My name is Teresa Verney. I grew up in a large family, one of 6 children and 21 cousins, in a very safe and privileged environment. It was idyllic in many ways and I am forever grateful to have experienced so much of what I did throughout my childhood. However, I felt that I was a very small and insignificant person in a crowd of others - through no one's fault, it was just the way it worked out.
At school, music and sport were the things I most enjoyed. Hovering over me the whole time though was a general feeling of not being good enough and this was reinforced when, at the end, I was not accepted by the London Music College of my choice.
So instead I went to Dartington College, a young, naïve and lonely soul. Someone fell in love with me and persuaded me to leave college and start a life together, I had no idea how to say no. Marriage ensued and it wasn't until several years later when a cousin came to stay, that it dawned on me that I had not truly laughed for about 7 years. It was time to leave.
I trained and then worked as a social worker for the next 15 years, becoming more and more uncomfortable in the situations I found myself. Meanwhile I had started to sing with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra chorus, and I had taken up the oboe again. Finally, my teenage dream came true and I was accepted by the Conservatoire to study for a music degree.
Working as a professional musician is a tough job, you are only as good as your last performance and there are many others waiting to take your place. My interest in the human condition continued to be a major part of my life and I trained and began to work as a psychotherapist. And then I met Frankie Armstrong.
She was leading a holiday in Spain entitle 'Find your Voice' - I was enthralled and my experience throughout the week was life changing. Following this, the focus of my work became the voice. I started leading Community Singing Groups - where everyone was welcome without audition and my individual therapeutic work became sound based.
In 2008 I unexpectedly moved to North Norfolk and I now live in the very special town of Sheringham with my husband Nick, my dog Oscar. I run 3 Community Singing Groups, arrange singing holidays and have individual clients for voice work.
In 2018 I came across Briony Greenhill, a pioneer of the art of Vocal Improvisation. I went on to attend one of her year long courses and this was yet another point in my life when things dramatically changed. Through working with her I was able to release so many of my lifelong beliefs about my self, and I have emerged with a far greater understanding of who I am and my unique value in the world. For that I am immensely grateful.
My voice is my ally and my means of supporting myself, in both good times and bad - it makes no judgement and is totally dependable.
the background of sound matters
Sound Matters has been 'brewing' inside me for many years. Firstly as a frustration about my own voice and why I couldn't use it in ways that I wanted to. Then gradually over the years I have amalgamated a variety of different ideas and techniques which have lead me to what I now offer.
Since 2000, the people who have most influenced my vocal development have been Frankie Armstrong, the founder of the Natural Voice Network, Anna-Marie Blink, Roy Hart, Kristin Linklater, Chloe Goodchild, and Hannah Birley who works with the Alexander Technique. Most recently Briony Greenhill has been my mentor and guide.