Reviews / Testimonials

Birdy - Recording Studio and Vocal Lessons

"I have worked with Gareth since I won the Open-Mic competition when I was twelve. He recorded my first ever professional demos and helped me to get the very best, not only out of the recording process but also from my voice. He is also coaching me on how to protect my voice, which is a crucial part of any professional singer's development.

You will struggle to find a better engineer/producer and voice coach. The atmosphere there inspires people to do their best and Gareth knows exactly what is needed to make your recordings sound wonderful. He recognises people’s skills and gets the best from them. If you are thinking of working with music and love voice then you should come and try this wonderful new studio.

I recorded many of the demos for my album with Gareth including my song, ‘Without A Word’, which was then used in the final produced track. It’s a song that is very special to me as it is the first of my own work to be featured on the album.

Gareth is someone who makes you feel completely at home in the studio. He is probably one of the best Logic engineers in the country, meaning that he will always find a way to make the best of your ideas. I’m sure that you will love working with him as much as I do!"

Birdy - Platinum Selling International recording artist

 

Rich Costey - Recording Studio

It was wonderful having an ear in on your session, your expertise and talent was impressive.  Hope to work with you again.

Rich Costey – Producer/Mixer for Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Rage Against The Machine, Fiona Apple, Foo Fighters & Birdy.

 

Yazz - Dance Music Legend - Vocal Lessons

I CONFESS I WAS AS NERVOUS AS ANYONE singing again! BUT…when I heard that Gareth was a maestro at teaching singing I should have felt more relaxed! In fact I felt nervous as anyone at going into the recording process again after such a long break. I had no need to be though…Gareth isn’t interested so much in your sound as he is in you…this is such a huge psychological lift for any singer…it says “I am not attempting to turn you into any other singer other than who you are…I want to help you learn to express yourself and not any other person”. GOOD RULE! With G, nothing is impossible…in a relatively short time he had made me relaxed and encouraged me to want to sing my heart out!

I found myself achieving vocal ideas and styles that I never had the confidence to try previously….I was able to bring performance, depth and emotion into my work like never before. Never say “I just can’t do it”- to Gareth, its red rag to a bull….we had some hilarious moments together as he taught me how to reach top notes and low bass notes for harmony parts sometimes just by the shaping of my face! Learning speech through songs developed my phrasing and timing and breathing techniques allowed me to really bring deeper mood control to the lyrics.

The techniques used for the voice are tried and tested by professionals and they work because the teachers work with you, for you. Not everyone is a Yazz or a Gareth, a Coldplay or Joss Stone…and thats the point, we are each given a gift of being individuals and the techniques Gareth’s school uses develops just that. I begged him to come out to Spain but thats another story!….watch this space…….!

Yazz, International Dance Music legend and singer of world wide hit “The Only Way Is Up”

 

Mark Hill _ Award Winning Producer - Recording Studio

It was seeing and hearing what could be done at Gareth’s studio that convinced me to have Gareth update my studio set up to match, and to move over to Logic Pro software. I’ve brought in successful singers and writers that have worked in top studios and they always comment on how great the set up is there.

Mark Hill is the winner of four Ivor Novello awards, producer of albums that have sold in excess of 12 million copies. As half of the original "Artful Dodger"and songwriting partner and producer of Craig David, Mark knows a thing or two about music and studios

 

Peter Saul - "Les Miserables" - Vocal Lessons

I started lessons with Gareth when I was 15 years old. In the 8 years I studied vocal techniques with the school, I shaped the voice that has taken me from school boy, through gigging singer, studio vocalist, touring performer and now to roles in the West End. What I learnt was invaluable and is still helping me today. The best part is when they need to be, they can work on a highly sophisticated level, but in my case they were able to make it all seem so simple, which turned me from an average club singer to a West End leading man. For that I am forever grateful.

Peter Saul - Jean Valjean, Lead role in London's West End production of "Les Miserables"

 

Charlie Burdle - Vocal Lessons

We saw the improvement in her singing immediately as she gained confidence almost overnight, knowing she was being trained to use her voice in the correct way. Since having her lessons she has been able to achieve leads in her vocal groupand performed her solo parts on stage at professional venues.

Charlie’s recent school report described her as “a star” and every teacher made a comment on her growing confidence within her peer groups. All down to the fact that she has been able to build on her ability to do what she loves, sing. The fact that she spent her 12th birthday in the recording studio with Gareth producing her own CD of 5 songs speaks for itself. As her parents, we are thrilled with the high standard of teaching, the commitment and especially the continuous enthusiasm shown to Charlie and all that she has achieved because of this.

Allie & Colin Burdle – Parents of Student

 

Ken Russell – Film Director - Recording Studio

You were beyond amazing and we were (are) more than happy with your work. You made it so easy and fun. You are gifted! We will tell people, and we’ll definitely be signing up with you again.

Thanks for everything.

