UCC | School of Music, Media and Performing Arts


School of Music

Welcome to the UCC School of Music, Media and Performing Arts; a hub of creativity. Being successful means being multi-skilled, focused and entrepreneurial. That’s the kind of student profile we are looking for.

Music

Imagination and innovation form the foundation of the world’s booming creative economies. With your future employability as a versatile and highly-skilled musician at the core of what we do, we will help hone your skills and encourage you to become an adaptive and reflective practitioner.

We are an active partner with the many arts organisations in and around Essex, working closely with Essex Music Education Hub, the Roman River Festival, BBC Essex, Colchester Arts Centre, the Headgate Theatre and the Mercury Theatre to ensure you gain real-world employment experiences. As a student, you will benefit from performing at venues close-by, such as the Soundhouse, the Headgate Theatre, the Mercury Theatre and festivals at Castle Park, helping to build your experience, portfolio and future employability.

Media

Creativity and innovation are cornerstones of the world’s flourishing creative economies. Acquiring up-to-date technical and creative skills are essential to prepare you for a career in this competitive, exciting and ever-expanding sector.

The School of Digital Media is an active partner with the many creative organisations in and around Essex, working closely with The Games Hub at the Knowledge Gateway, BBC Essex and FILM Suffolk.

Performing Arts

Your future success as a confident performer or theatre technician is central to our programmes.

We are an active partner with many arts organisations in and around Essex, working in partnership with the Mercury Theatre, the Headgate Theatre and the Dance Network Association. Industry agents and West End performers are regularly invited to help develop confidence (and professional connections), and refine your skills so you stand out and flourish in the competitive creative world.

Our illustrious alumni are making waves in the industry and we look forward to the day you will do the same.

Phil Toms, Head of School

Courses Offered

BA (Hons) Computer Games with 3D Modelling and Animation
BA (Hons)Digital Film Production
BA (Hons) Music for Performance and Teaching(Music Education)
BA (Hons)Musical Theatre
BA (Hons)Popular Music
BA Hons Music for Media(Film Music and Soundtrack Production)

This year the School will be running a series of short courses for those interested in or who would like to learn more about Composition to Media, Arranging, Mixing and Mastering. Click here to find out more

Danielle Wrayton is the programme leader for BA (Hons) Computer Games with 3D Modelling and Animation. Danielle has taught at Colchester Institute, the University of Essex and University Centre Colchester.

Danielle has worked in creative industries for many years in interactive design, animation and games and runs her own game design studio in Essex. She has worked on numerous digital games designed specifically for diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety, PTSD and OCD.

Research interests include psycho-education and education in games, literacy in games, the impact of new interfaces in games and teaching games as an academic subject.

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Phil Toms is the Head of Schools for Digital Media, Music & Performing Arts. A versatile musician and dedicated educator, Phil contributes to a range of academic programmes, live performances and student auditions.

After completing his studies, Phil, started a freelance career in instrumental and classroom music teaching. In 2006, Phil joined the School of Music at Colchester Institute teaching a variety of degree modules in Music Education. Following the formation of University Centre Colchester (UCC), Phil was appointed to his current post.

Phil has an eclectic musical background from classical music & jazz to prog-folk. Phil is also the film critic for BBC Essex, appearing on radio on a weekly basis.

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Matthew McGuchan is a lecturer in Film and Creative Media, teaching modules in Digital Film Production; Multimedia for Tech Theatre; VFX and Animation.

Matthew has held posts as lecturer and visiting lecturer at a number of institutions, including the West London Institute of Higher Education, Nottingham University, Blake College, Suffolk New College, Colchester Institute, and University Centre Colchester.

Matthew works as a screenwriter and filmmaker based in Ipswich. Credits include short films funded by Greater London Arts, BBC2, the BFI and Screen East; writing commissions include Gold Circle, Warp X, Element, Shine, UK Film Council, Channel 4, Radio 4 and Hodder. Matthew is an experienced subeditor and occasional contributor for Radio Times and Sunday Times.

