We only employ the best teachers who also work professionally within the  performance industry and are guaranteed to provide innovative and creative classes. All our teachers hold a DBS check and are supported by us in their continuing professional development.

NLPAC is a Recognised School with the Council for Dance Drama and Musical Theatre and has been awarded the Council’s certificate of good professional practice. Schools awarded CDMT’s Recognised School Award demonstrate to students, parents and guardians that they adhere to the standards demanded by the industry; standards designed to protect and safeguard young people whether dancing for leisure or with an eye to a career in the profession.  


Our Principal




Emily Byron MBE is the founder and principal of NLPAC, the largest performing arts centre of its kind in the UK with over 1000 current students and 85 staff members.

The Queen awarded Emily an MBE for services to children, young people and the community.  She won the Inspirational Woman in Business Award from Variety, Arts category.

She received the London Roll of Honour for her contribution to the community in Haringey and was shortlisted as a finalist for the Pride of Britain.

Emily is a graduate of Middlesex University with an honours degree in English and Educational Psychology and a postgraduate of Central School of Speech and Drama in Drama & Education.

Our Dance Teachers

Susan James BPhil, PGCE, RAD RTS, AISTD

Head of Ballet & DDI/DDE Head Tutor


Susan teaches ISTD Ballet & Modern, RAD Ballet and is a tutor for the ISTD DDI/DDE teaching qualification. Susan has extensive knowledge and experience teaching in both distance learning tutoring and face-to-face training and was one of the original tutors trained for the RAD Teaching Diploma and Teaching Certificate at the Royal Academy of Dance here in London. Many of Susan’s students have gone onto train at top ballet institutions and companies.

Ruth Stobbs ISTD DDE

Graded & Vocational Tap


Ruth trained at the London Studio Centre. Since graduating, she has appeared in various summer seasons and shows across the UK. Ruth has been a tap teacher at NLPAC for many years and has seen her students through ISTD examinations with great success. Ruth hold the ISTD full teaching qualification. 

Amy Foskett

Contemporary & Creative Dance


Amy trained at the Centre for Advance Training at Swindon Dance before gaining a place at Trinity Laban graduating in 2014 with a BA (hons) in Contemporary Dance.  During her time at Laban she studied Ballet and different styles of contemporary dance; Cunningham, Graham and release. Also learning Laban’s theories on choreography and dance, Following Laban, Amy has performed for Hannah Vincent Dance Company at Resolutions 2015 and Footprint dance festival 2015, as well as creating her own work collaborating with a musician.

Imogen Byron

Tap, Ballet & Street Dance


Imogen trained at NLPAC in all areas of Performing Arts. She has worked professionally on stage, film and television from a young age. She was a regular actress in Holby City for five years and began her West End career at the age of 7.

Pippa Holliday ISTD DDE

Ballet, Contemporary & Theatre Jazz


At the age of 18 Pippa moved to London to train on a full scholarship to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Since graduating, Pippa has performed all over the world as a dancer in both television and theatre.

As a teacher she has over 9 years experience and has worked all over London and Brighton teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. Pippa has also privately coached children for West End Musicals such as; Oliver, Billy Elliot and Singing in the Rain. Pippa holds the full ISTD DDE teaching qualification in Imperial Ballet and Modern Theatre.  

Viola Paciotti ISTD DDE

Ballet & Modern


Viola trained at Professione Danza Parma (Italy) gaining the RAD Advanced 2 in ballet and in ISTD modern. She has taken part in several dance shows and competitions around Europe, such as the Youth American Gran Prix and TanzOlymp Berlin.

She moved to to London in September 2017 to complete her ISTD DDE Ballet and DDE Modern qualification. Viola is a fully qualified dance teacher with the ISTD.

Ricky Bakanowski

Break Dance & Street


Onokome Miakpo-Emiaso

Stage School Dance


Kome fell in love with dance and the performing arts when studying for a BTEC National Diploma course at City and Islington college. Being able to be creative through the body and express herself through dance was an amazing experience and Kome achieved a distinction.

Kome went on to complete a BA Hons course in Performing arts at the London Metropolitan University, achieving a 2:1. Here she was able to do theatre, singing and choreography. In her second year she decided to focus more on choreography and was able to put on her first show with students of the the first year, and this was when she knew she wanted to not only dance but to teach it. Choreography allowed her to look at her own talents and experience other people’s reactions to something that she had created. It allowed her to speak and have a voice though music and movement.

