Tamasine has been singing, dancing and acting since she could talk & walk!  At the age of 7 she joined her dad’s Church Choir and hasn’t really looked back since.  After taking an active role in the performing arts at school and playing the lead in many of the musicals she trained under Anne Robinson for Dance and Helen Clare for singing and under their careful guidance has taken on many leading roles - including Maggie in ‘A Chorus Line’ & Miranda in ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’.  She created the role of Alice Nutter in the workshop production of ‘In The Shadow of Pendle Hill’ and can be heard on the Original Cast Album of ‘The Courage of their Convictions’.  She has also worked as a session singer for the Enhancing Your Mind Body Sprit serious of music which was platinum selling in the UK and has had global success. As a choreographer, Tamasine has worked on such shows as ‘Stepping Out’ - in which she also taught the entire cast to tap dance!  After a stint working at the National Theatre she then began teaching singing and drama and running choirs, which have performed at the Royal Albert Hall among other venues.  This led to her forming Cantate Voices in September 2006 which has won numerous awards including Tamasine being named ‘Best Music Theatre Teacher - South London’ by the London College of Music Exam Board in November 2010.   In April 2014 she  was awarded a Fellowship Diploma in Musical Theatre performance.  This is the highest diploma awarded by the London College of Music.

She has directed a number of critically acclaimed youth productions and after the birth of her eldest son 5 years ago, set up Cantate Theatre School.  This has grown from strength to strength and our annual summer school are a highlight of each year with members putting on a show from scratch in just 10 days!

Tamasine Kimber FLCM

Co- Director of Cantate Academy of Performing Arts

 

Chris Kimber GGSM

Co-Director of Cantate Academy of Performing Arts

Chris is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he studied orchestral percussion alongside composition and electronic music.

 

As a musician and writer working largely in the field of New Age and choral music, in 2003 he composed the music for the widely distributed “Enhancing your Mind, Body and Spirit” partwork series, the first album of which sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone, and produced a further six albums for the series which have been sold in over 14 countries worldwide. He has also written for TV Documentary, radio jingles and provided music for several plays.

 

As a freelance percussionist, Chris has performed in most of the major UK concert halls and has made many recordings for TV and radio. He has appeared alongside several major artists including Sir Cliff Richard, Lesley Garrett and Gloria Gaynor.

 

Much of his time is currently spent in Music Education, teaching in several local schools and tutoring with the Sutton Youth Music Service.

In May 2011 Chris was appointed an examiner with the London College of Music Exam Board.

 

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