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Emma Peploe-Williams |Emma Peploe-Williams - Actress, Director, Choreographer & Principal |
At just 11 years old, Emma Peploe Williams was accepted into the prestigious ballet school, Bush Davies, in East Grinstead, Sussex. Here she studied Dance, Ballet and Tap as well as doing her normal school studies. At 16, Emma moved to the world class Doreen Bird College and gained her teaching qualifications with Distinction in Dance. These two schools were both in the top tier of Dance/Performing Arts academies in the UK. A glance at the Show programs of any London theatre will find at least one Bush or Bird pupil in its pages. Emma has since coached numerous pupils to audition successfully for Bird and other prestigious top schools in the UK & USA.
At 17 Emma gained her provisional Equity card performing in Pantomime in Maidstone, Kent. She achieved her full Equity card by working for 6 months in the Caribbean on a cruise ship. Returning to England with a full Equity card she was now in a position to audition for the West-End. Her first West-End show was performing in ‘Sugar Babies’ at The Savoy Theatre with Hollywood legends, Anne Miller and Mickey Rooney. After this initial success, she performed in ‘42nd Street’ with Catherine Zeta-Jones, and went on her first UK Tour with the production company.
It was whilst auditioning for Tommy Steele’s ‘Some Like it Hot’ that top choreographer, Bob Avian ('A Chorus Line' - London 2013) offered her a contract in ‘Miss Saigon’ at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. This was to be her home for 10 years, where she worked her way up to the managerial position of Dance Captain and Resident Director. Here she worked closely with Cameron Macintosh, Craig Revel Horwood, Stephen Brooker (Music Director of the 2012 film Les Misérables), Maggie Goodwin and Matt Ryan. This tenure enabled Emma to nurture very close relationships with all the top Directors, Producers, and Musical Directors in London.
During her time at ‘Miss Saigon’, Emma auditioned legions of professional performers for the casts of ‘Miss Saigon’, ‘Martin Guerre’, and other West End Shows. Becoming a great performer depends heavily on who trains you and the experience Emma has gained in over 25 years work in London’s top musical theatres she is now able to use to directly benefit for her students.
These days Emma dedicates 100% of her time to the Peploe Williams Academy, an elite Performing Arts School in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, where she mentors those wishing to develop careers in the Performing Arts. In addition, Emma has access to nearly all the Audition panels of the Top Performing Arts colleges in The UK, and therefore can help direct your son/daughter to the college that suits their individual training needs.
Emma also offers Personal Management to those pursuing careers in singing, drama, or dance.
LRAM Dip RAM
David Kirby-Ashmore - Singing Teacher, Performance
Studied at the Royal Academy of Music (1975-79) gaining LRAM in Singing Teaching and Dip.RAM in Performance.
Singing Teacher at the Arts Educational School, Tring, (1977-90) where he adapted, translated and arranged operas to suit the young voices. During this time he conducted both choirs and the Opera performances. The Chamber Choir twice winning Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year.
David has taught singing for the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department and was one of the consultants for the Danesborough Chorus’ (NFMS) CD Rom guide for Choral Singers writing technical and physiological parts of the course. He currently maintains a private teaching practice with adult students including professional singers. As a performer he had Principal contracts with Welsh and English National Operas. Other companies included Opera de Nantes, Opera de Caen and principal engagements in, Austria, Singapore, Jakarta, Cairo and New York as well as Oratorio and concert performances throughout the UK.
He has undertaken to freelance at conducting engagements and workshops with both adult and youth choirs. He was Musical Director of Stantonbury Chamber Choir (1982-2007) a sixteen voice mixed choir which as well as performing ‘a capella’ and ‘part song’ repertoire performed substantial choral works with orchestra including: Handel Messiah, Faure Requiem, Mozart Spatzenmesse, Haydn Missa Brevis, Rutter Fancies and my own Requiem Mass.
As the Musical Director of Milton Keynes Youth Choir (2002-09), he gave the UK premier of Bruno Coulais music from ‘Les Choristes’ and won many competitions and awards. He was also MD of Milton Keynes Youth Opera for which he conducted Rossini’s Cinderella, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Britten’s The Little Sweep and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.
