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Welcome Aaron Newland-Bentley, the vocal coach of our NEW London Boot Camp

12/06/18

Youth Music Theatre UK has an unwavering reputation for creating the brightest new musical theatre projects and courses, led by trailblazing creative teams from West End, Fringe, Repertoire and Broadway theatre. And in the year of our 15th anniversary, this is no exception, especially in the case of our *NEW*Musical Theatre Boot Camp taking place 13 – 18 August in London.

Aaron Newland-Bentley is a highly sought after singing consultant and has taught at some of the countries top drama schools.  He’s even delivered training to clients in many West End productions such as The Book of Mormon, Motown, Hairspray and Matilda!  His expertise has prepared numerous students for professional auditions and helped aspiring performers to gain entrance into some of the countries best institutions and he can coach you too at the Musical Theatre Boot Camp!

The YMT Musical Theatre Boot Camp comprises 60 hours of intensive tuition, rehearsals and masterclasses spread over a 6-day residential retreat, aimed to equip you with the unique skillset and knowledge needed to be competitive and to excel in the theatre industry. Whilst the course is beneficial for everyone, it is particularly beneficial for those interested in auditioning for drama school or conservatoire at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, which is why we believe Aaron is the perfect vocal coach for this course!.

Aaron has a passion for Musical Theatre and a keen interest in the integration of singing and acting.  He is a strong believer in voice work as athletic training and emphasises the balance between craft and artistry.  With that being said, Aaron will test your skills and challeng you vocally during the new 6-day, intensive residential Boot Camp. During the course, participants will have the opportunity to explore different approaches to making new music theatre and cross arts developments, including styles used in physical theatre, mask and Commedia dell’arte, as well as traditional musical theatre and performance techniques.

There is still an opportunity to BOOK ON to the London Musical Theatre Boot Camp to train under Aaron and the other creatives, but be sure to book soon as spaces are limited!

Youth Music Theatre UK - Sophie Rose Miller

Starting at YMT’s Summer Camps and treading the boards ever since, Sophie Rose Miller talks about her journey!

03/06/18

The countdown is on to YMT’s exciting Summer Season, 2018, which includes the return of our acclaimed Musical Theatre Summer Camps (previously Summer Skills Courses). A residential project for ANYONE aged 11-17, participants take part in an intense, fun, creative training course in the performing arts by putting on a brand new musical show within a week! All YMT courses are led by a team of top theatre professionals who have a wealth of experience in West End, Fringe, International and touring theatre, making the courses, as Sophie says, “an invaluable experience for any young performer, and I honestly don’t believe there’s a better training facility out there”.

Since taking part in YMT’s Summer Camps, as well as our shows, before eventually heading to drama school, Sophie Rose Miller has amassed an impressive repertoire in the Theatre & Film industry. She has recommended YMT to friends and colleagues over the years, and has even, as she says, “already begun preparing the next generation of YMTers by telling my goddaughters and friends’ children to do a Summer Camp once they’re old enough”. From commercials to music videos, with a project soon to be aired on Channel 4, she’s on her way to the top! Sophie is currently working on a project in the West End at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatre, The Other Palace, and has a cabaret show coming to the Arts Theatre on the 11th of May called Voices of Power.

With YMT’s Musical Theatre Camps just around the corner, we caught up with Sophie to hear what she had to say about taking part in one of the camp courses: “Over the years I’ve had experience with a number of different companies, but there’s a reason that YMT is the one I always come back to… Getting to work with the brilliant creatives that YMT has made sure that everyone was focused and professional. It created an environment that I’ve otherwise only ever found in a professional adult theatre company”. Talking about the friends and skills she learned at Summer Camp, Sophie tells us, “everyone was at YMT to have fun, and I can honestly say that if you enjoy acting or dancing or singing, or all three, then YMT is the most incredibly fun company to be a part of”.

And as much fun as Sophie had at YMT’s Summer Camp, she also credits the company for equipping her with the necessary key skills required to get into drama school, stating “if it wasn’t for YMT, I might not have got into drama school. Obviously in part thanks to the incredible training I received on the courses but also more directly thanks to one of my YMT directors, Gemma Fairlie, who recommended I look into that particular school”. This year we are also running a bespoke Musical Theatre Boot Camp course for those aged 17-21, who are particularly interested in auditioning for drama school or conservatoire, with the aim of equipping them with the Skills Sophie learned on our course needed to get into drama school.

This year, YMT’s Musical Theatre Summer Camps are coming to Hertfordshire, Leeds, Wiltshire, Edinburgh, Surrey and London. BOOK NOW WHILE SPACES LAST! Don’t miss out on this fun, intensive, creative training course for building your confidence and providing you with essential performing arts skills.

SPOTLIGHT: Introducing Victoria Evaristo, the director of our NEW London Boot Camp

01/06/18

Youth Music Theatre UK has an unwavering reputation for creating the brightest new musical theatre projects and courses, led by trailblazing creative teams from West End, Fringe, Repertoire and Broadway theatre. And in the year of our 15th anniversary, this is no exception, especially in the case of our *NEW* Musical Theatre Boot Camp taking place 13 – 18 August in London.

The YMT Musical Theatre Boot Camp comprises 60 hours of intensive tuition, rehearsals and masterclasses spread over a 6-day residential retreat, aimed to equip you with the unique skillset and knowledge needed to be competitive and to excel in the theatre industry. Whilst the course is beneficial for everyone, it is particularly beneficial for those interested in auditioning for drama school or conservatoire at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, which is why we believe Victoria Evaristo is the perfect candidate to direct the course. 

