Faculty: Singing and Voice

Singing Staff

Jackee Stockwell CMT (Certified Master Teacher), Prof Cert Ed LLS (DTLLS)   Head of Singing and Voice

Jackee’s vocal training started at The Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff where she was awarded a scholarship. In 1996 she understudied the Principal female role in the 10th anniversary National and European tour of Chess. Jackee went on to perform in the cabaret room The Talk of London in London’s West End. She also performed as lead female vocalist in production shows and as a solo cabaret artist on many cruise ships: The Zenith (Celebrity Cruises), Silver Cloud (Silver Seas), Black Watch (Fred Olsen) etc. Her singing career included performing in Cabaret venues across Wales, England, Jersey and Middle East. Being a fluent Welsh speaker she sang on numerous Welsh Television and Radio programmes. She has worked at The Waterfront Hall, Belfast in the show The Rhythms of The Celts. Session singing has also played a major part in Jackee’s career backing named acts at various London venues and recording concept albums for several musicals. In 2010 Jackee gained her Professional Certificate in Education from University of Greenwich; London. And in 2015 she qualified as a CMT, Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training, mentored by Anne-Marie Speed.

Brian Alverson B. Mus  Senior Singing Tutor & Musical Director

Brian was born in the State of Michigan in the United States and studied at Michigan State University and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Business/Management in 1997. He has been working at Bird College since 2004 as a singing teacher and as a music director for course work and musical productions.He has worked in musical theatre as a music director and assistant music director in the United States and Europe. In 2003 Brian was the assistant music director for the European tour of Footloose. Prior to relocating to London in 2002, Brian was living in New York City where he worked on various workshops of musicals such as Robin Hood, The Musical by Martin Charnin and Uncle Broadway by Bruce Coyle. He also worked extensively as an assistant music director and keyboard player for The Goodspeed Opera House in the state of Connecticut, credits include: George M., Redhead, The Pajama Game, Summer of ’42, Lizzie Borden, Heart Land, Fanny Hill, Mirette and Just So. Brian has also worked as a synthesiser programmer and music copyist on many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and U.S. National tours, credits include: Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime, Jekyll and Hyde, Bat Boy,The Big Time, Glimmerglass, Red, Hot and Cole, Marie Christine, Saturday Night, The Broadway Tenors and work for City Center Encores! Brian has also been music copyist for the feature films The Lord of the Rings,The Two Towers, Die Another Day, 25th Hour, Big Fish and Troy.

Dominic Haslam BA (Hons)  Musical Director

Dominic studied at Newcastle and Bretton Hall universities, obtaining a degree in Contemporary Music. He has been teaching at Bird College since 2003, firstly as a pianist and musical director then also in the singing department for the last 3 years. Dominic has worked with young people within a musical theatre context for a number of groups including: Stage 65 (Salisbury Playhouse), Youth Music Theatre UK, Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Interact and Whizz Kids Cambridge.   Read moreOutside of college, his projects as musical director include Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Peter Pan for First Family Entertainment, five consecutive pantomimes for Cambridge Arts Theatre, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Guys and Dolls, Children of Eden, Honk and The Pirates Of Penzance for various youth groups, Property (NT Studio workshop,) From Here To Eternity (Bridewell theatre/Tim Rice). He also played keyboards for Blood Brothers both in the West End and on Tour. Dominic composes music for theatre, T.V. and radio. Projects and include, most recently: The Prince of Homburg and Life Is A Dream (Donmar Warehouse), Romeo and Juliet (Ludlow Festival, Exeter Northcott), Serious Money (Birmingham Rep), The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Elephant Man (Sheffield Lyceum and U.K. tour), The Herbal Bed (Salisbury Playhouse), Henry V (Royal Exchange), We Are History (BBC2, series 1 and 2), Danny Robins' Music Therapy and Museum of Everything (BBC Radio 4, Series 1, 2 and 3). Dominic has also written the score for a musical adaptation of Mort (the Terry Pratchett novel) with librettist/lyricist Jennifer Toksvig. Mort is currently being developed by Youth Music Theatre UK.

