James Hall BA (Hons) PGCE ATCL (Musical Theatre)

Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2019Likewise the singing was of a very high standard. I was impressed by the quality of the choral/harmony work
Lottie Walker
yat.org.uk
2019James Hall's original music, played by him (piano) Hayley Scurll (viola), created just the right atmosphere for the imaginary world.
Heather Morgan and Ken Mason
yat.org.uk
2019I must mention the delightful original music, played live to compliment the scenes, compliments of composer and pianist James Hall
Lynn Howes
yat.org.uk
2019Even the musical director James Hall couldn’t step out of time in the tap number,
Katie E Rose
rosereview.co.uk
2019The band are great, expertly led by their (tap dancing!) MD James Hall, picking up numerous complicated cues effortlessly.
Sue In The Stalls
sueinthestalls.wordpress.com
2019familiar World War One songs beautifully played in this production by MD James Hall and his four fellow musicians
Susan Elkin
sardinesmagazine.co.uk
2019James Hall took the helm of a 12 piece orchestra...it was lovely to hear this score being played so well.
Sarah McPartlan
musicaltheatremusings.co.uk
2019James Hall kept the musical pace strong throughout. A sound well balanced for the acoustic of a church
Tony Sweeney
cygnetplayers.com

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2019 - 2020Musical Director & Singing Teacher
Teacher
Laine Theatre ArtsLaine Theatre Arts
2020Musical Director & Keys
Music Direction
Shrek The Musical
Sarah Chapman
Bromley Players
Bob Hope Theatre
2019 - 2020Assistant Vocal Director
Performing Arts
Luna Rossa Productions for Siilversea CruisesLuna Rossa Productions
2019 - 2020Assistant Musical Director
Music Direction
Cinderella
Kevin Gauntlett
LP Creatives
Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead
2019 - 2020Musical Director & Keys
Music Direction
Marie Lloyd Stole My Life
Edz Barrett
Blue Fire Theatre Company
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Venue 39 & Tour
2018 - 2020Piano Accompanist
Musician
WEF Cabaret & Open MicWest End Frenchies
Toulouse Lautrec Brasserie
2019Rehearsal Pianist
Musician
West End Proms (Greenwich Music Time)
Emma Norton
Cuffe & Taylor
Old Royal Naval College, London
2019Dep Rehearsal Pianist
Musician
Once On This island
Lee Proud
British theatre academy
Southwark Playhouse
2019Choir Conductor
Conductor
Collabro: Road to the Royal Albert Hall8218 Youth Theatre
G Live, Guildford
2017 - 2019Musical Director
Music Direction
Foundation Musical TheatreGuildford School of Acting
2019Musical Director, Keys & Arranger
Music Direction
Showstoppers
Adrian Edmeades
Theatre Box, Epsom
Epsom Playhouse
2019Musical Director & Keys
Music Direction
Our House
Bill Compton
YAT
Hampton Hill Theatre
2016 - 2019Musical Director
Music Direction
Theatre Box, EpsomTheatre Box, Epsom
2019Keys 2
Musician
Lucky StiffEldorado Musical Productions
Bob Hope Theatre
2018 - 2019Musical Director & Conductor
Music Direction
Kiss Me Kate
Phoebe Fleetham
Cygnet Players
John McIntosh Arts Centre
2018Piano Accompanist
Musician
The Red Peppers
Mandy Matthiae
Blue Fire Theatre Company
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Venue 39
2018Musical Director, Keys & Arranger
Music Direction
Pinot! The Musical
Adrian Klein & Deborah Hillis
Sing In French LTD
Palace Theatre, Southend on Sea & Wimbledon Studio
2017 - 2018Piano Accompanist & Actor
Live Performance
The Vera Lynn Story UK Tour
Andy Tebbutt-Russell
Practically Perfect Productions
UK Tour
2018Musical Director, Keys & Arranger
Music Direction
Dick Whittington Pantomime
Bill Compton
TTC
Hampton Hill Theatre
2018Keys 2
Musician
High SocietyBarnes & Richmond Operatic Society
