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Our Teachers are highly influential players in the industry. In every course they teach, they bring their rich experience, knowledge and passion to the classroom. Get to know our talented team below, and feel free to reach out with questions.
Vocal Coach / Performance
Victoria loves performance having begun her training in musical theatre, singing, dancing & acting in numerous shows from a very young age.
Music and drama festivals, LAMDA to Gold Medal & Trinity College of Music and Drama exams, to grade 8 and theory, (exhibition for highest marks in UK for grade 5 & 6) developed her experience leading to her gaining a place at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, London (now part of The Central School of Speech & Drama ) where she graduated with a Diploma
in Performing Arts.
Victoria followed the singing route in theatre, as well as solo cabaret, as a Dusty Springfield Tribute then to lead singer in a band, which took her around the world .Singing pop/jazz/rock in the The Middle East 5 Star Hotel Scene, in shows on Cruise lines, to performing at The Hard Rock Cafe, Dubai.
Teaching BTEC 'Singing and Performance' at college level developed her teaching skills and enjoyment of training up new performers.
Drums - Music Theory
Neil is more than a typical teacher, he has been a successful international professional Musician and band leader for over 25 years.
From a young age, at his fathers Music shop, he interacted with artistes as diverse as the Moscow State Philharmonic to Blondie, and learned Musical Instrument retail, manufacturing and repair.
Performance was always calling though which resulted in extensive tours of the UK and the USA during the eighties. Playing numerous gigs with many bands like Spiral Axis which spurned famous artistes such as Ian Kirkham (Simply Red), Peter Howarth (The Hollies), and they also opened for Level 42 on their uk tour. Later as drummer for Tony Williams (Jethro Tull /Steelers Wheel) and whilst resident in Liverpool backed lots of 60's artistes such as , Marty Wilde, Wayne Fontana and Solomon King.
He went on to form his own jazz quintet in 1992 to cater for the five star hotel and cruise ship markets, Enjoying long resident tenures at luxury hotels in China, Israel, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, Bahrain and Japan and several summer seasons as band leader cruising the med' saw Neil sharing the stage with Jakki Graham, Hazel Dean and Heatwave to name just a few, this culminated as bandleader of the house band at Dubai's 'Hard Rock Cafe'.
Gaining a BA (Hons) and a Diploma in Music , Neil became a College Lecturer where he delivered the Btec Music Modules '20th Century Music' and 'The Music Industry'. As a private tutor Neil brings all the above experience to his Drum lessons , his current students regularly attaining distinctions in their rock school grades. Neil teaches one on one Drum lessons at Limelight and hosts music mentoring workshops.
Guitar & Ukelele
Jim began his musical journey playing the tenor horn and keyboard at school, then aged fourteen started to learn the guitar which would become his main instrument. Forming a band at the age of eighteen they entered a national competition with a mix of prog rock and heavy blues funk , Jim and the band made it to the final playing at Manchester’s Hard Rock Café along the way. The final was at the Ocean bar, Hackney for an audience of 2500.
Jim later went on to play in venues all over the UK including: the Edinburgh Fringe festival, Manchester Academy, and the famous Cavern Club, Liverpool and suppored many acts such as the Alabama 3 .
Jim went on to reach another final this time in the National battle of the bands competition, this time they were held at the Birmingham Academy.
Jim attained a BSc (Hons) degree in Creative Music and Sound Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University where he spent time developing different studio recording techniques.
In later years he toured Western Australia from Broome to Perth playing in a Jazz band, after which he joined and performed in a Mariachi style 'wedding band'. As the resident guitar teacher at limelight, Jim will deliver one on one tuition to his students. also on offer will be Rockschool grades for those who want them, grades can add up to ucas points and count towards University entrance.
Jim is a passionate musician who want others to experience the joy that music has brought him. Through a wealth of performing experience and the skills and techniques he has developed. Jim says "I will mentor students to help them grow as players and create there all important unique sound.'"
Piano, Keyboards and Music Theory
Alex is a classically trained and qualified piano performer, studying law at Lancaster University. Specialising in romantic era pieces, he is currently working on a programme for the LTCL Diploma. Competitively, he has won several classes at music festivals in Sussex, recently winning the romantic era class at Springboard Music Festival in Brighton. An experienced performer, he has given numerous recitals in care homes and town halls, as well as holding regular evening spots providing background entertainment in restaurants and at fairs. In 2018 he gave a rendition of Rachmaninoff's prelude no.2 in G sharp minor at the Sussex Young Musicians club, and since then being known as "Mr Rachmaninoff" by members of the club. His repertoire also contains modern pop and blues, which he developed over the course of 5 years playing as a pianist, as well as regularly acting as accompanist for orchestras and solo performances. This gives him a great aptitude for complex sight reading, being able to pick up all kinds of music and learning it very quickly. For 4 years he was a music tutor at a Music camp in Sussex, where he developed his excitement for inspiring a passion for music in others. Alex is a very enthusiastic and committed teacher, who relates well to younger pupils.