ABSTRACT

Owning Our Voices offers a unique, first-hand account of working within the Wolfsohn-Hart tradition of extended voice work by Margaret Pikes, an acclaimed voice teacher and founder member of the Roy Hart Theatre.

This dynamic publication fuses Pikes’ personal account of her own vocal journey as a woman within this, at times, male-dominated tradition, alongside an overview of her particular pedagogical approach to voice work, and is accompanied by digital footage of Pikes at work in the studio with artist-collaborators and written descriptions of scenarios for teaching. For the first time, Margaret Pikes’ uniquely holistic approach to developing the expressive voice through sounding, speech, song and movement has been documented in text and on film, offering readers an introduction to both the philosophy and the practice of Wolfsohn-Hart voice work. 

Owning Our Voices is a vital book for scholars and students of voice studies and practitioners of vocal performance: it represents a synthesis of a life’s work exploring the expressive potential of the human voice, illuminating an important lineage of vocal training, which remains influential to this day.

chapter |14 pages

Introduction

ByPatrick Campbell

part Part 1|78 pages

Why ‘owning our voices’?

chapter |5 pages

Feminist approaches to autobiography – a preface to Part 1

ByPatrick Campbell

chapter 1|9 pages

Early life

ByMargaret Pikes

chapter 2|15 pages

A conscious family

Voice work at The Studio and Abraxas Club with Roy Hart
ByMargaret Pikes

chapter 3|8 pages

The private becomes public

ByMargaret Pikes

chapter 4|13 pages

Life after death

Malérargues
ByMargaret Pikes

chapter 5|9 pages

Leaving Malérargues and growing independence

ByMargaret Pikes

chapter 6|17 pages

Some reflections

ByMargaret Pikes

part Part 2|81 pages

Methodology

chapter |7 pages

Preface to methodology

ByPatrick Campbell

chapter |4 pages

The pre-verbal voice – a preface

ByPatrick Campbell

chapter 7|11 pages

The pre-verbal voice

ByMargaret Pikes

chapter |4 pages

Freeing the voice – a preface

ByPatrick Campbell

chapter 8|10 pages

Freeing the voice

ByMargaret Pikes

chapter |4 pages

The role of the teacher – a preface

ByPatrick Campbell

chapter 9|6 pages

The role of the teacher

ByMargaret Pikes

chapter |4 pages

Connecting head to body – a preface

ByPatrick Campbell

chapter 10|9 pages

Connecting head to body – the importance of movement

ByMargaret Pikes

chapter |3 pages

Group work – a preface

ByPatrick Campbell

chapter 11|8 pages

Group work

ByMargaret Pikes

chapter |4 pages

Working with song – a preface

ByPatrick Campbell

chapter 12|5 pages

Working with song

ByMargaret Pikes

chapter |22 pages

Conclusion

Owning our voices – a pluriphony
ByPatrick Campbell