Professorial Staff - Musical Theatre
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
Tel: +44 (0)20 8304 4381
Tony Castro has had a long and successful career as a freelance conductor, musical director, keyboard player, vocal coach, composer and educator. As a conductor/musical director, he has worked on: City of Angels (Royal Academy of Music); The 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); and Dick Wittington (E&B/Birmingham).
As a piano/keyboard player, he has performed in: Les Misérables (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 (English National Opera); Waste (West End); and Chess (Churchill Theatre).
Tony also has considerable experience in educational management, course design and assessment methods, and is a qualified teacher. 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.
Tony has given workshops and masterclasses on musical theatre at a variety of venues, including the Royal Academy of Music, The Actors' Centre, Guildford School of Acting, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Goldsmiths College 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).
- 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
Edexcel external Verifier and GCSE moderator