Michael Grant musical director, arranger, voice and performance coach
Michael is an international cabaret entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, teacher and composer. After studying at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he went on to perform in many musicals, concerts and recitals in London's West End and across the world. He has worked extensively in the worlds of classical music, jazz and musical theatre and regularly performs his own show around the world as a Guest Entertainer for the Cunard and P&O Cruise lines. Michael has always had an infectious passion for music and is most happy when working to encourage and inspire others in performance; to that end he runs three very successful amateur choirs who perform everything from The Jam to West Side Story - the weekly rehearsals always being the highlight of his week. He was also the creator of a highly successful series of music workshops for the charity HemiHelp, is a fully qualified teacher and has written three ballets for London Fringe companies and two musicals for schools.
Michael is a devoted and committed advocate of animal welfare and gives all of his free time to volunteering for the animal charity Blue Cross, for whom he organises events, gives educational talks in local schools and creates unique videos of pets looking for new homes.
For more information on Michael's work please go to www.michaelgrantmusic.co.uk
Alison Cooper project manager, production coordinator, vocal and group support
I remember the joy and sense of freedom I got from singing away to myself in the safety of my darkened bedroom at the age of thirteen, clutching my adored boxed record player and Barbra Streisand albums. I overcame my own lack of self-confidence and self-consciousness by testing out my vocals at karaoke nights, this lead to joining cover bands as a backing vocalist, learning various forms of percussion and eventually forming my own bands, writing my own songs and recording.
I have always loved the physicality of music and so along with my love of making music and singing, I just love to dance! I have spent many years studying Salsa, Jazz, African and Rock n Roll dance and more recently become passionate about the more abstract creativity and performance of physical theatre. I am part of an established local physical theatre group called Nunah and have performed shows in Coastal Currents and Glastonbury Festival, to name a few.
The working side of my life has always involved supporting people to develop their own potential. This interest has led me to expand my skills and experience by completing a degree in Criminology & Applied Psychology, NVQ 1-3 in Counselling Skills & Theory and by training as a Mediator and Restorative Justice facilitator. I have also worked with people with autism, young people and people with substance and alcohol issues. All these skills seem to come together perfectly to succeed with The Time to Shine Project; using the feel-good factor of music for people to discover the best in themselves.