He currently teaches private & choral singing at Tiffin Boys School where he has helped more than a dozen students in four years gain Oxbridge Choral Scholarships. In addition to adjudicating widely for the British and International Federation of Festivals, David has also been Vocal and Choral Director for European Youth Summer Music. As part of the ‘Living History’ team at Hatfield Palace he has introduced more than ten thousand children in ten years to Tudor music.
David has now taken the position of lead private singing coach at the Peploe-Williams Academy, North Bucks.
When Jessica was just 8 years old she gained a place at the Royal Ballet School where she trained for 3 years. Jessica has also danced with Ballet Creations and the English Youth Ballet where she performed alongside renowned dancers including Ursula Haggerley and Richard Slaughter.
Jessica's talents do not stop here. Jessica is also a highly competent singer and actor, having trained with The Voice Squad and LMA Stage School under the direction of Birgitta Kenyon. It was through The Voice Squad that many exciting opportunities arose including performing in Westside Story, Jammin in the Yard, Copacobana, Suissical the Musical, and taking lead roles as Maggie in Disco Inferno and Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Jessica's most prestigious venture to date was having the privilege of fronting The Voice Squad in the final of the BBC3 Choir of the Year competition at the London Festival Hall.
Jessica has recently finished her training with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and is now a fully qualified Ballet, Tap and Modern Teacher. Jessica is also a member of the professional Theatre Company in Bury, 'Half Hour Call' and has graduated from Stella Mann Performing Arts College in Bedford and has just signed with APM Associates Agency.
Nyroy trained at Bird College.
His credits include Hairspray (Original UK Tour cast), High School Musical (Original London & UK Tour Casts), Dick Whittington at the London Hackney Empire (Ensemble), FAME (Original London & UK Tour Casts), Hollyoaks Music Show, Avieda Hair Show at the NEC, a performance for the Queen, Guys & Dolls and most recently 9-5 (Original UK Tour Cast).
Neil trained at the Drama Centre London graduating in 2003. Neil’s Theatre credits include The Mousetrap (West End), Haunting Julia (The Mercury Theatre Colchester and National Tour). That’s Love (Theatre Royal Windsor and National Tour), Never Ever After (The Theatre Royal Margate); Parlour Song (Cockpit Theatre, London) Beauty & the Beast (Wilde Theatre Bracknell); Death and the Maiden (MAC); Secret Weapons (Jersey Art Centre, European Tour); Family Snaps (Wimbledon studio Theatre). He is also worked extensively at The Mill at Sonning Theatre appearing in several Alan Ayckbourn plays as well as pieces of new writing, a Ray Cooney farce and 'Spring and Port Wine'.
Television credits include The Bill (ITV), Dream Team (Sky One), Knife Edge (Sky One), Crimewatch (BBC) and various commercials. Neil has appeared in over 20 short films which have been shown at different film festivals around the globe.
In addition to his acting career Neil has worked with aspiring actors for the last five years teaching at schools and colleges, he also runs workshops for Flip Theatre company where he has directed several student productions and has sat on the audition panel for The Drama Centre London.
Neil founded Windowseat Productions with the actor Adam Newsome (RSC and Cheek by Jowl) in 2012, the company's first play Inherent was performed at the Arts Depot in North London.
Nolan Frederick - Actor
Nolan has appeared in the West End productions of: La Cage Aux Folles, Cats, Starlight Express, Miss Saigon, Five Guys Names Moe, Rent, The RSC Season at Sadlers Wells in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Stiles and Drewes’ Peter Pan, Kiss Me Kate, The Lion King, Showboat at The Albert Hall, Porgy and Bess The Musical, Gone With The Wind The Musical, The Wizard of Oz at The Festival Hall, among others.
Other appearances include: Me And My Girl at The Sheffield Crucible, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins at The Union Theatre, My One And Only, How To Succeed In Business and The Government Inspectorfor Chichester Festival Theatre, Robinson Crusoe with David Essex in Edinburgh, Bournemouth and Richmond, and Vernon In King Cotton, written by Jimmy McGovern for the Lowry Manchester and Liverpool Empire.
Workshops include: We Will Rock You by Ben Elton, Come Dancing by Ray Davies, Desperately Seeking Susan and Supernova.
