Judith Barker (Principal and Head of Drama)
Judith is a well known face and name within the acting profession and during her long career has performed in over 250 plays in professional theatre. Her television credits include Peak Practice, Holby, Heartbeat, Coronation Street, Brookside, Hollyoaks as well as numerous one off dramas, several films and also multiple radio plays. Recent credits include, National tours of Calendar Girls and Early Doors, Everyone’s a Winner (Manchester Royal Exchange), Shameless, A Passionate Woman (opposite Billie Piper), Lesley Sharps mum in Scott and Bailey and Miss Potter with Rene Zellweger. Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre alongside our patron Amanda Holden. You can currently see Judith as Agatha Finn in Emmerdale.
After training at the Guildford School of Acting, Adele worked as an actress appearing in a number of shows at the Coliseum theatre in Oldham and Manchester’s Royal Exchange and a number of television programmes including Grange Hill and Coronation Street. A qualified dancing teacher, Adele is also a professional choreographer working on a number of shows including 20 pantomimes at Nottingham Playhouse and Oldham Coliseum theatres, Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, 4 shows for Oldham Childrens Theatre, Forever Young, Private Lives, Arcadia and The Cherry Orchard (Nottingham Playhouse). Choreography for television includes, The Worst Witch, The Village, Wanderlust, Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC), Last Tango in Halifax, Years and Years, The Five (Red Productions), and Curfew with Billy Zane. Adele is a Licentiate of the London Academy of Dramatic Art and a Member of the National Association of Teachers of Dance.
Dave Bintley (Head of Singing)
Trained at Leeds College of Music where he attained a first-class Diploma in popular music. Since then, he has been a professional musician for some 26 years, working mainly, but nwith many well-known stars of the entertainment world and has worked on TV productions at the BBC in London.
UK Tours include Prisoner: Cell H The and The Lily Show, both starring Paul O’Grady, Carousel with Sam Kane, Jekyll & s, which went on to play the West End. Dave has also dNorman Pace as their Musical Director and Arranger. Dave has been Musical Director for many Director for the Oldham Coliseum pantos for the last 22 years.
Dave specialises in harmony, theory, vocal technique and aural perception as well as composition and arrangement and preparation for recital. Alongside his professional theatre engagements, Dave is Musical Director and singing teacher at Tameside College and has also been guest Musical Director for several sixth-form college productions, recently Sweet Charity and Fame The Musical.
Libby Taylor (Assistant Teacher)