Guest Tutors | Coaches – Opera Programmes

Marcus van den Akker

SINGING TEACHER

Stuart Barker

DIRECTOR

Rebecca Barham

MUSICAL DIRECTOR | PIANIST

Krystian Bellière

PIANIST | CONDUCTOR | VOCAL COACH

Thomas Blunt

CONDUCTOR

Robin Bowman

OPERA COACH | ACCOMPANIST

Rory Bremner

PLAYWRIGHT | COMEDIAN | COLUMNIST

Sally Burgess

INTERNATIONAL OPERA MEZZO SOPRANO | DIRECTOR

Iain Burnside

OPERA COACH | PIANIST | ACCOMPANIST

Brad Cohen

CONDUCTOR

Jonathan Cohen

CONDUCTOR

Tom Cooper

DIRECTOR

Alexander Crowe

OPERA COACH | ACCOMPANIST

Graeme Danby

INTERNATIONAL OPERA SINGER | SINGING TEACHER

Sophie Daneman

SOPRANO | STAGE DIRECTOR

Wyn Davies

CONDUCTOR

Mandy Demetriou

MOVEMENT AND DANCE COACH

David Edwards

OPERA DIRECTOR

Rebecca Evans

INTERNATIONAL OPERATIC SOPRANO

Robert Fried

DIRECTOR | ACTING COACH

Ben Frost

REPETITEUR

Olivia Fuchs

DIRECTOR | MOVEMENT AND DANCE COACH

Magnus Gilljam

MUSICAL DIRECTOR | REPETITEUR | CONDUCTOR

David Gowland

REPETITEUR | CONDUCTOR

Tony Gray

REPETITEUR

Karen Halliday

MOVEMENT AND DANCE COACH

Leontine Hass

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | VOCAL COACH

Giles Havergal

DIRECTOR

Philip Headlam

CONDUCTOR | VOCAL COACH

Johnathan Hinden

SENIOR REPETITEUR

Linda Hutchison

SINGING TEACHER

Adam Johnson

CONDUCTOR | OPERA COACH | ACCOMPANIST

Aurélia Jonvaux

FRENCH LANGUAGE | DICTION COACH

Max Key

DIRECTOR

Mary King

VOCAL COACH

Alkis Kritikos

DIRECTOR | ACTING COACH | ACTOR

Kelvin Lim

REPETITEUR

Joy Mammen

SINGING TEACHER

Norbert Meyn

SINGING TEACHER

Natalie Murray

REPETITEUR | CONDUCTOR

Robin Newton

CONDUCTOR

William Relton

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Gavin Roberts

REPETITEUR | ACCOMPANIST

Arlene Rolph

SINGING TEACHER

Elizabeth Rossiter

OPERA COACH | PIANIST | ACCOMPANIST

Elizabeth Rowe

REPETITEUR

Sergey Rybin

OPERA COACH | PIANIST | ACCOMPANIST

Fiona Jane Schopf

DIRECTOR OF OPERA STUDIES

Mikhail Shilyaev

OPERA COACH | PIANIST | ACCOMPANIST

William Vann

OPERA COACH | PIANIST | ACCOMPANIST

Andrew Watts

VOCAL COACH

Justin Way

DIRECTOR

Nigel Whitmey

ACTING COACH | IMPROVISATION | ACTOR

Leontine Hass – CEO

Founding Principal | Vocal Coach
Leontine Hass is an internationally renowned Vocal Coach and Principal of the Associated Studios London Performing Arts Academy.

