Elocution Solutions was founded in 2004 in Yorkshire by classical singing teacher Elizabeth Darley “ I was a children’s classical singing teacher at the time and I was asked to provide elocution coaching for a lady who was a manager for a charity. She told me she had been asked to give a presentation soon and I helped her to practice and prepare."
Elocution Coach Elizabeth Darley
For Mrs Darley, the demand for elocution coaching outdid demand for singing lessons, "so, I built on that!”
Elizabeth Darley has enjoyed working occasionally as a volunteer actor in local plays in which she had to remember long sets of lines in the joint lead role of Saint Hilda and Saint Cuthbert.
“ My husband drilled me on remembering my lines perfectly and it was no easy task! But, I enjoyed it immensely.”
Back in her early teens, she had asked her mother for elocution lessons "to sound nicer on dad's cassette recordings he took of us on holiday. I had just heard a sound recording of my voice and I thought I sounded horrid!"
She went to local schools and sixth form college.
After her 18th birthday in July 1980, she went on to art college and took a BA in Fine Art, starting at Batley College of Art and then taking a degree course at Manchester.
Elizabeth Darley is an established artist. She paints watercolours and oils and her current project is the Chapel of the Nine Altars at Fountains Abbey.
Our Coaching is
for young people and for adults
At Elocution Solutions we help people of all ages to speak clearly and confidently.
" Most of our elocution pupils are the children or the grandchildren of people who know that the speaking voice is very important."
"My adult pupils are sometimes people who have kept putting off having elocution lessons for themselves and then one day- they pick up the phone and contact me."
"I enjoy hearing and seeing the progress in speaking voices. Pupils are often amazed at the overall improvement in their lives, all because of coming for elocution lessons! "
Elizabeth Darley works with all ages of people, normally one to one and in small groups of two or three. Sisters and brothers attend together, friends come together, but most come for one to one coaching. " The customer comes first."
One of our young elocution clients practicing
Our London studio is in Fitzrovia. Pupils come here from the south of England and even come when on long stays in the capital; one family from Africa brought their young daughter for elocution lessons with Mrs Darley in London while they were on a long holiday here to visit their family in the UK. Weekly lessons in central London are convenient for many people. Contact us for more information.
A shot of my train to King's Cross as I'm invited to work in central London for international clients.