Richmond Theatre
2018Dep Keys 1
Musician
CatsThe Little Theatre, Leicester
The Little Theatre, Leicester
2018Musical Director & Keys
Music Direction
Oh What A Lovely War
Matthew Westrip
Artform
Catford Broadway Studio Theatre
2018Keys 2 (Harp)
Musician
Sweeney Todd
Paul Longhurst
Barnstormers Theatre Company
The Minack Theatre, Cornwall
2018Musical Director & Keys
Music Direction
Back To The 80s
Adrain Edmeades
Theatre Box, Epsom
Epsom Playhouse
2018Musical Director & Keys
Music Direction
The Wizard of Oz
Adrain Edmeades
Theatre Box, Epsom
Epsom Playhouse
2018Musical Director & Keys
Music Direction
Urinetown
Daniel Lawrence
Bromley Players
Bob Hope Theatre
2018Keys 2
Musician
Barnum
Barry McGonagle
Young Theatre Royal, Winchester
Theatre Royal, Winchester
2016 - 2018Singing Teacher
Teacher
Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Sam Newton
Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Italia Conti Arts Centre
2017Musical Director & Keys
Music Direction
A Night At The Music Hall
Jill Francis
Academy of Performance Training
2017Piano Accompanist
Musician
The Red Peppers
Mandy Matthiae
TTC
Hampton Hill Theatre
2017Singing Teacher
Teacher
Academy of Performance TrainingAcademy of Performance Training
2017Musical Director, Composer & Actor
Music Direction
The Garden Dragon & The Lovely Lily
Elaine Hallam
Yellow Rose Productions
Cecil Hepworth Playhouse
2017Musical Director & Conductor
Music Direction
Big The Musical
Sophie Hardie
YAT
Hampton Hill Theatre
2017Musical Director & Conductor
Music Direction
Sister Act
Susanna Klemm
Kingston Vale Theatre Group
Adrian Mann Theatre
2017Company Musical Director & Rehearsal Pianist
Music Direction
Miller Plays The Musicals
Diego Avila
Barnes & Richmond Operatic Society
Richmond Theatre
2017Keys 2
Musician
Godspell
Barry McGonagle
Young Theatre Royal, Winchester
Theatre Royal, Winchester
2017Musical Director, Keys & Arranger
Music Direction
A Night At The Movies
Adrain Edmeades
Theatre Box, Epsom
Epsom Playhouse
2017Keys 2
Musician
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Nigel Cole
Barnes & Richmond Operatic Society
The Minack Theatre, Cornwall
2017Musical Director & Performer
Music Direction
Let's Do It: A Tribute to Victoria Wood
Ian Doswell
Cygnet Players
St Barnabus Church, Southfields
2016 - 2017Musical Director, Keys & Arranger
Music Direction
Robin Hood Pantomime
Steph Parr
Putney Light Operatic Society
Putney Arts Theatre
2016 - 2017Musical Director & Keys
Music Direction
A Streetcar Named Desire
Rick de Kerchove
TTC
Hampton Hill Theatre
2016Musical Director & Keys
Music Direction
Matilda Workshop
Barry McGonagle
Young Theatre Royal, Winchester
Theatre Royal, Winchester
2016Musical Director, Keys & Arranger
Music Direction
West End to Broadway
Adrain Edmeades
Theatre Box, Epsom
Epsom Playhouse
2016Vocal Coach & Piano Accompanist
Education
Summer Showcase
Nicola Ward
ATG Richmond Theatre Creative Learning Dept
Richmond Theatre
2016Musical Director
Music Direction
Words Come To Life
Andrew Waldron
Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
G Live, Guildford
2016Composer & Musical Director
Music Direction
Tom's Midnight Garden
Bill Compton
YAT
Hampton Hill Theatre
2015 - 2016Singing Teacher & Accompanist
Musician
The Ultimate Voice
Roz McLeod
The Ultimate Voice
Epsom
2015 - 2016Piano Accompanist and Arranger
Choir
Heart & Soul Choirs
Roz Mcleod
Heart & Soul Choirs
Epsom & Cobham
2015Musical Director & Performer
Music Direction
CinderElla
Elaine Hallam
Yellow Rose Productions
The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse
2015Musical Director
Music Direction
Urinetown
Bill Compton
YAT
Hampton Hill Theatre
2015Musical Director
Music Direction
Side By Side By Sondheim