Leontine Hass is currently vocal coach for Motown at The Shaftesbury Theatre London. She has served as vocal coach to Matt Henry (Lola in Kinky Boots West End), Alice Stokoe (Sophie in Mamma Mia, West End), Gloria Onitiri (Lead in The Bodyguard & Hair, West End), Claire Sweeney (Tell Me on a Sunday) and many other leads and swings in the West End, national and international tours of productions such as Thriller-Live, Oliver!, Carousel, Parade, Tell Me on a Sunday, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Witches of Eastwick, Nine, The Wizard of Oz, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Sister Act, We Will Rock You, Footloose, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Ghost, Hairspray, Porgy and Bess, The Bodyguard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jersey Boys, Barnum, Miss Saigon, Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia, In the Heights, The Color Purple, Memphis, Spamalot, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Aladdin, Chicago, The Pyjama Game, Kinky Boots and the upcoming production of Dreamgirls.

Leontine coaches members of The Swingle Singers, Collabro, The Magnets, The Sons of Pitches and classical singers with ENO, Welsh National Opera and ROH, as well as Pop/Rock/Jazz singers. Leontine was the Vocal Coach for shows including the London premiere of Bernarda Alba the Musical, and currently the a cappella hit, ‘Gobsmacked’.

Leontine teaches workshops and lectures internationally on singing, voice and performance. She rehabilitates voices after surgery, or as surgery prevention. She has taught at leading Music & Drama Schools including GSA Conservatoire, the Oxford School of Drama, Mountview, LSMT, YMT, The Brit School, La Salle (Singapore), the Queensland Conservatorium, Centre Stage and The VCA (Melbourne).

Leontine has acted as vocal consultant to various music management/production companies, including ITV and the BBC. Leontine is vocal coach for ‘The Voice’ for BBC TV. She was featured as a mentor/vocal coach on the Gareth Malone show, ‘The Naked Choir’, for BBC2 and will also be involved with Series 2. She is a regular columnist at voicecouncil.com and for The Stage newspaper. She is a contributor to ‘The Singer’s Complete Guide to Vocal Health’ (Oxford Uni. Press), and advisor/contributor to ‘The Ultimate Guide to Singing’ published by TC Helicon in 2014.

Having originally trained as a classical singer (BA, Melb. Uni, BMus. Kings College London, Dip. RAM), Leontine has performed as a singer and actress in concert, theatre and TV.

Leontine is the CEO/Founding Principal of the Associated Studios Performing Arts Academy London, which she founded in 2007, then based at The Royal Academy of Music. Associated Studios provides full-time and part-time training and professional development in Musical Theatre and Opera (www.associatedstudios.co.uk). The Board of Directors includes Rory Bremner (Chair), Patrick Lawrence QC and Dr Christopher Stewardson. Patrons include Sir Tim Rice, Jeremy Irons, Jeremy Herrin, Timothy West and Scott Alan.

Leontine is represented by Lesley Duff at Diamond Management.

Mary Hill

Senior Opera Consultant | Coach

From Birmingham, Mary studied piano, organ and viola, gained both ARCM and LRAM piano diplomas and played with the CBSO before going to Oxford University. A founder member of Schola Cantorum there, she also sang with the Elizabethan Singers, Schutz and Monteverdi Choirs in London and studied at the London Opera Centre, where she became a member of staff. As an accompanist she gave concerts in all the major London venues, played for the BBC and toured with Intimate Opera.

She founded her own company, Abbey Opera, as an ILEA education class. Over a period of 40 years it acquired its own orchestra under Antony Shelley, and became a major force for young professional and amateur singers wishing to showcase their work. It staged a wide variety of known and lesser-known repertoire in and around London and for the Camden and Edinburgh festivals. It visited Rennes in France, and gave major concerts at St. John’s Smith Square, the Bloomsbury Theatre, British Museum, and collaborated three times in the Barbican with Chelsea Opera. It gave British premiers of operas by Samuel Barber, Virgil Thomson and Robert Ward, and also Pfitzner’s “Palestrina.” Many performances were broadcast on Radio London, and in its final ten years Abbey Opera became an accredited Diploma Course for the University of London.