As well as teaching at NLPAC and other children’s classes, Kome has also done fitness training and has taught adults aerobics, having obtained a OCR level 2 Certification in fitness instructing.

Kome particularly enjoys helping children to develop their confidence, concentration  coordination and communication which she believes is vital for every child’s development.

Freya Melling

Stage School Dance, Singing & Drama


Freya trained at Laine Theatre Arts with a Betty Laine scholarship and graduated in 2019.

Her performance and choreography credits include Cinderella’s Mother – Into the Woods (LTA studio theatre); Dance Captain/Ensemble – Swan Theatre Pantomime (2017/18 & 2018/19); Princess children’s entertainer for MLP (2016-2019); Dancer and Choreographer – Mathew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty curtain raiser (Birmingham Hippodrome); Versus Dance Company (Patrick Centre Theatre, Palace Theatre Manchester & Theatre Royal) and more.

She specialises in contemporary, commercial, jazz, tap, ballet and musical theatre.

Tilly West

Acro Dance
Tilly trained at NLPAC in all styles of dance and also trained as a gymnast from the age of 5. She went on to study dance at London Studio Centre for a short period of time before deciding on pursuing teaching and personal training.

She is a qualified Level 2 gymnastics coach with British Gymnastics and has 4 years of teaching experience.

She teaches Acro Dance at NLPAC, which blends dance technique with gymnastics skills, strength and flexibility used in the performance industry.

Jordan Goodenough

Street & Commercial


Jordan trained professionally at The Urdang Academy 2014-2017.
Jordan has been on TV shows from the likes of Britain’s Got Talent where he was a Semi-Finalist with “Cartel” to The Graham Norton Show with Korean boyband “BTS”.
Jordan has also competed internationally in dance competitions in Germany, Denmark, Austria, USA, and others.

Michaela Cisariková

Contemporary, Street & Break


Michaela is a choreographer, dancer and teacher.  Michaela’s unique style fuses elements of physical theatre and contemporary dance with Popping, Breaking and other Hip Hop styles. “The way Michaela dances and tells a story is quite remarkable. You can literally feel it oozing from her” – Theatre Full Stop

After Michaela achieved her ADPA Urban Strides First Government Accredited Street Dance Teaching Qualification, Level 4 Diploma. and her first class BA (HONS) Degree in Dance Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she began to train and develop as a contemporary dancer, Michaela went on to achieve the Jasmin Vardimon PGCertificate in physical theatre; where the combination of character, narrative and physical theatre methods matched so well her own interests. 

She is also the Artistic Director of MCDC – Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company (which she founded in 2014), a project based company where Michaela creates works for different platforms across the UK, Europe and Africa. aLove Story was the first ever site-specific work for Breakin’ Convention at Sadler’s Wells. Further Commissions and performances includes: The Place, Junction Dance, East London Dance and others.   

She’s become a prominent voice on the UK dance scene, and is now an associate artist of Walker’s 201 Dance Company. She was a dancer in 201’s break-through hit ‘SMOTHER’ (“Taking Hip Hop into thrillingly new terrain” – The Guardian), and last year took the lead role in the company’s second show – ‘SKIN’ (A masterpiece of human sensitivity – “Fringe Review”) – which recently completed a UK tour.

Michaela is an Assistant Choreographer for Andrea Walker’s “HOME”: a new production commissioned by The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. The work is part of a British triple bill alongside choreographers Liam Scarlett and Andrew McNicol.

Other performance credits include: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015/16/17, Breakin’ Convention at Sadler’s Wells, Resolution, Protein Dance, 201 Dance Company, Spoken Movement and others.

Our Drama & Musical Theatre Teachers

Nick O’Brien

Head of Drama and LAMDA


Nick trained as an Actor and Director for 3 years under Sam Kogan who was a pupil of  Maria Knebel one of Stanislavski’s pupils at the Moscow Art Theatre. He has a PGCE in Drama from Keele University. Nick teaches Stanislavski based Acting technique, GCSE Drama & LAMDA at NLPAC. Nick has worked for Edexcel for a number of years as an Examiner and Moderator.

Laura-Beth Davies

Stage Schools, Drama and Youth Theatre


Beth trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, gaining a first class honours degree in musical theatre, where she received the Peter Coxshead Memorial Scholarship and the Elizabeth Evans Trust Scholarship.

