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. 2017 saw Travis perform in New Zealand, and in 2018 he will return to New Zealand as well as 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.
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 2018. 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.
Krystal Tunnicliffe is a Junior Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, and a Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots Artist. She holds a Masters of Performance in Piano Accompaniment (with Distinction, and a Concert Recital Diploma) from the Guildhall, where she studied with Andrew West; a Bachelor of Music from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where she studied with Glenn Riddle; and A.Mus.A. and L.Mus.A. diplomas (with distinction). She is also a graduate of the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wein, Austria. She has been a staff pianist at Millennium Performing Arts College (London), Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne) and Opera Scholars Australia.
Krystal’s recent and upcoming engagements include performances in London, Warwickshire, Cornwall, Wales, Ireland and France (Notre Dame de Paris, Disneyland Paris, La Madeleine), including recitals at Wigmore Hall, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, and LSO St Luke’s. She was the concerto soloist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue for the Chorus of Dissent’s fifth anniversary concert. In January 2018 she will perform Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles for BBC's Total Immersion Day, to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
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.
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.