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Julien Mery is a lecturer in Film Production, teaching modules in Marketing & Distribution and Script to Screen. Julien has experience teaching across a range of educational settings, and countries.

Julien undertook his Teacher Training in Denmark and worked in a range of schools in Europe and the UK. He also worked as a freelance media trainer for number of UK charities.
Julien currently lectures at Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester.

Matthew works as a screenwriter and filmmaker based in Ipswich. Credits include short films funded by Greater London Arts, BBC2, the BFI and Screen East; writing commissions include Gold Circle, Warp X, Element, Shine, UK Film Council, Channel 4, Radio 4 and Hodder. Matthew is an experienced subeditor and occasional contributor for Radio Times and Sunday Times.

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Rachel James is Assistant Head of Schools for Digital Media, Music and Performing Arts. In addition to her administrative responsibilities as Assis-tant Head of School, Rachel lectures in music, film music, composition, arranging, musical direction and music education.

Rachel has a broad background in teaching, having taught for over 17 years in various establishments. Rachel has taught undergradaute and postgraduate students, as well as guest lectured in Sixth Form colleges and various universities.

At the heart of Rachel’s creative output is a focus on composition. She has worked with EMMY nominated composer Guy Michelmore in West Sussex and is now based in Essex. Rachel has composed music for several feature films, including, Little Happiness, which was nom-inated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Orange Golden Film Awards. Orchestrations include video game James Bond: Goldeneye.

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Dan Collier is a lecturer on the BA Computer Games with 3D Modelling and Animation and teaches modules/skills including Unity Programming, Professional Practice in the games industry and WordPress.

Dan is a veteran video games coder and producer. He has been in the games industry for 15 years. He has worked on a number of titles – including Fifa, Madden and Need for Speed on DS. He was lead on Sims 3 for DS – the game was nominated for a BAFTA.

In 2013 he co-founded Tundra Games – creating mobile and PC games. Their title Rapture – World Conquest has been downloaded over 2 million times.

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Andy Watson is a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Popular Music. Andy has taught at Leeds College of Music, Bretton Hall College of Higher Education, Anglia Polytechnic University, Harlow College, Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester. Andy is an Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM) and a member of the Musicians’ Union and PRS for Music.

His music performance credits include; sessions for Yorkshire TV, Channel 4, Carlton Television, BBC, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera North, as well as seven West End Shows including Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard and Anything Goes.

Andy has an extensive jazz performance track record, including performances with Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, Paul Higg’s Pavane, Helen Shapiro and various clubs and festivals.

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Malcolm Miles is the programme leader for BA (Hons) Music Education. As well as teaching at University Centre Colchester, Malcolm works at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a music lecturer, and has taught jazz saxophone at the Junior Guildhall.

Malcolm describes the focus of his work as being ‘a jazz-based career, specialising in education, and supported by a wide range of musical abilities that include performance, improvisation and composition’. He is an experienced teacher at all levels including Secondary, Further and Higher Education, and including conservatoire training.

He has been an external examiner at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) and Goldsmiths, as well as a member of degree course validation panels at Middlesex University.

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Dr Mark Pulman is a lecturer in Music and Performing Arts, teaching modules: in Critical Studies in Musical Theatre; Musicianship and Music Teaching in Practice. Mark also works as an accompanist for auditions and performances.

Mark is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and an Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM). He is also a former Head of Music in three secondary schools.

His professional life encompasses both popular and classical music performance, and music education. Mark has substantial industry experience with various music companies at senior levels, including Novello & Co Ltd, Warner/Chappell Music, Hal Leonard (USA), and Spartan Press.

Read staff profile

Rhett Moir is a lecturer in Music Technology. He has taught at Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester since 2003. Rhett has also been recognised as an Apple Certified Pro for Logic.

Rhett’s main interest is in production music. He has worked for Felt Music, The Funky Junkies Music Production Company, EMI Production Music, The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop and Extreme Music.

His compositions and productions are synced with most of the main terrestrial and satellite stations in Europe and America. A small selection of Rhett’s work can be found on Spotify.