Beth made her professional debut in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables, understudying the role of Madame Thenardier.

Other professional credits include Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver!, understudying the roles of Widow Corney and Charlotte and the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena

Imogen Byron

LAMDA Acting & Boys Drama


Imogen trained at NLPAC in all areas of Performing Arts. She has worked professionally on stage, film and television from a young age. She was a regular actress in Holby City for five years and began her West End career at the age of 7.

Cassie Compton

Cassie Compton



Cassie is a singer/songwriter and actress.

Cassie spent 2017 playing the leading role of Julia Sullivan in The Wedding Singer (UK Tour). 

Her starring roles include the lead of Jean in American Psycho opposite Matt Smith (Almeida Theatre), and in the West End: Eponine in Les Miserables, Nessarose in Wicked, Elizabeth in Dirty DancingMary Lennox in RSC’s The Secret GardenKate in Spinach, Kesa/Wife/Actress in See What I Wanna See, Jemma in Molly Wobbly.

Regional credits include Cathy in The Last Five Years (Henley festival) Mary Gray in Monkee Business (Manchester), The Rose in The Little Prince (Belfast), Jo March in Little Women (UK tour)

Her TV includes Mr Selfridge, Call the Midwife, Casualty, Love in a Cold Climate, Murder Rooms (all BBC) and Big Train (ITV).

Film credits include Bloodyminded (Blast Theory) and The Sculptress (Pierced Form Films)

Cassie first hit our screens in 2004 as a finalist on the first ever series of ITV’s The X Factor (headlining on the live Arena Tour at venues including Wembley Stadium), and is one of the show’s most prominent alumni having carved out a successful career as an actress.

Orlando Byron

LAMDA Musical Theatre


Orlando began his vocal studies as a child here at NLPAC before entering the Chapels Royal as head chorister to the Queen. He went on to study composition, voice and organ at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. He studied for a degree in music at SOAS, where he specialised in Japanese traditional music and became a qualified teacher of world music.

Orlando has a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, a gold medal from the Royal School of Church Music and has achieved ABRSM Grade 8 in a large number of instruments, including voice, music theory, flute, piano, organ and harp.

He continues to work professionally in a wide number of genres as a singer and accompanist.

Danielle Reales

Stage School Singing & Drama


Danielle trained in Musical Theatre (Dance) at Performers and later graduated with a Masters in Musical Theatre from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She also has a BA(Hons) in Linguistics and Spanish. Professional work includes singing and dancing on board Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Story (UK Tour), Proud of Your Boy (Stockwell Playhouse). She is also part of a vocal harmony trio called the Sass Sisters and has written and recorded an original album.

Danielle is an experienced drama and singing tutor and takes pride in developing the confidence and ability of each child and young person she works with.

“I believe that every child has something special to offer and I endeavour to create a relaxed and safe space in my classes so that each child can find the confidence to shine.”

Steve Haswell

LAMDA Musical Theatre

Steve Haswell

Steve has been a professional singer and performer for over 15 years and has worked in most genres of entertainment from a lead part in the original cast of Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium to performing in front of 20,000 people.

He also writes songs for numerous artists. Steve has a passion for teaching and likes to share his personal knowledge and experience with his students.

Roanna Appleby

Drama & Musical Theatre


Roanna graduated from the ‘The American Musical Theatre Academy’ in 2018 with a BA Hons in Musical Theatre.
She loves using her skills and experience to educate children and young people.
She has recently returned from China where she helped start up a brand new Musical Theatre School in X’ian.
Credits whilst training: Cinderella in Into the Woods, Callandra in the original production of Stretched and Ensemble in Beauty and the Beast.

Justine Saville

Stage School Singing & Drama


Justine graduated from Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) with a First Class BA Hons in Musical Theatre. She loves using the skills she has learnt to inspire, encourage and teach children.
Justine has been performing professionally since the age of ten. Her earliest professional credits were in Bill Kenwright productions at the Liverpool Empire Theatre including Dr Doolittle, Evita and Whistle Down The Wind. She played Anne Frank in a one-woman dramatisation of The Diary of Anne Frank at Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall.
Credits whilst training include: Made in Dagenham, Zorba and The Pajama Game. She played Princess Melinda and Fairy Bluebell for a recent professional pantomime company. Justine’s most recent performance was in a concert version of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at London’s Cadogan Hall.

