Tony Castro

Role

Professorial Staff - Musical Theatre

Contact details

Address:

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Faculty of Music, King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JF

Email: [email protected]

Phone One: +44 (0)20 8304 4381

Biography

Tony Castro has had a long and successful career as a freelance Conductor, Musical Director, keyboard player, vocal coach, composer and educator, a brief summary of which includes the following;CONDUCTOR/MUSICAL DIRECTOR City of Angels (Royal Academy of Music); Phantom of the Opera (Cameron Mackintosh/West End); Miss Saigon (Cameron Mackintosh/West End); The Iron Man (Young Vic/Pete Townshend); Moll Flanders (Lyric Hammersmith); Side by Side by Sondheim (Tour of Far); Dick Wittington (E&B/Birmingham); PIANO/KEYBOARDS Les Miserables (Cameron Mackintosh/West End); Wonderful Town (Bill Kenwright/West End); Snoopy (West End, Cheltenham); The Second Mrs Tanqueray (RNT on tour); Amadeus (RNT/West End); Wild Honey (RNT); Don Juan (RNT); Toad of Toad Hall (Bill Kenwright/Mermaid); Street Scene (ENO); Waste (West End); Chess (Churchill Theatre); Tony also has considerable experience in educational management, course design and assessment methods, and is a qualified teacher (QTS). He ran Higher Education performing arts degrees and departments at Central School of Speech and Drama, and Rose Bruford College, was Principal of the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, and Director of Music at The BRIT School. Tony was Education Consultant to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). He was a Subject Specialist Quality Assessor for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and an External Examiner. He has written parts of the new national BTEC Music qualification for Edexcel, for whom he also works as an External Verifier and GCSE moderator.

Teaching Experience

Tony has given workshops and masterclasses on musical theatre at a variety of venues, including the Royal Academy of Music, The Actors' Centre, GSA, LIPA, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Goldsmiths College, in Denmark, and the 2006 Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre. Tony's passion for developing new works and writers led to his involvement with the Vivian Ellis Prize, the Mercury group, the Oxford University/Mackintosh MT workshops and the Quest for a New Musical. He was Music Consultant on Dracul (San Diego) and Houdini (New York).

Creative Outputs

Compositions:

  • Lonely Hearts, film score 
  • First Things First (commission), dance piece 
  • Francesco de la Vega (commission), the orchestral narrative
  • Early in the Morning (words by Charles Causley), book of new nursery rhymes
  • Contributor, SINTA! the musical
  • Contributor, Dracula the musical

External appointments

Edexcel external Verifier and GCSE moderator.

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