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Frances Parkes Author since: 2018
Frances has worked with interpreters and translators since giving a Voice Workshop at the ITI conference at Warwick University in 2006. She has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster and the Metropolitan University in their interpreting departments and at the Central School of Speech and Drama on their MA Voice course. Her interest in voice and dialects and their hidden depths developed from her time at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she attended the three-year professional acting course. After working as an actor for 5 years she did an Equity sponsored MA in Theatre Arts at Goldsmith’s College specializing in audience/performer communication. The British Voice Association, The Actors Centre, and The British Council backed Frances in going to Pontedera, Italy, to study Jerzy Grotowski’s vocal technique at the Grotowski Centre. This technique is based on vocal resonance. Frances started the Make the Most of Your Voice (now Max Your Voice) company in 2002. After receiving many requests from expats to help with the clarity of their English pronunciation, she devised and developed, with the help of the designer Alastair Mitton, the Speak English Clearly course which she recorded an audio version of in 2006. The book is revised regularly. She has a resource database of English pronunciation from over 50 different mother languages. A resource that helps when working as a dialect coach with her actors. Frances enjoys researching and developing exercises that can help people with their vocal communication. She loves her work because it brings her into contact with people with people from all professions who seek to improve their working lives with better knowledge and practice of vocal technique. All clients who come to Frances and Max Your Voice are given name confidentiality. Clients include actors, worldwide engineers and business advisors, lawyers, medical practitioners, interpreters, bankers, people from regional Councils, the House of Commons and the EU Parliament. Frances has worked with many companies including Carl Zeiss, Google, Warner Bros, BBC, TCS, Linklaters, Price Waterhouse and more.