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Head of Musical Theatre Mary Hammond FRAM, LRAM Graduated from the Academy in singing and piano. Singing career has included a wide range of genres, from Covent Garden to rock operas. Also experienced in theatre, TV, radio and recording. Works as a vocal coach and consultant to Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, the Really Useful Group, the Royal National Theatre and other West End managements, and with pop bands and TV personalities, and presents vocal workshops around the world. Judge for BBC’s Voice of Musical Theatre and Choir of the Year.

Contemporary musical theatre demands versatile performers of a high musical and vocal standard, with strong dramatic and verbal ability, together with dance and movement skills. The Academy’s intensive one-year course trains postgraduate (or equivalent) students for a career in musical theatre. It aims to provide a direct link into the profession, from theoretical class work via practical opportunities.

Students have individual singing lessons, repertoire coaching and spoken word tutorials, as well as classes in voice and the spoken word, extended vocal techniques, dance (including jazz and tap), movement, acting, singing, improvisation, history of musical theatre, musicality, audition preparation and project work. Students also take part in masterclasses and workshops with visiting professionals, and in internal competitions.

For further information — including audition details, a separate prospectus and application forms — please see or contact the Musical Theatre office.

Musical Director / Répétiteur Course This course is structured according to individual needs and experience, and operates in tandem with the Musical Theatre course. If you would like to apply, please contact the department to arrange a meeting to discuss the details.

Most Recent Student Successes Graduates are currently appearing in Billy Elliot, Chicago, Dirty Dancing, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Love Never Dies, Mamma Mia, The Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Sound of Music (tour), The 39 Steps, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, War Horse, We Will Rock You, Wicked, The Wizard of Oz, The Woman in Black, and in many national and international tours.

Recent TV credits include Casualty, Crash, Doc Martin, Doctors, Doctor Who, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Midsomer Murders, Skins, Spooks and Trinity.

Some notable graduates since 2000 include Hadley Fraser, Sarah French Ellis, Anna Gilthorpe, Kate Graham, Myleene Klass, Sarah Lark, Eliza Lumley, Rachel Tucker, Ian Virgo and Ian ‘H’ Watkins.

The Teachers

Mary Hammond FRAM, LRAM (Head of Musical Theatre, teaching Integration of Acting and Singing)

Karen Rabinowitz Hon ARAM (Course Leader, Director, teaching Acting, Movement and Tap)

Julie Armstrong Hon ARAM (Dance) Andrew Friesner Hon ARAM, GMus RNCM (Musicality and MD Coach)

George Hall Hon ARAM (Director, teaching Acting and Musical Theatre History)

Stephen Hill FLCM, ARCM (Choral Director) John Jones BA, Hon ARAM (Director)

Anne-Marie Speed MA (Voice Studies), CSSD, ADVS, Hon ARAM, Licensed Estill Voice Craft Practitioner (Spoken Voice)

Panel of Advisors John Caird, Howard Goodall, Rob Halliday, Howard Harrison, Charles Hart, James Holmes, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Martin Koch, Christopher Legge, Julia McKenzie Hon RAM, Andrew Neil, Dame Diana Rigg, Matt Ryan, Tony Slattery, Mike Walker, David White

Visiting Teachers Illustrious Directors, Musical Directors and Choreographers are employed for specific projects, and have recently included: Julian Bigg Guest Musical Director Daniel Bowling Guest Musical Director Raul Cassinerio Guest Choreographer Peter Cregeen Television Director Mark Etherington Guest Musical Director Paul Harris Guest Choreographer Craig Revel Horwood Guest Choreographer Matthew Lloyd Guest Director Martin Lowe Guest Musical Director Torquil Munro Guest Musical Director Andrew Neil Guest Director Guy Retallack Guest Director Matt Ryan Guest Director Matthew White Guest Director Douglas Whyte Guest Musical Director

Specialist Musical Director Coaches Andrew Friesner GMus, RNCM, Hon ARAM Nick Skilbeck FRAM, ARAM, GRSM, LRAM Mark Warman MA, ARCM David White BA, FRAM

Singing Teachers Ross Campbell ARCM, Dip RCM (Perf)

Graham Godfrey BMus, BA (Ed), ARCM, FTCL, LMusA, DipOpRCM, DipVocAnat

Ann James BA, LRAM, Hon RAM Sam Kenyon BA, ARAM Gareth Roberts ARAM, GRSM, LRAM Maureen Scott EVTS

Vocal Coaches include: Stuart Barr MA, MPhil, DipRCM, Hon ARAM Andrew Friesner GMus, RNCM, Hon ARAM Stephen Hill FLCM, ARCM, Hon ARAM Stuart Morley BMus, PGDip, Dip RAM, ARAM David White BA, FRAM

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2010–2011 Highlights Performing in front of Stephen Sondheim at the investiture of his honorary doctorate from the University of London Performing at the Royal Festival Hall, in Trafalgar Square and at Wilton’s Music Hall Showcase for agents and casting directors Major productions including Tommy, Follies and a cabaret entitled ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ Masterclasses and lectures with Pippa Ailion, Tracie Bennett, Jason Robert Brown, Kim Criswell, Bobby Cronin, David Grindrod, Simon Lee and Jeremy Sams

‘I feel a bit like I’ve been stripped down, taken to pieces, given a thorough going- over and put back together again in an effective working order. Nothing’s really new, it just works much better now’ Chris Vincent, former student

Department Co-ordinator: Stephen Minay BA Telephone 020 7873 7483 Email Open Days: 4th and 12th October 2011

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