The Southern School Of Popular Singing was formed in Salisbury in 1993 by Robin Gair, an experienced vocalist who, having started his singing career as a Salisbury Choir Boy, had become a major part of the Salibury music scene, performing with many of the city’s popular bands and supporting acts like Manfred Mann and John Lee Hooker.
Teaching room at the Southampton Branch
He started the school in response to the obvious need for vocal tuition with a popular, rather than classical music style. The school was a resounding success almost immediately, with pupils coming from all over the south of England.
In 1997 Robin persuaded one of his more experienced pupils, Gareth Henderson, to set up the school’s 2nd branch in Southampton, which over the last 11 years has gone from strength to strength.
The Salisbury and Southampton branches now have five vocal coaches - Robin Gair, Gareth Henderson, Steve Giles, Chris Johnson and Katie Holmes with three more teachers currently in the training program.
The School’s current team of vocal coaches are committed to offering the highest standard of vocal tuition, in a relaxed, friendly manner, using a well researched and highly successful techniques developed in America over the last 45 years. These techniques have been used over 120 Grammy award winning pupils, including people like Stevie Wonder, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton and many more.
Although The Southern School Of Popular Singing can not yet claim to have taught names as huge as these, the school’s pupils already include artists who have been international stars and were number 1 in the music charts, leads in West End shows like Les Miserables, Music Week magazine award winning artists and at least 50 professional singers who earn some or all of their income from singing.