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The best throat pastilles in the world

Vocalzone Throat Pastilles are rated highly by the Welsh legendary Singer, Sir Tom Jones, ‘The best throat pastilles in the world’. Vocalzone throat Pastilles are one of the best selling throat pastilles helping singers perform at their best. Sir Tom Jones wouldn’t be without them, will you?

Welsh-engineered throat pastilles keep Sir Tom’s voice pristine is an article featured on July 18th 2010 by David Owens, Wales On Sunday.

‘Sir Tom Jones has revealed he has a pioneering 19th-century Welsh surgeon and his unique throat pastilles to thank for keeping his extraordinary voice in pristine condition throughout four decades as a singing superstar.
It’s not only 70-year-old Sir Tom who swears by the medicine man’s long-lasting creation – most of Wales’ major singing stars never leave home without them too.
In testimonies on the Vocalzone website, Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones, Katherine Jenkins, Cerys Matthews, Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins and The Last Republic’s Johnnie Owen all sing the praises of the little black pastille. They’re not alone. Vocalzone has become the music industry’s best hidden secret – stars like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Jay-z, Jarvis Cocker, Bette Midler, David Bowie and Robbie Williams also order regular supplies from the manufacturer Kestrel Medical Ltd, a small Devon-based, family-run company .
Speaking exclusively to Wales on Sunday, Sir Tom revealed: “I’ve been using these things since the ’60s. An old singer in the Welsh clubs told me about them.
“The company sent me a letter saying did I know it was invented by a Welsh ear nose and throat doctor . He had a practice in London but he came from West Wales.
“Apparently, he looked after Caruso. When I first bought these things they used to come in a tin and they had on there ‘made for one man – Caruso’.
“They send me free boxes anyway so that’s always handy!”
William Lloyd, who was born in 1872 and died aged 73, was an ear nose and throat specialist at The London Hospital. He was originally from Carmarthen and invented Vocalzone in the early 1900s especially for Italian tenor Enrico Caruso, then the biggest star on the planet.
Caruso was performing at Covent Garden and was struggling with a tired voice when Lloyd answered his call for help.
The singing superstar was so impressed with the result that he retained the Welshman who became his travelling companion whenever he was touring.
Vocalzone Throat Pastilles have been on sale in the UK ever since and are still manufactured to the same formula used for Caruso.
They are highly-prized by singers, speakers and anyone who relies on their voice professionally.

“He had his work cut out with Caruso because he smoked like a chimney, even on stage,” said George Ponsford of Kestrel Medical sales and marketing director.
Vocalzone was William Lloyd’s invention and it was originally manufactured in a factory in Carmarthen by his brother Thomas Lloyd, who was a chemist.
“William Lloyd was very well connected. He knew all the leading figures in entertainment and politics at the time. He was very good friends with former Prime Minister David Lloyd George,” said Mr Ponsford.
“He was very proud of his Welsh heritage and raised funds for Welsh troops during the first world war by staging a show at The Alhambra Theatre, which is now the Odeon cinema, Leicester Square.
“When he died, he left the company to his nieces and nephews. Sometime after it was sold to a US company who kept hold of it for many years.
“My father was working as a sales agent for them in the UK and wanted to set up on his own, so he bought the brand from them and launched Kestrel Medical.
“Not many people outside the entertainment industry know about Vocalzone. It’s a word-of-mouth phenomena.
“The secret of Vocalzone’s success is that it contains myrrh – which acts as an anti-inflammatory to get rid of any hoarseness without deadening the vocal chords like other throat pastilles which have an anaesthetic effect, so singers know they are fast-acting without affecting their voices.’
“And we have a Welsh ear, nose and throat to thank for our continued success!”

Successful Singing have been supplying Vocalzone throat pastilles to professional singers for many years and know just what Sir Tom Jones is talking about!

Vocalzone Throat Pastilles

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If you are a professional or amateur singer, regularly speak or present in public or rely on your voice for your livelihood Vocalzone should be part of your routine. Vocalzone Throat Pastilles are a unique blend of natural ingredients formulated to provide powerful relief from irritated throats caused by excessive singing, speaking of smoking. Get the Vocalzone habit now!
For more details see our vocalzone page

Singing with a cold or sore throat free help and advice

Singing_with_coldSinging with a cold or sore throat  – free help and advice is here

We often get asked, should I sing with a cold or sore throat (or perhaps both!). The answer is simply NO – It’s not a good idea. You may not be happy with this answer, the reasons for which I will discuss below. However you must weigh up the importance of your gig against the possible damage to your voice. Whilst its not recommended you sing with a cold, sometimes, there is no option, So what can we do to make things easier, sound good & not cause damage to the voice?

1. Drink plenty of water before and during the performance. Sounds obvious, if your hydrated fully then your body will be less prone to the extra stress of a cold or sore throat. Isotonic drinks will give you more energy but don’t over use them. No alcohol or caffeine based drinks as these will dry out your mucus membranes & throat.  Keep milky drinks to a minimum, as they can cause your body to produce more mucous, especially in the throat area.

2. Use a throat spray or lozenges. You don’t want any more damage than necessary to your voice and throat membranes. Use a vocal throat spray or throat lozenge whichever suits you best.  Your pharmacist or doctor will be able to advice you on over-the-counter remedies available to you.

3. De-congest the nasal passages. Try regular steam inhalations with a couple of drops of eucalyptus, lavender or tea tree essential oils. If you have not done this sort of thing before please consult a health professional first, especially if you have a medical condition or pregnant. Always start with ONE drop first unless you are experienced with steam inhalations.       Herbal Teas may help or you can also make your own brew of Honey, Lemon and Grated Ginger into a mug of boiling water. Again your local pharmacist can advice you on  a good Decongestant if you needed something stronger

  4. Reduce the time singing. Can you cut back on the number of songs in your set. Play extra background music or talk more rather than sing?  See if can encourage a friend/band mate to help you sing or introduce the songs? Do you know another singer that you could introduce  into the performance . eg. someone who’s first starting out and your letting the audience know this. Usually the audience will be favourable to this. Restrict the encore to one song? Can you change your set so that you drop out the really hard or challenging vocals in a certain song? If you switch it for a less demanding song on your voice will your audience really notice?

5. Turn up the Mic and sing at a lower volume. If you are using a PA system, get this to carry more of the weight, rather than your voice.  Turn your music/band mates down a little, and turn up your microphone. Position your speakers to minimize the effect of feedback.  Not singing so loudly may help preserve your voice.

6. Reduce the Physical effort. Remember singing is quite energetic and demanding on your body. So think about the amount of time on stage and  how much movement you do during your act. Make sure as with point 1. that you are fully hydrated,

7. Read this article on Sore throat relief for singers & vocalists.

Why should I not sing with a cold or sore throat?

1. You are not going to feel 100% well, apart from feeling low and bunged up, your body is having to fight an infection.  Give yourself a rest to help your body recover

2. Voice strain.  Singing with a sore throat, excessive coughing or clearing your throat is going to make your vocal cords sore, causing a hoarse voice or loss of voice, which could possibly lead to:

3. Nodules.  Vocal nodules are basically callouses on your vocal cords, caused by poor technique, over-straining your vocal cords.  You will need complete vocal rest if these occur.

As you can see its not recommended you sing with a cold or sore throat, but there are some measures you can make to reduce the discomfort & make it through the performance, but please give you voice a complete rest for several days if you can.

If symptoms continue, please seek advice from your own Doctor.