Organist & Voice Coach
A native of Melbourne, Australia, Travis Baker is considered to be one of the finest organists of his homeland.
Travis is now based in England studying with world-renowned concert Organist, Dame Gillian Weir. His recital career takes him throughout the UK and mainland Europe, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Denmark. 2019, & ‘20 saw Travis perform in New Zealand, and the U.S.A. His growing reputation led to an invitation to perform the 2011 Annual Opening Concert for the Organ Club of Great Britain and in 2016 the world premiere of a work commissioned by the Eric Thompson Trust. In 2020, he will be soloist in the Saint Sean’s Organ Concerto with the EYSM orchestra.
As a Certified Master Teacher, Estill Voice Teaching Systems, Travis has worked with Estill Voice Systems in London, Australia, New Zealand and Northern Ireland. He has worked with Paul Farrington on Opera New Zealand’s Summer School and will be working in New Zealand again in 2021. In late 2011, Travis was fortunate to work with Paul Farrington in training the cast of the feature film, Quartet; in 2013/2014 he worked on the feature film The Theory of Everything. He holds the position of Director of Voice at Millennium Performing Arts College, working with renowned voice specialist Mary King.
Travis is Director of Music for The Bromley Boy Singers, a competition-winning group of approximately 60 boys based in southeast London. In 2015 they won the Cornwall International Choral Festival and in 2017 they enjoyed a tour of Paris, including Notre Dame de Paris. In addition to The Bromley Boy Singers, Travis works with the boys of Westminster Abbey and he collaborates with Glyndebourne’s Education Department.
Judith Colman trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire and completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Judith has worked with British Youth Opera, English Touring Opera, as principal Soprano with the English Brass Group, Opera Interactive and Soprano roles with many Choral Societies across the UK.
Having taught singing since she graduated, it was working with Starshine Music that first brought Judith into the world of working with groups of young singers. She discovered the joy of teaching groups how to use their voices safely and appropriately across different genre.
Subsequently, Judith has worked as a choral director, voice coach for the BBC and regularly coaches several military bands. Judith very much enjoys teaching at Battle Abbey School, MPA and the Creative Dance Company.
Judith first met Travis working on a youth choral course, well over ten years ago. They have worked collaboratively together ever since, whilst maintaining their separate careers. Working with Travis to create the Battle Abbey Youth, BAY courses has been a joyous journey and they very much look forward to accompanying you too.
Australian pianist Krystal Tunnicliffe works at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots Artist 2017-18. With duo partner Siân Dicker, she won the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform 2020, and together they will perform at the Oxford Lieder Festival in October. In 2019, she won the prize for the best accompanist in the heats at Melbourne National Liederfest, and with Harriet Burns she was a finalist at the Maureen Lehane Awards.
Krystal completed Bachelor and Masters degrees (with distinction) from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Guildhall School respectively, before undertaking a Junior Fellowship at the Guildhall School. She is also a graduate of the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien.
Krystal’s past performances have included Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, LSO St Luke’s, and Notre Dame de Paris. She has been the concerto soloist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue and Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto, and in January 2018 she performed Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles as a part of the BBC Total Immersion Day, later broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2019/2020, she was the repetiteur/orchestral pianist for NI Opera/Lyric Theatre Belfast’s Sweeney Todd, and Kiss Me Kate. She has worked for Glyndebourne Education Department, Arts Educational Schools, Guildford School of Acting, and Opera Scholars Australia.
Actress & Singer
Robine's performance work includes collaborations with leading artists from film, theatre, opera and dance and she enjoys a varied career as an actress, singer and animateur. An experienced coach and workshop leader, Robine has worked alongside the National Theatre, The Birmingham
Stage Company the Soho Theatre, Opera Holland Park and Pegasus Opera. She is a regular lecturer of voice and acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Italia Conti and Urdang Academy and has been a guest lecturer at Mountview Academy and Millennium Dance.
Robine is a trustee for the Fergal O’Mahony Foundation, a charity providing financial support for young musicians.
Her performance credits include:
Theatre: Masterclass (English Theatre Frankfurt), Sweeney Todd (West End and Chichester Festival Theatre), Laugh and Be Happy (Minerva Theatre, Chichester), Coco (Sadlers Wells), The Vaudevillains (Charing Cross Theatre and The Lowry), State Fair (Finborough and Trafalgar Studios), First Lady Suite (Union Theatre), Me and My Girl (London Palladium), Dust (Tricycle Theatre), Tiny Shows (The Copenhagen Interpretation), Circumnavigation (The Gyg), The Dots (Touring Cabaret).
