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Singing Teachers and Accompanists

Singing Teachers

Jane Metcalfe

I am a classically-trained singer (Royal College of Music), whose career embraced Opera, Light Opera,Recital, Oratorio and Cabaret. I taught singing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama for many years and now teach one-to-one, with occasional workshops, in Hastings, offering a solid classical technique that enables the voice to express itself freely. I work mainly with adults of all ages and stages,and use a mix of classical and lighter repertoire tailored to the students' needs. T: 07760 366367 E: janeopera@hotmail.com.

Lesley Olivia van Egmond ALCM, LLCM, FLCM:

I trained at the London College of Music & am St Leonards based, specialising in one-to one Musical Theatre & Pop vocals coaching. Students have the option to take exams,participate in the Hastings Music Festival,as well as local public performances…or just sing for fun! Previous students are working professionally & have successfully auditioned for drama schools. My current youngest student is 7 & my oldest is over 70. First session is a FREE 30mins trial session. Audition prep package options are also available. Contact me for more details or to book your free trial.T: 07786385054 E: lovevocalscoaching@gmail.com.

Ivora Alexander LTCL Singing, Pianoforte. GTCL, ATCL

I trained at Trinity College of Music followed by a post graduate studies at the Royal College of Music. Further studies took me to the Vienna Konservatorium and later to work with the Vienna Chamber Opera. I worked with the Arts Educational School and also taught singing at the Guildford School of Acting. I was Choir Mistress of St. Clemments Church in Hastings and was Musical Director of Shades Theatre and Musical Director of Stables theatre production of Wizard of Oz. I have prepared many pupils for exams, Festivals and Auditions...T: 07505621179 E: Ivoraalexander@outlook.com.

Susannah Appleyard BMus(Hons) 2:1 performance degree in vocal studies from Trinity Laban (former Trinity college of Music) London

Susannah has a busy private teaching practice in St Leonards and offers lessons to all ages and abilities. Over 20 years experience. Audition/Festival preparation. Vocal technique/breath control. 100% ABRSM and Musical Theatre exam pass rate. Recent Grade 8 students achieved Distinction and ARSM Diploma merit. Grade 5 theory tuition also offered.

Please email susiethesinger@gmail.com for lesson enquiries or call 07834 280143QUOTE DISCOUNT HMF

Website address: www.sappleyardsoprano.com

Emma Burnett

Emma Burnett trained at the London College of Music studying as an Opera Singer gaining her 2:1 Honours Degree, first study singer, second study Pianist. Emma also studied at The Knack, English National Opera.

Emma made her debut as Nancy in the World Premiere of Howard Goddall’s ‘Silas Marner’.

Emma has worked for many Opera Companies touring the UK including Holland Park Opera, English Festival Opera, European Chamber Opera, also singing with The London Philharmonic Choir and St John’s Smith Square and performing at the Festival Hall, Windsor Castle and The Albert Hall. Work includes Turandot, Carmen, La Boheme, L’Elisir d’amore, Die Fledermaus, Pagliacci, La Traviata, Tosca, Cavalleria Rusticana, Orpheus in the Underworld, Iris, Gianni Schicchi, Carmina Burana, Faure Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine, Stabat Mater, Gloria, A child of our Time, Messiah, Elijah, St Matthew Passion, St John Passion.

Emma joined the world famous D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and stayed with them for five seasons after they returned to their home the Savoy Theatre, West End, then on their UK and USA Tours. Productions included The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Yeoman of the Guard and Iolanthe.

Emma also recorded for BBC Radio 4 and was a backing singer for Kevin Rowland of Dexy’s Midnight Runners and later toured in Musicals of the Millenium in the UK.

Emma has run Award winning studios Mad Fish Performing Arts for 22 years.

Emma Burnett


Mad Fish Performing Arts,Stage School & Agency




Robert Connolly 01424 445541

Richard Eldridge, 07947 856650

Nigel Howard 07722306175 / 01424 423341

Stephen Page 01424 203939 / spage999@btinternet.com

Ivora Rees 01424 715783

Duncan Reid 07752373669 / 01424 882412

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Entries close on 30th November 2020.