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What our students say about the Southern School of Popular Singing


Mark Hill"I've been fortunate enough to work with some incredible singers over the years like Craig David, Corrine Bailey Rae and Lemar, so opening my mouth to sing ideas for melody lines in front of people like that can be pretty intimidating! I'd known about Gareth for some time because he had taught some of the session vocalists I'd used in my studio and I'd always been impressed by their standard, so he seemed the logical choice to contact. The lessons I had with him were really useful but also a lot of fun. The incredible enthusiasm he has for the art of teaching singing and for getting the best from any individual's voice is infectious. I'm looking forward to going back for more soon :-)"

Mark Hill, Multi platinum selling producer and winner of 4 Ivor Novello awards

Yazz"I CONFESS I WAS AS NERVOUS AS ANYONE singing again! BUT...when I heard that Gareth was a maestro at teaching singing I should have felt more relaxed! In fact I felt nervous as anyone at going into the recording process again after such a long break. I had no need to be though...Gareth isn’t interested so much in your sound as he is in you...this is such a huge psychological lift for any singer...it says "I am not attempting to turn you into any other singer other than who you are...I want to help you learn to express yourself and not any other person". GOOD RULE! With G, nothing is impossible...in a relatively short time he had made me relaxed and encouraged me to want to sing my heart out!

I found myself achieving vocal ideas and styles that I never had the confidence to try previously....I was able to bring performance, depth and emotion into my work like never before. Never say "I just can’t do it"- to Gareth, its red rag to a bull....we had some hilarious moments together as he taught me how to reach top notes and low bass notes for harmony parts sometimes just by the shaping of my face! Learning speech through songs developed my phrasing and timing and breathing techniques allowed me to really bring deeper mood control to the lyrics.

At ‘The Southern School of Popular Singing’ the techniques used for the voice are tried and tested by professionals and they work because the teachers work with you, for you. Not everyone is a Yazz or a Gareth, a Coldplay or Joss Stone...and thats the point, we are each given a gift of being individuals and the techniques Gareth’s school uses develops just that. I begged him to come out to Spain but thats another story!....watch this space.......!"

Yazz, International Dance Music legend and singer of world wide hit "The Only Way Is Up"

Peter Saul"I started lessons with SSPS when I was 15 years old. In the 8 years I studied vocal techniques with the school, I shaped the voice that has taken me from school boy, through gigging singer, studio vocalist, touring performer and now to roles in the West End. What I learnt was invaluable and is still helping me today. The best part is when they need to be, they can work on a highly sophisticated level, but in my case they were able to make it all seem so simple, which turned me from an average club singer to a West End leading man. For that I am forever grateful".

Peter Saul, "Val Jean", lead role in the smash musical "Les Miserables"

“Hey G Man, Thank you very much for all the time and effort you’ve put in to try and help us achieve our goals. You have been a big part of 4Tune and hopefully we’ll be able to celebrate our success together”

4Tune, Highly regarded 4 piece vocal act and X Factor finalists

“I’ve seen the results that these guys achieve with pupils, both live on stage and in the studio. The results are wicked but I particularly love the fact that these guys take their work seriously, not themselves. They make hard work a lot of fun.”
Dan Mar-Molinero, Songwriter with Lemar, Liberty X, Gareth Gates, Mel C

Charlie started singing lessons with Gareth about a year ago and goes straight from school every Thursday, looking forward to it each and every week, including school holidays. We saw the improvement in her singing immediately as she gained confidence almost overnight, knowing she was being trained to use her voice in the correct way. Since having her lessons she has been able to achieve leads at the E Minor Pop Academy and performed her solo parts on stage at venues like The Point in Eastleigh. Charlie's recent school report described her as "a star" and every teacher made a comment on her growing confidence within her peer groups. All down to the fact that she has been able to build on her ability to do what she loves, sing. The fact that she spent her 12th birthday in the recording studio with Gareth producing her own CD of 5 songs speaks for itself. As her parents, we are thrilled with the high standard of teaching, the commitment and especially the continuous enthusiasm shown to Charlie and all that she has achieved because of this.

Allie and Colin Burdle, parents of Charlie, a student