The School of Music & Performing Arts



At Moira House we run an exciting programme of additional classes aimed at those students who wish to develop their skills in Music, Dance and Drama. The classes are designed to complement the activities and individual lessons students attend through the week. Classes are available at every age group, and are run by our team of professional staff, many of whom are active, high-level practitioners in their specialist field. We like to discuss the class with the students and their parents, to ensure that the class will be suitable for their current learning level and interests. Students regularly work with industry professionals on our theatre productions; for example, Annie (May 2017) was directed by Jeremy James Taylor OBE (founder of the National Youth Music Theatre) and choreographed by Keltie Tomlinson, who trained at Bird College.

Our Head of Music, Joe Sharp, has been working in the music profession for 20 years, and regularly appears with the London Symphony Orchestra and Glyndebourne Opera, among others, and works on the West End productions of Matilda and Wicked.

Francesca Cottrell trained at the Dance School of Scotland and ArtsEd London before joining the London West End cast of Les Miserables, also performing with the show at the 02 Arena for the 25th Anniversary production, and recording vocals for the film based on the show. She has performed in many more London productions including The Baker’s Wife, Alice in Wonderland and, most recently, The Fix at the Union Theatre. She remains a very busy performer and divides her time between school and the stage.

Ken Lawrence, our Head of Drama, trained as an actor at Central School of Speech & Drama. A professional actor for more than 25 years, selected theatre credits include the RSC, the Lyric Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, the Citizen’s Theatre and worldwide tours. He has performed in many well-known TV programmes including Eastenders, The Bill, Casualty and South of the Border.

Evening classes run throughout the week from 4.15pm for the juniors and 5.15pm for the seniors, with Monday, Friday and occasional weekends sometimes set aside for production and tour rehearsals. Classes include:

Group and Private Dance Classes
Subject to demand, students can work towards ISTD Exams in Ballet,
Tap and Modern Dance with a first-rate professional tutor in small groups.

Musical Theatre Classes
Developing ‘triple threat’ performers training skills in singing, dancing and acting with performances throughout the year. In class, students work towards Trinity College of Music’s graded Musical Theatre qualifications.

Theory and Aural
Helping students to develop theory skills from grades 1-8 and study ABRSM/Trinity Guildhall aural tests/sight-reading, to enhance chances of success in exams, and to develop general musicianship.

Supervised Practice & Performance Technique
For students working towards instrumental and singing exams we offer supervised practice sessions, where students will have specialist supervision to help them get the most out of their practice, by concentrating on targets set in lessons. They will also have the chance to practice with an accompanist – a vital advantage in the preparation of exam/performance material, and in helping develop general musicianship.