Heart Foundation, with a view to including a version of 'Angel' on their compilation album "Best of my love: Songs from the heart 1961 - 2011".
Olivia represents 2011 and appears alongside such legends as Dusty Springfield, Michael Jackson, Sting and Amy Winehouse and Florence and the Machine. It was a great opportunity for her and she thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working in a recording studio.
The album was released in time for Valentine's day and can be bought as a CD or digital download. For more information, see here: British Heart Foundation
It was an exciting few months for 14 year old Vocal Skills pupil Olivia Archbold who found herself in the public spotlight following her appearance on the Manchester heats of Britain's Got Talent 2010. Following a great reception from judges and audience, Olivia was put straight through to the live semi-finals.
A Youtube clip of her performance of 'Angel' has now been viewed over 10 million times! You can see it here: Olivia Archbold - Angel
Andy says, "It was clear from her first lesson that Olivia had something unique. She embraced Estill Voice Training™ straight away and loved the freedom it gives her to be herself. I really enjoy working with her, and listening to her sing, and I'm so pleased that Simon Cowell and the British public agree with me!"
During her time on BGT, Olivia got to work with Yvie Burnett. Read what Yvie has to say about Estill Voice Training: here.
Andy says, "Olivia is a very honest singer, which is a rare gift, especially for someone so young. But she also has a great work ethic and a willingness to learn that makes teaching her a real pleasure. And the fact that she can turn her hand equally to Pop and Musical Theatre proves once again that Estill-trained singers can sing in any style, in any genre, with equal success. "
If you'd like to learn how Estill Voice Training™ can help you in Pop, R&B or Musical Theatre, book a lesson with Andy (see below) and take your career to the next level.
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