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The Team

Phoene Cave, Music Therapist and Creative Director

Phoene is an HCPC registered music therapist, a CNHC registered shiatsu practitioner, singer and vocal coach. Initially she had a career in the record and television industries, as well as working as a professional singer.

Phoene then went on to spend two decades working with a range of diverse communities including nurseries, schools, further and higher education, concert halls, social housing, care homes, hospitals, a detention centre and a prison.

She has worked as a practitioner, performer, manager, consultant, lecturer and trainer and is passionate about the creative connections between music and wellbeing.

Phoene was head of the vocal team at Richmond Music Trust managing a team of peripatetic singing teachers, head of music services for Nordoff Robbins Music therapy charity in London managing a team of music therapists, and also spent two years working with the prison’s most challenged and challenging women at HMP & YOI Bronzefield as well as running a music therapy group in the mother and baby unit.

Phoene delivered the first Singing for Breathing programme at the Royal Brompton hospital in London in 2008 (originally working with inpatients). Outpatients and two RCT’s followed. In 2014 the British Lung Foundation invited Phoene to write and deliver training and resources for a Singing for Lung Health programme. She helped set up groups in other hospitals and Singing for Lung Health available now in 8 London hospitals with two more starting in 2019. She has trained hundreds of singing leaders across the UK and Europe since.

Impressed and humbled by how many lives have been transformed by the work she plans to apply for a doctoral programme to research what is valued by participants and how this is achieved.

Her priority, and passion, is to inform others of how singing can support breath management for those with COPD, pursue robust and appropriate evaluations, encourage safe and informed practice for singing leaders as well as enabling them to deliver sessions that are informative, challenging and fun for participants.

Dr Adam Lewis, Respiratory Physiotherapist

Adam is a respiratory specialist research physiotherapist currently working at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS foundation trust with Dr Nick Hopkinson and Professor Michael Polkey.

He qualified as a physiotherapist with First Class honours from the University of Southampton and started his career in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. He was successful in being awarded a clinical academic PhD fellowship which he passed in 2013. His Thesis was based on COPD patient experiences of their disease and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Adam has specialist interests in chronic respiratory disease, pulmonary rehabilitation, singing for Lung Health and breathlessness management.

Adam has previously trained singing for lung health leaders on behalf of the British Lung Foundation and chaired the UK singing for Lung Health consensus group.

His publications include a systematic review, quantitative and qualitative service evaluations of Singing for Lung Health.

Juliet Russell, Vocal Coach

Juliet (MMus, PG Cert., BA (Hons)) is a singer, composer, vocal coach and choir director. With a background in community arts, Juliet is passionate about supporting individuals and communities to develop their voices and creativity.

A vocal coach on ITV’s The Voice, The Voice Kids and BBC’s Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, Juliet has also worked with Grammy, Brit, MTV Europe and MOBO award winning artists. She has collaborated and performed with innovative artists including Damon Albarn, Imogen Heap, Paloma Faith, alt-J, Yoko Ono, Seal and Ringo Starr.

She previously led the Singing for Breathing group at Harefield Hospital and is a trainer for the British Lung Foundation’s Singing for Lung Health programme. She has created a research based toolkit for singing for lung health leaders, exploring which vocal techniques may be optimal when working with people with obstructive lung diseases. In 2015 she toured her Earth Meets Sky album collaborating with local musicians and community choirs to create ten unique performances throughout the UK.

She was formerly Academic Head of Vocals at Vocaltech (now BIMM), a lecturer at West London University and has been a visiting lecturer at Triunity Laban, the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, John Moores’ University and Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Juliet was a founding artistic director of Sense of Sound and creative director of Sing Up Greenwich and Sing Late at the V&A. She leads the Portobello Live Choir, a community choir in West London and Assemble professional choir.

You can find out more about Juliet at www.julietrussell.com

Liz Swain, Vocal Coach

Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Liz has become a well- established and versatile vocalist, choral leader, and soloist, known for her passionate and forward-thinking approach.

