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As a musical director I have a range of experience working with amateur, professional and youth theatre companies; mostly for musicals but I have also worked on pantomimes, showcases, cabarets and plays with music; sometimes additionally as a composer or arranger. I have been working as a musical director since 2010, with the aim to provide an excellent musical product whilst enabling a professional, engaging and positive experience where I am approachable and flexible to the abilities of who I am working with, whether they are performers or musicians.


My skills as a MD include being able to accompany rehearsals, sight read, lead vocal warm ups and workshops, playing keys in orchestra pits, conducting ensembles, keyboard and Mainstage programming,  creating arrangements and composing award winning music. My experience as a singing teacher obviously coincides with my role as a musical director and as someone who has been a performer I can understand a performer’s perspective and know how to adapt my approach in order to facilitate what needs to be achieved.


I work both as a Conductor MD and as a Piano MD for shows depending on what is required. I have an excellent pool of professional musicians who support me on my shows; some of whom have trained at top conservatoires and regularly play in West End shows, national tours and around the world. Other experience includes working with musical theatre and acting students to develop techniques and interpret material. I offer support to individuals working towards auditions for drama schools and other vocational courses and assist professional performers prepare new material for auditions.




Credits as Musical Director include: Carrie The Musical (London College of Music), Edges (The Arden School of Theatre), Cinderella (The Swan Theatre, Worcester), Fabulett 1933 (Edinburgh Fringe & Drayton Arms, London), Legally Blonde (Harrow Arts Centre), Jack and the Beanstalk (Chequer Mead Theatre), NewsRevue (Canal Cafe Theatre), Unmasked & Unmuted (GSA Ivy Arts Centre), Garden @ Centre Point/Duality Lives (Centre Point, Tottenham Court Road & Online), Marie Lloyd Stole My Life (Edinburgh Fringe Venue 39 & UK Tour), Cinderella (Chequer Mead Theatre) [Assistant Musical Director], Our House (Hampton Hill Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (John McIntosh Arts Centre), Oh What A Lovely War! (Catford Broadway Studio), Pinot! The Musical Tour (Palace Theatre, Southend & Wimbledon Studio) [MD and Arranger], The Garden Dragon & The Lovely Lily (Cecil Hepworth Playhouse) [MD, Composer and Actor], Words Come To Life for Italia Conti Arts Centre (G Live, Guildford) [MD & Arranger], CinderElla (Cecil Hepworth Playhouse) [MD and Actor], Side By Side By Sondheim (Hampton Hill Theatre), Dazzle (Richmond Theatre) and the UK premiere of Boublil & Scheonberg’s The Pirate Queen (Hampton Hill Theatre)


Other Credits include: Luna Rossa Productions for Silversea Cruise Line [Assistant Vocal Director], West End Proms – Greenwich Music Time (Old Royal Naval College) [Rehearsal Pianist], Once On This Island (Southwark Playhouse) [Rehearsal Pianist], Collabro: Road To The Royal Albert Hall Tour (G Live, Guildford) [Choir Director for 8218 Youth Theatre], High Society (Richmond Theatre) [Keys 2], The Red Peppers (Edinburgh Fringe) [Keys], Sweeney Todd (Minack Theatre, Cornwall) [Keys 2 (Harp)], The Vera Lynn Story (UK Tour) [Keys and Actor] and Tom’s Midnight Garden (Hampton Hill Theatre) [Composer & Keys] the composed music was awarded the Judge’s Swan Award by Arts Richmond.


Key Skills


Piano accompaniment for rehearsals & performances

Excellent sight reader

Audition Accompaniment

Vocal Coaching and Technical Support

Vocal Warm ups and Workshops

Instrumental and Choral Conducting

Keys player with Digital Stage Pianos and Mainstage

Keyboard Programming

Click Tracks & Rehearsal Tracks

Compositions & Orchestrations

Transpositions & Arrangements



Other Skills


- Piano Tuning/Technician Training







For my CV, credits and previous experience please click here


James Hall

Singing & Theatre Arts Teacher, Musical Director, Piano Accompanist, Composer

MA, PGCE, BA (Hons),

ATCL (Musical Theatre)


Musical Direction

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