ARCM, ABSM, FISM
Andrea has a varied career as performer, teacher, conductor and adjudicator.
She studied initially at the Birmingham School of Music (now the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) gaining honours in Diplomas and was awarded many major prizes. As a singer, she has travelled widely at home and in Europe performing from her wide concert and oratorio and operatic repertoire. Andrea’s teaching commitments are divided between a very busy private practice, where she coaches many professional singers, and a leading Independent School. She has held the post of Central Area Representative of the Association of Teachers of Singing and Conference Director from 2014-2018. In 2014 also, she was invited as one of the Master Teachers for the AOTOS Teacher Training course.
Other teaching positions held have been at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Birmingham Junior Conservatoire. Andrea conducts many Choral Workshops and Vocal Master Classes. She has many years experience as an active adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, where she has brought not only her wealth of expertise as both teacher and performer, but also her love of singing, encouragement of the performers and, above all, a sense of humour!
Vivienne has studied Speech and Drama since the age of four and has been teaching the subject since 1980. She is Head of Speech and Drama at a large independent girl’s school in Bedford. As well as teaching full time she is also the Principal of the Redford School of Speech and Drama, established in 1982, training children and adults of all ages in all aspects of the performing arts and communication. Many of her former students are now performing in TV, film and theatre around the world and in major West End productions, the Globe, the RSC and the National Theatre. Others are pursuing careers as teachers of Speech and Drama.
Vivienne has produced and directed a diverse range of musical and theatrical productions recently including ‘Moondial’, ‘Peter Pan’, ‘Antigone’, ‘The Dreaming’ by Howard Goodall, ‘Blitz!’ by Lionel Bart, ‘Hairspray’, ‘Skellig’ and ‘The Chrysalids’. She particularly enjoys writing and devising original and creative theatre with her senior students. For the past eighteen years, she has organised and directed a widely-acclaimed summer school for students 7 to 21, which culminates in a commissioned play written for, and performed by, the students who attend.
Vivienne is an examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, a member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama and an Adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals travelling extensively throughout the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. She is a former secretary and now a Vice-President of the Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama which has given her a clear understanding and insight into the work, energy and commitment that Festival organisers, teachers and pupils put into making their Festivals a success.
Nancy entered the Royal Academy of Music at age 16 on an open piano scholarship, winning prizes while there. She also studied violin to a high level, freelanced as an orchestral player and led a string quartet.
Nancy has co-authored three violin tutors. She has performed as a soloist, chamber music and orchestral player on both instruments and as a piano accompanist. She has taught in primary, secondary and specialist music schools. Her arrangements of favourite piano pieces for piano trio have been published.
Nancy has advised ABRSM and Trinity exam boards on electronic keyboard and had a series of keyboard tutors published. She was founder and director of National Electronic Keyboard Courses from 2005-2012. Singing is another string to her bow and she has many years’ experience conducting choirs and has had books published on the subject.
Nancy has been an ABRSM examiner since 1998. She is Chair of the Kent region of EPTA UK (European Piano Teachers Association) and has been an adjudicator with the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2014 and serves on the Adjudicators’ Council as one of two music representatives.