She has performed worldwide with The Swingles, The Heritage Orchestra, flamenco legend Paco Peña, the Aurora Orchestra, and London Voices, and has appeared at international venues and festivals including the Montreux and London Jazz Festivals, Milan’s La Scala, the Proms, Europa Cantat, and the Big Chill. She has also been featured as a performer and vocal coach on radio and television worldwide, including the BBC, Sky and Hollywood film scores.

Liz is dedicated to expanding choral education, innovation and participation, and is an experienced teacher of singing in schools and universities. As a choir leader she had also directed projects for the Southbank Centre’s Voicelab initiative, was a choir director and is now board member of national musical charity The Choir With No Name, and has run workplace choirs at both The Guardian newspaper and Comic Relief as well as numerous community choir initiatives.

As founder and director of London’s contemporary XL vocal group SOUND, Liz remains committed to creating opportunities for vocalists, and pushing the creative boundaries of vocal music.

To find out more about Liz, visit lizswain.co.uk.

Charlotte Wells, Respiratory Physiotherapist

Charlotte qualified as a physiotherapist in 2004 and since 2008 she has specialised within respiratory services. She has worked with adults and children with a variety of respiratory conditions including: cystic fibrosis (CF), bronchiectasis, emphysema, primary ciliary dyskinesia, asthma as well as working within sleep and ventilation teams.

Currently a specialist paediatric respiratory physiotherapist working within a tertiary service managing children with difficult to control asthma and exercise induced laryngeal obstruction (e-ILO) at The Royal Brompton Hospital.

She is completing an NIHR funded Master in clinical research, looking at ways to identify children with asthma who may benefit from physiotherapy interventions, particularly breathing pattern retaining.

Charlotte has a passion for breathing patterns, exercise and the holistic management of every patient and she now specialises in breathing pattern retraining.

She is a Buteyko teacher and also works the rb&h Arts team at the Royal Brompton with singers and beatboxers working on the wards with children and young people with respiratory conditions. Charlotte and Phoene met at the hospital and both share a belief that singing and beatboxing provides endless benefits. It can improve breathing patterns, improve breath in singing which then impacts on daily life and exercise.

Charlotte believes it provides a fun and engaging way to provide similar interventions that respiratory physiotherapist would offer, for individuals who may or may not be engaged with their medical teams. It most importantly provides the holistic element to treatments.

Patients gain more than just better posture and breath control they gain self-belief, confidence, empowerment and a better sense of well-being. Charlotte asks the question – can we afford to not provide this in our services?

Rose Ryan, Movement Specialist

Rose Ryan is a Movement Director, Choreographer and Teacher. After completing a degree in Creative Arts at Bretton Hall she trained at the Laban Centre. She has recently completed the MA in Movement: Directing and Teaching at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Currently she is Head of Actor Movement, at Guildford School of Acting (GSA).

Productions include: All Wrapped Up in Westwood (Eastern Angles), Lovely Ugly City and Bait (Almeida), Tamburlaine (Yellow Earth Theatre), Echoes and After Three Sisters (Living Record), Macbeth (RCSSD), The Snow Queen (Newbury Watermill), Parade (WSYT), Twelfth Night, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet (Royal National Theatre).

Rose has developed a form called Integrative Movement Practice for Actors: This is a series of workshops that use techniques drawn from somatic dance, contact improvisation and yoga to help the actor connect with the original body and explore current movement practices. Integrative Movement Practices encourages the use of observation and reflection with the hope that actors will begin to unlock the expressive body. Through this they can become aware of their original body and can make choices that can break habitual patterns and discover new ways of interacting.

This is an approach that Rose has transferred to her work with diverse and different groups of people such as the Terrence Higgins Trust, working with those affected by HIV and Aids and the YMCA working with clients that are experiencing homelessness and trauma.

Over the years Rose has developed an integrative approach to movement that is informed by her eclectic experiences, intuition and curiosity in life and art. She is fascinated by the vast potential that movement has on the opening of an experiential and nonverbal realm, the sensory experience of the bodies, as well as their transforming ability.