Clancy Ryan

Stage School Dance, Singing & Drama


Clancy trained at Arts Educational Schools, London where she received a first class BA honours degree in Musical Theatre. She recently appeared in Kiss Me, Kate at the Sheffield Crucible. Other credits include Top Hat, Bullets Over Broadway, the Olivier Awards, and Friday Night Is Music Night.

Clancy strives to create a warm class environment where students feel they belong and can freely express themselves.

Our Singing & Music Teachers

Orlando Byron

Head of Music


Orlando began his vocal studies as a child here at NLPAC before entering the Chapels Royal as head chorister to the Queen. He went on to study composition, voice and organ at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. He studied for a degree in music at SOAS, where he specialised in Japanese traditional music and became a qualified teacher of world music.

Orlando has a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, a gold medal from the Royal School of Church Music and has achieved ABRSM Grade 8 in a large number of instruments, including voice, music theory, flute, piano, organ and harp.

He continues to work professionally in a wide number of genres as a singer and accompanist.

Dan Farrant

Head of Drums


Dan studied at the Royal academy of music where he graduated as the first drummer on the Jazz and Rock course. He was also the first winner at the prestigious Lansdowne award for composition. Dan is currently in the legendary punk band “The Buzzcocks” and over a successful career has also performed and recorded with many artists. He has had 25 years experience in teaching and is very dedicated to encouraging and inspiring North London’s next generation of young Drummers.


Annie Seabrook

Piano & Guitar


After graduating with BA (HONS) degree at Colchester Music School, Annie continued her musical training at Kingston upon Thames, where she qualified with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Since then she has toured the UK playing with numerous bands. Annie has been teaching for many years and her students have had great exam success. Annie also accompanies NLPAC students for ABRSM exams.

Mark Kulke

Guitar & Bass


Mark trained in London at the Guitar Institute where he gained a degree in contemporary music and guitar. He holds a level 4 certificate in Teaching in the Life Long Learning Sector. Mark certainly has enough professional experience to advise and inspire all our budding rock stars, he has worked with artists as diverse and prestigious as Boy George and Shania Twain, as well as strutting the boards in the West End.

Jamie Noar

Singing & Piano


Jamie works as an actor and musician. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and before that, studied German and Spanish at Bristol University.

Recent theatre credits include: Cinderella (Queens)Made in Dagenham (New Wolsey/Queens), Othello (Stafford Gatehouse), White Christmas (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Calamity Jane (Watermill and UK Tour), It’s A Wonderful Life (Pitlochry Festival Theatre) and The Perfect City (UK Tour).

Recent screen credits include: Benidorm (ITV/Tiger Aspect), Astoria (Young Vic/Guardian) commercials for Lexus and Proximus


Rhys Bowden

Singing & Piano


Rhys studied for a degree in music at Girton College, Cambridge. Subsequently, he joined the Royal Academy of Music on the postgraduate course in vocal studies from which he graduated in 2009 with distinction.

Rhys’s recent roles include the Messenger (Aida) with South Downs Opera, Giuseppe (La Traviata) for Opera Lyrica, Cortigiano (The Hospital of Incurable Madness) for Solomon’s Knot Collective at Aldeburgh Music. He has sung with Opera Rara, Wexford Festival Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera Holland Park, Longborough Opera, British Youth Opera and Stanley Hall Opera.

Hollie-Anne Bangham

Singing & Piano


Hollie’s interest in music began at a very young age, gaining grade 8 ABRSM in both Singing, piano and theory. She continued her studies as a classically trained singer at the Royal Northern College of Music, completing a Masters in Music, Postgraduate Diploma and Bachelors of music with honours all with first class classification. Hollie performs regularly as a soloist performing up and down the country in many prestigious venues as well as internationally, recently touring in Italy, Ukraine and Paris.

Alongside performing Hollie has found a huge passion in teaching with over 10 years experience, from private one to one lessons and coaching’s, leading and conducting choirs including working for the BBC children in need, leading workshops in a variety of primary and secondary schools all over the country and working as lead tutors in many stage schools including Stagecoach and Little Voices. She has 100% pass rate for students taking ABRSM, Trinity, LCM and Lamda exams and a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.



Steve Haswell

Singing, Piano & Songwriting


Steve has been a professional singer and performer for over 15 years and has worked in most genres of entertainment from a lead part in the original cast of Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium to performing in front of 20,000 people.

He also writes songs for numerous artists. Steve has a passion for teaching and likes to share his personal knowledge and experience with his students.

