A Voice for Richard III: In search of the man behind the myth and clues to his vocal profile

Working with the evidence provided by the remarkable discovery of King Richard III’s skeleton in 2012, Yvonne Morley-Chisholm, a well-known voice teacher and vocal coach, will discuss her ongoing research into how the fabled monarch might have sounded. Her research draws on many disciplines, including craniotomy-facial reconstruction, graphology, forensic sciences, dentistry, cultural history and genetics. The presentation will also include a demonstration by Tim Charrington of original medieval pronunciation.

Yvonne works in theatre, film and television, and with voice-over artists. She has trained actors, dancers and singers. As a voice and text coach, she is an associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre.

Tim has extensive experience as an actor, a freelance accent and dialect coach, and a voice instructor at (amongst others) Drama Centre, LAMDA and Webber-Douglas.

Yvonne and her team form a not-for-profit research consortium. The heritage elements of the work itself promises to become a lasting legacy for the wider public and is being described as the new science of historical human reconstruction by FaceLab and others involved. The team is currently on a fundraising tour to pay for the state-of-the-art technology involved. You are invited to be part of that should you so choose.


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The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.

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