Bridgwater & Taunton College Show Choir Academy
- Perform in a wide range of concerts, including international tours
- Compete in high-profile regional and national festivals and competitions
- Develop advanced vocal and movement skills
- Sing in a wide range of styles with unique harmonies and movement
- Work with other motivated and talented vocalists from across the College
Eleanor Dunn-Sims, Academy Director
Eleanor Dunn-Sims was trained at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and was a professional singer in London for over 20 years. She has performed in many of the theatres in the UK including the Coliseum, Royal Opera House and Sadlers Wells in London. Eleanor has worked with some of the best known musicians in the world including John Williams, when she sang on the soundtrack for Star Wars and Harry Potter and Howard Shore when she sang on the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. She has also sung many roles in her career including Kate in "Kiss Me Kate" for the Norwich Playhouse. Her extensive concert performances include several appearances at the Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London.
What our students say
“When I heard that I’d got a place in the Show Choir I was incredibly happy and so excited about what was to come. Being part of the Show Choir and having the opportunity to do high profile performances like Children In Need live on BBC1 was both an exciting and nervewracking experience that I will never forget. I loved every moment of it and learnt so much about the differences between performing for theatre and the television.”
Emma, former pupil of Haygrove School in Bridgwater, is studying the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. She hopes to progress on to drama school on completion of her course and is auditioning for Laine Theatre Arts College and Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
“I remember watching the Show Choir on the TV show Don’t Stop Believing and being completely awestruck by the talent presented; I knew then that I wanted to be a part of it. The highlight of my time in the Show Choir was working with Gareth Malone. It was a real privilege for him to be watching our performance let alone working with such an inspirational individual - he is one of the most celebrated choirmasters around! It’s moments like these that make all the hard work rehearsing completely worth it!”
Luke, former pupil of St Dunstan’s Community School in Glastonbury, is studying A Levels in English Literature, French, Maths and Music. He hopes to progress on to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama or the Royal College of Music, London.