Vocal Coach

Kim Chandler is considered one of the UK’s leading contemporary singing specialists, teaching singing since 1995 to literally thousands of singers, both institutionally and privately. As a highly regarded industry vocal coach, she runs a busy private studio where she teaches and mentors an elite team of professional singers, recording artists and other vocal coaches.

Kim has been an endorsed coach with top international vocal technology company TC Helicon since 2007 being a ‘Vocal Coach in Residence’ twice for their popular Voice Council Magazine. She works regularly at the legendary Abbey Road Studios leading their exclusive “Record a Song” sessions and was part of the coaching team on the UK Audition Tour for Series 3 and 6 of “The Voice UK”.

Academically, Kim was a Principal Lecturer in Contemporary Voice at Leeds College of Music and a Senior Lecturer at the London College of Music, the institution from where she also holds a Masters degree (with Distinction) in performance. She was also the Academic Head of the UK’s oldest, most established pop vocal college “Vocaltech” for two years (now BIMM London).

Now completely freelance, Kim is regularly invited to lead vocal workshops & masterclasses and is a regular presenter at national & international vocal conferences, including as a keynote speaker in Australia in 2010 [read more]. Kim is the Head of Communications of the The British Voice Association but also served two terms as a Director and is a recent past President.

Kim’s vocal pedagogy writing features in two internationally published books: The Ultimate Guide to Singing and Teaching Singing in the 21st Century. She also has a keen interest in the latest voice research, methodologies and pedagogy and, in addition to extensive reading on the subject, attends regular ongoing training [read more].


Vocal Production In The Studio

Because of Kim’s dual working life as a session singer and vocal coach, she has the perfect combination of skills and experience to make her very useful in helping artists to lay down their best vocal takes in the recording studio. If a vocal technique issue arises, then she draws on the coaching side; conversely, if it’s a musical or interpretive issue, then she draws on her decades of session experience. She also speaks the ‘language’ of the producers which can be different to that of the singers and vice versa, making her the ultimate ‘translator’.


Industry Coaching

Kim is a highly respected industry vocal coach working directly with artists and artist management. She has coached a wide variety of high profile clients, including the following:

Courtney Love (Bush Hall, London and “Later with Jools Holland”, BBC Centre, London)

Courtney Love

Sarah Brightman as part of BBC1’s primetime duet show “Just The Two Of Us

Sarah Brightman

Beverley Knight as part of BBC1’s primetime duet show “Just The Two Of Us

Beverley Knight

Dave McCabe from the ‘ZUTONS’ (Kim Chandler Vocal Studio, London)

Dave McCabe - Zutons

Paloma Faith (Kim Chandler Vocal Studio, London)

Paloma Faith

Jack Penate (Kim Chandler Vocal Studio, London)

Jack Penate

Kevin Rowland from Dexy’s Midnight Runners (Kim Chandler Vocal Studio, London)

Kevin Rowland

Katy B (Kim Chandler Vocal Studio, London)

Katy B

Danny McNamara from Embrace (Kim Chandler Vocal Studio, London)

Danny McNamara

Eva Spence from Rolo Tomassi (Kim Chandler Vocal Studio, London)

Eva Spence

Members of the Swingle Singers (Kim Chandler Vocal Studio, London)

Swingle Singers

Nat Weller, son of Paul Weller from "The Jam" and "The Style Council" (Kim Chandler Vocal Studio, London)

Paul and Natt Weller

Media Work

Kim’s media work as a vocal coach has included:

“X Magazine”

Kim was interviewed for an article about her life as a vocal coach. [Click here to read article]

X Magazine

Cristo Foufas show , LBC 97.3

Kim was the "resident" vocal coach for the Cristo Foufas show interviewed live on LBC 97.3 each Sunday evening throughout Oct to Dec 2009 for her expert opinions on the "X Factor" live shows.

LBC 97.3

“The No.1 Family”, ITV1

Kim coached the finalists of this prime-time GMTV competition and subsequently the winners in the recording of their album through Universal.

The No.1 Family
“Just The Two Of Us”, BBC1

Kim was one of an elite team of vocal coaches brought in to help the contestants prepare their songs for BBC1’s prime-time series featuring celebrity duets.

Just The Two Of Us

Rock Around the Block, ITV1

Kim’s vocal coaching expertise was featured on ITV’s prime-time Saturday night series as one of a team of 5 “makeover” experts.
[Click here to view some clips from the show]

Rock Around The Block

MTV Europe, coaching presenter Alex Zane on “Have Boy Bands Gone Busted?

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British Satellite News

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BBC5 live (radio)

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Radio 1 live events & website

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Trading Places” and "Life’s Too Short" (BBC1)

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The Stage” magazine

The Stage
Celebrity magazine "Now" Now Magazine

"Classic Rock" magazine [Click here to read the article]

Classic Rock Magazine

Teen magazine “Bliss

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Teen magazine “Inside Out”

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Music Teacher” magazine

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“The One and Only” – KATY WON!

Katy Setterfield

One of Kim’s private clients, Katy Setterfield, won the BBC’s prime-time TV competition “The One and Only”. Kim was invited to screen test as a vocal coach on the show which is how Katy found out about it. She sang her heart out week after week as Dusty Springfield and went on to star in the "Legends" show in Las Vegas. Congratulations Katy!

"Kim’s infinite knowledge and endless enthusiasm for vocal coaching is an inspiration. I’ve been touring solidly for over a decade and, within a year, she has rejuvenated my technique, tone and sheer love of singing. Without Kim’s expertise I would never have entered, let alone won ‘The One & Only’",
Katy Setterfield (winner "The One and Only", BBC1, 2008)

The One and Only

Complete Vocal Technique - Cathrine Sadolin

Kim was the proof-reader for the latest English edition of the ground-breaking vocal text "Complete Vocal Technique" by leading Danish vocal coach/researcher Cathrine Sadolin. Cathrine is one of a new breed of evidence-based coaches with the courage to explore and teach all voice qualities including those previously thought damaging to the voice, i.e. vocal distortion. She also invited Kim to conduct a day-long vocal masterclass at her "Complete Vocal Institute" in Copenhagen in December 2008.