Read staff profile

Tim Pells is the instrumental studies coordinator at University Centre Colchester and teaches modules/skills in: Guitar; Song Writing; Education Practice and Performance. Tim is a member of the Incorporated Society Musicians (ISM).

Tim is a highly experienced educator who has worked extensively in a number of institutions and in private practice. Tim has worked in music continuously since 1970, first in Canada then since 1978 in the UK.

Following his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, he took the post of guitar organiser for the Inner London Education Authority, coordinating guitar teaching in London schools. Since 1984 he has been Head of Guitar at the Centre for Young Musicians (Guildhall School) and a member of the English Guitar Quartet with whom he has toured and recorded internationally.

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Caroline Finlay is a tutor in Piano and Musicianship. Caroline also works as an accompanist for auditions and performances.

Caroline combines work at University Centre Colchester with private practice, as well as specialist tuition in schools locally. She has a number of private piano and flute students.

Caroline studied piano with Martin Hughes and continued post-graduate studies with Paul Hamburger and Victor Morris (English National Opera, ENO) developing her skills as accompanist and repetiteur. She performs regularly throughout East Anglia, including at the Aldeburgh Festival. Caroline accompanies several choirs, and enjoyed performing the piano duet arrangement of Brahms’ Requiem alongside Tim Carey at St James’ Piccadilly, London.

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Matthew Morgan-Stevens is a Lecturer in Acting. Matthew combines his lecturing work with freelance work in the industry as freelance director/assistant director. Recent work includes: Rugby World Cup Skits (London Quest Company); Tom Allen – Life/Style (Assembly Rooms) and Living History (East 15 Acting School).

Matthew has a passion for theatre that has a message; that connects with an audience and makes people question their own actions and beliefs. He is a great believer in the art of ‘play’ within performance, drawing influence from practitioners such as John Wright and Philippe Gaulier.

Matthew continues to have direct links with the performing arts industry and brings this knowledge in to the rehearsal room with the students.

Read staff profile

Simon Warne is Course Leader and Lecturer in Musical Theatre. He is the musical director of college choral groups, showcases and other course productions. Before joining University Centre Colchester, Simon combined his role as a lay clerk at Chelmsford Cathedral with working for Essex Music Services’ choral development and peripatetic singing team.

Simon is an experienced choral director and workshop leader, who works with a diverse range of advanced, and community based choirs including regular direction of the Essex County Youth Choirs.

He now combines his knowledge of traditional choral music with an in depth understanding of voice and physiology, through his wide experience of the Estill Model.

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Nova Hughes is a lecturer in Musical Theatre and tutor in Voice. Nova teaches teaches modules/skills in Singing; Voice and Physiology; Acting in Musical Theatre; Accents; Rehearsing and Performance Skills.

Nova has taught Singing and Voice at Urdang Academy in London and at the University of Venice. Nova is a certified master teacher of Estill Voice Training (EMT/CMT) and a certified fitness instructor (YMCA).

After graduating from Mountview, Nova worked in London’s West End for three years. She then successfully auditioned for Celebrity Cruises and continued to work for this company for five years as a production singer and then on the yachts of Seabourn for three years.

Read staff profile

Hazel Banham is a lecturer in Dance and teaches the following modules/skills: Ballet; Jazz. Hazel has extensive experience of dance education, ranging from primary to university, and has also delivered educational and community outreach projects, involving dance.

During her time as professional performer, Hazel performed all around the globe for a variety of companies, and in a number of roles.

Hazel worked as company manager, dance captain, singer-dancer and dancer on encompassed cruise lines, international tours, casinos and music videos. These include Marques Productions, Belinda King Presents, Costa Crusie Lines, Crystal Cruises, P&O, Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Showstoppers Worldwide, Showbizworks.com and Raymond Gubby Presents.

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Mark Roberts is the programme leader for BA (Hons) Film Music and Soundtrack Production. After a career as a recording engineer and music producer, Mark returned to music performance as a trumpet player. He is currently playing with a number of orchestras and big bands within the Essex and London areas

Mark’s research interests lie in musical performance practice along with promotion of contemporary trumpet repertoire. Mark has also worked as a music lecturer at South Thames College.

