Born in Cumberland in 1952 to Scottish/English parents, I was educated in the private (public schools) system and acquired what would now be called an upper-class English accent. This has mellowed a lot over the years, living first in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire and from 1988 in the Scottish Borders. I have done voiceovers for industrial films and audiovisuals since the 1970s. As a musician and singer I have always preferred traditional (celtic, folk) material and my reference to 'Scottish' English is not to broad Scots, Lallans or Doric - more a subtle inflection which takes the edge off 'standard English'. I have a very wide vocal range as a singer, including the ability to sing many songs at pitches an octave apart. I am not a good mimic or imitator, and my voice is best used for a quality of softened (not strident) Englishness - I'm told I sound like a 'professor', a doctor, a minister, academic, etc. I'm very much at home with historic characters, ghosts, Victorian authors and can easily sound as I don't come from the 21st century when narrating or reading.
English (British), English (Scottish)
Middle Aged (35-54)
Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet Video, Music, Radio
I recorded my first film commentaries (long lost) at the age of 16 using reel to reel Ferrograph. Voiceover for twin-dissolve audiovisuals 1975-79, 16mm industrial films 1979-80 (also scriptwriting and library music sourcing and mixdown). Basic recording studio from early 1980s onwards, shared with photographic studio facilities. Digital recording from 1997 on, early reviewer of Roland VS-880EX which I purchased and have used since. Production of two successful regional music CDs, over 90 of my own tracks, and recording for many local artists.
St Anselms Preparatory School Derbyshire
Richmond College (now part of Sheffield University)
won a place to read English at Kings College, London
took a position as a trainee journalist instead
Qualified as journalist 1974
Own business from 1975
Qualified as a professional photographer 1979
PIRA Desktop Publishing Awards winner 1987
Voted Fellow of the British Insitute of Professional Photography in 1991
Holder of President's Award from BIPP and also from the Master Photographers Association
Conferred Honorary Fellowship of the MPA, 2008
Wide choice. Voice - normally AKG C3000B condensor or Beyer M105 dynamic.
Computer & Software
Apple Macintosh (various)
Voice channel processing if required
5-7 working days
I will read and record any script which demands a clear, well articulated and phrased, expressive delivery that can be understood easily by those used to both US and British English, while sounding British.
As an experienced copywriter, editor and author of many textbooks I am also able to regionalise scripts for British English, edit to condense or expand, remove ambiguities. Complete rewrites can be commissioned, including the final edit of text translated into English from European languages.
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