William  Robert Allenby - Baritone
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William Robert Allenby
MMus, FLCM, GRSM (hons), LRAM (vocal teaching), FRSA, MISM

Singing Tuition and Vocal Coaching

At his private studio in London, William is in demand as a singing teacher and vocal coach for established opera soloists, professional musical theatre singers, actors, dancers and cabaret acts. Many travel from all over the UK and mainland Europe to work with him, drawing on his vast experience in all aspects of the profession.

William is the voice consultant and vocal coach at Marlowes Agency (music theatre, film and TV agent), where he regularly prepares clients for auditions in London's West End and beyond. An able pianist and accompanist he also records accompaniments for his clients as practise aids and often plays for auditions. His Marlowes Agency clients are currently appearing in; The Lion King, Rock of Ages, Starlight Express, Dancing in the Streets, Chicago, Cats, Grease, Wicked, We Will Rock You, and on leading cruise lines.

He also has a roster of private clients from the world of opera. In recent seasons he has prepared clients for roles with leading opera companies including; La Monnaie, Dutch National Opera, Dresden Oper, Opera de Lyon, Teatro Real Madrid, Frankfurt Oper, Polish National Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne, and Opera Holland Park in London.

William also gives regular masterclasses and workshops in Musical Theatre and Classical singing, for advanced students and young professionals. Recent work includes; masterclasses and coaching at the University of York (MT and classical), masterclassess at the London College of Music in opera, musical theatre, and performance workshops, visits to Warsaw (as visiting professor of voice) at the Polish National Opera Young Artists Programme, and his annual summer masterclasses in London with various collaborators, Emmaneule Mollica, Elizabeth Rowe (ROH), and Stuart Morley MD (We Will Rock You, Elf, Big, Wicked, and the Royal Academy of Music).

William is also active as an adjudicator and as an assessor at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in both Musical Theatre and classical singing. He is an external moderator for Royal Holloway, University of London in MT and classical singing and is Head of Academic Practice at The Brighton Academy of performing arts (delivering Bath Spa University degrees). He is also a course coordinator/programme leader and vocal, ensemble and performance tutor at the University of Chichester. His doctoral study is based at the University of Portsmouth, in the Department of Education, with a research emphasis on course and curriculum development in the performing arts.

Electrifying masterclass given this afternoon by the bass-baritone William Allenby

Dr Emilie Capulet
London College of Music

William's aim with all his students is to inspire them to be the best possible version of themselves as both singer and stage performer. This can be achieved through a solid technical foundation in breath support, allied to easy vocal emission through a firm focus on accessing resonance. He is also able to offer first-hand advice and expertise on how to approach a career in many areas of the current profession, drawing on the invaluable experience gained by his current work in the profession and over more than thirty years.

He offers specialist help with

  • Role preparation
  • Audition coaching
  • Careful repertoire selection
  • Building your cabaret show
  • Delivering and devising dialogue
  • Enunciation and diction
  • Acting through the voice
  • Vocal technique with special focus on resonance and breath control

William was recently made a Fellow of the London College of Music. William is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) and has been a member of Equity, the UK trade union for professional performers, since 1990.

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