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Nadia Kevan was born and grew up in South East England, where she trained to be a classical and modern dancer and dance teacher. After qualifying she joined a theater company in Germany and became soloist a year later. Since then she has been involved on an international level as a dancer, performer and artist. Her passion has always been to reach a truth within herself and express this through performance, involving music, dance, voice, visual art and architecture. There is always a strong aspect of research in her artistic projects and she looks into new ways to translate her spiritual perceptions into physical forms. She has colaberrated with theatre directors, professional musicians and visual artists in Germany and abroad.
In 1993 Nadia was appointed Professor of Movement and Body Awareness at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany, where she has established a study programme to enable every student to learn body awareness as part of their bachelor and master degree programmes. Here she is an untiring pioneer of training and supporting undergraduate students of the arts through psychophysical teaching and awareness to access their artistic potential.
Since the 1980s Nadia has developed her own dance work – a two year training programme she calls "Dance of Life" which enables both amateurs and professionals from all walks of life to experience dance as a deeply personal and transforming activity involving the whole human being.
After a life threatening accident she took on a new path of awareness and trained from 2007 - 2010 as a Reiki Master and Teacher with Lavanya Wittkopp in Wuppertal, Germany in the Mikao Usui Method of Natural Healing.
Nadia qualified as an Alexander Teacher in Denmark in 1987 at the International School for Alexander Technique in Aalborg, Denmark when she was 32 years old, since when she has devoted her art, teaching and research to understanding and integrating thoroughly the many aspects of psycho-spiritual-physical awareness. She started training Alexander teachers in 1990s: first in Hamburg, then Essen and then in Cologne.
Since 2010, together with her husband Ron Murdock, she is Co-Directer of the Awareness Teaching Centre in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, where they now train Alexander Teachers. Here she and Ron endeavour to include current discoveries in consciousness and health. Those Alexander Teachers who trained with her, and now with her and Ron, teach in Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, England, Scandanavia, Poland, Italy, Japan, South Africa, South America and North America. She also offers First and Second Grade training in Reiki and Reiki Support Sessions for Alexander Teachers.
Nadia has written many published articles about the Alexander Technique, the Psycho-Physical Support System and Alexander Technique for Musicians and Performers.
"Inspired by Spirit and Nature" Nadia Kevan
Ron Murdock comes from Canada where he graduated from Mount Alliosn University in 1962 (B.A., A.Mus.). From there he went to Montreal where he studied privately with Bernard Diamant, considered at that time to be one of the leading voice pedagogues in Canada. In 1966 he went to Lugano, Switzerland, where he completed his vocal training and development with Professor Frederick Husler and Yvonne Rodd-Marling.
From 1969 - 1990 Ron pursued a career as solo tenor based in London, England and was a member of the English Opera Group (Benjamin Britten), Phoenix Opera, and took part in performances with Handel Opera. He gave solo Lieder recitals (Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, London; Menuhin Festival Gstaad; throughout the UK, in Canada, Switzerland), was oratorio soloist in most of the English cathedrals (Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Yehudi Menuhin) and made recordings for BBC Radio 3, Radio Svizzera Italiana and CBC Radio Canada (Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver).
He is a second generation, senior teacher of the Alexander Technique, having trained in London, England with Walter Carrington (graduated in 1979) into whose hands Alexander placed his training course before died.
Over the past 40 years since involvement with the Alexander Technique, 36 of them as a teacher, he has worked to bring Husler’s approach to singing together with the Alexander Technique, a process which has culminated in his book “Born to Sing: A singer’s journey toward mind-body unity” published (2015) by Mornum Time Press, California.
Using these two diciplines, Husler and Alexander, as an approach to singing has proven successful to both amateur and professional singers alike. Ron’s belief (introduced to him by his first singing teacher when he was 14 and re-inforced by Husler/Rodd-Marling) is that everyone can sing. It has been his passion to help people find their own voice and, through that process, to find connection to the deepest part of themseves.
Between 1984 and 1995 he taught in London; from 1995 - 2010 in Amsterdam and since 2010 in Nijmegen. In addition, he has taught privately in Stockholm, Oslo, Hamburg, Hannover, Frankfurt, Mannheim, Munich (Soloists at the Bavarian State Opera), Salzburg Festival (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003), and worked every month with soloists at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 1997 - 2005)
He has given workshops at the Royal Academy of Music, London; Hannover Hochschule für Musik; Trinity College, London; Dalhousie University, Halifax (Canada)ö Acadia University, Wolfville (Canada) and the Folkwang Universität der Künsten, Essen, Germany.
Since 2010, together with his wife Nadia Kevan, he is Co-Director of the Alexander Teaching Center in Nijmegen, The Netherlands where they now train Alexander Teachers. They have qualified teachers from Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Scandanvia and Japan where these people now teach.
“Breath and singing are the co-ordinated expression of a complete human being.” Ron Murdock