Tim King - Musical Director
Tim graduated with a BA Hons in Music from Oxford Brookes University and gained his Post-Graduate degree at Bath Spa University. He is an experienced musical director, choral conductor and performer, with the ability to cross between classical, gospel, musical theatre and other popular styles. He is choral director of Vocal Works Gospel Choir - with whom he tours regularly and has recorded several albums. He has performed and recorded with bands/artists including Take That, Lulu, Peter Gabriel, Brian May, The Heavy, Reef, Susan Boyle and Kerry Ellis, and worked on masterclasses with Hadley Fraser, Oliver Thompsett, Kerry Ellis, Rosie Ashe, Julie Atherton, Rosalie Craig and Mary Hammond.
Tim's theatre credits include the national tour of The Brownings (with Anton Rogers), Into The Woods, Seussical and Hot Mikado (The Tobacco Factory), A Little Night Music, The Witches of Eastwick and Hair (Academy Theatre), Starting Here Starting Now (Wickham Theatre), and has accompanied West End actors including Sarah Lane, Neil Ditt, Chris Killik, Helen Colby and Adam Hepkin. Teaching credits include Bristol Academy of Performing Arts, TK Theatre School and City of Bath College.
Rob Hickmore - Head of Singing
Rob studied voice and performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. After graduating in 1998 he performed on the national tour of Some Enchanted Evening and at a variety of corporate events. He trained under Richard Alda, a master technician of Bel Canto. As well as this classical foundation he also studied the modern and scientific Estill model which is used in musical theatre and pop.
Rob teaches singing on the Musical Theatre Degree course at the Arts Educational School London and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he works with many students that go on to perform in the West End and on Broadway.
Dan Winter - Head of Acting
Dan trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has taught and led workshops in drama schools and universities - specialising in Shakespeare, voice, presentation skills and stage combat. The bulk of his work as an actor has been classical theatre with companies such as the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Recent stage work includes Comedy of Errors, Henry V, Uncle Vanya, Julius Caesar, Anthony & Cleopatra, and A Doll's House. In addition to stage work Dan has worked in television, radio and various short film projects.
Sammy Farrell - Jazz/Ballet Dance
Sammy trained at the Royal Ballet School as a Senior Associate at the age of 14, before moving to London to train full time at the English National Ballet School. She then completed her training at the London Studio Centre.
Since then, she has gained valuable performance experience performing around the world on cruise ships, on tours and more locally in pantomime at Theatre Royal Bath and the Bristol Hippodrome.
Tracy King - Jazz
After studying at the Italia Conti School of Performing Arts, Tracy spent a decade performing around the world as a lead singer/dancer in various shows and productions. She has since been teaching the profession at Bath Academy of Musical Theatre, Bristol Academy of Performing Arts, various schools and at her own commercial dance school - TK Dance.
Tracy has an MA in Professional Practice (Singing) and teaches 1-on-1 singing lessons under her company - The Performer's Toolbox. She has choreographed many shows over the years including the highly acclaimed run of Hot Mikado at The Tobacco Factory (Bristol). She is lead vocalist and choreographer for the Vocal Works Gospel Choir, and has performed alongside artists including Take That, Lulu, Reef, The Heavy and Susan Boyle.
Visiting Tutors / Masterclasses / Mentors
Kerry Ellis (Wicked, Oliver, We Will Rock You, My Fair Lady, Cats, Rent)
Hadley Fraser (Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera, City Of Angels, Pirate Queen)
Louise Dearman (Wicked, Grease, Cats, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Guys & Dolls)
Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, Sweeney Todd, City Of Angels, The Light Princess, Ragtime)
Julie Atherton (Avenue Q, Mamma Mia, Fame, Ordinary Days, Sister Act)
Mike Jibson (Hamilton, Beauty & The Beast, Les Miserables, Our House, A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Caroline Sheen (Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Kiss Me Kate, Mamma Mia)
George Stiles (composer of Honk!, Betty Blue Eyes, Mary Poppins, Just So, Soho Cinders, Peter Pan)
Mary Hammond (Head of Musical Theatre at Royal Academy of Music)
Clive Rowe (Honk!, Guys & Dolls, Chicago, Once On This Island, Tracy Beaker)
Craig Adams (Composer of Lift / West End Credits include Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Mamma Mia, Zorro / Musical Director for Kerry Ellis, Julie Atherton, Louise Dearman)
David Ashley (Arts Education Schools London - Deputy Head of Musical Theatre Course)
Helena Blackman (GSA - Credits include The Sound of Music, Gypsy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria)
Tracy King (Italia Conti - Credits include Princess Cruises, Holland America Lines, Vocal Works Gospel Choir & Bristol Academy of Performing Arts)
Oliver Tompsett (Wicked, We Will Rock You, Rock Of Ages, Our House, Kismet)
Louise Plowright (Eastenders, Footballers Wives and West End credits include Mamma Mia, 42nd Street & Oklahoma)
Helen Colby (West End credits include Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music and Sister Act)
Suzannah Hampton (Bristol Old Vic, Credits include Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night & As You Like It)
Neil Ditt (GSA, West End/tour credits include Chicago, Betty Blue Eyes, Mary Poppins, Little Shop Of Horrors & Sunset Boulevard)
Katie Lovell (West End credits include Fiddler On The Roof)
Chris Donnelly (Bristol Old Vic, Credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream & The Tempest, teaching at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School)
Tim Richards & Ian Nicholas - How The Voice Works
Lyndsey Stokes (Credits include We Will Rock You and Starlight Express)
Emma-Jane Hambly-Smith (TV credits include Mile High, Teachers, and Servants)
Chris Killick (Royal Academy of Music, West End credits include Love Story, The Hired Man & Chess)