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ALANA SHIRLEY - BA(HONS), DIP(LCM), EVT(ADV)

Alana Shirley is an elite vocal coach, certified voice expert and award winning vocalist. Having trained at Bird College, she holds a first class honours degree in Singing Performance & Education, and a Diploma in Musical Theatre with the London College of Music, and is the winner of the BBC Fame Academy Musical Theatre Award.

With a strong passion for vocal technique, Alana holds Estill for the Singing Teachers Certificate, Estill Levels 1 & 2 - Compulsory Figures & Voice Qualities Certifications, as well as the Advanced Estill Certificate, awarded in Helsinki, Finland. Established in 2006, the Alana Shirley Academy has enabled her to coach hundreds of singers to date. Her personal, genuine and professional approach allows students to sing with undeniable freedom, confidence, skill and enjoyment. Alana has gained endless student places at all of the top London theatre schools, including Urdang, Bird, Laine, Mountview, Arts Ed, Central, East 15 and GSA, to name but a few, and continues to achieve the very highest exam marks within her school.

Combining her love for singing with her love for travel, Alana's voice has enabled her to visit six of the seven continents – Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and even (her proudest passport stamp) Antarctica! Alana has worked extensively within the UK and abroad – performing, coaching and leading workshops, and continues to be very present in the industry today.

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​Alana's credits include:

  • Lead Singer - Dancing Queen - Monte Carlo Sporting Club, Monaco

  • Lead Singer - Broadway Christmas Wonderland - North American National Tour

  • Grace Valentine - Hooray for Hollywood - UK Tour

  • Singer - Sabaton Open Air Festival - Falun, Sweden

  • Soloist - Chris Evans' Carfest - The D Day Darlings - Hampshire, UK

  • Soloist - Amanda Holden - Private Event - The D Day Darlings

  • Lead Singer - 'Home' Yacht Launch - Amsterdam, Holland

  • Lead Singer - England Cricket Board Awards Night - Leeds, UK

  • Lead Singer - Man in the Mirror - Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls, Canada

  • Lead Singer - Broadway Christmas Wonderland - Beau Rivage Casino, Biloxi, Mississppi, USA

  • Jean - Songs that Won the War - UK Tour

  • Lead Singer - Dancing Queen - Norwegian National Tour

  • Lead Singer - Dancing Queen - Chinese National Tour

  • Ensemble - BBC Proms: Sondheim at 80 - Royal Albert Hall, London

  • Lead Singer - Broadway Rocks - Silversea Cruises (Jean Annn Ryan Productions)

  • Alice Fitzwarren - Dick Whittington - Brick Lane Music Hall, London​

Alana was honoured to performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of the BBC Proms series, broadcast live on BBC2, from London's Royal Albert Hall. She was thrilled to share the stage with Dame Judi Dench, Bryn Terfel, Maria Freidman and Julian Ovenden as part of a special celebratory concert marking the 80th birthday of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Meeting Stephen Sondheim was a real dream come true.

Alana has headlined for P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises, performing her own one-woman show. Her show has also taken her to luxury resorts in Spain & Cyprus for Thomson Gold. Following her extensive cruise work, she appeared as a guest on the TV show Cruising with the Stars on the Sky Holiday Channel.

As a member of vintage vocal groups 'The D Day Darlings' & 'The Bombshell Belles', Alana regularly tours the UK and abroad. In addition, she is an original member of 'Undercover Artists', providing exclusive entertainment to weddings, corporate events and high class functions throughout the UK, recently winning The Wedding Industry Awards for Best Musical Act at the regional finals. Recently, she has performed for the the England Cricket Team's annual award's ceremony, the Rolex Masters Tennis Championship, The Sovereign Prince Albert of Monaco, Wentworth Golf Club, Amanda Holden & Stephen Sondheim.

Alana is credited on the Nintendo Wii U game 'SiNG PARTY' (FreeStyle Games/Activision), where her voice was used to generate the game's intricate scoring system; a process which took over 18 months.​ Other studio work includes Ministry of Sound dance track Till We Meet Again (Rekelectrik feat. Alana), which received Radio 1 airplay from DJ Pete Tong and charted at number one in his Essential Selection Chart. The song featured on albums 'Ministry of Sound Housexy' and 'Digital Angel'.

ASA Theatre Arts is Alana's true passion and every day, she invests everything into her students and staff. Her objective is to ensure that every student leaves each lesson with a dramatic improvement, sense of achievement, confidence boost and a smile.

WHAT DO OUR STUDENTS SAY?
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"It is rare to come across a naturally gifted vocal coach like Alana. Not only is she brilliant and effective at developing the voice, but she makes you feel at ease and confident in your ability. 

 

Her drive and experience make her unique, dedicated and a inspirational role model to all she teaches, no matter what age."

—  Keri Zurita

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