 

Victoria brings to the table a wide array of experience in the theatre industry. As a Guildhall School of Music and Drama alumna, she has performed as an actor herself at many renowned theatres, such as the Hackney Empire, Royal Court Theatre Liverpool, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Everyman Theatre Liverpool and MANY more. Not only has Victoria made her mark in the UK, but she’s showcased her talents across Europe, Africa and the U.S.A.!  She has even performed a one woman show entitled, “Ma Joyce’s Tales from the Parlour” at the world famous Eidinburgh Festival.

However, it is Victoria's experience in teaching and directing which will make the course unqiue and valuable for those who participate. She has led classes at mnay leading instititutions, including Italia Conti academy, Sylvia Young theatre school, Royal Central School of speech and drama, Identity Drama School, Big Foot theatre company, City University and numerous other places.  In addition to all of this, she privately tutors students and professionals on audition prep, voice and script work.

Victoria will use her expertise to test your skills during the new 6-day, intensive residential Boot Camp. During the course, participants will have the opportunity to explore different approaches to making new music theatre and cross arts developments, including styles used in physical theatre, mask and Commedia dell’arte, as well as traditional musical theatre and performance techniques.  Victoria will give you the tools you need to confidently apply to drama school or conservatoire.

There is still an opportunity to BOOK ON to the London Musical Theatre Boot Camp to train under the direction of Victoria and the other creatives, but be sure to book soon as spaces are limited!

SPOTLIGHT: Ella Grace joins as Musical Director for YMT's Scotland Summer Camp

08/05/18

Youth Music Theatre UK has an unwavering reputation for creating the brightest new musical theatre projects and courses, led by trailblazing creative teams from West End, Fringe, Repertoire and Broadway theatre. And in the year of our 15th anniversary, this is no exception, especially in the case of our Scotland Summer Camp, taking place 6 – 11 August.

As the musical director of our Edinburgh Summer Camp this year, Ella Grace has an exceptional breadth of work under her belt. From writing the music and lyrics for an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salome at the Walt Disney Modular Theatre, to working at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Ella’s work is as technically marvellous as it is dazzling. We’re looking forward to Ella choreographing a brand-new show, The Vampire Hunters of Glasgow, at YMT’s Edinburgh Summer Camp (20 – 25 August).

An intense and creative course in singing, acting and dancing, Ella will put the 11-17 year olds through their paces by directing them in a brand-new musical in a week. Building confidence and developing key performing arts skills, the young people will excel under the direction of Ella and the rest of the experienced creative team. 

As a composer and lyricist, she is a recipient of the Michael Grandage Future Bursaries Award. As a performer herself, Ella fronted the rock bank Hitchcock Blonde for four years. She is writing the book, music, & lyrics for Nethergate, a contemporary Scottish retelling of Peter Pan, and is also adapting Peter Pan for a theatre in the USA.

There is still an opportunity to BOOK ON to the Scotland Summer Camp to train under the direction of Ella and the other creatives, but be sure to book soon as spaces are limited! We also have camps this year in Wiltshire, Edinburgh, Leeds, Hertfordshire, London and Surrey. If you are too old to attend any of our Summer Camps, but are interested in being trained by our industry professionals, consider booking on to our London Boot Camp (13-18 August for ages 17-21).

SPOTLIGHT: Award-winning composer Tim Gilvin to lead YMT's Wiltshire Summer Camp.

08/05/18

Youth Music Theatre UK has an unwavering reputation for creating the brightest new musical theatre projects and courses, led by trailblazing creative teams from West End, Fringe, Repertoire and Broadway theatre. And in the year of our 15th anniversary, this is no exception, especially in the case of our Wiltshire Summer Camp, taking place 30 July – 4 August.

As the musical director of our Wiltshire Summer Camp this year, composer and lyricist Tim Gilvin has worked extensively as a music leader and pianist with professionals and young people alike. For his musical, Stay Awake, Jake, Tim won The S&S Award 2014, which is one of the UK’s most prominent prizes for new musical theatre writing, as well as being nominated for 5 Broadway World Awards. We’re looking forward to Tim directing our very own Treacherous Tales & Famous Pirates at YMT’s Wiltshire Summer Camp (30 July – 4 August).

An intense and creative course in singing, acting and dancing, Tim will put the 11-17 year olds through their paces by directing them in a brand-new musical in a week. Building confidence and developing key performing arts skills, the young people will excel under the direction of Tim and the rest of the very experienced creative team. 

Tim’s songs have been played on the BBC and Channel 4, and one of his songs, ‘A Bigger Smile’, was performed at the Garrick (West End) in 2015 as part of the shortlist for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize. He is currently workshopping his show Kate and the Devil at Manchester Royal Exchange, as well as completing a commission for a new musical.

There is still an opportunity to BOOK ON to the Wiltshire Summer Camp to train under the direction of Tim and the other creatives, but be sure to book soon as spaces are limited! We also have camps this year in Edinburgh, Leeds, Hertfordshire, Surrey and London. If you are too old to attend any of our Summer Camps, but are interested in being trained by our industry professionals, consider booking on to our London Boot Camp (13-18 August for ages 17-21).

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