Jamie studied music at York University and graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music MA in the Vocal Performance programme, under the tutelage of Alexander Ashworth.
Since graduating, Jamie has worked prolifically as a soloist and small ensemble singer. He has sung with The Sixteen at the BBC proms in the 2016 season, and again in a solo quartet ensemble performance of The Messiah at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.
Jamie is also an experienced teacher. He works as a vocal coach with the London Youth Choir, helping to encourage and teach the next generation of choral musicians in the UK. In 2015 Jamie joined Gareth Malone on his latest series The Naked Choir as vocal coach and arranger, going on to tour the UK with Gareth’s Voices ensemble, performing as a soloist in London’s Royal Festival Hall and arranging the finale of the show. Jamie joined the Naked Choir team again in 2016 as vocal coach and arranger for the new series.
Jamie is an enthusiastic teacher who loves helping his students grow in ability and conquer their nerves. He aims to create a fun and supportive environment where students can challenge themselves.
“Count to three, take a deep breath and then go for it. Everybody gets nervous about different things (myself and all of the other tutors included!). Often because we are scared of not being brilliant immediately. The best singers, athletes, dancers, and anyone else with a specific skill was a beginner at some point.”
Rachel studied on the Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music and University of Manchester, gaining a performance diploma in classical voice and a Bachelors of Music.
Since graduating she has performed many notable solo roles including Melisande in the final act from Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy (with the Asyla Orchestra, 2016), Mallika in the flower duet from Lakmé by Delibes (with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, 2015), Marthe in Act II of Faust by Gounod (2015) and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart (2014). She is also the founder of the professional a cappella vocal ensemble the Manchester Singers, who have performed at renowned venues including St Martin-in-the-Field’s and the National Gallery.
At beginners’ level, Rachel prepares a mix of repertoire from a variety of genres including folk, jazz and pop. She teaches basic vocal technique, to help students develop their vocal range and strengthen their vocal production. Her Opera Improvers course is for students looking to develop classical vocal technique and focusses on learning music through drama.
Rachel is an enthusiastic teacher, who enjoys helping her students to channel their creativity through music making. She loves sharing musical ideas with each student – creating music which draws from both her and her students’ experiences and understanding.