Morgan Gordon BA (Hons)  Singing Tutor

Morgan Gordon has degrees in Music from Bristol and Reading Universities. She has worked as an MD/composer and actress in numerous theatres, including the Everyman (Liverpool), the Duke’s Playhouse (Lancaster), the Crucible (Sheffield), Theatre Royal (Stratford East), Birmingham Rep, the Torch Theatre (Milford Haven) and Theatre Clwyd. As well as writing theatre scores, she has also written several solo and chamber pieces for the concert hall. She plays a number of instruments, including piano, violin and accordion. She has taught in and run workshops for various colleges, including London Studio Centre, GSA, City Lit. and Bird College. She lives in London with her husband and three cats.​

Phillip Shades BMus Perf RSAMD, PgDip RAM, LRAM  Senior Singing Tutor

Phillip has had over 20 years experience as a performer, vocal coach and singing consultant. He studied classical singing performance and later musical theatre and singing teaching at the Royal Academy of Music under the instruction of west-end vocal coach Mary Hammond. He is currently undergoing his Certified Master Teacher (CMT) training with Licensed Estill Voice Craft Practitioner (Vanguard) Anne-Marie Speed. Phillip’s extensive coaching career takes him all over the world and allows him to work alongside a variety of elite professionals. He works closely with performers in the West End and leads a singing coaching clinic in London for professional voice users where he specialises in voice ‘trouble-shooting’ and technique. Phillip has a great love for theatre and performance as well as a passion for voice research and teaching. He regularly attends conferences and workshops that present the latest research in vocal science. Phillip is the founder of ‘The Vocal Fold’ www.thevocalfold.com, he regularly publishes articles about the voice and consults with several major theatre training institutions across London. Phillip also examines Musical Theatre candidate’s worldwide and writes the singing syllabus for a major international exam board. Developing and encouraging the singing voice for anyone who wants to learn is important to Phillip and he takes time to run courses in London throughout the year for adults that focus on singing for beginners.

Steve Trill MSC  SingingTutor

Steve studied at Goldsmiths College, University of London, taking a Diploma in Professional Music Studies. Soon after college he collaborated on writing his first musical, “Georgie”, which went on to receive two productions. As a recording musician he has played on albums and co-produced for both pop and musical theatre artists, including the Olivier nominated lead in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Gus MacGregor. Orchestration and arrangement work followed, and alongside writing, this continues to be a favoured area of his work. He has served as Musical Director on many productions, more recently including Parade, Sister Act, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, Seussical the Musical, Our House and Rent, along with productions for the Edinburgh fringe.  He has worked with touring shows such as "Beyond The Barricades", played for cruises, and is regularly engaged as a pit musician for local theatres.

Michael Thomas Freeman PG Cert Vocal Pedagogy, LTCL Dip, ATCL Dip, ARCT Dip   Singing Tutor

Alongside a Post Graduate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy Michael also has both an LTCL and ATCL Diploma in Vocal Teaching with Trinity College London.  After many years as a teacher Michael has worked with cast members from West End shows including The Phantom of The Opera and Funny Girl.  Starting as a performer himself, Michael first appeared on stage in a production of Oliver at 7 years old the went on to gain a Performance diploma (ARCT Dip) with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada.  As a vocalist he has performed throughout the UK, Canada and Spain, most notably performing for the British Royal Family in the Palace of Westminster.

Jennifer Rhodes BA (Hons) MPerf   Singing Tutor

Jennifer gained her Masters in Performance (Musical Theatre) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has since worked extensively as an actor, singer and musician in plays, musicals and operas throughout the UK and beyond. Jennifer continued her vocal training with Amanda Roocroft (Royal College of Music) and Ian Kennedy (Guildhall), and was awarded a place to train on the English National Opera’s prestigious Opera Works program, during which time she had the opportunity to work with renowned coaches and conductors including Alex Ingram, Jane Robinson and Martin Pacey. Jennifer divides her time between performing and teaching and works as a Singing and Performance coach and vocal animateur for various performing arts institutions and theatre companies. She has taught vocal technique, repertoire and Acting Through Song to Musical Theatre Diploma students at Bodywork Studios (Cambridge Performing Arts) and Arts Educational schools, and delivered Voice and Singing workshops for companies such as Scaffold State and Elastic Theatre Company. With her roots cemented firmly in acting and theatre (having also gained a First Class BA Hons degree in Drama and Theatre Studies/French Literature from London University and l’Université François Rabelais), Jennifer is a skilled text and performance coach. Credits include: Masterclass (English Theatre Frankfurt); Twelfth Night (Attic Theatre/Sixteen Feet Productions); Dandy Dick (ATG/Theatre Royal Brighton and UK No.1 Tour); repertory seasons at Stephen Joseph Theatre and Pitlochry Festival Theatre; Honk! (Royal and Derngate); Don Giovanni, Carmen and Oliver! (New Vic); The Sundowe (Eden Court/Tour); Goethe’s Faust Parts One and Two; Man of La Mancha (Royal Lyceum); Semele and The Marriage of Figaro (ENO Opera Works). Recordings include: This is It (AEG Live/Metro Voices) and all female vocals for Successful Singing Auditions Audio Guide (by Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher).