Mary has also worked as a coach for Glyndebourne , Welsh National Opera, Kent Opera, Opera Rara, Northern Ireland Opera Trust, the Royal Opera (Stockholm), and Virginia Opera (USA). She was Director of Opera Studies at the Royal Academy of Music when the Britten Theatre was opened, coached regularly for the National Opera Studio, and ran the postgraduate opera courses at Trinity College of Music. She has recently retired after 27 years at the Royal Academy of Music as Opera Co-ordinator and Chief Coach, and has been awarded an Hon.ARAM for outstanding contribution to the opera department.

Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner is the UK’s premier award-winning comedy and Satirical Impressionist.

Born in Edinburgh in 1961 and educated at Wellington College, he went on to attend King’s College, London, where he graduated with an honours degree in French, German and imitating lecturers! King’s College made him a Fellow in 2006 and he is also a Fellow of Queen Mary College.

While still at university, he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and began his career on the satirical radio shows News Revue (LBC) and Weekending (BBC Radio) before embarking on a seven-year spell at the BBC. Since then, he’s appeared in countless comedy shows from Have I Got News For You to Whose Line is it Anyway? including: Comic Relief, They Think It’s All Over, It’ll Be Alright on the Night, Mock the Week and QIand has been interviewed more than any other performer by both Wogan and Parkinson. Together with John Bird and John Fortune, his programmes (Rory Bremner- Who Else, Bremner, Bird and Fortune) have been a mainstay of Channel 4?s output since 1992, winning a total of four BAFTAs and three RTS awards.

Rory had seven series on the BBC, from 1986 to 1992, winning the Special Award at the Golden Rose of Montreux in 1987. He has been a frequent guest on The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1) providing a satirical review of current political events through his many characters. In 2008 he retraced his family history for Who Do You Think You Are. Elsewhere, he appeared regularly on Breakfast with Frost, and has written and performed the BBC radio series Some of Our Pilots Are Missingand writes articles and diaries for The New Statesman, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The London Evening Standard.Since 1999, he has translated two operas: Kurt Weill’s Der Silbersee and George Bizet’s Carmen, the latter for a cast recruited from South African townships who promptly translated the dialogue into Xhosa so Rory can’t understand it! Rory is much in demand as a Broadcaster, Actor, After-Dinner Speaker and Awards Host.

Robert Fried – Acting Consultant

Director | Acting Coach

Robert Fried is an acting teacher, theatre director and course leader with extensive professional experience in Britain, Israel and Canada. His background is rooted in the Methodological approach as practised at the Drama Centre, London.

In the UK he has been Head of Acting at the Arts Educational Schools, London, principal teacher at the Oxford School of Drama and Course Leader of the MA/Postgraduate Acting course at the East 15 Acting School. Robert is reputed for his dedication to the absolute art of acting. He has been senior Acting Tutor at APS since its inception, bringing the Methodological approach to improvisation and text for both actors and singers.

Douglas Hansell

Douglas recently appeared as Charles Clarke in the critically acclaimed production of Titanic at Charing Cross Theatre.

Theatre credits include: The Wharf Revue (Sydney Theatre Company), Torvald Helmer in A Doll’s House (Seymour Centre, Sydney), C.S. Lewis in the Australian premiere of Freud’s Last Session (Theatre Royal, Sydney), When Blair Had Bush and Bunga (Edinburgh Festival), Orsino in Twelfth Night (Sydney Festival), Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Macbeth, Lady Windamere’s Fan (Darlinghurst Theatre Company,), Oedipus Rex (Sydney Festival, dir. Peter Sellars), Variations (Hayes Theatre), Going Bush (Bush Theatre, Upstairs) Neighbourhood Watch, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (Ensemble Theatre, Sydney) Das Kaltë Kind: The Cold Child (Griffin Theatre Company), Emily Eyefinger (Monkey Baa Theatre Company), Fatboy, The Temperamentals (New Theatre Sydney), Shakespeare On Trial (National Tour), Actors at Work (Bell Shakespeare Company).