His professional recording credits as an engineer include 1987 Fairy Tale of New York, Kirsty McColl and The Pogues, 1992 Your Arsenal, Morrissey and 1994 Breathe (re-mix), Kate Bush.

Read staff profile

Hazel Banham is a lecturer in Dance and teaches the following modules/skills: Ballet; Jazz. Hazel has extensive experience of dance education, ranging from primary to university, and has also delivered educational and community outreach projects, involving dance.

During her time as professional performer, Hazel performed all around the globe for a variety of companies, and in a number of roles.

Hazel worked as company manager, dance captain, singer-dancer and dancer on encompassed cruise lines, international tours, casinos and music videos. These include Marques Productions, Belinda King Presents, Costa Crusie Lines, Crystal Cruises, P&O, Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Showstoppers Worldwide, Showbizworks.com and Raymond Gubby Presents.

Read staff profile

Music Staff

Andy Watson

Andy Watson is a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Popular Music. Andy has taught at Leeds College of Music, Bretton Hall College of Higher Education, Anglia Polytechnic University, Harlow College, Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester. Andy is an Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM) and a member of the Musicians’ Union and PRS for Music.

His music performance credits include; sessions for Yorkshire TV, Channel 4, Carlton Television, BBC, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera North, as well as seven West End Shows including Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard and Anything Goes.

Andy has an extensive jazz performance track record, including performances with Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, Paul Higg’s Pavane, Helen Shapiro and various clubs and festivals.

Read staff profile

Malcolm Miles

Malcolm Miles is the programme leader for BA (Hons) Music Education. As well as teaching at University Centre Colchester, Malcolm works at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a music lecturer, and has taught jazz saxophone at the Junior Guildhall.

Malcolm describes the focus of his work as being ‘a jazz-based career, specialising in education, and supported by a wide range of musical abilities that include performance, improvisation and composition’. He is an experienced teacher at all levels including Secondary, Further and Higher Education, and including conservatoire training.

He has been an external examiner at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) and Goldsmiths, as well as a member of degree course validation panels at Middlesex University.

Read staff profile

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Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts is the programme leader for BA (Hons) Film Music and Soundtrack Production. After a career as a recording engineer and music producer, Mark returned to music performance as a trumpet player. He is currently playing with a number of orchestras and big bands within the Essex and London areas

Mark’s research interests lie in musical performance practice along with promotion of contemporary trumpet repertoire. Mark has also worked as a music lecturer at South Thames College.

His professional recording credits as an engineer include 1987 Fairy Tale of New York, Kirsty McColl and The Pogues, 1992 Your Arsenal, Morrissey and 1994 Breathe (re-mix), Kate Bush.

Read staff profile

Rhett Moir

Rhett Moir is a lecturer in Music Technology. He has taught at Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester since 2003. Rhett has also been recognised as an Apple Certified Pro for Logic.

Rhett’s main interest is in production music. He has worked for Felt Music, The Funky Junkies Music Production Company, EMI Production Music, The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop and Extreme Music.

His compositions and productions are synced with most of the main terrestrial and satellite stations in Europe and America. A small selection of Rhett’s work can be found on Spotify.

Read staff profile

Mark Pulman

Dr Mark Pulman is a lecturer in Music and Performing Arts, teaching modules: in Critical Studies in Musical Theatre; Musicianship and Music Teaching in Practice. Mark also works as an accompanist for auditions and performances.

Mark is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and an Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM). He is also a former Head of Music in three secondary schools.

His professional life encompasses both popular and classical music performance, and music education. Mark has substantial industry experience with various music companies at senior levels, including Novello & Co Ltd, Warner/Chappell Music, Hal Leonard (USA), and Spartan Press.

Read staff profile

Rachel James

Rachel James is Assistant Head of Schools for Digital Media, Music and Performing Arts. In addition to her administrative responsibilities as Assis-tant Head of School, Rachel lectures in music, film music, composition, arranging, musical direction and music education.

