‘We’ll Meet Again’ – How voices can shine through in a time of crisis

In our time of national lockdown, with the country looking for glimmers of hope, there’s been a resurgence of the term ‘We’ll Meet Again.’ It’s a term synonymous with one song and one voice in particular: the voice of Dame Vera Lynn. Though Dame Vera was not a Dame when she first recorded that song, her unmistakeable voice and what … Read More

The Highs and the Lows: The Issue of Puberphonia

Generally speaking, cases of puberphonia do not present frequently at the Voice clinician’s door. When they do, our interventions tend to be short and satisfying for both patient and clinician as successful outcomes often come quickly.  What is puberphonia? Puberphonia occurs in males whose voices remain high after they have gone through the other physiological changes associated with puberty. The condition … Read More

Seeing the Vocal Light: A Case of Laryngeal Papillomatosis

What is laryngeal papillomatosis? The diagnosis of vocal cord papilloma can prove to be one of the most challenging voice conditions for sufferers . For voice therapists, our interventions are often limited and restricted to pre and post surgery assessment and advice. Papillomatosis is a rare condition in which small benign tumours caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infect the … Read More

You’re As Young As Your Voice

Voice Matters- Whatever Your Age Whether I’m assisting a performer or a retired person back to vocal health , their voice matters  to them- and to me. Loss of voice function can be debilitating and socially and professionally limiting  sometimes, it can cause huge financial loss. The Professor and The Conference One day I was contacted by a polite 86 yr old gentleman … Read More

The Girl With No Voice

10 year old Mary had not voiced for over 3 months. Not one vocalisation related to speech had ensued from her vocal tract in that time. She had already seen two ENTs and one speech therapist with no return of Voice. The second ENT, referred Mary to me. Both ENTs had assessed Mary’s laryngeal anatomy as normal with no evident … Read More

Mind the Gap: The Breathy Singer

Mind the Gap: The Breathy Singer

There’s a place for breathy voice quality. In singing, it can feature for stylistic reasons or as part of falsetto range. In the spoken voice though, it might best be limited to an intimate bedroom setting. A spoken voice that’s too heavily populated with breathy voice quality is usually a voice that’s in trouble – either the vocal cords aren’t … Read More

VoiceUp – From Male to Female Voice

Spotlight On: Transgender Voice Modification Recently a trans woman client presented for voice feminisation. The initial assessment had similar elements to the thousands of other initial assessments I have carried out with trans women. This first session always contains my initial two exercises. I want clients – some of whom have often travelled considerable distances to access the service- to … Read More

Vocal Variety – The Spice Of My Life

“There is great satisfaction in bringing hope and relief to the vocally unhappy, challenged or afflicted. It is, without doubt, my vocational calling in life” – Christella Antoni One week in voice consists of many voice clients with varied diagnoses and vocal needs. This kind of mix stokes my voice passions and fires 🔥 me to achieve better voice outcomes … Read More

It Began with the Letter R…

“My speech therapy career literally came from the tip of my tongue.” – Christella Antoni I wanted to be a speech and language therapist since I was about 5 years old. The seed was planted in infant school. My first teacher had noticed I couldn’t say my ‘R’ sound properly, and referred me for speech therapy.