Robin Legard
TTC
Hampton Hill Theatre
2015Singing/Performing Arts Teacher
Teacher
Summer School
Janine Ford
Production Bugs
2015Keys 2 & Dep Rehearsal Pianist
Musician
Carousel
Clare Henderson Roe
Barnes & Richmond Operatic Society
The Minack Theatre, Cornwall
2015Musical Director
Music Direction
The Pirate Queen (UK Premier)
Bill Compton
Hounslow Light Operatic Society
Hampton Hill Theatre
2015Singing Teacher
Teacher
Stagecoach
Sarah Chitty
Stagecoach Theatre Arts
Twickenham
2014 - 2015Musical Director & Leader
Choir
Stagecoach Twickenham Choir
Sarah Chitty
Stagecoach Theatre Arts
2014Dep. Musical Director
Music Direction
Soho Cinders
Michael Howcroft
The Urdang Academy
Isleworth, London
2014Piano Accompanist
Musician
Christmas Concert
Janine Ford
Production Bugs
Dorking
2014Keyboard
Musician
JosephBandon Hill Primary School
Bandon Hill Primary School
2014Musical Director
Music Direction
Honk!
James Mortimer
Zodiac Musical Theatre Society
Magna Carta Arts Centre, Staines
2014Musical Director, Arranger, Pianist & Flautist
Music Direction
Animal farm
Tom Wright
YAT
Hampton Hill Playhouse
2014Pianist
Musician
Shaninigans Music Hall
David Hannigan
Shaninigans Music Hall
2014Musical Director
Music Direction
Dazzle!
Nicola Ward
ATG Richmond Theatre Creative Learning
Richmond Theatre, London
2014Creative Music Facilitator
Education
Richmond Theatre Creative Learning: Musical Theatre Course
Nicola Ward
Ambassador Theatre Group
Richmond Theatre
2014Keyboard 1
Musician
Beauty and the Beast
Jeff Raggett
Cygnet Players
The London Oratory School, Fulham, London
2013 - 2014Rehearsal Pianist
Musician
Beauty and the Beast
Jeff Raggett
Cygnet Players
The London Oratory School, Fulham, London
2013 - 2014Composer & Musical Director
Music Composing
Remember Me
Oliver Horsfall
Oliver Horsfall
Kinston upon Thames, London
2013Musical Director
Music Direction
Pantomime: AladdinSt Michaels Players
Chiswick, London
2013Musical Director
Music Direction
Encore
Debbie Arthur
Kingston Vale Theatre Group
Kinston upon Thames, London
2013Musical Director
Music Direction
A Slice of Saturday Night
Bill Compton
YAT
Hampton Hill Playhouse, Middlesex
2013Composer
Music Composing
Kingston Univeristy Clearing VideoKingston University
Kinston upon Thames, London
2013Pianist
Musician
Rose Cafe Lunch Jazz ConcertKingston University
Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames, London
2013Piano Accompanist
Musician
Cygnet PlayersCygnet Players
Southfields, London
2013Composer & Musical Director
Music Composing
Afterglow
Simon Stache
International Youth Arts Festival
Kinston upon Thames, London
2013Founder, Manager and Musical Director
Choir
Sing We Now Youth Choir
James Hall
Sing We Now Youth Choir
Kinston upon Thames, London
2013Composer
Music Composing
Megan Wooldbridge Degree ChoreographyKingston University
Kinston upon Thames, London
2012Rehearsal Pianist
Musician
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
John Parsons
Wilton Productions
Scunthorpe
2012Musical Director and Piano Accompanist
Music Direction
Summer Concert
James Hall
Rising Stars
Scunthorpe
2012Musical Director and Piano Accompanist
Music Direction
Invisible Theatre Company
Lindsay Pepper
Invisible Theatre Company
Scunthorpe
2012Keyboard 2
Musician
High School MusicalInvenio Academy
Scunthorpe
2011 - 2012Musical Director
Music Direction
Pantomime: Dick Whittington
Barbara Robinson
Scunhorpe Little Theatre Club
Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe
2011 - 2012Piano Accompanist
Musician
The Wold SingersThe Wold Singers
Scunthorpe
2011Musical Direction
Music Direction
Pantomime: Cinderella and her Invisible Friend
Linda & George Hankinson
Rising Stars
Scunthorpe
  • Equipment

