Gill Birchall (BA Hons)

Born in Devon, Gill went to school in Surrey and New York before returning to Exeter University to study History. She joined the BBC as a Studio Manager and worked for BBC Radio for many years, making her own features and documentaries, and becoming an Instructor for BBC Radio Training in Central London and Bristol, and a media trainer in many colleges.

Gill started learning Alexander Technique as an 'antidote' to the demands and challenges of working as a broadcaster and media instructor. In 1997, she began the 3-year full-time training at the Centre for Alexander Technique. She qualified as an Alexander Technique Teacher in 2000. After setting up her initial practice in London, she moved to Wiveliscombe in Somerset in 2006 and started teaching in the Taunton and Minehead area.

Apart from occasional London work, (which has included teaching breast cancer patients at the London Haven and trainee doctors at St George's Hospital) she now teaches Alexander Technique and Chakra Work on a one-to-one and group basis from her home in Wiveliscombe, near Taunton.

She often gives local talks, demonstrations and workshops to introduce both her subjects to others (for example, various WI groups and at Dillington House) and has taught music and drama students at Blundell's School, Richard Huish College and the Bristol Academy of Performing Arts.

Gill runs occasional Alexander Technique and Chakra Work group workshops in Wiveliscombe. More recently, she has started a residential workshop called Let Your Body Sing! at the Yarn Market Hotel on Exmoor, which links Alexander Technique and Chakra Work with singing to encourage vocal confidence, freedom and enjoyment in using the voice. In October 2014 she'll be offering a new Alexander Technique residential workshop called Back to Balance, again at the Yarn Market Hotel.

She enjoys her work, gardening, singing, learning pottery, eating, drinking, walking, meditation, archaeology and, (most of all) living in Somerset. Gill is married to the professional (deep!) bass singer and CD producer, Jeremy Birchall.