TV appearances include: Children In Need, Comic Relief, The Paul O Grady Show, Tonight Is The Night and The Royal Variety at The London Palladium. He has also appeared in the PBS Television specials of Hey Mr Producer, Paul in Kiss Me Kate, and in the film Star Wars Part 2 Attack Of The Clones.
Nolan can also be heard on the recordings of: We Can Be Kind, A Lion King Christmas and Stiles and Drewes’ Peter Pan. For the National Theatre, Oslo, Norway, he appeared in Ibsen’s A Dolls House, and the productions of Hair, The Merry Widow, Pal Joey, Anything Goes, and West Side Story.
Nolan has just finished the first National UK tour of Sister Act. Nolan trained in New york, BFA in Drama from New York University and Dance with The Alvin Ailey School.
Marcus D'Amico - Stage, TV, & Film Actor
In Camera (Café Theatre)
Brimstone and Treacle (The Latchmere Theatre)
Club Hell (Riverside Studios)
The Playground (Independent Film)
Olivier Award Nomination – ‘Best Actor’
Time Out London Award – ‘Best Male Performance’
Theatre World Award (Broadway)
Drama Desk Nomination (Broadway)
- Hope Machine (Talking Pictures) - Full Metal Jacket (Harrier Films)
- Superman II (Alex/ Ilya Salkind) - Lost Weekend O Despair (Araki Films)
- The Silent Twins (BBC Films) - Malice (Sheard Films)
- Tales of The City (Channel 4) - Family Affairs (Channel 4)
- As Time Goes By (BBC) - Murder Most Horrid (BBC)
- Trainer (BBC) - Jeeves and Wooster (Carnival)
- Out of Order (BBC) - The Bill (ITV)
- Last Summer’s Child (BBC) - Drop The Dead Donkey (Channel 4)
- Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (BBC) - Boon (Thames
'Amy’s View' National Tour Dir: Robin Lefevre Lefevre
'Angels in America' National Theatre Dir: Declan Donnellan
'An Inspector Calls' Royal Theatre, Broadway Dir: Stephen Daldrey
'Byron’s Cain' RSC Dir: John Barton
'Design for Living' Gielgud Theatre Dir: Sean Mathias
'Julius Caesar' The Young Vic Dir: David Lan
'Mamma Mia' Prince Edward Dir: Phyllida Lloyd
'Oliver' Albery Theatre Dir: Larry Oaks
'Starlight Express' Apollo Dir: Trevor Nunn
'The Boys Next Door' Comedy Theatre Dir: Tom Griffin
'The Lisbon Traviata' Kings Head Theatre Dir: Stephen Henry
'Trips Cinch' Southwark Playhouse Dir: Thea Sharrock
Iain Fletcher - Actor
'CASUALTY' Alan Grint Alan Grint BBC
'MURPHY’S LAW' Deakin Richard Standeven Tiger Aspect
'DOCTORS' Gary Masters Burt Ceasar BBC
'CASUALTY' Ian Bain (Semi-regular) Various BBC
'PLOT TO KILL HITLER' Strauffenberg Russell Barnes Tiger Aspect
'FAMILY AFFAIRS' Johnny Palmer (Regular) Various Thames
'HOLBY' Russell Jones Mike Cocker BBC
'BAND OF BROTHERS' Bernard J Ryan David Leland HBO
'THE BILL DC' Rodney Skase (Regular) Various Thames
'THE THREE MUSKETEERS' King Francis Matthews, Rose Theatre, Kingston
'MAMMA MIA!' Sam Carmichael - Phyllida Lloyd, Prince of Wales Theatre
'SEPTEMBER TIDE' - Evan Davies - Dan Crawford - Kings Head
'HENRY IV PART 1' - Earl of Suffolk Phil Willmot Steam Industry
'OLIVER' - UK Tour - 'Bill Sykes' Cameron Macintosh Productions.
Torquil Munro - Musical Director
Torquil was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. During his formative years he thrived on the classical repertoire as well as experimenting with his own compositions in both the classical and pop music fields. Before entering the Royal Academy of Music in 1990, Torquil had already appeared as a concerto soloist throughout Scotland most notably in performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 3, Mozart no. 26 and Rachmaninoff no. 2. He had also delivered solo recitals in the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival as well as broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland. His choral anthem “To See a World” was awarded 1st prize in an international composers’ competition and received its world premiere in Glasgow Cathedral.
