Gillian Yates, singer, performer and voice tutor, was born in Manchester, England. She studied singing in Milan, 1975-7 with Dr Otto Muller, leading exponent of the Bel Canto technique. She furthered her studies in Italy with his successor, Marilyn Turner, and in England with Janet Barratt. She has also trained with the renowned Indian classical voice teacher, Professor Deepak Chatterjee. She has an 2:1 Honours degree in Italian and European Literature from the University of Warwick, an MA with Distinction in Performance (Music) from the University of Salford, a Licentiate in singing from the London College of Music and a Post compulsory Certificate of Education in teaching. Until August 2010, Gillian was Senior lecturer in Performing Arts at Chester University and she is currently Senior lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of Gloucestershire.

Her varied singing experience includes opera, oratorio, song recital, music theatre, folk and cabaret. She has also given specially researched ‘theme recitals’ eg. Shakespeare in Song, Women Composers of the Twentieth Century and Songs of Innocence and Experience. Gillian’s album, Here We Are includes classical pieces and a sequence of contemporary songs written especially for her voice. Since then she has worked on several recording projects, including the title song for the British film Boiling Point.

Gillian is a former member of Papercut Theatre company and co wrote and was principal performer in the show ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience‘, a music theatre piece with puppets and song, inspired by Blake’s poems and images. This toured around 10 venues between 2002-4 including Southport Arts Centre and the 24:7 Manchester Arts festival.

In 2005 Gillian developed a one person show, Pierrot’s Songs of Loss. This is a piece of music theatre/cabaret and a one person show. Pierrot is in limbo. He has lost his other Commedia characters and spends his time travelling from theatre to theatre with suitcases and a life size effigy of his former sweetheart Columbine who has deserted him for the more manly Harlequin. Every time he pauses in his journey he puts Columbine on a chair next to him and through the medium of song relives the joys and disappointments of his love for her. (Songs by Noel Coward (Weary of it All, Sail Away), Kurt Weill, Ivor Novello, Vaughan Williams).

In July 2006 Pierrot’s Songs of Loss was selected for The Royal Exchange Theatre’s Blue 4 Festival and in October 2006, Horse and Bamboo Theatre chose the piece for performance at their first INtheMIX cabaret evening.

In May 2008, following training in Paris with Musique et Sante, Gillian was invited to perform her Pierrot show, and run a series of lullaby workshops in Neonatology at Waterford Hospital, as part of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust.

Currently Gillian is researching Pierrot as an interesting  vehicle for cross gender performance in cabaret. Her performance work investigates boundaries and intersections of voice and movement, song and narrative.

Gillian is now available for singing lessons and voice work in the Cheltenham area.


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