Rachel has a broad background in teaching, having taught for over 17 years in various establishments. Rachel has taught undergradaute and postgraduate students, as well as guest lectured in Sixth Form colleges and various universities.

At the heart of Rachel’s creative output is a focus on composition. She has worked with EMMY nominated composer Guy Michelmore in West Sussex and is now based in Essex. Rachel has composed music for several feature films, including, Little Happiness, which was nom-inated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Orange Golden Film Awards. Orchestrations include video game James Bond: Goldeneye.

Read staff profile

Tim Pells

Tim Pells is the instrumental studies coordinator at University Centre Colchester and teaches modules/skills in: Guitar; Song Writing; Education Practice and Performance. Tim is a member of the Incorporated Society Musicians (ISM).

Tim is a highly experienced educator who has worked extensively in a number of institutions and in private practice. Tim has worked in music continuously since 1970, first in Canada then since 1978 in the UK.

Following his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, he took the post of guitar organiser for the Inner London Education Authority, coordinating guitar teaching in London schools. Since 1984 he has been Head of Guitar at the Centre for Young Musicians (Guildhall School) and a member of the English Guitar Quartet with whom he has toured and recorded internationally.

Read staff profile

Caroline Finlay

Caroline Finlay is a tutor in Piano and Musicianship. Caroline also works as an accompanist for auditions and performances.

Caroline combines work at University Centre Colchester with private practice, as well as specialist tuition in schools locally. She has a number of private piano and flute students.

Caroline studied piano with Martin Hughes and continued post-graduate studies with Paul Hamburger and Victor Morris (English National Opera, ENO) developing her skills as accompanist and repetiteur. She performs regularly throughout East Anglia, including at the Aldeburgh Festival. Caroline accompanies several choirs, and enjoyed performing the piano duet arrangement of Brahms’ Requiem alongside Tim Carey at St James’ Piccadilly, London.

Read staff profile

Media Staff

Matthew McGuchan

Matthew McGuchan is a lecturer in Film and Creative Media, teaching modules in Digital Film Production; Multimedia for Tech Theatre; VFX and Animation.

Matthew has held posts as lecturer and visiting lecturer at a number of institutions, including the West London Institute of Higher Education, Nottingham University, Blake College, Suffolk New College, Colchester Institute, and University Centre Colchester.

Matthew works as a screenwriter and filmmaker based in Ipswich. Credits include short films funded by Greater London Arts, BBC2, the BFI and Screen East; writing commissions include Gold Circle, Warp X, Element, Shine, UK Film Council, Channel 4, Radio 4 and Hodder. Matthew is an experienced subeditor and occasional contributor for Radio Times and Sunday Times.

Read staff profile

Julien Mery

Julien Mery is a lecturer in Film Production, teaching modules in Marketing & Distribution and Script to Screen. Julien has experience teaching across a range of educational settings, and countries.

Julien undertook his Teacher Training in Denmark and worked in a range of schools in Europe and the UK. He also worked as a freelance media trainer for number of UK charities.
Julien currently lectures at Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester.

Matthew works as a screenwriter and filmmaker based in Ipswich. Credits include short films funded by Greater London Arts, BBC2, the BFI and Screen East; writing commissions include Gold Circle, Warp X, Element, Shine, UK Film Council, Channel 4, Radio 4 and Hodder. Matthew is an experienced subeditor and occasional contributor for Radio Times and Sunday Times.

Read staff profile

Rachel James

Rachel James is Assistant Head of Schools for Digital Media, Music and Performing Arts. In addition to her administrative responsibilities as Assis-tant Head of School, Rachel lectures in music, film music, composition, arranging, musical direction and music education.

Rachel has a broad background in teaching, having taught for over 17 years in various establishments. Rachel has taught undergradaute and postgraduate students, as well as guest lectured in Sixth Form colleges and various universities.