Emma Kingston



Most recently, Emma played the role of Eva Peron in the International Tour of Evita directed by Hal Prince.

Theatre Credits include: Rosalia in West Side Story BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall) Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre), Vanessa in the UK Premiere of In the Heights (Kings Cross Theatre/Southwark Playhouse), Pamela/Natasha in Flowers for Mrs Harris (Workshop/Chichester Festival Theatre), Ann Duck (Workshop/National Theatre Studios), Dea in The Grinning Man (Workshop), Naomi in 21 Chump Street (Tristan Bates Theatre), Ensemble/First Cover Eponine in Les Miserables (West End 30th Anniversary Cast), Diva 1 in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour), Miss Lynch and she also covered and played Jan in Grease (UK Tour) and Clara in The Light in the Piazza.

Film/TV Credits include: Been So Long (Netflix/Film4/BFI) and Sound Of Musicals (BBC Four).

Emma also regularly appears in concerts in London and across the UK including Honeymoon in Vegas (London Palladium) and Something Wonderful (Royal Festival Hall).

Alfred Pickard

Wind & Brass


Alfred began learning clarinet at the age of 8 then attended University in Florida where he majored in Music Education.  His applied instruments were Clarinet and Saxophone. Alfred began teaching in 1978 back in Kodaikanal International school. He taught Windband, Jazz band, Choir and also directed many musicals.

Lauric Macintosh



Lauric joined NLPAC as a teacher in Autumn 2017 but was part of NLPAC as a student for many years completing his Drum studies at grade 8. He is now in his final year studying for a degree in Popular Music Performance at BIMM London and intends to progress onto study for a Masters in Jazz performance and teaching.

Lauric performs and has recorded with many musicians including Darren Morgan, Azusena, Lisa Oribasi and Kayla Mix as well as working on his own material.

Mathilde Koechlin

Singing & Piano


Mathilde has been playing the piano/keyboard since she was eight years old, first learning classical and then going into blues, jazz and pop music. After playing in different bands in
Switzerland and London, with a few tours across Europe, she came to London to study for a Bachelor in Music, Composition and Performance at LCCM, focusing on Jazz, Blues and New Orleans piano. She just graduated in June 2019 and has been accepted for a Masters in Film Composition at the NFTS, still rehearsing and playing with different bands on the side.

Agnieszka Ujma

Singing & Piano


Agnieszka is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer born in Poland. She has a professional diploma in classical piano performance and music theory, as well as studying musicology at the Wroclaw University. In 2015, she moved to Central Java, Indonesia, to study traditional Javanese singing, music and composition at the Institute of Indonesian Arts in Surakarta on the prestigious Darmasiswa art scholarship awarded by the Indonesian government. In Indonesia, she performed across the country as a pianist with Experimental Shadow Puppetry Project “Gnayaw Puppets” and became a member of numerous music collectives for which she composed and sang. She also began to perform as a solo artist, focusing on creating a fusion between Polish folk and Indonesian music traditions and instruments. In 2017, her compositions were awarded the Best Composition Prize at the Festival Musik Tembi in Yogyakarta. She graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London with a Master’s Degree in Music with distinction in performance and composition, where her research about female music traditions in Central Java was awarded the John Taylor Music Travel Grant.

Currently, she teaches classical piano, singing and music theory in London as well as performing both as a solo artist and with Southbank Gamelan Players, an ensemble in residence at the Southbank Centre, with recent performances at the Soundstate Festival 2019 in London, Indonesia Kontemporer London Festival 2018, Gŵyl Gamelan Festival 2018 in Cardiff, International Gamelan Festival 2018 in Surakarta, Indonesia and British Academy Awards Ceremony for Transcultural Understanding in London.

Being an active performing musician and composer is crucial in her practice in order to be an inspiring and resourceful teacher for her students.

Ailsa Mainwaring

Singing & Piano


Ailsa trained at the Royal Academy of Music, and on the prestigious Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her operatic career includes mezzo-soprano roles such as Olga in Eugene Onegin (Mid Wales Opera), Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte (King’s Head Theatre), Mother / Witch in Hansel & Gretel for Pop-up Opera, and work for companies including Garsington Opera and Wexford Festival Opera.

Ailsa’s love of singing began as a child in the nurturing environment of her local church choir. Because of this Ailsa remains passionate about giving young musicians the tools they need to pursue their talents, and encouraging them to aim high.
Alongside performing and teaching, Ailsa works extensively with several charities across the UK, providing music therapy to people living with dementia.

