Spring Workshop 2020


Saturday 21 March 2020

9:30a.m – 6.00p.m

with acclaimed mezzo soprano, vocal coach & broadcaster 


Mary King’s career has encompassed a wide range of roles, including that of performer, teacher, coach, broadcaster and writer. A popular and highly experienced mezzo soprano, Mary has worked with leading conductors and numerous orchestras across the world and has made a particular feature of the contemporary classical repertoire.

Mary has had a long involvement with outreach and teaching, working with all the major companies in the UK as well as running training programmes both at home and abroad. During Mary’s long association with English National Opera, she devised and ran a highly successful performance skills course, ‘The Knack’, for eleven years, and between 2004 and 2006 she was also an Artistic Associate for the company.

In 2017/18 Mary worked as Vocal Coach for the Actors Touring Company on their acclaimed production of Aeschyus’ The Suppliant Women at London’s Young Vic and was Vocal Director for performances of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS at London’s Southbank Centre.

From 2006 to 2013 she was Head of Singing at Millennium Performing Arts and between 2007 and 2013 she created and led Southbank Centre’s Voicelab, a role which embraced everything from casting professional projects to creating and training numerous choirs and small ensembles. From 2013 to 2018 she taught regularly at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, and currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and the Arts Educational School (ArtsEd), one of the major training schools for those wishing to enter the actng and musical theatre professions.

Mary is currently Talent Consultant at Glyndebourne and works as a vocal coach for a number of West End shows. She also offers 1-1 vocal teaching for professional singers. Mary is increasingly widely known through her work on television and radio. She was one of the driving forces behind Channel 4’s award-winning Operatunity, and on Musicality, also on Channel 4. She has appeared on BBC TV as the expert analyst for the Cardiff Singer of the World competitions since 2003 and is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3. Since 2006 she has been one of the judges on the National Choir of the Year competition.

Mary is also in demand as a writer. In 2007 The Singer’s Handbook (Faber) was published, co-written with Anthony Legge. This has been followed by a series of selected vocal repertoire collections with coaching notes, The Boosey Voice Coach (Boosey & Hawkes). Mary is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College and a Fellow of the Northern College of Music.