In 2015, Elocution Lessons London’s MD Matt Pocock was brought in by Accenture UK to deliver a workshop at Westminster Central Hall to over 800 employees. The event – the Accenture Community Gathering – was also attended by Jon Snow (Channel 4 News) and David Rowan (Editor of WIRED Magazine).
This represents Elocution Lessons London’s creativity in providing solutions for clients’ diverse demands. 800-seater workshops are rare in the voice business, but restructuring the work to meet the larger space was highly successful.
East 15 Acting School
Great actors require extraordinary vocal control and a diverse portfolio of accents. This made Elocution Lessons London and East 15 excellent partners. As part of the University of Essex, East 15 Acting School achieved the highest rate of student satisfaction for UK drama schools. ELL MD Matt Pocock continues to work on their MA Actor’s programme, delivering elocution and articulation lessons to new generations of promising artists.
Both East 15’s and ELL’s curriculum aims at the highest standard of training, both in academic rigour and student experience. Our long-running partnership means that both institutions stay closer to the bleeding edge of the latest voice research.
The Urdang Academy
In 2015, The Urdang Academy, a drama school in Islington, hired Matt to work on their 3-Year Diploma & Degree Courses for Musical Theatre actors. The students needed presentation coaching, posture work, and proficiency in the General American accent.
Musical Theatre schools often hire out practitioners who can best benefit their work – and going to elocution tutors makes a good deal of sense. With our training in accents, speech and presence we can make sure that students get the best out of their training and are able to transition easily to a career on-stage.
The General American accent is one of our specialities – since it is not only English students who come to us. American students also want to get rid of their accent. But getting rid of one’s accent often only means heading towards one of a few accents considered ‘neutral’. For Americans, this is General American.
The Urdang Academy’s long-running collaboration with ELL involves us delivering group classes and helping to shape the curriculum: as well as testing our skills on the new generation of Musical Theatre actors.