Sparkhall, O. (2022) “Creating a makaton mass: A composition for Unison Voices and piano to be sung and signed using Makaton,” International Journal of Community Music, 15(1), pp. 95–111. doi: 10.1386/ijcm_00053_1.

Olivia Sparkhall is a composer, choral conductor, and Head of Academic Music at Godolphin School, Salisbury.

She is a Voice Study Centre (University of Wales Trinity Saint David) graduate with an MA in Voice Pedagogy, and is the author of A Young Person’s Guide to Vocal Health (Compton Publishing).

Preparation for writing the book was completed as part of her MA studies. Olivia is published on the subjects of music and vocal pedagogy in several peer-reviewed academic journals including Choral Directions Research Journal, Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, and International Journal of Community Music.

Olivia is an award-winning composer whose compositions have been performed in concerts and services worldwide as well as on BBC radio and television.

Olivia Sparkhall’s research has focused on the vocal health of children and how to create resources for students to use in caring for their voices.

She has also investigated inclusion within group singing, and her research has included the creation of a mass for unison voices and piano, to be sung and signed using Makaton.