“ If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing. ” – J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)


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Jonathan has worked with many West End Musicals and the of their leads. Below are some of the testimonials rating the Vocal Coach Services of Jonathan Leese. Jonathan is known as “The Voice Coach” because he brings out the best for all performers whether it be on musical theatre stage, singing opera, belting out a pop tune or tuning the chest voice for female classical singers.

The Voice Coach testimonials below display the skills, capability and passion Jonathan has for all of his singing students. These testimonials for The Voice Coach display the skills and passion that Jonathan has for singing and music.

As a singing teacher, the testimonials below from his past singing students show just how great Jonathan is at his profession. Jonathan is one of the UK’s leading Vocal Coaches and these Testimonials show that!

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The Voice Coach Testimonial - Gemma Archer

Gemma Archer

Stage Credits Include:

  • Cabaret
  • Starlight Express
  • Jackie The Musical
  • Frozen (Lead Vocalist – Disneyland Paris)

“If it wasn’t for Jonathan, I simply wouldn’t have half the singing voice I do today. With his honesty, encouragement, belief and technical training, I had the confidence and skill to pursue my current career in musical theatre.”

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Jayde Westaby

Stage Credits Include:

  • Rocky Horror Show
  • Chicago
  • Jersey Boys
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie (Original London Cast)

“Jonathan came into my life when my full-time training began in London at 18. I had never had a singing lesson, even though I enjoyed singing, and I was very much a dancer & focused on that. Well… What a difference one-man can make! Because he introduced me to my voice and what it was capable of, I have been performing professionally in Musical Theatre for 20 years and I hope a lot longer. He taught me that being vocally versatile makes me more employable. He gave me confidence & knowledge, and without that who knows where my path would have led. He knew my voice better than I did, and I’m so glad I trusted that. He believed in me and went above and beyond. I left College as a true Triple Threat and that is thanks to you Jonathan. My career is built on that.”

The Voice Coach Testimonial - Jayde Westaby
The Voice Coach Testimonial - Joanna Francis

Joanna Francis

Stage Credits Include:

  • Sister Act
  • Lion King
  • The Color Purple
  • Purlie

Jonathan was the first voice teacher I had when I moved to the UK from Jamaica. He got my voice to do things that I had never thought possible, by not only teaching me strong vocal technique, but also nurturing the uniqueness of the quality of my vocals. I am forever grateful for the foundation he laid for me to go out and face the world of theatre with confidence.

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Kieran Jae

Stage Credits Include:

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Original Cast)
  • Jersey Boys (Original London Cast)
  • Mama Mia!
  • Groundhog Day (Original London Cast)

“Undoubtedly without Jonathan’s training, drive and passion that he instilled into me; I would not have the continued career in musical theatre that I have had. Now, as a teacher, I reflect and use Jonathan’s words on a day to day basis ‘Having a solid technique, is the grounding to sustain longevity in your career’. I will never be able to thank Jonathon enough for seeing the potential in me and pushing me to my limits.”

The Voice Coach Testimonial - Kieran Jae
The Voice Coach Testimonial - Liam Marcellino

Liam Marcellino

Stage Credits Include:

  • Les Misérables
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • West Side Story

“I trained with Jonathan for two years at the London Studio Centre – The Estill technique and the performance skills he taught me, have stayed with me throughout my professional life in the West End and on tour over the last 10 years. A big thank you!”

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Natasha Barnes-Smith

Stage Credits Include:

  • Funny Girl
  • Spring Awakening
  • American Idiot
  • Cinderella

“Jonathan is simply incredible. His extensive knowledge of music and vocal technique, partnered with an extraordinary level of intuition about vocal health and development is astonishing, and was imperative to longevity in a career beyond my formal training. Jonathan helped me enormously in both developing and understanding my technical skills as well evolving into a better performer. His professional yet nurturing approach has allowed me the confidence to achieve things I never believed possible, even beyond my time in his music room; and despite being in high demand, nothing is too much trouble.”

The Voice Coach Testimonial - Natasha Barnes-Smith
The Voice Coach Testimonial - Oliver Tompsett

Oliver Tompsett

Stage Credits Include:

  • Mama Mia!
  • Wicked (Original London Cast)
  • We Will Rock You
  • Rock of Ages

“The common belief is that you have to make your voice stronger to sing bigger and better, but it was Jonathan that said in actual fact, with less physical effort, my voice could be its biggest and best it’s ever been. Jonathan coached me through successful auditions for some of my biggest and most vocally demanding roles, and I still apply his techniques to this day. His approach is disciplined, professional and each lesson is fun and informative.”

Rebecca Howell

Stage Credits Include:

  • Tommy: The Rock Opera
  • Spamalot
  • Mama Mia!
  • We Will Rock You

“Jonathan armed me with the technique & personal guidance to enter the professional world. He continues to nurture up & coming talent, now providing artists for me to work with. I owe Jonathan a great debt of gratitude.”

The Voice Coach Testimonial - Rebecca Howell
The Voice Coach Testimonial - Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy

Stage Credits Include:

  • Chicago
  • We Will Rock You
  • The Bodyguard
  • Aladdin

“Jonathan always made me feel comfortable within his lessons. Excellent in regard to finding and exploring vocal exercises and to overcome technical issues that at times felt impossible. Always supportive, encouraging and highly recommend as a vocal coach.”

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Sarah French-Ellis

Stage Credits Include:

  • Sunday in the Park with George
  • We Will Rock You
  • Rocky Horror Show

“Jonathan started teaching me when I was 16. I had always sung at school, but I had no control over my voice, and poor technique. Jonathan taught me how to use my voice safely, and taught me to be in control of what I wanted my voice to do. I would always just belt out a song, but Jonathan taught me how to use different parts of my voice, to use colour and diversity, while keeping vocal safety. He’s the best teacher! He taught me everything I know, and after years of being in a rock musical, I never had any vocal damage or problems, because I knew how to look after my voice! Thank-you Jonathan. Sarah French xx”

The Voice Coach Testimonial - Sarah French-Ellis
The Voice Coach Testimonial - Sophie Jayne McEwan

Sophie Jayne McEwan

Stage Credits Include:

  • Chicago
  • Annie
  • The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas
  • Crazy For You

“My time with Jonathan as a singing coach, both at LSC and with private lessons was not only incremental in developing my singing confidence and technique but saw me strong enough to conquer leading west end roles and then move in to teaching myself, with a wealth of singing knowledge. Jonathan wasn’t only a singing coach but also became an industry confidant and mentor. Looking back, my time with Jonathan was some of the best training I’ve ever had.”

Zoë Rainey

Stage Credits Include:

  • Wicked
  • Hairspray
  • Sound of Music

“Working with Jonathan made a huge difference to my understanding of my voice. We are all so individual and I was trying to emulate what I was hearing from others, instead of exploring how to do it with my own voice. Jonathan helped me with this, and I discovered some exciting areas of my voice I hadn’t been able to access before. Always enjoyed a lesson with him.”

The Voice Coach Testimonial - Zoe Rainey

Jonathan Leese is a vocal coach and singing teacher who teaches music from all genres. Read more about the Vocal Services l offer, and my bio HERE. Contact Me. My ‘Home Studio’ is Chingford (East London) with Central London studio access available at Jaques Samuel Pianos. I have the option for ‘Online Remote Lessons’ whereby you can learn from your own home using ZOOM or Skype.