I trained with Lorna Kelly for 18 months and in that short time went from an average singer to an award-winning soloist and performer, all thanks to her!
I have now been accepted for study at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, something I would never have had the confidence or the voice to do without her support, encouragement and fantastic teaching skills.
She is a true inspiration to all who work with her and any lessons undertaken are a very worthwhile and excellent investment, something no one could regret doing.
Patrick Barrett - March 2007
I have trained with Lorna Kelly since September 2000- 2003. I have worked on the Marchesi Vocal Method. Training with Miss Kelly has helped me learn about the voice on many levels and now I am studying the Anatomy of the Head and Neck at Medical school -this technique makes sense on a whole new scientific level. Lorna is a truly gifted vocal coach and has led me down a road of success. I achieved many honour awards at the Festival of Music (NIIA) and a visiting adjudicator praised me highly and compared my voice to Mario Lanza and said I was a true tenor. Moreover, I won the Harry Tudball Bursary which enabled me to study singing for a year under sponsorship. Many songs were studied with Lorna including music from Handel, Donaudy, Giordani, Schubert, Caccini, Massenet and more. I have also performed at weddings, funerals, embassies, and many musical productions. Furthermore, I appeared on ITV (UK) in 2004 and have been in many UK competitions winning several prizes. I have however, decided to embark on a medical degree but sing part-time and am in many choral groups. Lorna has inspired me in so many ways and is such a talented- profound musician that knows the beauty of the voice and music. I am so blessed to have studied with Lorna a profound- inspirational musician.
Abdul Seckam. April 2007
Lorna Kelly is a fantastic voice teacher. In two years of training with her I learned more than I knew existed about the voice, control and technique. Under her training, my voice developed and I have been invited to sing at funerals, weddings, christenings, soirées and the Bulawayo Music Festival. I’ve also performed in theater productions and several concerts. With Lorna, I learned a wide range of music genres; opera, classical, jazz, operetta, Italian, German Lieder, and traditional folk music, as well as modern day classics. She has such a broad knowledge of music and never ceases to amaze me with her understanding of it. Lorna can take an average voice and coach it to become an outstanding and prominent one. Lorna teaches in such an encouraging and supportive manner that it makes you want to be better. She is a brilliant and very skilled teacher. I recommend her to anyone interested in developing their voice for professional or personal success.
Julie Everswick - 2007.
"I was lucky enough to study with Lorna Kelly for 5 years. During that time, she slowly and methodically built my voice and gave me a secure technique which has been so incredibly valuable in my career so far. It allowed me to build on it, and be able to explore many different styles of music. Also, and just as importantly, Lorna passed on a tradition of musical integrity and thorough preparation for which I am forever grateful..."
I began studying voice with Ms. Kelly in January of 2004. I was sixteen years old and had been studying voice for three years. Ms. Kelly provided a perfect balance of discipline and support that allowed my young voice to develop a more mature, strong sound. We used many different vocal techniques to improve breath support and control, expand vocal range and create a consistent vocal tone. She introduced me to a wide range of classical repertoire and musical traditions. In Ms. Kelly’s lessons there was a good balance of vocalise to warm up my voice and time for learned new repertoire.
In Ms. Kelly’s studio I was given the opportunity to perform regularly, improving my comfort level on stage. I also participated in the National Institute of Allied Arts in Harare Zimbabwe during 2004 and 2005, receiving Honors in several different categories and winning two Cups: Lynette Welch Cup for Best Vocal Performance under 18 (2004) and Paddy Edgecombe Cup for Open Recital (2005). In May of 2005 I presented a voice recital and performed a wide range of repertoire including Italian arias, Lieder, and Manuel de Falla’s “Siete Canciones Populares”. I studied with Ms. Kelly through June of 2005 when I graduated from secondary school and left the country for university.
I am currently studying music at Tufts University in the United States and hope to pursue my Masters in Musical Performance soon after. In June of 2007 I will attend the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy to study with voice teachers, coaches and opera directors from around the world. I have had great success in my undergraduate musical career and I have Ms. Kelly to thank for such a strong vocal foundation. She continues to be a source of immense support in all my endeavors and has been an invaluable mentor, teacher and friend.
Caitlin Felsman - 2007
Lorna Kelly was my singing teacher from 1991 to 2001 during which time I learnt the following:-
Pronunciation of words - English / Italian / German
Interpretation of the lyrics - English / Italian / German
Presentation of the song both lyrically and musically
Lorna is a truly gifted teacher. She builds your confidence through singing which in turn overflows into your every day life. Lorna is passionate about teaching. Her dedication and enthusiasm during every lesson tells that for Lorna, teaching is not a job but a passion. Due to her passion and love of music our relationship is not one of teacher / pupil but of special friends.
Lorna has had an extremely successful musical career both as performer and teacher. Her career has lasted several decades and still continues today. She has a wealth of experience and is always willing to share that information. Her ability to teach the necessary information is excellent. Lorna has a unique ability to simplify even the most complex of tasks.
Lorna understands that there are many different types of singers in the world. She embraces all styles, lays down the musical foundation every singer needs and then encourages them to fly high and develop their own unique style - clipping their wings periodically if need be!
Lorna has been a pillar of strength and knowledge for me over the years. Due to her encouragement and teaching, I have chosen music as my profession and have released six musical albums. I perform regularly at Corporate Functions, am a member of our Praise & Worship team and perform Educational School Shows throughout the week. To date I have had a very successful musical career which I owe to Lorna Kelly.
I highly recommend Lorna to anyone who is asking for a singing teacher but of course know that with Lorna Kelly you get so much more!
Joanne Bacon Age 40
Lorna Kelly has been known to me for over twenty years in my dual capacity as
Musical Director of the Harare City Orchestra and as Director of the Zimbabwe
College of Music. We often worked together in Recitals, Orchestral Concerts and
in the Theatre for Opera and Musicals. She was very dedicated in her
preparation for concerts and performances and always gave very good
In addition to the above, she was, in my view, the best teacher of singing in
Harare and for some years she was on the staff of the Zimbabwe College of Music
as Teacher of Singing. Her students gained many Honours and Grade Ones in the
local annual eisteddfod, which was adjudicated by adjudicators from the UK,
often ABRSM examiners, and, latterly, from South Africa when the economic
situation here made it impossible to have adjudicators from the UK.
She also got good results in the ABRSM Singing Exams.
She gave her students a good grounding in technique and with her own experience
as a performer, she was able to guide them when it came to performance.
I wish her well in her future career and am prepared to answer any queries that
Retired Director of Zimbabwe College of Music
Retired Conductor of Harare City Orchestra
Many thanks for the report on Antoinette's progress for last term.
On behalf of Brett and I we would both like to thank you for your excellent
teaching and encouragent done for our daughter. She has thoroughly enjoyed her
lessons with you and shall continue next term. We are in the process of looking
for a Piano Teacher at the moment. Hopefully Andrew Baird will be able to come
up with some names or perhaps you may know of some teachers available for her.
Thank you once again and well done too!
Bela and Brett de Villiers