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.
Watch a video of Aidan performing Bottoms Dream from A Midsummer's Night Dream here.
Luc Bailey - Principal Teacher
Luc has been immersed in the performing arts world since a young age having started out with the National Youth Music Theatre and having studied Musical Theatre and Dance at college. Luc went on to train with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and completed his qualifications in Modern Theatre and Tap Dance. He was awarded a scholarship to train further with Tap Attack and continued his studies of Rhythm Tap dancing at festivals all around the world.
Luc performs locally with a jazz trio called ‘Hands and Feet’, featuring tap dancing, saxophone and guitar. He most recently appeared as the tap dancer with the JP All Star big band for Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert.
Luc has a variety of choreographic experience; from the amateur dramatic shows with societies across the county, to various summer school projects and professional productions at the Everyman Theatre.
As a musician, Luc has been grateful to work with many groups, schools, colleges and productions as a Musical Director and Pianist. He has been studying classical and jazz piano since a young age and has achieved his Licentiate Diploma in classical piano performance. He founded and conducted his own Cheltenham based Gospel choir in 2015 and now conducts the Gloucestershire Police Male Voice Choir. He has worked on in-house professional productions at the Everyman Theatre as Musical Director and composed the music for a new production of Jamela Gavin’s ‘Coram Boy’ which was performed at Gloucester Cathedral.
Luc performs regularly at Highgrove House in Tetbury during the summer months and for their special events.
Greg Abrahams - Choir Leader and Conductor
Australian born organist Greg came to the United Kingdom some thirty years ago on holiday and just forgot to return. He has been a regular recitalist in the Cathedrals in the West of England having performed in Bristol, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bradford, Coventry, Truro, Gloucester and Hereford Cathedrals. He has also performed in Notre Dame in Paris, twice in Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral London, Washington National Cathedral, Trinity Church in Boston MA, and St Thomas’ Fifth Avenue New York, Australia and completed three tours of Slovakia.
Greg has accompanied services in Cathedrals with the visiting choir the Cramner Company of Singers as well as training and directing his own Parish Church Choir to accompany services when a Cathedral Choir is unavailable.
As well as completing post graduate studies with the Birmingham Conservatoire and holding professional music qualifications, Greg has a Computer Engineering Degree with his last proper lecturing in Computer Studies at a University.
Daniel Holley - Music Teacher
Daniel is an experienced performer and teacher. After finishing school, he gained a scholarship to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
Since graduating his theatre credits include Tommy DeVito (Big Girls Don’t Cry, UK Tour), Tenor (The Twelve Tenors, European Tour). He was also a semi finalist with The Kingdom Tenors on Britain’s Got Talent in 2016, Frankie Epps (Parade, London Theatre Workshop), Ernst Robel (Spring Awakening, The Broadway Theatre, London), Tobias (Sweeney Todd, Longborough Festival Opera).
Just before lockdown Dan had been appearing in “Starlight Express “in Bochum Germany. During his two year contract he played several roles including Bobo (the French Engine) Dusty and the title role Rusty.
His recording credits include: William (Ivanhoe original cast recording) and Celia (original cast recording).
As well as his performing career, Dan has trained as a teacher and workshop leader through MJ-UK and Longborough Festival Opera. He specialises in training and coaching for professional auditions and entry for drama and musical theatre courses alongside coaching young singers for music theatre and drama exams.
Some of his most successful students include Harry Apps (Marius - Les Miserables Tour and West End 2018-19), Amos Mayland (Zack - School Of Rock West End 2017-2019), Dillon White (scholarship for PPA Course), Henry Firth (Undergraduate of Arts Educational Trust) and Ollie Humphries (Undergraduate Mountview Theatre School ).