Upon entering the Royal Academy, Torquil’s orchestral work “Leb Wohl – Fantasy after Busoni” was immediately performed by the Academy Symphony Orchestra. His diversity and range increased in London, for as well as continuing to garner praise in the traditional classical field, Torquil began to develop his skills in the studio, even becoming one half of the duo “Elevator Man” which supplied dance-club music for various European venues. He was also continually traveling to Edinburgh to appear as musical director for theatrical productions produced by the National Youth Musical Theatre which he had been involved with for many years. He was the Musical Director on ''13 - The Musical'' in 2012 at the National Theatre. Around this time he was also musical director for the “Ned Sherrin Talk Show” which was regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Other performances include the “Moscow Festival Ballet”, the TV shows “Frank Stubbs Promotes”, “Love Life” and “Take Two” and the film “This Boy’s Story” as well as teaching posts at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He is a regular teacher at our School, and has been an Adjudicator for Singing in the past.
Torquil has just finished being the Musical Director of 'Shrek' at Drury Lane Theatre, London as the production closed its run.
Phil Snowden - Director, Actor, Choreographer
Phil was born in North Wales and attended the Shirley School of Dancing and later trained at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. He trained with the Director of Peploe-Williams Academy - Emma Peploe-Williams.
West End Credits: Pete in ''Crazy For You'' (Regents Park and Novello), Mr Braithwaite in ''Billy Elliot'' (Victoria Palace), Swing in Anything Goes (Drury Lane), Jamie in My Fair Lady (Drury Lane), Brujon in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre), Captain Schultz in Miss Saigon (Drury Lane), Grosvenor in Radio Times (Queens Theatre), Bob Barkin in Me And My Girl (Adelphi Theatre), Fox in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Strand Theatre), Call Boy in 42nd Street (Drury Lane), Royal Variety Performance (Palladium), Childrens Royal Variety Performance (Dominian), Classical Brits (Royal Albert Hall).
Opera: Don Giovanni, Falstaff and Eugene Onegin all For English National Opera (Coliseum)
Film: Les Miserables (Working Title)
Television: Random Acts- Sofa (Channel 4), Currys Advert (Various), After You’ve Gone (BBC), Complete Guide To Parenting (ITV, Talkback Thames), Beautiful South-Manchester (Music Video, Flynn Productions), Lipstick On Your Collar (Channel 4), The House Of Elliot (BBC), Prime Suspect (Granada).
Arenas: Jesus Christ Superstar (02 Arena, Wembley Arena and an Arena Tour of GB and Ireland), Olympic Opening Ceremony 2012 (Olympic Park), Brujon in Les Miserables (02 Arena, Odyssey Arena, Belfast and Arenas in Scandinavia), Jamie in My Fair Lady (Plaza Hotel, New York City).
Cast Recordings: Radio Times, Billy Elliot, Les Miserables O2 (DVD), Jesus Christ Superstar Arena tour 2012 (DVD).
Paul Hawkyard - Actor
Paul is an actor with vast experience in eclectic roles.
He has graced our screens across the years in ‘‘Kiss Me Kate’’ (Carlton), ‘‘Maisie Raine’’ (Zenith), ‘‘Eastenders’’ (BBC), ‘‘Heartbeat’’ (ITV), ‘‘Where The Heart Is’’ (Anglia), ‘‘Miss Marple’’ (Granada), ‘‘The Last Detective’’ (ITV), and ‘‘Mike Bassett’’ (ITV) to name a (very select) few.
Most recently he has been seen in ‘‘Casualty’’ (BBC), ‘‘2 Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps’’ (BBC) and ‘‘MI High’’ (BBC).
Furthermore he has a distinguished Musical Theatre career, starring in “Peter Pan” at the Festival Hall, Trevor Nunn’s feted production of “South Pacific” at The National Theatre, 'Miss Saigon'' at Drury Lane Theatre and “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Lyceum in London to name but a few! Paul most recently starred as ‘Bill Austin’ in the hugely popular Abba-inspired musical “Mama Mia” at the Prince of Wales Theatre.