Head of Musical Theatre

-Posted on 10.09.2015

The Royal Academy of Music has today announced that Björn Dobbelaere will step down as Head of Musical Theatre at the end of December 2015, to return to his full-time professional work as a Musical Director and Conductor. Staff and students at the Academy are grateful to Björn for his excellent work here over three and a half years, in particular his commitment to expanding the curriculum and to developing the new one-year MA programme in Musical Theatre. Until December 2015 Björn will be continuing his good work at the Academy, working closely with Louise Shephard (Programme Leader).

The Academy will advertise shortly for the Head of Musical Theatre position, with interviews scheduled for October.

Meanwhile, the Academy announces several new appointments and enhancements to its exceptional roster of Musical Theatre teaching staff:

  • Mary King, highly experienced vocal practitioner, starts in September as a new professor of singing.
  • Tom Brady, most recently MD of the five-star production of Anything Goes at the Sheffield Crucible, has been appointed as a vocal coach.
  • Christopher Austin, long-standing professor in the Academy’s Composition department and recent Tony Award winner for his Broadway score of An American in Paris, will work with our Musical Director students on orchestration.
  • Tim Sutton, composer and musical director, who will next MD Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at The National Theatre, will give a new class in deconstructing song as theatre.
  • Jeremy Sams, whose recent directorial credits include Die Fledermaus at the New York Met, will give termly classes in music and drama.

 ‘They are all terrific and not one of them would look out of place if they were dropped onto a professional stage tomorrow’
britishtheatre.com reviews Amour, June 2015 (pictured right)


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