About me…

Photo: Charles Paxton

Qualifications:

Adèle Paxton MS (Clinical Counseling), LL.B (Hons) (Law), Dip. LP, PPRNCM, ALCM, LPC, NCC, MBACP

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (Connecticut)
  • National Certified Counselor, USA
  • Certified Austin Vocal Psychotherapist (Worldwide)
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (UK)

Some of my story:

There are a number of strands to my life. First I qualified as a lawyer in Scotland. Then I had a career as a professional opera and concert singer. Alongside that, I taught singing and performance privately and at university level. When my students started to tell me they had come for “their therapy,” I decided to get more skills in that field, studying for a Masters degree in Counseling and eventually getting Licensure as a mental health clinician.

At this point in my life, I teach singing and perform, practice as a mental health clinician, and also offer an integration of all of these separate elements in the very special field of Vocal Psychotherapy. Everything I do relates to voice: “inner” emotional and psychological voice, and “outer” instrumental voice. Everything is interconnected.

Discovering my own singing voice:

There were many bumps in the road and I have had countless opportunities to reinvent myself. Isn’t that what the word “No” means? It stands for New Opportunities! Every rejection or bout of ill health is a chance to build awareness, personally grow and change, and to learn something new.

But I have always sung. From school choirs, family gatherings and Burns’ Suppers to International Festivals, Opera Houses, recitals and symphony orchestras. Venues include Glyndebourne, Wexford, Aldeburgh and Buxton Festivals, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, Alice Tully Hall, NY; London Barbican, South Bank Concert Halls, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Wigmore Hall. I have been fortunate to experience the soaring lines of Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder with orchestras in Jersey and Hungary, Mozart and Handel oratorios in Norway and Belgium, Haydn and Vivaldi in Brazil. And more recently to explore my inner Cabaret singer with American standards and original “jazzical” songs cowritten with guitarist Dennis McCorkle, as the duo, Mackie and Me, performing at Cambridge and Glasgow Universities, and at venues around Scotland. Recordings with Classic FM, BBC Radio 3, DVD of Verdi’s opera Stiffelio with José Carreras, and The Walter de la Mare Songbook on CD, Spotify, and other streaming services.

To hear recent tracks from The Walter de la Mare Songbook go to Amazon.

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