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Voice teacher, choir director and free improviser, Maria grounds her work in the exploration of the creative performer and the relationship between health and singing, as being born in a family of doctors and public health lecturers made her interested in the health benefits of singing since a very early stage of her proffesional development. In 2013 she founded Singing4Health CIC with wich she worked for numerous organisations such as MENCAP, Refugee Action, Four in Ten (SLAM-Maudsley Hospital); ORTUS (Maudsley Learning), Kingston Centre for Independent Living; Bloomsbury Clinic Patients Network; Queen Mary’s Hospital; St George’s Hospital; amongst others.

She has attended numerous training courses related to voice and pedagogy, but also related to singing for a better health (Canterbury University Centre for Arts and Health, The Musical Breath,- Singing and people with COPD; Kensington and Chelsea Volunteer Centre- Mental Health Awareness; level 1 Public Health Course; Estill Method for Menopausal and Aeging Voices, amongst many others, CV on request). Maria has trained in Singing for people with Parkinson’s (Sing to Beat Parkinson’s, Canterbury Cantata Trust).

Maria has experience in managing and coordinating teams. She was head of children’s studies at Musica Creativa (Madrid), leading a team of twenty two teachers and she currently acts as the coordinating contact and teacher’s support for the Sing to Live programme, at Kensington and Chelsea’s Borough.

María is a Natural Voice Practitioners Member, and she leads choirs for the Sing to Live, Live to Sing programme from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for which she has coordinated various choral events, delivered training sessions for workshop leaders and written it’s original Framework document. She is occasionally an external lecturer for Kingston University Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and was part of the Health and Wellbeing Research Group linked to the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing, at Winchester University, and now is founding member of the Music, Spirituality and Welbeing International Network directed by June Boyce-Tillman.

Maria has developed her interpretation of Primal Singing for the last ten years, through personal exploration, experiences with students, concerts and hospital workshops. This work is called PSI– Primal Singing Integrative.

Maria is an Associate Member of The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). During the COVID crisis she has become a Social Prescriber for the British Red Cross.

Maria Soriano
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