Aidan Smith - Musical Director
Aidan has taught singing and music to all levels for 20 years. He specialises in Bel Canto and Classical vocal technique. Many of his students have gone on to successful professional careers in singing in a variety of styles.
After training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio, Aidan went on to become an Associate Artist of Welsh National Opera. Since then he has enjoyed a very successful operatic career in the UK and internationally.
Aidan has recently performed with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera. Internationally he has performed for Bregenz Festspiel, Saltzberg Festival and L’Ambronay Ancient Opera Festival.
Aidan currently teaches privately and is head of singing for London Studio Centre Associates programme. He has performed workshops for English National Opera and given masterclasses as far afield as the UAE.
Aidan is inspirational, self-motivated and reliable. He is committed to developing musical skills, helping students to become independent and striving musicians.
Kate Denton - Principal Music Teacher
Kate graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a First Class Honours degree. She studied cello, piano and singing. Whist at the Academy, Kate gained a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music teaching diploma. The course focussed on all aspects of individual teaching; from safeguarding through to technique. After completion of her degree Kate was awarded the Douglas and Hilda Simmonds scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London at Postgraduate level.
Kate has spent many years teaching and performing. Performances include with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra. As a chamber musician and soloist, she has performed in the Purcell Room, St. James’s Piccadilly, St. John’s Smith Square, Fulham Palace and the Cheltenham Festival. She worked for Live Music Now, giving performances and workshops in special needs schools, hospitals and prisons. She was also accepted by CAVATINA music to give musical workshops in schools and was a regular performer as part of a duet for Music in Hospitals.
In 2010, Kate started working as an examiner for the London College of Music exam board. This involved examining in the UK as well as tours to Indonesia and the UAE. Kate has spent 10 years living overseas where she worked as an instrumental teacher in many top British International Schools. Having returned to the UK, she is now working for Gloucester Academy of Music and for other schools in Gloucestershire.
Kate has done a vast amount of individual tuition. She regularly prepares students for concerts, auditions and exams, with the majority gaining distinctions. She believes communication with parents is vital to the success of individual music tuition and always gives regular feedback.
Jonathan Lyall - Principal Music Teacher
Jonathan Lyall is a vastly experienced pianist and piano teacher. He teaches all classical styles, as well as jazz, latin, rock and pop. In addtion to a Music degree he holds a post graduate teaching qualification, as well as piano and singing Diplomas.
Jonathan has spent more than 25 years working in music education, holding several Head of Department roles. During this time he has been the principal pianist at the schools that he has worked at, and has accompanied and performed alongside countless student and adult musicians in concerts, rehearsals, exams, competitions and auditions. He is comfortable improvising in various styles, as well as sight-reading.
Jonathan has taught the piano continuously during this time. He has taken students through the traditional and jazz syllabi of the ABRSM, and also the traditional and Rock and Pop syllabi of Trinity College. He also teaches singing students across many styles of music, and conducts adult and student choirs.
Jonathan really enjoys working with students and helping them to find their own path in to music.