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May/June 2016 Examiners announced

Examiners touring Australia in May-June have been announced:

  • Music – Gordon Croft MPhil, BA (Hons), LGSM, ABSM
  • Drama & Speech – Paul Mills ALAM, MHA, FMHPA

GORDON CROFT

GordonCroftGordon Croft studied the piano and trumpet at Music College before embarking upon a MPhil research degree in the 1990’s at the University of Birmingham, under Professor Stephen Banfield. His work focussed upon the piano works of John Ireland and the historical and cultural backdrop that let to his musical language and style. Gordon’s thesis, “The Piano Works of John Ireland: Contexts for Study” to this day remains an important reference for English music scholarship, and the work has most recently been cited in Lewis Foreman’s “The John Ireland Companion”.

Since completing his studies, Gordon has enjoyed a particularly busy and varied career in Further and Higher Education teaching, standards and assessment, national and international examining and adjudication. Gordon has seen the vast and far reaching changes within the music education system over the last 20 years, both in classical music and most notably during the emergence of popular music programmes.

In the examining arena, Gordon has a vast experience in music assessment and has been an examiner for Trinity College London since 2006. He has worked extensively across UK and international borders, including tours of India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and South Africa.

Over the years, he has often been asked to conduct choirs, orchestras and appear as a concerto soloist. Gordon has a passion for choral music, borne out of many years singing in choirs and he has been privileged enough to have sung in many of the UK’s cathedrals and also, notably, in Claire College, Cambridge, and at King’s.

A native of the midlands, Gordon has made Rugby, Warwickshire, his home for the last decade, and continues to develop his freelance musical career and flourishing piano teaching practice.

PAUL MILLS

Paul Mills

Paul Mills trained at the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art where he gained his LAMDA teaching diploma.

He then started learning his craft first as an A.S.M. and then as an actor in repertory theatre and in tours throughout the country. Paul’s West End credits include ‘Peter Pan’ with Susannah York and Ron Moody, the original production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘Cafe Puccini’, ‘The Normal Heart’, ‘Run For Your Wife’, ‘Orphans’ with Albert Finney, ‘Rick’s Bar’, ‘Casablanca’ with Leslie Grantham and ‘The Goodbye Girl’ with Gary Wilmot.

He has been manager of the West End theatres; the Fortune, Duchess, Garrick and Savoy and was general manager of ‘Cats’ at the New London Theatre.  Paul has directed ‘Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story’ in Germany, Japan, Minneapolis, Denmark, two national tours of the U.S.A. and two of the U.K. as well as being Associate Director of the London production.

He has directed many pantomimes from Aberdeen to Torquay, from Belfast to Richmond and as far a field as Tel Aviv. His other directing credits include ‘Commitment’ and ‘The Dumb Waiter’ at the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford, ‘Oh! Calcutta!’ in New Zealand and ‘Run for Your Wife’ in both Chelmsford and Eastbourne as well as Rock ‘n’ Roll shows in Spain. For the Edinburgh Festival, Paul directed ‘Over the Rainbow’, and in the same summer, a tour of the stage musical ‘Sweet Home Chicago’.  His work in the U.S.A. led to him being asked to become consultant for the American Theatre Network.

He has enjoyed training drama students in audition technique at the London School of Musical Theatre and the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama.

Paul is director of Reach Productions Ltd, which has produced ‘Dinomime’, ‘Houdini – The Musical’ and are currently contracted to provide pantomimes at the Winter Gardens, Margate.

Together with his wife, choreographer Rosita Yarboy, Paul Mills administers Reach School of Dance, in Kent, where he also teaches drama.

Paul is a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators.

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