Lesley McClymont BA Hons, LRAM, DipRAM   Singing Tutor

After completing a degree in Music & Drama, Lesley completed her training at the Royal Academy of Music. Her theatre credits include ‘Goodbye Barcelona’ Arcola Theatre, ‘Canterville Ghost’, ‘Alice, the Musical’. ‘Christmas Carol’ and ‘Pickwick’ all for the Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke, ‘In the Midnight Hour’ Haymarket, Basingstoke and Civic Arts Theatre, Belfast, ‘HMS Pinafore’ National Tour, D’oyley Carte Opera Co, ‘The Mikado’ National Tour, Carl Rosa Opera Co, ‘Sweeney Todd’ Haymarket Theatre, Leicester and Royal Festival Hall, ‘Into the Woods’ Theatre Royal, York. Lesley was also a regular performer at London’s famous Players Theatre and divides her time between teaching and performing professionally. She also launched and runs Voices Unlimited, a company providing professional training for prevocational and vocational students.

Sharrone Comber BA (Hons, MA, PGCE  Voice Tutor

Sharrone started her career training at The Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts where her tutors included Alan Harding, Bonnie Lythgoe, Steffan Griff, Linda James and Roy Gregory. Television appearances include The Brian Conley Show, Crimewatch UK and various commercials. Whilst training for her Performing Arts Diploma she also gained LAMDA Diplomas in both Acting and Verse and Prose. She then attended The Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama where she was chosen for the Carlton Hobbs Radio Competition, was winner of the Woolwich Bursary Award and was also a nominee for The Laurence Olivier Bursary Award.   Read moreTheatre roles include Antigone in Antigone, Adriana in The Comedy Of Errors, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Hedda in Hedda Gabler, Marlena in The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant and Viv in Hard Feelings. She has acted in Film, TV and Theatre roles including Suzanne Aubin in the West End Production Under The Doctor with Anton Rodgers, Peter Davison and Harriet Thorpe. Having worked professionally for a number of years Sharrone then studied for an MA in Voice Studies at The Central School of Speech and Drama where various tutors and workshops leaders included Joe Windley, David Carey, Andrew Wade, Cicely Berry, Frankie Armstrong, Barbara Houseman, Joanna Weir Ouston and Gillyanne Kayes. Sharrone has been Voice Coach for London Talent 2004 at The Hammersmith Lyric Theatre. She has also taught at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Guildford School of Acting and Central School of Speech and Drama.

Ross Sharkey BMus (Hons)   Singing Tutor

Ross graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) with a BMus (Hons) in Classical Vocal Studies and an endorsement in Community Music. Having won a RCS Trust Scholarship and an Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund to study at postgraduate level, he later graduated with a MA in Musical Theatre Performance. Performances have included The Thursford Christmas Spectacular (Thursford), Ernst in Spring Awakening (Edinburgh), The National at 50 (National Theatre/BBC), Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton (Royal Albert Hall & UK Tour), John Wilson's The Broadway Sound Prom and Horray For Hollywood Prom (Royal Albert Hall/BBC), Guest Artist for English National Ballet's Strictly Gershwin (Royal Albert Hall/London Coliseum/National Tour). Recordings include John Wilson's Rodgers & Hammerstein At The Movies and That’s Entertainment MGM Film Music Albums, with the Maida Vale Singers, both for EMI. Ross co-founded and sings with professional vocal ensemble Dieci Voices. Ross teaches singing at Trinity Music Academy and on the Musical Theatre degree courses at Bird College and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He is singing teacher and vocal coach to clients in London’s West End and UK Tours. He is currently training to become a Certified Master Teacher (CMT) in Estill Voice Training, with Anne-Marie Speed, one of the world’s top Estill practitioners and Professor of Voice at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Heather McQuillan Parker   Singing Tutor