Robert Hazle

Singing & Piano


Robert is a musician, actor and teacher. He studied for a music degree at The Queen’s College, Oxford on a choral scholarship. During a subsequent stint as a classroom teacher of music, drama and performance studies, Robert achieved his PGCE from the University of Buckingham. He now works as an actor-musician and musical director after training as an actor at Drama Studio London.

Robert is a co-founder of Heads and Tales Theatre Company, the resident musical director of Partnership Theatre and the regular onstage-MD of the actor-muso pantomimes at the Key Theatre, Peterborough. Other professional credits include the Watermill Theatre’s national tour of Calamity Jane and the first professional revival of Noel Coward’s Home Chat (Finborough Theatre) which earned him an Offie Award nomination.

Andrew Smith



Andrew has been playing and teaching drums and piano for more than 20 years, and possesses a broad range of experience in the fields of jazz, soul, rock and popular music.  He grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and attended the Victorian College of the Arts and the University Melbourne where he achieved a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma of Education.

Since moving to London in 2017, Andrew has focused primarily on teaching.

“I really enjoy working with people of all ages. I strive to help my students to discover the joy of playing music, and I do endeavour to guide each one of them along the best path to their own personal journey; largely based on what I have learned myself”.

Andrew’s teaching style is built around the idea of learning to play by studying songs or tunes which are of particular interest to each student. He combines this approach of learning the essential stylistic and technical aspects of drumming relevant to each tune with the general principles of music theory.

“I believe that anyone can, with study and practice, learn to play whatever they want. All it takes is dedication, patience and the passion and drive to do it. In a sense, the teacher’s job is to help students to discover this within themselves. I take pride in the fact that most of my students seem to regard studying with me to be a positive, inspiring and worthwhile experience”.

Sam Keeler

Singing & Piano


Sam started his training with a music and choral scholarship to the London Oratory School, where he was featured on the motion picture soundtracks for The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter franchises. He continued his education at the University of Manchester, where he received a First-class Honours studying his Music BA.

While at Manchester, Sam received the Proctor-Gregg Performance Prize and was cast as a leading role in several opera and musical theatre productions, including The Mikado, Betty Blue Eyes, and Castor et Pollux. He was also active in choral music as both a singer and conductor, gaining choral scholarships to Southwark and Salford Cathedrals, and conducting the Stile Moderno and St. Chrysostom’s Evensong Choirs.

After university, Sam became the Artistic Director of ‘Finishing the Hat Productions’, a fringe theatre company which debuted with a sell-out run of Sondheim’s Assassins at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. He also began teaching at the prestigious Whitgift School in Croydon, where he ran several choirs and musical theatre productions, and regularly sung as a Lay Clerk at Croydon Minster.

As a teacher, Sam has worked extensively with all ages and abilities, and has taught across a range of classical and popular genres. He has a strong academic and practical background in technique, interpretation and performance practice, and has studied pedagogy extensively in his approach to teaching. During his lessons the student is always the centre of the learning experience, creating a personalised and comfortable environment in which to inquire, experiment and flourish musically.

Rachel Dussek

Singing & Piano


Rachel first trained as a classical singer before crossing over into Musical Theatre, where she trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Performance credits include the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Babe in the Pajama Game, Laurey in Oklahoma and Maria in The Sound of Music. As a musician (piano, clarinet, violin) she has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, St John Smith Square, and across Europe. She currently teaches one-to-one singing and piano, and has had many years of singing, piano, clarinet, violin and theory teaching experience in various schools and centres around London.

Hector Moss



Having played the violin from the age of 7, Hector joined the Purcell School of Music in 2003, aged 11. During his time at Purcell, he performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John Smith’s Square, Watford Colosseum, and the Wigmore Hall.

Upon leaving school, Hector began studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied with the critically acclaimed violinist and conductor, Thomas Kemp.

In 2012, Hector worked as a violinist in the film Anna Karenina and followed this with Steven Knight’s Hummingbird the following year. This prompted an interest in film and acting which led to him training as an actor at the Giles Foreman Centre, and completing his Postgraduate Diploma with a distinction.

Hector now works as a violinist, teacher, actor and writer and last year performed as an actor and violinist at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as having some of his writing currently being adapted for the screen.




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