Television & film credits include: Critical (SkyTV, UK), The Code (ABC), Underbelly (Channel 9), All Saints, Home and Away (Channel 7), 36 Squad(Breakaway TV), Scheyville, (AFTRS), Chocolate Cake (Project Greenlight). He also recently voiced the commentary for the 2015 Special Re-release of the 1959 Gregory Peck classic, On the Beach.
As a singer, he has appeared in concert with Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Queen of Spades, Harmonium, Symphony of Psalms, in cabaret and as a regular artist with The Song Company.
Douglas is an acting graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and has also studied with renowned acting coach Larry Moss.
He is a 2013 recipient of The Mike Walsh Fellowship for Outstanding Young Talent.
www.douglashansell.com

Leontine Hass – CEO

Founding Principal | Vocal Coach

Leontine Hass is an internationally renowned Vocal Coach and Principal of the Associated Studios London Performing Arts Academy.

Leontine Hass is currently vocal coach for Motown at The Shaftesbury Theatre London. She has served as vocal coach to Matt Henry (Lola in Kinky Boots West End), Alice Stokoe (Sophie in Mamma Mia, West End), Gloria Onitiri (Lead in The Bodyguard & Hair, West End), Claire Sweeney (Tell Me on a Sunday) and many other leads and swings in the West End, national and international tours of productions such as Thriller-Live, Oliver!, Carousel, Parade, Tell Me on a Sunday, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Witches of Eastwick, Nine, The Wizard of Oz, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Sister Act, We Will Rock You, Footloose, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Ghost, Hairspray, Porgy and Bess, The Bodyguard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jersey Boys, Barnum, Miss Saigon, Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia, In the Heights, The Color Purple, Memphis, Spamalot, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Aladdin, Chicago, The Pyjama Game, Kinky Boots and the upcoming production of Dreamgirls.

Leontine coaches members of The Swingle Singers, Collabro, The Magnets, The Sons of Pitches and classical singers with ENO, Welsh National Opera and ROH, as well as Pop/Rock/Jazz singers. Leontine was the Vocal Coach for shows including the London premiere of Bernarda Alba the Musical, and currently the a cappella hit, ‘Gobsmacked’.

Leontine teaches workshops and lectures internationally on singing, voice and performance. She rehabilitates voices after surgery, or as surgery prevention. She has taught at leading Music & Drama Schools including GSA Conservatoire, the Oxford School of Drama, Mountview, LSMT, YMT, The Brit School, La Salle (Singapore), the Queensland Conservatorium, Centre Stage and The VCA (Melbourne).

Leontine has acted as vocal consultant to various music management/production companies, including ITV and the BBC. Leontine is vocal coach for ‘The Voice’ for BBC TV. She was featured as a mentor/vocal coach on the Gareth Malone show, ‘The Naked Choir’, for BBC2 and will also be involved with Series 2. She is a regular columnist at voicecouncil.com and for The Stage newspaper. She is a contributor to ‘The Singer’s Complete Guide to Vocal Health’ (Oxford Uni. Press), and advisor/contributor to ‘The Ultimate Guide to Singing’ published by TC Helicon in 2014.

Having originally trained as a classical singer (BA, Melb. Uni, BMus. Kings College London, Dip. RAM), Leontine has performed as a singer and actress in concert, theatre and TV.

Leontine is the CEO/Founding Principal of the Associated Studios Performing Arts Academy London, which she founded in 2007, then based at The Royal Academy of Music. Associated Studios provides full-time and part-time training and professional development in Musical Theatre and Opera (www.associatedstudios.co.uk). The Board of Directors includes Rory Bremner (Chair), Patrick Lawrence QC and Dr Christopher Stewardson. Patrons include Sir Tim Rice, Jeremy Irons, Jeremy Herrin, Timothy West and Scott Alan.

Leontine is represented by Lesley Duff at Diamond Management.

