Sophie Richings - Principal and Musical Director
Born in Swindon and from a musical family, Sophie's love of music was evident from an early age. As a child Sophie always pretended to be a choir mistress and put on shows for the family. At the age of 6, she began singing lessons and started working towards her ABRSM Grades. Sophie has trained with a large Show Choir and took instruction from Vocal Coaches including Janice Thompson to gain her Grades and Diploma in Musical Theatre. For dancing, Sophie trained at The Tanwood School of Dance and later attended Summer Workshops at Performing Arts Schools including Laines Theatre Arts. She has taken part in many Music Festivals and competitions and has successfully completed voice grades 1-7 with the Associated Board (ABRSM) and Grade 8 Musical Theatre (LCM). Sophie has gained her Diploma in Musical Theatre with the London College of Music. She also attained Grades 1-5 Piano and Theory (ABRSM) and is continuing her own development by attending workshops and undertaking training to become a Certified Estill Teacher (refer to www.estillvoice.com) to ensure that each of her students receives the very best in vocal tuition, understands the importance of technique and how to improve their voice whilst staying healthy.
At the age of 16 Sophie took up a full time place at The Judith Hockaday School of Dance and Drama where she completed her “Foundation in Dance Instruction” (FDI) and “Certificate in Dance Instruction” (CDI) in ISTD Imperial Ballet, National Dance, Modern Theatre Dance and Tap Dance. Performance experience includes: Thoroughly Modern Millie, My Fair Lady, Singing in the Rain, Godspell, Bugsy Malone (Fizzy), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), The Sound of Music (Brigitta). She was also a dancer for BBC's Tess of the D'urbervilles. Her passion for performing has seen her sing locally with SALOS and Ten In a Bar.
Today, Sophie is successfully running her own Music School offering a diverse range of classes, 1:1 private tuition and workshops to offer people of all ages and all abilities the opportunity to sing. Sophie previously taught at the Judith Hockaday School of Dance tutoring students in Musical Theatre and various genres of Dance.
Sophie has sung in many performances of Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and A Tribute to Abba plus various other shows and private performances. Whilst living in Ireland, Sophie took part in various productions and pantomines. She reached the quarter finals of the All Ireland singing competition and was the chosen soloist for Elaine Paige on her visit to Ireland. When time permits Sophie sings and performs as a backing singer to her brother, Rob Richings, who is a singer/song writer.
Sophie also trained the senior students in the College in Musical Theatre and Voice. She has over the years worked at and delivered workshops for various Dance and Performing Arts Schools in both the UK and Ireland. Sophie happily offers local schools workshops for their students and will undertake Corporate Team Building Days to inspire, motivate and build confidence. She has worked with over 100 pupils at the Commonweal School undertaking a day of Glee style music and a primary school with their end of year production. Workshops are best to be undertaken at our Studios but we will work with students/employees at their place of school/work. Sophie performs at various events throughout the country and is qualified to offer Voice Coaching and Choreography.
With 15 years of teaching experience behind her, 'Everybody Sing' is rapidly becoming a fast growing venture with something to suit everyone from Choirs to Glee Clubs, Close Harmony Groups, Private Vocal and Performance Tuition to Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre Classes for children ages 4-17 and Adult Musical Theatre for those who love singing, acting and performing. Everybody Sing has it's own Theatre Company for ages 7 to 16 yrs where students train in the Arts to perform in full Musical Productions (generally two shows per year). The school also offers Piano, Theory and Drama (both private 1:1 lessons and group classes).
Sophie and her team offer ad hoc lessons to anyone for that special occasions or for students who wish to audition for Performing Arts Colleges or Shows. Students learn in an inclusive environment. Sophie will enter students for examinations under the ABRSM, LCM or Trinity Boards covering all styles of music. LAMDA exams are also being offered. Her choirs have undertaken charity performances at the Christmas Lights switch on and have sung for various Care Homes and for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust in Swindon.
Sophie is sure that her love and passion for singing and music will be passed on to all her students.
Everybody Sing is delighted to have worked alongside Headways delivering Music Sessions to people with a brain injury and on behalf of BARNARDOs across Wiltshire (Salisbury, Marlborough, Trowbridge and Chippenham). We have also delivered music sessions for those people living with Dementia and for adults and children with additional needs. The value and power of singing as a form of therapy certainly shines through in watching students engage and interacting in these classes.
Kerry Richings - Director
Throughout her 30+ year career in Law (Legal Dept/Litigation and Conveyancing and later as a Consultant supporting people with health conditions, Kerry has for over two decades been involved with Music, Choirs and Performing Arts schools.
Kerry has always used her strong interpersonal and negotiation skills she has assisted many organisations with their promotions, PR and Marketing campaigns. Kerry has an appealing management style and with a warm personality and a genuine interest in people. From the early days of being part of a School’s PTA to Chaperoning for the Kentwood Show Choir, she has been ‘out front’ undertaking activities and has carefully masterminded many events and campaigns. Kerry has reached out to a variety of people in the media to address a full spectrum of publicity and marketing needs. In her working career Kerry has supported people with diverse needs and her belief and passion to enable each person to unfold his or her potential has resulted in many life-changing outcomes. She brings this belief to Everybody Sing to ensure a warm and friendly environment is maintained where people will be encouraged to participate, grow in confidence and most of all enjoy themselves!
Kerry takes a proactive approach to any new venture. She has such belief and takes responsibility for the expansion and quality of forging links with everyone to build and maintain strong relationships.
As a Director of Everybody Sing, Kerry has been instrumental in our success of establishing links with our Patron, Maureen Nolan. Being self-motivated and with a confident and a positive approach, Kerry uses her excellent organizational skills to organise and manage the school on a day to day basis. Kerry co-ordinates many events and some past events include the heading up of a team to arrange and organise the visit of Elaine Paige OBE to Ireland and for two consecutive years, the visit of the Kentwood Show Choir to perform in Ireland. Kerry managed the organisation of the Press, Publicity, travel, accommodation, hospitality and various trips out. She booked the theatres and managed with the support of her team to sell the tickets independently for the shows. In 2015 Kerry organised two successful trips for students and friends to attend Theatres to have a personal pre show Meet & Greet with Maureen Nolan and the cast of Blood Brothers. In December Kerry organised our first ESMA - Everybody Sing Music Awards which was a huge success. The school also undertook Stars in Your Eyes and Everybody Sing's Got Talent along with many more successful events.
In previous years Kerry has organised themed events such as ‘The Good Old Days’, Strictly Come Dancing and Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Music nights to raise money for Charity. She has used her influencing skills to convince several prominent stars to attend private events and give of their time.
Kerry has been nominated for and won Excellence awards for ‘Making a Difference’ and ‘Achieving the Best". With a natural flair to engage and organise, extraordinary leadership skills and a positive outlook, we know that Kerry will be a highly regarded and valuable person to have as a Director of Everybody Sing.