Nicola Gawthrop  BA(hons)

Vocal Works Musical Director

Nicola is a jazz/pop/contemporary vocalist and classical pianist with over 20 years performance and teaching experience. She has worked extensively as a vocalist, session singer and recording artist for various groups. Most notable is her work with UK based band Bassistry working with some of the best session musicians and producers in the country.

Nicola started teaching piano at the age of 13 to local children in her home town. Encouraged by her own piano teacher as a support for her own training. This instilled a love for teaching that has stayed with her throughout her career. Nicola started teaching singing at Stagecoach Thearte Arts in Colchester whilst studying for her music degree. After teaching early stage classes and the three main schools for seven years she finally passed her position onto an ex student of hers. She still goes back every summer to work with her past colleagues on the Stagecoach summer theatre workshops now taking her own children to participate. 

Since graduating with a BA(hons) in Music in 2001, Nicola has held many teaching positions, taught voice to numerous dance and theatre schools, delivered singing, music and performing arts workshops, and directed choirs.

Nicola currently works as a vocal animateur, digital music tutor, and vocal/piano teacher for Inspiring Music services in Central Bedfordshire. 

Cords Contemporary Youth Choir Colchester 2007

Cords Contemporary Youth Choir Colchester 2007

Previous teaching posts include:

  • Stagecoach Theatre Arts Colchester (1999-2006) Singing teacher.

  • Essex Music Services (2002-2006) Peripatetic piano and singing teacher.

  • Tiffany Stage Academy and Tiffany Theatre College (2002-2004) Musical theatre singing teacher.

  • Cords Contemporary Choir Colchester (2004-2007) Musical director for children's rock/pop choir.

  • Colchester Institute (2005-2011) Teacher of pop/rock/jazz voice for FE and HE. FE Musical theatre singing, and gospel choir director.

  • Umbrella Music and Arts (2005-2011) Founder and facilitator of performing arts workshops, summer schools and concerts.

  • Hampton College School Peterborough (2008-2015) Singing and piano teacher, choir leader, A Level and BTEC Music teacher.

  • Acetones Music Service Peterborough (2009-2012) Peripatetic singing and piano teacher.

  • Peterborough Young Singers (2011-2013) Musical director for children's choir.

  • Cords Contemporary Choir Stamford (2011-2015) Musical director for adult rock/pop choir.

  • The Peterborough School (2012-2014) Singing teacher, infant choir director and contemporary choir director.

  • Little Voices Peterborough ((2013-2015) Singing teacher.

 

Celyn Grosvenor MA Music

'I am a classically trained soprano soloist and choral singer. I have a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in music and since completing my studies I have been a one-to-one vocal coach in Northampton. As well as classical singing I enjoy song-writing and performing as an acoustic singer songwriter.'

Celyn trained with the Royal Welsh college of Music and Drama before moving to Northampton where she completed her Master’s Degree in Music. She is a soprano soloist and choral singer previously singing with The University of Northampton’s Chamber Choir and Northampton Bach Choir. As well as being a superb classical singer Celyn is also an accomplished singer/songwriter performing as an solo acoustic act with her guitar or piano. She has experience performing pop, indie, rock, folk and musical theatre. Celyn currently also teaches singing for Stagecoach and LA Vocals.  

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