Mitch Leow

Mitch originates from Singapore, and attended MPA (Millennium Performing Arts) on the Stephen Mear scholarship from the directors. He graduated with a Professional Diploma and was a recipient of the Millennium Contemporary Cup for excellence in dance and choreography.

Theatre credits: 

“Madam Butterfly” (Directed by Anthony Minghella – ENO 2006 premiere and 2013 revival), “Turandot” (ROH – 2005), “Be Mine” (Directed by Drew McConie – The Place), Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre), Disney’s “The Lion King” (Lyceum Theatre), Cameron Mackintosh’s “Miss Saigon” (Prince Edward Theatre)

Film/TV credits: 

“TV Land” (Directed by Mitch Sebastian and Dick Lee), Olivier Awards Ceremony (With the company of The Lion King and Miss Saigon), “War” (Directed by Nilesh Bell-Gorsia), and various EPK footage with the company of The Lion King, Barnum, Miss Saigon and Aladdin.

Mitch is currently appearing in Disney’s “Aladdin” at the Prince Edward Theatre as Ensemble and Fight Captain for the company.

Stage|Screen|Circus

www.mitchleow.com

Tom directs theatre, musical theatre and opera. As a staff director he has worked for the Young Vic Theatre, English National Opera, the Haymarket Basingstoke, Scottish Opera, and extensively for Opera North. Tom was a reader for the Bush Theatre and the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and read musical libretti for the Donmar Warehouse, and was Literary Associate (musical theatre) for the Finborough Theatre, London. His recent directing includes Gianni Schicchi (Opera Bohemia, Scottish tour); La Boheme (Clyde Opera); La Traviata (Heritage Opera, touring); the European premiere of Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns (Finborough Theatre, London); the first ever revival of N. C. Hunter’s play A Day by the Sea (also Finborough Theatre, London); Henry IV parts one and two (York Shakespeare Project); the devised L’Antologia di Spoon River and Stefano Benni’s play Astaroth (Rapallo Festival, Italy); Judith (Pleasance Theatre, London); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Upstairs at the Gatehouse).

He has also adapted and directed Brecht’s The Visions of Simone Machard (Hackney Empire and tour) and Euripides The Trojan Women (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Drama school directing include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oxford School of Drama at Blenheim Palace); Fuente Ovejuna (Arts University Bournemouth); Little Women: the musical and Howard Goodall’s musical Girlfriends (University of Cumbria); The Wedding Singer (SLP College). He is currently Programme Leader for the BA Musical Theatre at GAMTA (Glasgow and Cardiff). For GAMTA he has directed The World Goes Round, Sunshine on Leith, A New Brain, Flora the Red Menace, 9 to 5, Wonderland, Oklahoma, Just So, and two devised musicals, Doors: the Great Exam Cabaret and A Fistful of Glitter (based on the music of Pink).

The English bass, Graeme Danby, was educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Graeme Danby has performed at several of the world’s leading opera houses, notably the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the English National Opera. He is known for his strong, dramatic portrayals of characters in the basso profondo repertoire.

In 2003, his rich and resonant bass was heard to advantage in the role of Lorenzo in I Capuletti ed I Montecchi conducted by Sir Richard Bonynge. This appearance was one amongst many in major roles for English National Opera, which include Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore; Somnus in George Frideric Handel’s Semele; Quince in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Collatinus in B. Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, Poo-Bah in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado; Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro); Sacristan in Puccini’s Tosca; Pistol in Verdi’s Falstaff and Ribbing in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.

Graeme Danby performs regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In Spring 2005, he sang the major role of Charrington in Lorin Maazel’s Covent Garden commission of 1984, a part written especially for him. In 2006, he sang the role of Sacristano in Covent Garden’s production of Tosca, alongside Angela Gheorghiu, Marcello Alvarez and Bryn Terfel. In 2007, he took the role of Gonzalo in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest. Further roles include the Marquis d’Obigny in La traviata, Billy Jackrabbit in La fanciulla del West and Second Armed Man in Die Zauberflöte.

