meet the team
MA, DipLCM, CTABRSM, PGDE, PGCPSE
Claire is the founder and principle vocal tutor within Claire Thomas Vocal Coaching, and runs her private teaching studio in Edinburgh. She initially trained at The University of Glasgow, The Royal Northern College of Music and The University of Edinburgh before combining her skills in vocal coaching with 2 further Postgraduate Diplomas.
She has over 16 years of experience teaching students privately, within schools, colleges and universities. She is currently the specialist in voice & singing within Fife College, lecturing within the Musical Theatre course, and has previously lectured in voice at Queen Margaret University College and Edinburgh College. Claire leads 2 choirs and a large number of vocal groups in Edinburgh and Fife.
She previously lectured in Voice (Acting & Performance) at Dundee College. She is current Guest lecturer in Musical Theatre for Morningside Advanced Training and current Elite vocal coach to Star Harmonies theatre school.
She has performed in, directed and produced a huge variety of musical productions. She is a fully qualified teacher of singing and voice, member of The Association of Teachers of Singing and the GTCS, with a keen interest in the power of performance experience as a teaching tool.
Alongside her continued vocal coaching, Claire is also completing her Masters in Education, which will lead to her PhD. She holds a Postgraduate Degree in Teaching and Certificate in Professional Studies in Education.
Claire is also a founder member of the Scottish Collective of Music and Performing Arts, which inspires creative arts tutors to share resources and collaborate on a variety of projects throughout Scotland. She works collaboratively with a large number of industry professionals and lecturers to deliver high quality sessions.
As a solo performer and member of ‘The Victory Vixens’ vocal duo, Claire regularly performs and collaborates with similar acts in Edinburgh and further afield.
Claire now teaches from her home studio in Amulree Cottage, Carlops, EH26 9NF and can be contacted via: 01968 661 634.
Rebecca completed her BA (Hons) Dance at Edinburgh College which gave her the opportunity to study for a short time at the University of Arizona. She returned to the United States of America a few years later to study drama and specialise in Meisner technique at the Ward Studio in New York City and is currently studying at Edinburgh University for her masters in Dance Science and Education.
Making her professional debut aged 9 as ‘Brigitta’ in The Sound of Music, Rebecca performed in several professional productions as a child at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, at Edinburgh’s Military Tattoo, various Scottish productions and as ‘Dewdrop’ in the National Ballet of Scotland’s Nutcracker. As an adult she was asked to perform in the Beijing International Festival taking western dance culture to China. Continuing to perform internationally Rebecca became a resident dancer/singer for Costa Cruise Lines and as a guest artiste on Cunard, P&O and Princess Cruise Lines. For Spirit Of The Dance in the Americas, Europe, Mid and Far East Rebecca performed internationally for a variety of stage shows including; Spirit Of The Dance playing the ‘Irish Lead’ on a world tour, was a dancer/singer in the shows Broadway! and Dancing Queen and company manager for Le Grand Cirque.
In the UK, Rebecca was a featured dancer in the smash hit Guys and Dolls, performed musical theatre and comedy sketches at Britain’s longest running end of pier show in Cromer and was the assistant choreographer and dance captain for Qdos Pantomimes in Scotland for six years. She also performed with a variety of music artists including Girls Aloud, Stooshe and Paloma Faith and now regularly choreographs and performs at corporate events across the UK.
As an actress Rebecca featured in television adverts including Sanex and Sunsilk Haircare, in ‘One Nation’, a film by Spiral Productions, played the female lead ‘Nannie’ from a filmed version of Robert Burns’ Tam o’ Shanter and played the lead ‘Sarah’ in the film Sad Face directed by Ben Kent.
Currently based in Edinburgh, Rebecca lectures in a variety of dance styles to vocational students at Morningside Academy Training and guest lectures at further education colleges across Scotland. Also teaching in primary and high schools in Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians delivering workshops and specialised courses in dance technique, creative movement and drama.
