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.

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). In addition, 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.

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 a classical Bachelor’s degree, 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 to be armed with knowledge and prepared for any situation that they may find themselves in.

JOANNE DENNIS

Joanne Dennis

Joanne Dennis trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama specialising in vocal studies. After winning Young Welsh Musical Theatre Singer of the Year competition, Joanne went on to work with the BBC National, performing with internationally acclaimed conductors and orchestras across the UK.

Joanne’s performances have also been broadcast on BBC Three Radio and S4C Television. Joanne has appeared in many roles including Oliver (Nancy), West side story (Maria), 42nd Street (Chorus Girl), La Vie Parisienne (Gabrielle), Pirates of Penzance (Edith), The Marriage of Figaro (Suzanna), Iolanthe (Phyllis) and Seven (Lead Soloist). Notable venues that Joanne has performed in include the Royal Albert hall, Liverpool Empire Theatre, St. David’s Concert Hall and London’s West End.

STEVE BOYLAND

Steve Boyland

Steve Boyland is one of the UK’s leading vocal practitioners, creating acclaimed solo works and collaborative projects with leading international figures in concert halls, galleries and iconic spaces around Europe.

In addition to his work in performance, he continues to be in great demand as a teacher of voice and improvisation.

Recent notable engagements include residencies at Aldeburgh in 2015 and an ongoing project within the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick since 2014.

TOSIN AKINDELE

Tosin Akindele

Tosin Akindele epitomises the energy, faith and joy that Gospel music is all about. She specialises in delivering group workshops and masterclasses in her field.

She is the founder of Voices Be; a Gospel music company based in Manchester. They have collaborated with leading Soul and Gospel artists from the UK and USA.

In addition, her wealth and experience as choral director of award winning Manchester University Harmony Gospel Choir has led to her being a much sought after teacher and workshop leader.