Further British engagements also include Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro for Opera North and Garsington Opera; Collatinus in B. Britten’s Rape of Lucretia at Buxton Festival; and Sacristan in Tosca, Bosun in Billy Budd, Benedict in La Vie Parisienne and Masetto in Don Giovanni for Scottish Opera. In the 2002-2003 season, Graeme Danby made his Glyndebourne debut as Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, subsequently recording the role for Chandos Records. He also made his debut at the Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona in the role of Brag in Purcell’s Fairy Queen.

European engagements have included Brag in Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen at the Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona; Somnos in Semele. In 2003-2004 season, Graeme Danby made his debut at the Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg in the role of Xuthus in Param Vir’s Ion. In 2006, he made his debut with De Vlaamse Opera in the role of Somnus. He returned to the company for their 2007-2008 season in the role of Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro. He sang at La Scala, Milan as Snug in B. Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Further roles in 2007 and 2008 included Sarastro, Poo-Bah, Zuniga, the Doctor in Punch and Judy and Czar Ivan in Candide with English National Opera and Billy Jackrabbit in La Fanciulla del West with the Royal Opera Covent Garden. In 2009, Graeme Danby made his debut at La Scala in the role of Snug. Further recent engagements have included Theatre Manager in The Gambler at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Swallow in Peter Grimes with De Vlaamse Opera.

Graeme Danby appears regularly on the concert platform throughout the UK at prestigious venues, including: the Royal Albert Hall (L.v. Beethoven Sympony No. 9; Verdi Requiem), the Royal Festival Hall (Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8) and the Bridgewater Hall Manchester (Iolanthe), and with leading orchestras including: The London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra. He broadcasts regularly for the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Olivia Fuchs was brought up in Germany and studied at London University and the Drama Studio, London. She started her work as a director in theatre and ran her own company, but now predominantly directs opera. Recent productions include Ines de Castro by James MacMillan (Scottish Opera), Madama Butterfly (Oviedo, Spain) and Der Rosenkavalier (Magdeburg).

Other work: Rusalka (Opera Australia – Helpmann award Best Opera, Green Room awards Best Opera/Best Director); Pelleas et Melisande (Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Opera House); The Marriage of Figaro (English National Opera); RusalkaDon Giovanni, Pied Piper (Opera North); Die Zauberflöte (Oviedo); Madama Butterfly (Magdeburg); Rigoletto, La Traviata and Il Trovatore (Danish National Opera), Hänsel und Gretel, Magic Flute, The Rake’s Progress, Maynight, Cherevichki, Osud/Sarka (Garsington Opera); Norma, Lucia di Lammermoor, Pelleas et Melisande, Kat’a Kabanova, Jenufa, Fidelio, Macbeth and Luisa Miller (Opera Holland Park); Saul (Buxton Festival); Giustino (London Handel Festival); The Turn of the Screw (Brighton Festival); The Italian Songbook (Linbury Studio); Apollo et Hyacinthus(Classical Opera) and the World Premiere of The Maids by John Lunn (ENO/Lyric Theatre).

For Trinity Laban she has directed Giustino by Handel and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She very much enjoys working with young singers and regularly gives workshops for the ROH Young Artists program, the National Opera Studio and Associated Studios.

Future work: Iris (Opera Holland Park), Der Rosenkavalier (WNO), Faust (Magdeburg), Alcina (Royal Academy of Music).

Magnus Gilljam was born in Sweden and raised on a diet of IKEA furniture and ABBA songs. He came to the UK in 1999 for post-graduate studies in accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is now based in London working as a freelance pianist and musical director.

Magnus performs regularly in song recitals around the UK and Europe, and works as a repetiteur and vocal coach. Musical direction credits include English Pocket Opera’s family adaption of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Cochrane and Unicorn Theatres in London, The Full Monty at the New Players Theatre, State Fair at the Trafalgar Studios, Just So at the Tabard Theatre, and the critically acclaimed productions of HMS Pinafore and The Pajama Game at the Union Theatre.

