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OUR TEAM

 
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LESLEY HENRY

Director

Lesley Henry has worked professionally vocal coaching for over twenty years gaining a wealth of experience as a performer, vocal coach and artistic director. A trained Soprano and a teaching fellow of the London College of Music.
Her passion for vocal coaching has dominated her career and she continues to dedicate herself to widening her knowledge of the pedagogy of voice so that her teaching and directing is delivered to the highest standard. The results achieved by her students are respected in teaching colleges across the province with students awarded 100% including diploma level, some of the highest in the UK. 

Lesley worked as a soloist throughout Ireland with an extensive repertoire and versatile voice this has allowed her a varied platform and credits performing roles in both music theatre and classical spanning twenty years. Lesley is equally at home as an artistic and creative director and produces her own showcases every year in professional theatres giving young performers valuable experiences to develop their artistry, technique and musicality. Lesley has delivered master classes to theatre groups, universities and schools across N.Ireland. 

Lesley has her own Performing Art Schools in Ballymena called ‘Voiceworks’. This dream started with producing full scale musicals in the summer holidays and is now celebrating its sixth year which has seen her dream of providing local children with the highest standard of teaching and performing experience come to fruition. The school runs on a Saturday morning and teaches theatre arts and has had success in local festivals and dance competitions across N.Ireland as it continues to expand and provide fulfilling opportunities for the students dedicated to providing a challenging and diverse learning program within a supportive and highly encouraging environment. 

CLAIRE MCKANE

School Manager

Claire is a primary school teacher with a Masters in Education from Stranmillis University College. She has a real passion for working with children and young people, not only through her profession but also in spare time as Captain of the Girls’ Brigade in her local church. She has been involved with Voiceworks since 2015 and absolutely loves seeing children and young people getting the opportunity to learn, grow and perform not only in the summer musicals but in our weekly classes. 
As Business Manager for the Voiceworks Ballymena school on Saturday mornings, Claire believes it is important that parents’ feel comfortable leaving their children off and are kept informed with effective communication. She loves nothing more than a colour coded spreadsheet and is the face behind the emails! 
She has been involved each year in the summer musicals and has taken on the role as backstage manager. She has also achieved Grade 8 Distinction in Musical Theatre under the direction and teaching of Lesley Henry. Her musical and artistic background has made her adaptable within her role and she enjoys being able to support the running of all areas within productions. 
Claire often describes the Voiceworks team as ‘Family’, as we promote team and encourage a positive environment where children can be built up in their confidence. She loves getting to work alongside such a talented and enthusiastic pupils and staff.

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JORDAN MCKANE

Drama Tutor | Assistant Producer

Jordan is no stranger to the Voiceworks family having been involved in our Showtime concerts, teaching in the Ballymena Performing Arts School and co-producing and directing our summer musicals. Jordan studied at Stranmillis University College and during this time he was involved in the annual pantomime; both on stage and as part of the production team. In Jordan's second year at university, he had the opportunity to be a part of the ‘panto’ committee and served as the director and writer for the production of 'Cinderella'. During this time Jordan found his passion for script writing and working with actors on their stagecraft. Since then, Jordan has gone on to direct and produce a number of other productions including; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Grinch, The Gruffalo and Peter Pan, Tangled, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty & the Beast, My Fair Lady, Hairspray Jr, Mary Poppins Jr and West Side Story. 
As well as the dramatic arts, Jordan is a keen musician. Jordan is trained in classical piano with Trinity College London and in Composition and Musical Literacy with London College of Music. In 2012, he made it to the Northern Ireland finals for the UK's Young Musician of the year and was also invited to Northern Ireland's Steinway Piano Gala to play with other talented young musicians from all over the country. He is the music coordinator at Dundonald Primary School, where he is a Primary Six Teacher. Jordan is also trained in Clarinet and Saxophone and has played in various orchestras throughout his musical career.

KERRY MCQUILLAN

Dance Tutor | Choreographer

Kerry McQuillan is 24 years old and has been working with Voiceworks for 4 years. She is the Dance Tutor for the Saturday Performing Arts School and has choreographed previous productions of West Side Story, Annie, Hairspray, My Fair Lady and Joseph.


Kerry trained at Ballymena Dance Academy for over 15 years, gaining accreditations in ballet, tap and modern dance through the British Association of Teachers of Dancing. She is a licensed member of the Associated Board of Dance UK, The British Dance Council and The Board of Dance Qualifications & Training, qualified to deliver graded examinations in various genres of dance. In January 2020, Kerry opened Freedom Dance Company based in Antrim, where she currently delivers weekly classes to over 100 students. 