Rob is a professional actor and acting coach. He trained at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh with a focus on acting for film. He has worked extensively in theatre, television, film and radio, and recently finished working with the National Theatre of Scotland on their production of ‘Girl X’. Rob has many years of experience working with both professional and amateur individuals, groups and actors with learning disabilities. He currently runs weekly workshops focusing on drama skills, film-making and creating and maintaining characters.
Having previously worked in the music and events industries, Adam is now a professional actor with over ten years' experience, working mainly in theatre. He is a graduate of Dundee College and Queen Margaret University, having studied Theatre Arts and the former BA Acting course. As a workshop practitioner, Adam has demonstrated a passion for developing new works, integrating social issues and enabling artists from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to work together; he also facilitates workshops in script development, emotional connection and accent development for professional artists, using a range of techniques. In addition, Adam has worked closely with autistic teenagers and young people with special needs, using music and drama to encourage creative expression. He also leads drama workshops of a spiritual nature through his church at King's Hall in Edinburgh.
Since June 2008, Agathe has been teaching Contemporary Dance and Stretch & Strengthen classes for adults in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. She will be offering technique classes as well as workshops introducing participants to the basis of improvisation and choreography making. Agathe practices mainly Contemporary techniques (Cunningham, Graham, Limon, release-based techniques and Contact Improvisation). She has also practiced Classical Ballet, Jazz and African dance alongside Yoga and Pilates. Agathe also provides tailored first dance wedding lessons.
Graham McLeod is a professional musician based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He tours extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Australasia with acoustic instrumental trio The String Contingent, singer-songwriters Kat Healy (Scotland) and Lucy Wise (Australia), and folk/funk group Modhan. Since graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in 2007, where he studied contemporary guitar, improvisation and composition, his flexible and diverse expertise has been in high demand as both an electric and acoustic performer in a wide range of genres.
Gilmour Macleod is equally at home in both classical and lighter music such as jazz, pop and musical theatre. Originally a Fifer he studied music at Trinity College of Music in London where his sight-reading skills made him constantly in demand as a rehearsal pianist and performer all over London with both professional and amateur groups. Highlights of this period include Cander and Ebb’s “Chicago” in the west end, Sondheim’s “Merrily we roll along” at the Mermaid Theatre in Blackfriars , “My Fair Lady” and various Gilbert and Sullivan operettas such as “Pirates of Penzance” and “Trial by Jury”. Opera included Mozart’s “Magic Flute” (done in an updated streetwise style in London’s East end) and Prokofiev’s “Love for 3 Oranges”. He also gave classical concerts in prestigious venues such as “St Martin’s in the Fields” and St John’s Smith Square where he gave an acclaimed performance of Grieg’s famous piano concerto.
Lizzie has studied partner acrobatics and aerial arts for 5 years. She graduated from the Academy of Circus Arts in 2011 and has taken her skills on the road, performing Trapeze and Spanish Web with the travelling Festival Circus. She now pursues the study of movement in a therapeutic context with a strong interest in movement as a means of communication. She strongly believes in the value of physical exercise at all levels and offers both technical classes for strength, flexibility and movement, as well as sessions for creative movement.
Chris has been teaching music for many years, and has worked with various music and youth work projects throughout Scotland. He has taught people of various ages, abilities and social backgrounds, which has helped him to adapt his teaching style to suit the needs of the student. While specialising in guitar tuition, Chris also has a large amount of experience teaching ukulele and drums. He has facilitated a wide range of musical workshops, including DJ sessions and songwriting workshops. He currently plays guitar for a number of function bands and writes original songs with his own band.
values & visions
- We are a passionate collective of teachers and industry professionals dedicated to working within performing arts training in Scotland.
- We believe all adults and children are entitled to high quality performing arts tuition and experiences.
- Through ownership of learning and an enriching learning environment, a high standard of achievement and motivation is created.
- We are an umbrella collective under which educators and initiatives can thrive.
- We aim to further the development of arts in Scotland, building creative skills, confidence and ability in all aspects of life through experience, education and performance.
Why are we different?
CTVC offers the highest quality performing arts tuition from teachers with professional experience and an understanding that skills need to be put into practice to develop. All aspects of performing arts development are available under one collective – this allows us to combine our experience & talents – allowing our students to develop from a variety of disciplines.