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Everything you wish you’d known about hormones and the voice

Season 6, Ep. 5

Robert talks to vocal coach / young voice specialists Charlotte Mobbs and Dr Jenevora Williams about physical and mental issues facing young females as they go through puberty and voice development.


Carole King - (You make me feel like) A Natural Woman

Aretha Franklin

Gustav Holst - Ave Maria

National Youth Training Choir / Greg Beardsall

Vivaldi - Salve Regina

Mhairi Lawson - soprano, La Serenissima / Adrian Chandler

The Blooming Heather Arr. Esther Jones / Rachel Staunton

National Youth Girls' Choir of Great Britain

Lucy Joy Morris (Violin), Dan Moriyama (Piano) Esther Jones (Conductor)

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