Ken Russell Legendary Film and TV Director (Tommy, Gothic, Women In Love, Billion Dollar Brain)

 

Mark Hill - Vocal Lessons

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some incredible singers over the years like Craig David, Corrine Bailey Rae and Lemar, so opening my mouth to sing ideas for melody lines in front of people like that can be pretty intimidating! I’d known about Gareth for some time because he had taught some of the session vocalists I’d used in my studio and I’d always been impressed by their standard, so he seemed the logical choice to contact. The lessons I had with him were really useful but also a lot of fun. The incredible enthusiasm he has for the art of teaching singing and for getting the best from any individual’s voice is infectious. I’m looking forward to going back for more soon

Mark Hill, Multi platinum selling producer and winner of 4 Ivor Novello awards

 

Yazz - Internationally Famous Dance Music Legend from the 80's - Recording Studio

"I had been looking for a small studio not only with the latest state of the art equipment but the right vibe...

I met its owner and engineer Gareth Henderson and he was just so relaxed and unpretentious and I liked that straight off! He really listened to my concept and seemed passionate to listen to the demos. He uses the Apple Mac computer and Logic Pro recording software which he knows inside out!..his technical understanding is second to none!

My project was quite eclectic in its sounds from Jazz to Soft Soul and even an African track and G helped me get an excellent contemporary feel on each track brilliantly. G is constantly updating his studio. In fact his experience in recording and arranging was so high that I have credited him as Co-producer of my new album because of his generous input to my recording experience with him.

I loved this sanctuary...I loved its vibe...maybe its because Gareth is so passionate for his work and the artist...he gives way over 100% and its so cool because passion and giving leads to a great work and a contentedness irrespective of your budget"

Yazz - No.1 for weeks in many countries around the world with the song "The Only Way is Up" that still comes on at most good parties at some point...

 

Jazzy Lee - Singer Songwriter - Vocal Lessons with Amanda Canzurlo

"I have had many very well accredited singing teachers over the years, but I can confidently say that not one even comes close to comparing to Amanda. I have been a student of hers for five years now and what she has taught me in that time is invaluable. Her definitive in depth knowledge and understanding of singing technique, vocal anatomy, artistry and performance, paired with her extensive experience, put her in a league of her own. Many teachers will give the same scales every lesson solely for the purpose of doing scales or warming up. Amanda however, will give no two students the same set of scales, nor will she give one student the same scales every week. Each lesson she evaluates the voice and will work to give specific scales and vowel sounds to target the student's current problem areas so that they will progress constantly. When it comes to song, many teachers will help the student to learn a song and help them with parts which they might have trouble with. Amanda will meticulously dissect every single component of the song with the student, helping them to make it their own, to capture the essence of each individual word and note, and to tell a story. In a positive, encouraging, motivating and focused environment, Amanda gives her students training which allows them to be separated from others, providing them with every opportunity to grow, and I could not recommend a better tutor or mentor."

Singer/Songwriter Jazzy Lee (2015)

 

Milo Hartill - Singer - Vocal Lessons with Amanda Canzurlo

"I love having a voice teacher like Amanda! My lessons are fun, constructive and have made me be the best singer I can be. She's an incredible teacher and always points me in the right direction in proper, happy and healthy singing and performance."

Singer Milo Hartill (2015)

 

Tara Flanagan -  Artist Development Program

"Having the opportunity to work with the extremely talented Gareth Henderson was an absolute pleasure and certainly brilliant experience.

Prior to recording with Gareth, I hadn’t recorded my original material in a studio before, so I felt very lucky to have been approached and invited onto his artist development programme after meeting him at a music competition I competed in where he was a judge.

From just my first session meeting Gareth, I could identify his professional and driven approach, whilst also feeling completely comfortable working with him. Gareth was able to see the potential from my songs, and rapidly brought them to life. It was truly inspiring and exciting to work with him and see step by step, how my acoustic songs transformed into full, highly professional tracks, which I am SO pleased with! His skills with producing my music was extremely impressive, as was his support with my vocals, using his knowledge and skill to enable me to perform to a high ability. I can’t thank Gareth enough for his remarkable work on my tracks, one of which I am proud to say is my debut single – ‘RUN RUN RUN’ also on my debut EP ‘THE GAME’ which I have now released on iTunes and Amazon and other music sites. I was overwhelmed by the response with this track, receiving several radio airplays, being featured in different music sites and also entering the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts. My EP also features ‘VOLUMES’, my first original song I ever recorded, which Gareth also produced.

Other than being talented, Gareth is also a genuine, extremely positive and lovely person too. Each session was a joy and he was a real inspiration with my music. The support I received was honestly amazing - I could see how he really wanted me to do the best I could and I am highly appreciative for that.

It was a real experience recording and working with Gareth and I would recommend him to everyone! If given the opportunity, I would love to work with him again!"

Tara Flanagan -  Singer/Songwriter and member of Artist Development Program