During her time as a competitive dancer, Kerry acquired championship titles at both a local and national level, whilst also featuring on TV shows such as Sky One's Got To Dance and RTE's All Ireland Talent Show. A keen performer, she is continually involved in productions and has recently performed as part of the company of both 'Footloose' and '42nd Street' in the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Over the past few years, Kerry has worked professionally as a dance coach for Ballymena Dance Academy, Diamond Dance Company, Starcamp, C21 Theatre Company, QUB Dance, Stranmillis Drama Society and Mudra Academy of Performing Arts.

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WILSON SHIELDS

Singing Tutor

Wilson has conducted the N Ireland premieres of Mack and Mabel, Camelot, Witches of Eastwick, Copacabana, Chess, West Side Story ( amateur premiere), Legally Blonde, Sweeney Todd ( amateur premiere), Avenue Q and White Christmas. He has appeared at both Waterford International Light Opera Festival and the Gilbert and Sullivan International Festival in Buxton (winning amongst numerous awards best show with New Lyric Operatic). He has recently conducted performances of Pirates of Penzance in the National Concert Hall, Dublin with Lyric Opera Company and has been musical director of the Grand Opera House Belfast Summer youth project since its inception - last season having completed productions of Miss Saigon and Bugsy Malone.

Wilson was honoured in Her Majesty the Queens birthday honours list last year with a British Empire Medal for services to musical theatre in N Ireland and is delighted to be working with Voiceworks for the first time as the senior singing tutor!! 

NIAMH DOHERTY

Singing Tutor

Niamh is the Singing Tutor for the Saturday Performing Arts School and has been involved with many of Voiceworks’ previous productions. Under the tuition of Lesley Henry, Niamh has been trained in Musical Theatre Singing through London College of Music and has achieved distinctions in all her grades in musical theatre singing. 

Niamh is no stranger to the stage. She is a current member of Belfast Music and Drama Society and has worked with other companies such as Ulster Operatic Company performing in Belfast venues such as Grand Opera House and Waterfront. Previous musical roles include; Fantine(Les Miserables), Tracy Turnbald (Hairspray), Wendy Jo (Footloose), Grace Farrell (Annie) and has performed as member chorus in Grease, West Side Story, The Producers, Our House, Sound of Music Throughly Modern Millie and Rock of Ages.

In 2017, Niamh was selected to be a proud recipient of the ‘Thomas Devlin Music and Drama Scholarship’ which gave her the chance to travel to London and train at ‘West End Stage Summer School’. This was an intensive led by working professional West End performers and directors. Through this experience Niamh was involved in many technique classes and master classes such as Matilda, Book of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Wicked, and given the opportunity to perform in Her Majesties Theatre in London, home to the West End Production of ‘The Phantom of The Opera’. Outside of Voiceworks and performing, Niamh is a first year at Queen’s University Belfast studying Business Information Technology which she enjoys very much! 

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CHARLIE MCCREADY

Assistant Drama Tutor

Charlie is no strange face to the Voiceworks team. Charlie has appeared in Voiceworks’ productions of OLIVER!, Joseph, My Fair Lady and West Side Story, while also helping out behind the scenes in our junior productions!! Charlie has also been helping in the Saturday Performing Arts School with singing for the last two years.

Currently studying Drama at Queens University Belfast and working towards his Singing Diploma in Musical Theatre, Charlie is no stranger to performing. Before musical theatre took over his life (in a good way), he achieved Grade 7 in Euphonium while also playing with the Education Authority’s award winning Youth Concert Band. Having played with this band for 7 years, Charlie gained the opportunity to tour Germany and help train budding young performers in the ways of music. On top of instrumental performance, Charlie is also no stranger to the Belfast scene, having been a part of Belfast Music and Drama Society’s ‘Les Miserable’ alongside the wonderful Niamh Doherty and NISMAT’s ‘Aladdin’. However, most roles have been through Voiceworks; Mr Brownlow (OLIVER!), Naphtali (Joseph), Professor Zoltan Karpathy (My Fair Lady) with the most recent being Diesel in West Side Story.

As Charlie is studying Drama at Queens, with a view to teach younger generations the magic that thrives in singing, acting and dancing; he is absolutely thrilled to have a part of the Voiceworks team!!