Our Musical Theatre Summer School tutor team consists of industry professionals and current members of Trinity Laban's Musical Theatre degree course teaching staff. All tutors have established track records of working in a range of roles across the West End including musical direction, singing, and choreography.

Below are the Take the Lead tutors for 2017 who have been confirmed so far. More to be announced throughout Spring, so make sure to check back!

Tutors may change subject to availability, due to the nature of their profession.

Lucinda Brereton

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Training Arts Educational Schools London

Theatre Cherry Sunday in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Rhoda in White Christmas (Dominion Theatre), Mimi in Guys & Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre), Rhonda in Cool Rider (Duchess Theatre), Vodka in Drunk (Leicester Curve & Bridewell Theatre), Annie in Chicago (Leicester Curve), Principal Singer in Gotta Sing Gotta Dance (UK Tour), Kiss Me Kate (Old Vic), Wonderful Town (Original UK Tour), Gladys in 42nd Street (Leicester Curve, Chichester Festival Theatre), Soho Cinders (Queen’s Theatre), Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre), Showgirl Within (The Garrick), Dorothy in Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi (Union Theatre), Mary Poppins (UK Tour), Follies in Concert (London Palladium)

Workshops Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory), Spittin’ Distance (NT Studio), The Last Maharajah (Wyndham’s Theatre)




James Darch 

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Training Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; Arts Educational Schools, London

Theatre Wicked (Apollo Victoria, West End) Sky in Mamma Mia (Novello, West End), Ralph Sheldrake in White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse) Kiss Me Kate (BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall), Cool Rider (Duchess Theatre, West End), Cats (No. 1 UK Tour), Cinderella (Royal and Derngate, Northampton), Marguerite (Tabard), Guys and Dolls (Cadogan Hall), Fresher the Musical (EdFringe), Mamma Mia (West End). Upcoming: Wicked (West End) 

Workshops Love of an Angel (Union Theatre), Zanetto (Arts Theatre, West End), The Diary of Anne Frank 

Television New Tricks (BBC), Sony PS4 Commercial, Morrison’s Commercial 

Recording Fresher the Musical Original 2011 Cast Recording 



Verity Quade

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Training: First Class BMus (Hons) Trinity College of Music, and a PGDip and DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music.

Theatre: Verity is a seasoned West End performer, having played both lead and ensemble in a variety of musicals. Most recently, she played the role of Marge/Milan Stage Manager in Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre. Other shows include Sweeney Todd, Sunny Afternoon, Sister Act and The Sound of Music amongst others. She is in constant demand as a singing teacher and vocal coach at the highest level and works regularly as a musical director and arranger.

Concerts: Verity is also an experienced session and concert singer and has sung backing vocals for Dionne Warwick and Josh Groban, performed in two Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra, and was a featured vocalist in a collaboration with the English National Ballet entitled Strictly Gershwin.

Recordings: Her recording work includes two Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks, Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies with the John Wilson Orchestra, Numbers Rush By for band Tonic Fold, the demo for Cinderella by Anne Dudley and Stephen Fry and the debut albums of both Simon Bowman and Annalene Beechey.

As a composer/lyricist, her CD Scrapbook - the songs of Rob Archibald and Verity Quade can be found on iTunes and Amazon. She is currently writing a new musical with her collaborators.

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