Freeing the Natural Singing Voice – Michael Petermann and Deborah Garvey

Date:July 10-16 2022


The voice that sings and the voice that speaks has the same anatomy. Kristin Linklater’s exercises free the voice from habitual tensions and constraints, and singers benefit from her work as much as speakers (actors). Two of Kristin’s Designated Linklater Teachers join us for this workshop which will focus specifically on the singer’s needs. Both have developed exercises and strategies for singers based on the Linklater Voice methodology.

This workshop offers singers access to freedom, ease and release in their performance. We will explore range, resonance, articulation, the opportunity to move easily from singing to speaking to singing with a focus on personal creative expression. All genres of singing and levels of experience are welcome. The workshop begins with exercises designed to awaken a sensory and imagistic relationship with voice. The progression of exercises leads from physical awareness (locating tension and releasing it) to awareness of natural breathing, the experience of sound in the body, the release of tension in the throat, jaw, tongue and soft palate, the development of resonating power in the chest, the mouth and the face, the accompanying development of breathing power, the exploration of range throughout two to three octaves of speaking notes and, finally, to articulation.

Both of the teachers have extensive experience in applying the Linklater Voice Method to the art of singing. Deborah Garvey teaches singing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is a voice and speech tutor on the BA Acting Voice team at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Michael Petermann conducts choirs, teaches voice to singers and is the Director of the Conservatory of Music in Hamburg.


No previous training is necessary for this workshop just a desire to develop an understanding of your singing voice.  Fluent ENOUGH in English to follow Deborah and Micheal’s instructions.

What do you need

Loose clothing for work. No belts. No jeans.

Bring a short song you want to work on. Please bring sheet music in your preferred key.


The workshop runs across the core teaching days of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. These days start at 9 am and finish around 6 pm.

Thursday is a day off for sightseeing around Orkney or rest. Lunch and dinner are not provided that day. You may cook for yourself or eat out at a restaurant. Thursday’s plans will be arranged once you are here. If you opt for the escorted trip this will be using the Centre’s minibus for travel.

The evening meal will be served no later than 6.30 pm

Food and Accommodation

You will be housed at the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre in our purpose-built Bothy. All rooms are single occupancy with shared toilet/shower facilities. If you have specific accommodation requests please contact

Mealtimes are communal. Lunch and dinner are cooked by our own chef. We cater for dietary considerations including the following: gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and lactose intolerant. We regret to say that we are unable to accommodate more complex dietary requirements. For additional food information please see our FAQs.

Residential workshops at the Centre are fully residential offerings only. No camping facilities are available. The residential experience at the Centre is based on the participants learning, sharing, creating, and working individually and collectively.

Arrivals and Departures

Sunday Arrivals: We anticipate your arrival on Sunday, sometime in the afternoon is good as this ensures you are present for the Welcome Dinner at 6.30 pm. We shall collect you and take you up to the Centre on Sunday at a time suitable to coordinate with the other arrivals. (Please note travel times: 45 mins from the airport, 20 mins from the ferry).

Saturday Departures: These will be after breakfast and we will arrange to transport you to the ferry/airport or drop you off at your local accommodation.

Travel Arrangements

For more information on how to get here, please contact our local and reputable travel agency Scapa Travel, advising them that you are travelling to Orkney to stay at the Voice Centre.

Should you wish to arrive in Orkney early, or to stay on after your workshop finishes, we recommend you use or another online accommodation site to make your personal arrangements.

Information on Current Covid guidance for travelling to Scotland and International travel to Scotland. can be found using these links. Please note we cannot answer specific individual questions on travel and recommend you contact Scapa Travel with any such queries.

Please ensure that when making your travel arrangements you have suitable insurance to cover any other losses associated with your trip as KLVC and the course organiser cannot take any responsibility for any additional costs.

COVID-19 Regulations – PLEASE READ

We are closely monitoring and adhering to Government and local guidelines and will advise you of specific local requirements prior to the commencement of your workshop. It is your personal responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements for travel to and from Scotland. Information on Current Covid guidance for travelling to Scotland and International travel to Scotland. can be found using these links.

If you are travelling to Orkney from within the UK, KLVC is requesting that workshop participants be fully vaccinated. This is so that a duty of care is maintained to your fellow international workshop participants, your tutor(s) and KLVC team members and our local Orkney community. In making a workshop booking, you are confirming that you understand and respect this request. A definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ as determined by the Scottish Government may be found here.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop start date, a 100% refund will be provided.

If you cancel within 30 – 14 days before the workshop start date a 50% refund will be provided.

If you cancel within 14 days before the workshop start date no refund will be provided.

Subject to availability, the cost of any amount not refunded could be put towards the cost of another course.

KLVC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any workshop or event at any time. Should the rescheduled dates or alternative offered by KLVC not be suitable to you we shall refund any payments made by you.


If you have any queries on the workshop please contact



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    Michael Petermann

    Michael Petermann is a Conductor, Voice trainer for Singing and Acting and a Designated Linklater Teacher since 2003. He is the director of the Hamburg Conservatoire and Artistic Director of The Audience’s Orchestra of Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg. Michael was a longtime assistant to Kristin Linklater, and interpreted for her in Germany, including the rigorous Teacher Training workshops. He was the German Co-translator of Freeing the Natural Voice, revised and expanded (Meisterwerk Stimme, Reinhardt Verlag, München) and published in 2019. 

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    Deborah Garvey

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