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NICOLA-JANE KEMP

A professional soprano soloist, Nicola-Jane teaches choral scholars at Clare College, Cambridge University, and in 2015 was made Head of Singing at Eton College with responsibility for individual lessons and choir coaching.

As an opera soloist she has worked for companies as diverse as Music Theatre Wales, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France and BBC Radio 2 (Friday Night is Music Night). Her concert work takes her all round the UK – including the South Bank, Barbican and St John’s Smith Square in London – and to the Middle East.

She is a Grade and Diploma examiner for the ABRSM, and a vocal and choir adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals; she also teaches for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and Rodolfus Choral Courses.

She taught for many years at St Paul’s Girls’ School – a centre of excellence for LCM Music Theatre Exams – and is co-editor with Heidi Pegler of the award-winning series The Language of Song (Faber Music), which provides a resource for students and teachers learning to sing in foreign languages (now also available on the TiDo app). She organises masterclasses and a solo singing competition at Clare College, Cambridge, and sits on the council of the Association of Teachers of Singing. She was the Communications Director for AOTOS before becoming Chair Elect in July 2018, and serves as Chair from 2020 to 2022.

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ALASTAIR BROOKSHAW

Alastair is a much-acclaimed Tenor and Actor with a great deal of performance experience in many genres. He trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where he was awarded a scholarship. He has been part of numerous film soundtrack recordings. Alastair is also in high demand as a singing teacher, teaching from his studio in Walthamstow.

Alastair specialises in solving technical issues and rehabilitating damaged voices in both classical and musical theatre singers. He combines his teaching with a successful performing career in the West End.

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DR. EMMA SILVER

Dr Emma Silver is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience working in a range of settings with children, young people and families. She has a post in a busy CAMHS at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, alongside her work with schools, where she consults to staff, parents and young people on issues pertaining to individual and whole school mental health. Emma is involved in supervising and training clinicians working with children and families in the NHS, and privately, and she is an honorary lecturer at UCL. Her current research with UCL is exploring the relationship between social media and teenage mental health. Emma is passionate about working with and developing accessible mental health services for young people.

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GILES UNDERWOOD

Giles teaches singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and to undergraduates at various Oxford colleges, including Magdalen, Christ Church, Queens, Merton and Exeter. He teaches on Eton Choral Courses and for The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and is Vocal Coach for The London Symphony Chorus. As Director of Music at University College, Oxford (Univ), he runs the Chapel Choir and oversees music-making in the college.

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HEIDI PEGLER

Heidi is an examiner for the ABRSM and was the Chair of AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing) from 2018-2020. She is currently Deputy Director of Music and Head of Singing at St. Paul’s Girls’ School, Hammersmith where she runs a lively and busy singing department conducting all the choirs and directing and producing musical and operatic productions. She has also published several songbooks including the award winning series The Language of Song (Faber) with co-editor Nicola-Jane Kemp, The Best of Singing (Faber) and It’s never too late to sing (Faber) with Pam Wedgwood.

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CARYS LANE

The English soprano, Carys Lane, is a versatile soprano combining a career of solo and consort singing which embraces music from Hildegard of Bingen to the present day. On the concert platform, Carys Lane has performed for such conductors as Sir Roger Norrington, Iván Fischer and Richard Hickox.

Carys is also Vocal tutor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Singing teacher on the Rodolfus Choral Courses. Vocal consultant for the Merton Girls Choir, Oxford