Working closely with Jenny Mollica, director of English National Opera’s Baylis team, Suzi’s brief was to research, devise and script short films and lesson plans to be shared on the BBC’s online learning platform BBC Bitesize during the summer of 2020 when the UK was under lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Film 1: Why does singing make you feel good?
The first of the films focusses on singing as a mood enhancer. When we sing, endorphins and oxytocin are released. Singing promotes a sense of belonging and community, and allows us to express and experience feelings and emotions.
Film 2: What happens in our body when we sing?
This short animation shows what happens in our bodies when we sing; beginning outside the body, the film follows the journey of a singer’s in-breath and we learn how singers transform air into glorious song.
Film 3: How to warm up your voice
Suzi leads a brief and thorough vocal warm up to help prepare singers’ voices for singing ahead of teaching a song. This film explores ways to prepare your body for singing, beginning with connecting with your breath, gentle vocalising and waking up the resonances in your vocal tract.
Film 4: Learning a song
Suzi teaches the folk song ‘O Waly Waly’ as a call and response. The film then explores bringing the song to life by energising the text, creating space for vocal resonance and connecting with the intention and meaning behind the text.