Opera: La Rondine, Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Holland Park), The Clothesburger (Southbank Centre), Dancing on Armistice Day (UK/France tour), Hear Them Roar (The Voicings Collective).
Film/Television: Hope and Glory (BBC), Interference (Short Film)
Workshops: Hallowed Ground, The Miller’s Wife, The Ruby Necklace, The Man in the Room.
Voice artist work: Tubby and Enid (BBC), Sweeney Todd (West End Cast Recording), Cool Rider
(West End Cast Recording), Singleton Whiskey (Advert).
Singer, Pianist & Composer
Laka D is a singer, piano player, composer, choir arranger,and director director. Raised in a
musical family she escaped the convent and ran away to join a band as soon as she could; bands such as'The Entire Population of China’ and ‘Soulyard’.
In the 80’s she was a member of all women jazz and latin group ‘The Guest Stars’, touring many parts of the world and releasing three independent albums. Out of the melee of fantastic women musicians active at that time came ‘The Lydia D’Ustebyn Swing Orchestra’, a remarkable 13 piece ensemble, ‘Gale Force 17'’ and ‘The Hipscats’, a 6 part jazz vocal group.
She received several commissions, resulting in ‘6 Voices and a Double Bass’,
‘Slav To The Rhythm’ and ‘The Hookline’.
In the 90’s Laka worked in theatre, writing and performing in many shows with Split Britches,
Bloolips and Gay Sweatshop.
She began teaching in 1989, beginning a commitment to vocal arranging and direction, community
workshops and teaching practical musicianship.
Since 1993 she has worked with all kinds of choirs at the Southbank Centre and across London. She was choir director of Lambeth and Hackney Junior Schools Festivals for many years.
Choirs include Women Sing East and The Bloomsburys.
She now lives in France.
Rock & Pop Specialist
Chlöe du Prè is a professional session singer who’s provided backing vocals for Nicole Scherzinger, Cee Lo Green, Sinéad O’Connor and many more.
Chloe is also a very experienced and passionate voice teacher, she is currently Head of Contemporary Vocals at Bromley High School.
She’s contributed to recordings by well-known artists, singing and performing cello on Status Quo’s 2007 album, ‘In Search Of The Fourth Chord’ and in the video for Plan B’s ‘Love Goes Down’. Championed by BBC Radio 2, she also attended the network’s New Songwriters Academy.
Chlöe Du Prè
Simona’s association with BAY began in the Summer of 2018 when she joined the team to lead some Musical Theatre workshops and masterclasses.
Simona is a freelance musician who works predominantly as a Musical Director and keyboard player. She is involved with a number of production companies who create and produce an extensive range of shows both in the UK and abroad. Most recently, as Musical Director, Simona has completed sell-out runs of Heathers the Musical at The Other Palace and at Theatre Royal, Haymarket in London’s West End. She has also recorded the Original London Cast Album. Other theatre credits as Musical Director include Killer Queen. The Producers, Hot Mikado, Seussical and Grease as well as a number of pantomimes and, as Assistant Musical Director, Legally Blonde, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret and Guys And Dolls.
Simona works as an accompanist for singers and instrumentalists at all levels in addition to fulfilling private commissions from individuals and a variety of establishments for song and other arrangements. She works with the London Gay Men’s Chorus as an accompanist and song arranger. Her arrangements have been performed at many of London’s leading venues and she has accompanied the chorus at a number of renowned venues in the UK and abroad. For a number of years, she was involved with the Cabaret circuit across London which included a residency at The Pheasantry - one of London's most recognised Cabaret venues. She continues to enjoy work as an accompanist and pianist at many of these venues and at some of London's ﬁve-star hotels including The Ritz. Other positions include as a guest lecturer, advisor and consultant on musical theatre workshops and courses. Many of these engagements are frequently undertaken for leading specialist performing arts and drama colleges of higher and further education.
Media work includes soloist for Mercedes and National Lottery radio advertising campaigns, conductor at the world premiere of Disney’s A Christmas Carol and Musical Director for the British Media Awards, Financial Risk Awards and Your Money Awards. She has been a Performance Coach for the ITV productions of Newsrooms’ Got Talent.
Martin is an expert performance coach and author of The Business Jet Engine®.
He has over 20 years experience in business, leadership, and personal performance coaching.
Following a passionate interest in people and their desire to raise their quality of life, Martin started his professional life as an award-winning product designer. This became a quest to understand human behaviour - leading to extensive work with psychologists, therapists and performance coaches around the world.
Martin works with personal clients from all backgrounds, SME business owners and corporate clients which have included the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Orange.