Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival
June 15th - 18th 2019

Prepare by joining one of my online courses

I first took part in the Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival as a very nervous 13 year old in 1970

This years Speech and Drama section will take place in Shelley Theatre in Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth, BH5 1LX. 

There are sections for 

  • KS1 Ages 5 - 7 
  • KS2 Ages 7 - 11
  • KS3 Ages 11-14
  • KS4 Ages 14-16
  • In the current school year (2017/2018)
  • Performers above KS4 are considered adults.

There are competitions in:

  • Prose
  • Poetry
  • Religious Readings
  • Composition
  • Book at Bedtime
  • News Bulletins
  • Public Speaking
  • Sight Reading
  • Just a Minute
  • Drama
  • Party Piece
  • Dramatic Scene
  • Duologue
  • Shakespeare
  • CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES

The BMCF website is here

If you would like lessons by Skype to help you choose your pieces and to learn how to perform in the festival please contact me using the contact form.

To improve your performance in the Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival enrol on one of my online courses


Acting for all ages

If you have ever wanted to act then this video course is for you. I have taught speech and drama  since 1994 and I've entered pupils for various drama  exams with LAMDA, New Era Academy and Victoria College and also helped pupils who have entered Trinity College exams. Pupils have appeared in TV series and performed Shakespeare with the Brownsea Open Air Theatre. One of my pupils was awarded the Sir Roger Moore Award for the highest Honours in Grade 8 (Gold Medal) Acting exam with the New Era Academy in 2010.

This video course is full of practical advice - how to stay in character, how to use your face, how to be heard etc. The exercises give you a chance to act using all of your senses and your body. 

There are lectures towards the end about different exams, preparing for auditions, learning words and Shakespeare.

Only 9.99 for the full acting course

Watch free lessons here - click preview the course

Speak clearly and confidently
video course

How to speak clearly and confidently will demonstrate to you how to speak so that you have more confidence in your voice and are more easily understood when talking to people at work, school, making presentations or public speaking. This is an hour and a half course that you can dip into continually and forever because the information I teach in this course will never go out of date - it will always be an essential part of communicating. It is only 1 hour 30 mins  long because I have been teaching this since 1994 and I know what you need to know - we get straight to the point so as not to waste your valuable time.

Only $9.99 - Speaking Clearly 

Watch free lessons or buy the course here

Voice acting and how to master the art of reading aloud

The most important skill required for voice acting or voice over work is the abillity to read aloud for performance. This is a wonderful skill and one that can also be used to read aloud to children, friends, elderly or sick relatives etc.  We can all read - some better than others - and because of this we all think we can read aloud. The truth is, we can't. Some of us struggle. Reading aloud is a skill that anyone can learn but there are basics steps to go through. Most voiceover work is with an ordinary voice with clarity and expression. I can teach you how to improve your reading aloud skills so that you will be able to read aloud serious business items, adverts, children's books, classic novels, modern literature, poetry, news bulletins etc.

This course does NOT teach you the technical aspects of recording - I know very little about microphones or sound proofing but I do know that you could have the best recording facilities in your town but if your voice isn't up to the job it will be waste of a good facility! This course gives you plenty of opportunities to practice along with me, after all you can't improve your reading aloud skills unless you read aloud!

What people say about my courses

'Recommend to all speakers of the English Language who wish to improve or correct their pronunciation. The Teacher has a great way of explaining concepts and the reasons why a pronunciation should be correctly pronounced in a certain way. I like the tutor's way of teaching,which is a traditional style,that has substance and clarity. Video and Audio quality is very good.' - Shaun, Aug 2018

'I had a mumbling issue which led me to go to a speech therapist and pay £100 per session, after losing £200 and still not having a solution, I came across this course and I had quickly found the solution to my problem. Over and above that, I got a lot more out of this course, more than anything a real enlightenment as to how I speak, how that comes across and how I can improve my speech to get better outcomes out of conversations and speeches. Thank you Serena.' Reuben, Aug 2018

What people say about me .....

You are a "Guru" (teacher) in the true sense of the word, as you impart and share your knowledge in totality, and I'm lucky to have you as a teacher. Kavita.

'....explained everything professionally well and honest she gave very good useful tips and has this unique charm and engaging voice that soothes my fears of always being afraid to speak to others because they might judge me and she was thoroughly precise and to the point and she gave quite a lot of useful longevity tips for everyday use. IMPRESSIVE 5 STARS!!'  Laurie , Aug 2018

I’m lucky enough to have had some elocution classes with Serena face-to-face some years ago in Bournemouth. Having English as a second language I used Serena’s knowledge and professionalism to help me, at first, to understand that an accent can be a part of your character and this gives your speech some flavour. The important bit is to understand and learn how to speak every single word clearly, with a good pace, with high and lows which make your speech interesting. It was enlightening, and now I have found online all those wonderful classes with a genuine English lady. This is priceless. Thank you Serena! - Newton, Feb 2018