Maria Soriano, founder and facilitator.
Maria’s interdisciplinary training covers early dance choir conducting, Kodaly method, musical pedagogy, voice teaching skills, breathing and relaxation techniques, harmonic singing, and Primal Singing Integrative.
Voice teacher, choir director and free improviser, Maria grounds her work in the exploration of the creative performer and the relationship between health and singing, as being born in a family of doctors and public health lecturers made her interested in the health benefits of singing since a very early stage of her proffesional development.
She has attended numerous training courses related to voice and pedagogy, but also related to singing for a better health (Canterbury University Centre for Arts and Health- Singing and people with COPD; Kensington and Chelsea Volunteer Centre- Mental Health Awareness; level 1 Public Health Course; Estill Method for Menopausal and Aeging Voices, amongst many others, CV on request). Maria has trained in Singing for people with Parkinson’s (Sing to Beat Parkinson’s, Canterbury Cantata Trust).
Maria has experience in managing and coordinating teams. She was head of children’s studies at Musica Creativa (Madrid), leading a team of twenty two teachers and she currently acts as the coordinating contact and teacher’s support for the Sing to Live programme, at Kensington and Chelsea’s Borough.
María is a Natural Voice Practitioners Member, and she leads choirs for the Sing to Live, Live to Sing programme from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for which she has coordinated various choral events, delivered training sessions for workshop leaders and written it’s original Framework document. She is occasionally an external lecturer for Kingston University Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and is part of the Health and Wellbeing Research Group linked to the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing, at Winchester University.
Maria has developed her interpretation of Primal Singing for the last ten years, through personal exploration, experiences with students, concerts and hospital workshops. She loves that some people has called it “singing without words”.
This work is called PSI– Primal Singing Integrative™
Maria is an Associate Member of The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
(More at mariasoriano.co.uk)
Chris Hutchison, Co-director
With more than 35 years experience of teaching and research and special interests in e-heritage and digital curation, ethnoepistemology, and social remembering. Initially a Linguistics graduate, with a MSc in Intelligent Knowledge-Based Systems and PhD in Cognitive Linguistics, he has lectured at the University of Sussex, Kingston University, the University of East Anglia, Nottingham Trent University, Université Mohamed V (Rabat), and the University of Amsterdam.
With a university background in cognitive science and a lifelong interest in history and social remembering, Chris has worked on digital heritage projects for, among others, Historic Royal Palaces (London), the Museo della Lana di Scanno (Abruzzo), and the Plantin-Moretus Museum and City Prints Gallery (Antwerp), and now manages Singing4Health’s memory events and everything related to musical memories.