    I own (and can operate):
    Kurzweil Forte Stage Piano, Roland FP80 Digital Stage Piano, Grotrian Steinweg 162 Grand Piano, MacBook Pro with Logic Pro, Mainstage & Kontact Komplete, Yamaha DXR 10 Active Loud Speaker, Scheonberg Miniature Upright Piano, Schoenhut Miniature Grand Piano, Yamaha P95 Portable Digital Piano, Technics SX-PX665 Digital Piano

    About me

    James Hall is a diligent and creative music professional who is immersed in Music Theatre. He specialises in musical direction and the teaching of singing and performance techniques. As a musical director he aspires to provide an excellent musical product and experience for all. His thorough approach means that he creates a relaxed yet professional atmosphere for musicians, casts and creative teams. As a teacher he challenges students to explore a range of strategies and tools to get the best out of their voice or performance. He ensures students maintain their individuality, creative musicality and performance integrity.

    As a singing teacher James specialises in musical theatre, incorporating the Estill model in his teaching. As well as leading workshops and group singing classes James teaches privately offering lessons for adults and children; both professional and amateur. As well as fundamental singing technique James also focuses on characterisation, interpretation and acting techniques to enhance the performance of songs for all styles. Some pupils take singing and music theatre exams maintaining a 100% pass rate. James offers assistance with audition preparation and applications for vocational colleges and professional courses. Previous pupils have gone onto study at Arts Educational School, Mountview, Guildford School of Acting, ALRA, The Urdang Academy, Italia Conti, The Brit School, University of Chichester and others have gone on to perform professionally around the country and in West End shows.

    James’ skills as a singing teacher coincide with his work as a freelance musical director. He works with professional theatre companies, amateur dramatic groups and youth theatre groups specialising in musical theatre and plays with music. James’ skills and experience as a MD include accompanying rehearsals, sight reading (especially for auditions), leading vocal warm ups and workshops, playing keys in orchestra pits, conducting ensembles, Keyboard and Mainstage programming, creating arrangements and composing award winning music.

    Currently he the resident Musical Director for Theatre Box, Epsom and Pinot! The Musical. He is also a Musical Director on the Foundation Musical Theatre course at Guildford School of Acting.

    Additional Skills

    Piano Tuning/Technician Skills

    Referees

    Available on request

    Industry Awards

    Arts Richmond Judges' award 2015 - 16.

  • Skills

    Musical Skills
    • Flute
    • Keyboard
    • Piano
    • Piccolo
    Musical Style
    • Big band
    • Cabaret
    • Cool jazz
    • Folk
    • Jazz
    • Pop
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    Home Studio
    • Yes
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Organisations
    • ISM
    Primary Instrument
    • Piano
    DBS checked
    • Yes (within last 12 months)
    Interested in
    • Composing/Arranging
    • Education / Therapy
    • Film
    • Live Performance
    • Music Direction
    • Orchestra
    • Session Musician
    • Teacher
    • Tour (International)
    • Tour (UK)