Can you get me some clips of your singing?
David Jones is in my idea a brilliant coach, and so is Brett. The thing is they don't exactly teach the same genre of
music. While Brett might take on some classical trained people, he'll generally teach them things to improve their
voice based on his years of experience, not start to train them into opera from scratch. I believe David Jones focuses mostly on a classical, operatic sound and to get the "perfect sound", aka a rich sound with maximum overtones. It's true that if you want maximum overtones you need to take a certain amount of steps to get that to happen. However those are not always necc. in other types of singing.
The soft palat being one of them. I don't raise my soft palat in my chest voice, but I lift it for mix/headvoice most of
the time in most styles of singing. You gotta realise aswell that singing opera is kind of vocal abuse if you don't execute it properly. It's a very intense type of singing and needs more attention points then certain other types of
music. Therefor he got to warn students about what could potentially ruin voices. That being said there are alot of things to be learned from him so try to keep an open mind!
Id like to tell you though that most coaches agree on 80-90% of the things, they just phrase it differently. You can expect any classical teacher to usually have a bit more requirements cse it's needed for that type of music.
If you want an elaborate discussion about this and maybe some free lessons you can always stop by at msn
Hope this helped