Sophie began her career with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, working with Matt Lucas (Little Britain) and the late composer Lionel Bart (Oliver!) She performed in a number of productions including Maggie May at The Royalty Theatre in London’s West End.
Her career then took a major change in direction and she formed ‘Sophie Garner and her Swing Kings’, a 9 piece swing and jive band that was at the forefront of the European rhythm ‘n’ blues scene for 10 years. A professional singer for practically all her working life, Sophie’s touring schedule has taken her across Europe and the Middle East, including the release of an album in Dubai. She has recorded four studio albums to date, the most recent her debut solo album of original material titled ‘Genes’. Sophie has also written music for film and was commissioned to write and perform a piece of music for ‘Lipstick’ starring actor Jack Sheppard. Sophie also played the role of a cabaret singer in the film.
Personal achievements have included receiving an award in the Perrier Young Jazz singer of the year of which she was the finalist. She was also the very first artist to perform on the main stage at the then newly opened O2 Arena in London.
Sophie underwent a vocal operation on April 19th 2010. It was during her three month post operative recovery that a conversation with Mark led to the creation of VoxOp by Sophie, Mark and Claire.
Claire Wells has been working as a Speech & Language Therapist (SLT) since 1995, when she graduated from Newcastle University.
She has worked predominantly with adults with speech, voice and swallowing disorders at a variety of London teaching hospitals including: Northwick Park Hospital, The Royal Marsden Hospital, St George’s Hospital and The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital within the Spinal Injury Unit.
She has specialised in the field of clinical voice disorders and led the ENT SLT team at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow since 2000.
She is a former Council member of the British Voice Association and is currently a Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) Advisor in Voice. She is a member of the Voice Clinic team at Northwick Park Hospital.
During her career she has worked with clients with a broad range of vocal difficulties. Her clients come from all backgrounds and with vocal needs, but they include Professional singers and voice users.
Mark Meylan is internationally recognised as one of londons top singing teachers specialising in musical theatre. In addition, Mark teaches clients from all areas of contemporary commercial music, particularly singers of jazz, pop, folk and world music. Mark works with actors from film and television as well as those recommended by agents, casting agents, theatre producers, the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. He also retrains injured voices, working in association with laryngologists, speech and language therapists and manual voice therapists.
Mr Meylan has given a masterclass for the New York Singing Teachers Association and has given weekend workshops in Sydney and Melborne, Australia and Hobart, Tasmania.
Mark spent fifteen years as an active member of the British Voice Association, and as council member chaired the education committee and in his time as conference director he organised the first Pan European Voice Conference ( PEVOC1). Mark spent six years on the council of the Association of Teachers of Singing and has regularly been on the faculty of Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, sponsored by the Voice Foundation (USA). Mr Meylan has presented papers and workshops in Athens, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Salzburg and Stockholm and throughout the British Isles.
As a vocal coach Mark works on Jersey Boys (London) Mamma Mia (London and International Tour) and Starlight Express(Bochum), He has been vocal coach on Thoroughly Modern Millie (London), Saturday Night Fever (London and Cologne), Sister Act (London) and Flashdance(London and UK tour). Mark has also been asked to train and monitor singers from Chicago, Les Miserables, Bombay Dreams, Cats, Footloose, Our House and Guys and Dolls. He was also asked to work on Jekyll and Hyde and Miami Nights in Cologne.