About the Tutors

JENNIFER JOHN

Jennifer John

Jennifer John is a singer, songwriter, composer and recording artist, former co-founder of award-winning music company Sense of Sound, and manager of its namesake Sense of Sound Singers. She has worked with many established artists, including Paloma Faith, Imogen Heap, Damon Albarn and Brian Eno. She is also the lead singer with Killerfernandez, who are currently mixing their second album.

Jennifer has lectured at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) and is currently a lecturer at The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). She is a music mentor for emerging artists and bands, the vocal director for Cream Classical Liverpool and a vocal coach on ITV’s The Voice and The Voice Kids.

MERSEY WYLIE

Mersey Wylie

Mersey Wylie is a singer-songwriter, vocal coach and musical director of the Choir with No Name. She has performed at notable festivals and venues across Liverpool and the UK, and has been featured on BBC 6 Music and in Mojo Magazine.

Her diverse musical background, via classical conservatoire training, a Popular Music Masters and a wealth of experience in jazz, pop and classical settings, has given her a unique approach to teaching and performing. She fronts an eight-piece band, playing her neo-soul original music, and has worked with an impressive range of artists, including Yoko Ono, Boy George and Mick Jones.

She is passionate about empowering singers with knowledge to prepare them for any situation that they may find themselves in.

SIMONE NILES

Simone Niles

Simone Niles is an expert transformational coach, vocalist, sound healer and author, on a personal mission to help singers heal and reconnect with their authentic self, so that they can express their gifts into the world and make an impact. Simone’s gift in using sound has touched many through her healing, teaching and performing for more than two decades.

Simone also has specialist knowledge of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), which is the study of human excellence and how the brain learns. She is also experienced in Life Coaching, and Thought Field Therapy (TFT), which is a tapping technique that helps to release stuck emotions and heal mental and physical ailments. Using these skills, she focuses on the personal and developmental aspects of musicians and other performance artists, in order to facilitate an exceptional level of performance. She works with artists from all walks of life, helping them to gain confidence, clarity and consistency within their performance.

WAYNE ELLINGTON

Wayne Ellington

Wayne Ellington studied at Brunel University where he gained a BMus in Music and Art, gaining the prestigious and coveted Sheridan Instrumental Prize for Outstanding Singing and Musicianship. Currently a lecturer at conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, his global reputation as one of the leading lights in Gospel music and choir leadership is undeniable.

Wayne is the founder of Manchester Inspirational Voices, a vibrant community choir based in the heart of Manchester, and has been directing them for the past 12 years. This year, the choir succeeded in reaching the finals of the Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year. The choir is one of his proudest achievements to date, as it seeks to give others access to things that gives him the most inspiration – the gift of singing.

JULIET RUSSELL

Juliet Russell

Juliet Russell is a singer, composer, vocal coach and choir director. Passionate about supporting individuals and communities to develop their voices and creativity, Juliet incorporates vocal anatomy and technique with artistic sensibilities, respecting that every singer is unique and that we all have out stories to tell. She is the vocal coach on two of the UK’s biggest entertainment shows, ITV’s The Voice and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show where she prepares the Unexpected Stars for the performance of their lives.  

Specialising in artist development, Juliet has also worked with Grammy, Brit, MTV Europe and MOBO award winning artists and coached multiple winners of The Voice. She has collaborated and performed with innovative artists including Damon Albarn, Imogen Heap, alt-J and Paloma Faith, most recently writing the vocal arrangement and leading the #ThankYouMidwife choir on Paloma’s beautiful rendition of Silent Night, in association with Pampers UK.  Juliet has composed and arranged music for film, television and radio, and releases on Ministry of Sound and Universal. She leads the Portobello Live Choir, a community choir in West London and Assemble professional choir.

MATT BAKER

Matt Baker

Matt Baker is a multi-talented professional – with masses of music and theatre experience working with people of all ages from within the profession and in many communities. As artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter, musical director for A Handbag of Harmonies, composer of many theatre productions including Wind in the Willows (New Vic Theatre’s Christmas production 2018/19), Chester Mystery Plays 2003 – 2018, professional actor and all-round entertainer, Matt is an extremely sought-after act.

Matt’s diverse musical composition credits range from large-scale choral works to intimate studio theatre pieces. His work as musical director has taken him to places as far as Melbourne and Delhi, Hong Kong and Dar Es Salaam, and he has appeared in television programmes for BBC and Yorkshire TV. Matt also runs corporate workshops of many scales, enabling teams of non-singers to get up and sing – in harmony and with choreography! The perfect team building experience.