"I recommend one-on-one lessons with Anna-Helena for anyone working with voice, text, and/or song, in the pursuit of deepening an existing practice or sharpening the tools of ones embodied craft" Georgia
Online participants Summer 2020
"Working with Anna-Helena and her ACT practice online has taken my singing and composition to a completely new level: A magical experience that brings out the most raw and honest musical, physical, and emotional impulses within me" Yuxuan
"Anna-Helena has skilfully adapted to the medium of online teaching, and is more than able to break through the technological barrier and create a human-to-human in-the-room kind of connection" Noah
Right from the get-go, I was impressed with the sheer breadth of Anna-Helena’s knowledge - of technique, of traditional songs, of avenues towards creative freedom, and of the practicalities of creation and rehearsal as a solo performer. She tailored each session to what I was desiring and requiring at that moment in my development, and I gleaned very much from each meeting. Anna-Helena has skillfully adapted to the medium of online teaching, and is more than able to break through the technological barrier and create a human-to-human in-the-room kind of connection with me as her student. Additionally, by virtue of meeting over Zoom and Skype, I was able to record each lesson, listen back, and use it to help guide my daily practice. As a performer and practitioner, Anna-Helena is highly disciplined, adventurous, and marked by integrity. As a teacher, she is dedicated, generous, receptive, understanding, and highly motivating. I recommend one-on-one lessons with Anna-Helena for anyone working with voice, text, and/or song, in the pursuit of deepening an existing practice or sharpening the tools of ones embodied craft.
Georgia-Lee Johnson, professional musician and Steiner teacher
Working with Anna-Helena and her ACT practice online has taken my singing and composition to a completely new level: A magical experience that brings out the most raw and honest musical, physical, and emotional impulses within me. The training has broadened my view on my creative process and enabled me to approach it from a more technical music standpoint. It helped me to truly discover my emotions and organically create what echoes with them.
Yuxuan Liu, 3rd year Theatre Studies student at East 15 Drama School
The Singing Village was an extraordinary opportunity to connect with people from around the world, in stark contrast to the isolation that I felt under lockdown. The songs we learnt were challenging yet enjoyable, encouraging participants to engage in high energy performance as well beautiful sounds. I feel that this emphasis on energy and performance enabled our final performance to break through the barriers of distance and technical difficulties to reach our audience.
Noah Silver, 3rd year Acting student at East 15 Drama School
The 'Singing Village bringing us through and beyond the pandemic' run by ACT Online during lockdown helped me to maintain my vocal training and creative practice, which I believe would otherwise have suffered without any creative projects to work towards. I cannot express enough how valuable this project was to me during the pandemic.
Kat Shaw, Performer and theatre-maker originally from Perth, Australia, living in London since 2017
Sessions were very energising and fun. From a practitioner’s perspective, I have always found difficult to keep self-disciplined if there is no exchange with both an audience or other artists/practitioners. Joining the 'Singing Village' virtual choir gave me a great opportunity to connect, share my work, make progress and boost my motivation to practice. I look forward to joining more.
Valeria Lembo, PhD Candidate in Health in Social Science at ECRED, University of Edinburgh and voice practitioner
"Working with Anna-Helena McLean is a great joy and source of nourishment for me. Anna-Helena is an incredibly experienced embodied voice coach who has supported me for many years now, enabling me to refine my own skills and presence. Her ability to configure training according to my professional development needs is phenomenal: Whatever the aim of each session, I walk away feeling empowered, resourced and inspired"
Jessica Bockler, Director of The Alef Trust
I am always enlivened by the presence and authenticity in Moon Fool's facilitating team; I enjoy the company's unique and integrated co-ordination of voice, movement, awareness, emotion and perception. There is something truly magical about the universality of the material covered in the sessions which is deeply moving and accessible to all.
The way the Zoom sessions were organised and held helped support the feeling of human connection and cooperation.
Chris Roche, Singer and choir leader