At the heart of Rachel’s creative output is a focus on composition. She has worked with EMMY nominated composer Guy Michelmore in West Sussex and is now based in Essex. Rachel has composed music for several feature films, including, Little Happiness, which was nom-inated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Orange Golden Film Awards. Orchestrations include video game James Bond: Goldeneye.

Read staff profile

Dan Collier

Dan Collier is a lecturer on the BA Computer Games with 3D Modelling and Animation and teaches modules/skills including Unity Programming, Professional Practice in the games industry and WordPress.

Dan is a veteran video games coder and producer. He has been in the games industry for 15 years. He has worked on a number of titles – including Fifa, Madden and Need for Speed on DS. He was lead on Sims 3 for DS – the game was nominated for a BAFTA.

In 2013 he co-founded Tundra Games – creating mobile and PC games. Their title Rapture – World Conquest has been downloaded over 2 million times.

Read staff profile

Danielle Wrayton

Danielle Wrayton is the programme leader for BA (Hons) Computer Games with 3D Modelling and Animation. Danielle has taught at Colchester Institute, the University of Essex and University Centre Colchester.

Danielle has worked in creative industries for many years in interactive design, animation and games and runs her own game design studio in Essex. She has worked on numerous digital games designed specifically for diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety, PTSD and OCD.

Research interests include psycho-education and education in games, literacy in games, the impact of new interfaces in games and teaching games as an academic subject.

Read staff profile

Phil Toms

Phil Toms is the Head of Schools for Digital Media, Music & Performing Arts. A versatile musician and dedicated educator, Phil contributes to a range of academic programmes, live performances and student auditions.

After completing his studies, Phil, started a freelance career in instrumental and classroom music teaching. In 2006, Phil joined the School of Music at Colchester Institute teaching a variety of degree modules in Music Education. Following the formation of University Centre Colchester (UCC), Phil was appointed to his current post.

Phil has an eclectic musical background from classical music & jazz to prog-folk. Phil is also the film critic for BBC Essex, appearing on radio on a weekly basis.

Read staff profile

Performing Arts Staff

Matthew Morgan-Stevens

Matthew Morgan-Stevens is a Lecturer in Acting. Matthew combines his lecturing work with freelance work in the industry as freelance director/assistant director. Recent work includes: Rugby World Cup Skits (London Quest Company); Tom Allen – Life/Style (Assembly Rooms) and Living History (East 15 Acting School).

Matthew has a passion for theatre that has a message; that connects with an audience and makes people question their own actions and beliefs. He is a great believer in the art of ‘play’ within performance, drawing influence from practitioners such as John Wright and Philippe Gaulier.

Matthew continues to have direct links with the performing arts industry and brings this knowledge in to the rehearsal room with the students.

Read staff profile

Simon Warne

Simon Warne is Course Leader and Lecturer in Musical Theatre. He is the musical director of college choral groups, showcases and other course productions. Before joining University Centre Colchester, Simon combined his role as a lay clerk at Chelmsford Cathedral with working for Essex Music Services’ choral development and peripatetic singing team.

Simon is an experienced choral director and workshop leader, who works with a diverse range of advanced, and community based choirs including regular direction of the Essex County Youth Choirs.

He now combines his knowledge of traditional choral music with an in depth understanding of voice and physiology, through his wide experience of the Estill Model.

Read staff profile

Nova Hughes

Nova Hughes is a lecturer in Musical Theatre and tutor in Voice. Nova teaches teaches modules/skills in Singing; Voice and Physiology; Acting in Musical Theatre; Accents; Rehearsing and Performance Skills.

Nova has taught Singing and Voice at Urdang Academy in London and at the University of Venice. Nova is a certified master teacher of Estill Voice Training (EMT/CMT) and a certified fitness instructor (YMCA).

After graduating from Mountview, Nova worked in London’s West End for three years. She then successfully auditioned for Celebrity Cruises and continued to work for this company for five years as a production singer and then on the yachts of Seabourn for three years.

Read staff profile

Hazel Banham

Hazel Banham is a lecturer in Dance and teaches the following modules/skills: Ballet; Jazz. Hazel has extensive experience of dance education, ranging from primary to university, and has also delivered educational and community outreach projects, involving dance.

