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Acting Through Song (Musical Theatre)

“Singing is a way of escaping.  It’s another world.  I’m no longer on earth.” Edith Piaf

Do you want to improve your confidence in singing musical theatre?
Are you interested in looking at characterisation, storytelling and expression in song?
Do you want to learn new singing techniques that will enhance your performance skills?

Then we have a course that is perfectly in tune with your ambitions

Musical theatre makes unique demands on singers – it is not enough to sing beautifully, in addition you must tell stories truthfully and portray characters with integrity. This course is an opportunity to gain the skills to do this with confidence and performance quality.

During the week you will:

This course is for singers of all degrees of experience who want to develop their acting and actors of all degrees of experience who want to develop their singing

Tutor - Marjory Watson Accompanist - Dane Preece

Tutor: Dane Preece

Dane read music at Nottingham University, where he was Organ Scholar in his first year, and followed this with a year of postgraduate study on piano at the Birmingham Conservatoire. His early career as a pianist took various forms – concerto and recital soloist, accompanist and opera repetiteur. He has broadcast many times, on BBC, RTE and commercial radio and television.

He was a regular member of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company music staff from 1992 until its closure in 2003.

MD credits include:

London:  SPEND SPEND SPEND (Piccadilly Theatre);  BAD GIRLS THE MUSICAL  (Garrick Theatre);  SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (National Theatre – Olivier);  ONCE IN A LIFETIME (National Theatre – Olivier);  THE RED BALLOON (National Theatre – Olivier);  THE SNOWMAN (Peacock Theatre);  THE LITTLE PRINCE (Hampstead Theatre);  COMPANY (Royal Academy of Music);  LUCKY STIFF; CURTAINS; SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS  (Arts Ed.).

Touring:  THE FULL MONTY (U.K. 2004);  THE BOY FRIEND (U.K. 2003);  SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (U.K. 2002);  DOCTOR DOLITTLE (U.K. 2001);  MACBETH (R.S.C. – U.K. 1994).

Regional:  IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich);  BAD GIRLS THE MUSICAL (West Yorkshire Playhouse);  FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield);  TWO CITIES (Salisbury Playhouse);  PROMISES. PROMISES (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield);  SEX, CHIPS & ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester);  SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (West Yorkshire Playhouse);  PAL JOEY (Chichester Festival Theatre);  SPEND SPEND SPEND (West Yorkshire Playhouse; Theatre Royal, Plymouth);  THE RED BALLOON (Birmingham Repertory Theatre);  A MAN OF FEELING (City of Birmingham Touring Opera);  THE SNOWMAN (Birmingham Repertory Theatre);  THE LITTLE PRINCE (Hampstead Theatre); THE BROKEN HEART (R.S.C.);  TOAD OF TOAD HALL, PINOCCHIO and PETER PAN (Birmingham Repertory Theatre).

Other:  STREET SCENE (Birmingham Conservatoire);  INTO THE WOODS and DAMES AT SEA (Birmingham School of Acting).

Recordings include:  SPEND SPEND SPEND (original London cast recording - MD);  BAD GIRLS THE MUSICAL (original London cast recording - MD);  THE RED BALLOON  (BBC Radio 4 recording - MD);  THE SNOWMAN  (the stage show conducted by the composer - pianist);  SERENADE AND DANCE – the music of Paul Lewis (accompanist);  JAMES HUGHES PLAYS JAMES MOODY (accompanist).

For several years Dane was a part-time repertoire coach on the musical theatre course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and piano tutor and musical theatre coach at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, which awarded him an HonRBC in 1999. ‘Coachees’ have included Jason Donovan (Sweeney Todd), Rhydian Roberts (X Factor finalist), Maureen Lipman (Glorious), Jasper Carrott (The Mikado), Ulrica Jonsson (The Pajama Game), Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Barbara Dickson,  Henry Goodman, Liliane Montevecchi, Leslie Phillips, and the opera singer Sir Willard White.

Dane is a Fellow of both the Royals Schools of Music and the London College of Music, an Associate of the Royal College of Music, and a Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity College London. He is an entrant in International Who’s Who in Classical Music.

In April 2011 he was Music Director of a London/Beijing musical theatre workshop at the Central Academy of Drama in China, in conjunction with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Arts Educational School. He has run vocal workshops in Switzerland, Italy and the UK.

From 2008 until 2017 he was Head of Music for the Musical Theatre Department at Arts Educational Schools, London.

Dane will be our accompanist for NODA Theatre Summer School 2019

Tutor: Marjory Watson

Marjory is a Lecturer in Singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the Musical Theatre BA and MA courses.

She has her own private teaching practise and is regularly engaged as a vocal coach for several of Scotland’s theatres.

She is Musical Director of one of Scotland’s leading youth choirs, the Fair City Singers. 

An experienced concert artist, she has appeared as a soloist in many of the UK’s best concert venues including The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, The Cadogan Hall, London, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and The Royal Albert Hall, London. Internationally, she has performed in the Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, the Cerritos Performing Arts Centre, LA and the Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Canada.

Marjory is also an experienced recording artist and has recorded for many different groups and albums, including her first solo CD, The Spark of Creation. She can also be heard as a singing dolphin on the soundtrack of the motion picture The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Theatre credits include Johanna, Sweeney Todd; Sleeping Beauty, Into the Woods; Mrs Cohen/Ensemble, Rent; Songs for a New World.