Other recent credits include Aladdin at the Buxton Opera House, AMD for I Do! I Do! at Vienna’s English Theatre and an appearance in concert with Katherine Jenkins for BBC Wales.

Karen Halliday trained and worked as a singer, dancer, actress and sports injury therapist.

As a performer, she worked in a wide variety of styles and media (opera, ballet, musicals, film, tv, plays, voiceovers, cabaret, photographic etc).

Most of Karen Halliday’s work now focuses on teaching, choreography, medical and corporate roleplay.

As a teacher, Karen wants to share the joy of movement and the importance of physical awareness/safety for performance, expression and longevity in the business (and life!).

Mary King’s career has encompassed a wide range of roles, including that of performer, teacher, coach and most recently broadcaster and writer. A popular and highly experienced mezzo soprano, Mary has worked with leading conductors and numerous orchestras across the world, and has made a particular feature of the contemporary classical repertoire.

Mary King first studied English at the University of Birmingham, and after gaining a PGCE at St. Anne’s Oxford, taught Humanities and Music at Gosford Hill School in Oxford. During this time she sang with the vocal groups the Clerkes of Oxenford and Schola Cantorum. She then won a place on the postgraduate Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, becoming a pupil of Noelle Barker. Post Guildhall, Mary continued her studies with the renowned coaches Paul Hamburger, Janice Chapman and David Harper.

Mary’s versatility as a performer has allowed her career to encompass a wide range of vocal genres, from opera, oratorio, chamber music and recital through to musical theatre and straight plays.

She has had a long involvement with outreach and teaching, working with all the major companies in the UK as well as running training programmes both at home and abroad. During Mary’s long association with English National Opera, she devised and ran a highly successful performance skills course, ‘The Knack’, for eleven years, and between 2004 and 2006 she was also an Artistic Associate for the company.

In September 2006, Mary became Head of Singing at Millennium Performing Arts, now based in new premises in Woolwich, South East London. In November of the same year, she was also appointed Director of Voicelab, a new initiative at London’s Southbank Centre. From casting for professional projects (Carmen Jones, 2007), to creating and training numerous choirs and small ensembles, Mary is at the heart of vocal activity at the Southbank Centre, encouraging vocal talent in all its manifestations.

Mary is increasingly widely known through her work on television and radio. She was one of the driving forces behind Channel 4?s critically acclaimed and award-winning Operatunity, a five week television series introducing opera to the wider public. This was followed by Musicality, also on Channel 4, a five part series on music theatre. She appeared as the expert analyst for the Cardiff Singer of the World competitions in 2005 and 2007, shown extensively on BBC Television, and performed the role again for the 2009 competition. She is a regular guest presenter on BBC Radio 3, and she has been one of the judges on the 2006 and 2008 BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year competitions.

Mary is also in demand as a writer. In 2007 The Singer’s Handbook (Faber) was published, co-written with Anthony Legge. This has been followed by the first two parts (English and French repertoire) of a projected series of selected vocal repertoire collections with coaching notes, The Boosey Voice Coach (Boosey & Hawkes). The German repertoire volume is in production.

Mary King is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College and she has recently been made a Fellow of the Northern College of Music.

Nigel Whitmey trained at Studio 58 in Vancouver and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Since leaving RADA he has worked continually in film, television and theatre. His diverse work includes filming Saving Private with Steven Spielberg, Jefferson in Paris and Surviving Picasso for Merchant Ivory.

On television he appeared in numerous programmes Dr.Who, Waking the Dead, Hustle, Casualty and Shackleton, which filmed in Greenland. In London his theatre work has included the Royal Court, Young Vic, Gate and Tricycle. Most influential has been three years theatre work with Mike Alfred’s founder of Method Madness and Shared Experience. Nigel has voiced documentaries, books and games. He writes, directs and teaches acting.