During her time as professional performer, Hazel performed all around the globe for a variety of companies, and in a number of roles.

Hazel worked as company manager, dance captain, singer-dancer and dancer on encompassed cruise lines, international tours, casinos and music videos. These include Marques Productions, Belinda King Presents, Costa Crusie Lines, Crystal Cruises, P&O, Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Showstoppers Worldwide, Showbizworks.com and Raymond Gubby Presents.

Read staff profile

Mark Pulman

Dr Mark Pulman is a lecturer in Music and Performing Arts, teaching modules: in Critical Studies in Musical Theatre; Musicianship and Music Teaching in Practice. Mark also works as an accompanist for auditions and performances.

Mark is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and an Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM). He is also a former Head of Music in three secondary schools.

His professional life encompasses both popular and classical music performance, and music education. Mark has substantial industry experience with various music companies at senior levels, including Novello & Co Ltd, Warner/Chappell Music, Hal Leonard (USA), and Spartan Press.

Read staff profile

Phil Toms

Phil Toms is the Head of Schools for Digital Media, Music & Performing Arts. A versatile musician and dedicated educator, Phil contributes to a range of academic programmes, live performances and student auditions.

After completing his studies, Phil, started a freelance career in instrumental and classroom music teaching. In 2006, Phil joined the School of Music at Colchester Institute teaching a variety of degree modules in Music Education. Following the formation of University Centre Colchester (UCC), Phil was appointed to his current post.

Phil has an eclectic musical background from classical music & jazz to prog-folk. Phil is also the film critic for BBC Essex, appearing on radio on a weekly basis.

Read staff profile

Rachel James

Rachel James is Assistant Head of Schools for Digital Media, Music and Performing Arts. In addition to her administrative responsibilities as Assis-tant Head of School, Rachel lectures in music, film music, composition, arranging, musical direction and music education.

Rachel has a broad background in teaching, having taught for over 17 years in various establishments. Rachel has taught undergradaute and postgraduate students, as well as guest lectured in Sixth Form colleges and various universities.

At the heart of Rachel’s creative output is a focus on composition. She has worked with EMMY nominated composer Guy Michelmore in West Sussex and is now based in Essex. Rachel has composed music for several feature films, including, Little Happiness, which was nom-inated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Orange Golden Film Awards. Orchestrations include video game James Bond: Goldeneye.

Read staff profile

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Pera Frank, BA (Hons) Popular Music

"The course gave plenty of opportunities for work placements in a range of music venues, enabling us to acquire the skills to prepare for employment within the music industry. I’ve since progressed onto a PGCE at UCC, before entering the music industry as a performing musician."

Polly Haynes, BA (Hons) Popular Music

"I have gone onto being a gigging musician, playing at many highly regarded venues, and supporting multi-platinum selling musicians. I also co -curated events and audio-visual company ‘Pink Shed’. There we encourage and support local artists in the area."

David Michael Hands, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre alumni starring in Jersey Boys (International Tour, 2018)

"Just over a year from graduating, I feel so blessed with the opportunities that I’ve been given. If I hadn’t gone to UCC, I don’t think I’d be where I am today."

Karis Jack, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre graduate starring as Éponine in Les Misérables (West End, 2018)

"The feeling as I came off stage was incredible. It was as if everything I had worked for all those years at my drama school and at University Centre Colchester was being presented to me before my very eyes."

September Mead, BA (Hons) Creative Performance (Acting) alumni

"Learning how to devise our own work was exciting and fun. We also had the opportunity to work with external directors and practitioners, enabling me to learn a lot from talented industry professionals...Another huge aspect was that we got to perform our shows at many different venues including the Lakeside Theatre at the University of Essex, The Etcetera theatre in Camden and Brighton Fringe Festival!"

Katy Cirne, BA (Hons) Technical Theatre graduate

"During my studies at UCC, I was able to apply my practical skills whilst on work placement. After graduating I was immediately employed as a Junior Technician. I now enjoy working alongside other UCC students and graduates."