Daniel Bowling, Head of Musical Theatre

-Posted on 17.11.2015

The Royal Academy of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Daniel Bowling as Head of Musical Theatre from January 2016.

Daniel has over twenty years of Musical Theatre industry experience working for some of the profession’s biggest producers including Disney, Cameron Mackintosh, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and Joop van den Ende’s Stage Entertainment. As a music supervisor, he has overseen many of the industry’s most iconic productions including Mary Poppins, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables,  Miss Saigon, Cats, Joseph and Avenue Q, in London and worldwide. Currently Music Director for The Lion King at the Lyceum in London, Daniel is also a sought-after conductor and music director as well as author and vocal coach.

A graduate of Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Daniel studied conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Bernstein, Max Rudolf and Sergiu Celibidache amongst others. Having started his career as a trumpet player, Daniel was Principal Trumpet of the New World Symphony from 1988 to 1992 and performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and St Louis Symphony under many of the greatest conductors of the late twentieth-century.

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Daniel to our talented staff. Daniel has a huge range of experience and expertise as well as a strong interest in the vital interface between the educational environment here at the Academy and the realities of the professional world.’

Daniel said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of working full-time with the Academy’s talented Musical Theatre students, staff and guest teachers. I can’t wait to get started!’.

Daniel will succeed Björn Dobbelaere, Head of Musical Theatre since 2012, who is stepping down in order to return to full-time work as a musical director and conductor.

The Musical Theatre course at the Academy, an intensive one-year MA (Master of Arts) programme, trains students for high-level careers in Musical Theatre. It provides a direct link into the profession by combining daily class work and one-to-one tuition with numerous opportunities to perform for industry experts. The ground-breaking course was established in 1994 by Mary Hammond and has been praised in The Stage as ‘highly acclaimed… a real alternative to a three-year course in an accredited drama school’.

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