E Wollenberg bursary recipient Heather McQuillan studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA where she received a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance. In America she performed extensively in choirs and operas. Performing Verdi’s Requiem, Faure Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Faust, Tosca, La Rondine, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte amongst others. She went on to study with world renowned teacher Vera Rosza bringing her to London. She completed the Knack Performing Arts Course through the ENO Baylis program. She has been a soloist with Opera Integra, Abbey Opera, Opera East, Opera Now and the ENO Baylis Program performing in the Coliseum, Bloomsbury Theatre, Hackney Empire, Battersea Arts Centre and the Harrow Theatre. She is a featured soloist on the soundtrack of the Universal Pictures film "The Life of David Gale", recording at Whitfield Street and Abbey Road Studios. She has recorded at Angel Studios and Whitfield Studios. She performed in festivals and in Battersea Park with the band Hoover Manoevres and has performed as the vocalist twice with Jamiroquai. She has been a Vocal Tutor at the Institute of Contemporary Music where she performs regularly for six years. At the ICMP she teaches on the BMus program vocal techniques, backing singing, live performance workshop, reading and performance preparation. Her students can be seen on ‘The Voice’, have toured with Blondie, backing singers for Rita Ora, Ella Ayre have sung on the festival circuits and won the Hard Rock Calling and came third in Italian X Factor. She received her Certification for teaching through the ABRSM., studied Musical Theatre with Maureen Scott and Mary King in London and received her Estill level 1 & 2 Certificate in London.

Kat Stevens PGCE BMus (Hons)   Singing Tutor

Kathryn studied Voice and Flute at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Since graduating she has worked with many of the South West’s leading theatre companies as a Musical Director or Musical Supervisor and is currently a freelance Musical Theatre and vocal coach working with companies such as Bourne Leisure and BBC Somerset. In 2007 she formed the internationally renowned and multi award winning Bridgwater Show Choir who have undergone numerous tours to America. In 2011 the choir was one of only two British performance groups to feature in the book “Sweat, Tears and Jazz Hands: The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to Glee”, by US authors Mike Weaver and Colleen Hart. Subsequently, the Show Choir were the first UK Show Choir to be invited to perform at the FAME National Championships in New York. The choir featured on the television programme ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, Channel 5 (2010). Kathryn has also worked alongside choirmaster Gareth Malone OBE on his CBBC programme The Big Performance, prepared choirs for Aled Jones on his ‘Cathedral Tour’ (2016) and prepared both presenters and choirs for BBC1 Children in Need television and radio broadcasts. Kathryn thrives on a varied life of teaching, directing and performing and has a proven track record of student success with students gaining places at prestigious schools including Bird College, Italia Conti, Arts Education Theatre School, Guildford School of Acting, The Royal Northern College of Music and Laine Theatre Arts. As a performer Kathryn’s most enjoyable success was creating the role of the first UK amateur Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act (The Octagon, Yeovil). This was a challenge she relished and thoroughly enjoyed and was delighted to receive a Rose Bowl nomination for Best Actress (2014). She has since revived the role a further 2 times as she was called upon to understudy the part for a production at the Bristol Hippodrome and stepped in with only weeks’ notice to play the part in April 2015 (Tacchi-Morris, Taunton). This revival also won her a Rose Bowl nomination for Best Actress (2015).

Toby Hunt   Singing Tutor

Toby trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. West End credits include The Mikado, Iolanthe & The Pirates of Penzance with the Carl Rosa Company at the Gielgud theatre. Toby has toured the UK & US extensively with the Carl Rosa Company playing the Carpenter in HMS Pinafore, Frosch in Die Fledermaus and understudying the roles of Private Willis in Iolanthe and the Boatswain in HMS Pinafore. Other theatre credits include Colline in La Boheme with Opera Bohemia, 2nd Yeoman in Yeoman of the Guard at the Tower of London and as a singer with the Mark Morris Dance Group for their UK tour. Toby has worked as a principal cover for Scottish Opera, recently covering the roles of Mars/John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld and Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata. Other recent opera credits include Tosca and L’amour des Trois Oranges for Grange Park Opera. Toby sings regularly at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival having performed in The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Trial by Jury, Ruddigore & Yeomen of the Guard at the Buxton Opera House and has also played the Carpenter in HMS Pinafore on tour with Tarantara Productions. Outside the theatre world Toby has worked as a session singer for TV & Radio and as a backing vocalist for many pop singers and on the XFactor. He has performed in recital across the UK and Germany, in concert in Japan and Georgia and even for the British Prime Minister at Downing Street! As a cabaret artiste, Toby performs as the taller half of the duo The Opera Gents with tenor David Furnell. They have completed a nine month residency at the VIP Lounge in Cardiff and have taken their act ‘A Talent to Amuse’ across the UK and southern France. As a composer Toby has had works broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and his new work ‘Letters of Clara & Johannes’ will receive its world premiere at the International Art Music Festival, Berlin in 2016.