Having worked extensively on audition panels and as an audition pianist, I have a lot of insight into the ‘other side of the table’ which I can share with you to help you make the most of that time you get in front of a casting team. I’ve also learnt and taught with many top vocal coaches and have a well-rounded understanding of the voice. I offer three slightly difference coaching services to make sure you get exactly what you want out of our time together:
1) Audition prep - 30 minutes £20 - Getting you ready for your forthcoming audition, be it for a show or drama college. Sessions will include, as desired: choosing appropriate song choices; choosing effective cuts; learning and refining vocally; help on how to interact with your pianist on the day; learning and perfecting audition sides; technical advice on vocally tricky corners
2) Rep consultation and audition advice - 30 minutes £20 - Anytime and anywhere - no singing required. Sit down for a coffee and chat. Perhaps you want to take your career in a new direction, feel you struggle to show your best in the room, or think there must be better songs for you out there. I’ll help you find those songs and find that direction and send you on your way with a plan.
3) Full vocal session - 60 minutes £40 - Whilst also including elements of the above if desired, this is a full hour focusing on vocal technique and performance, be that with a specific performance or goal in mind or simply for ongoing vocal and musical traning.
As a rep and vocal coach I enjoy working with a diverse range of clients coming from all performance backgrounds. I’ve taken clients round-by-round through successful audition processes for West End shows (Les Miserables, Beautiful, Motown) and UK tours, regularly teach students at colleges across London (Mountview, Bird College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Associated Studios), and I have enjoyed helping many new-to-singing actors and dancers make the transition into musical theatre.
Having been on audition panels for many of the West End's big hitters, as well as other smaller productions, I can help you really understand what the audition room feels like from the other side of the table and therefore help you understand what to show off and how. I will always be able to suggest new and exciting choices to expand your rep folder into a versatile and relevant audition package, with a big library of scores for you to trial.
I’ve worked with several top vocal coaches to refine my technical vocal knowledge and dexterity, but prefer to use an organic, physical, no-jargon approach to help you feel comfortable and in control of your sound. As a working Musical Director, I can also give focus on interpretation and character choices as well as vocal technique and sound production.
Singing sessions can take place either from my home in Bermondsey or in The Music Studios on Marylebone Lane, near Bond Street. Non-singing sessions can take place at my home, in Library on St Martin’s Lane, or in any other cosy, comfortable location we can find.
I also offer group workshops for both adults and children, with all levels of experience. Recently I’ve worked with young people at Stagebox, North Wall Arts Centre and various other theatre groups, and worked with adults in the corporate world as part of team-building and confidence-building excercises at McKinsey & Co and Kinnevik. For rates and details, please get in touch.
“Nick is my go-to Rep and vocal coaching for audition prep. His calm, friendly and supportive manner means that he is the perfect person to advise on song choice, performance and presenting the best version of myself. He will always try his utmost to fit around the hectic schedule of recalls and help with the learning of material in a clear, concise and confident way. His understanding of the audition process means that he’s perfectly placed to prepare me for auditions. Any actor in musical theatre should have Nick on speed dial!”
David O’Mahony - Beautiful West End and UK Tour
“If you need help with audition preparation from a highly skilled pianist and musical director then look no further than Nick. His turnaround for tracks is always brilliant, the content solid and most importantly he understands the needs of vocalists. He is an invaluable resource.”
Noel Sullivan - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, We Will Rock You, Hear’Say