The Catherine Victoria Academy was founded by Catherine Whitehall; a singer, pianist and music tutor whose professional experience began in 2001 after many years of training in music, drama and dance.
The academy offers quality tuition in singing, drama, piano and music theory; we are also the home of the multi-award winning 'Voice Your Voice' youth choir who have recently been featured on ITV and SKY sports. The academy prides itself on having limited numbers in classes to ensure individual attention and is also recognised as a Children's University learning destination.
Academy students can work towards examinations from beginners to advanced gaining UCAS points along the way and are encouraged to take part in regular performances throughout the year; previous students have gained places at top music conservatoires, universities, colleges and stage schools and have proceeded to successfully work in the industry. We also have many students who just come for fun and confidence building!
Principal Catherine Victoria is a fully qualified tutor, with over 20 years of professional industry and teaching experience. Catherine holds an enhanced DBS check, public liabilty insurance and is certified in first aid training. Full risk assessments and safeguarding policies can be viewed upon request.
As well as managing the Catherine Victoria Academy, Catherine is also a lecturer of singing in higher education. Here is a little more about Catherine's career so far...
Music and performing arts played a huge part of Catherine's childhood, beginning classes at the tender age of two. At just fifteen years of age, Catherine had gained her Grade 8 ABRSM in both singing and piano, progressing to gain her associate diplomas soon after. Aged sixteen, Catherine trained full time as a professional dancer, specialising in tap, ballet and modern to an advanced level and her professional performance career began aged eighteen, as a triple threat performer performing in a variety of venues including theatres and large stadiums with audiences exceeding 66,000 people. Highlights from her early career include her work at Disneyland Paris, playing the leading roles of Cinderella, Ariel & Alice in Wonderland, performing for industry stars of the time including Beyonce, Britney Spears and Bruce Willis.
After many years touring the UK and abroad, she returned to the North West and enjoyed singing soprano with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir in their prestigious concerts and live radio broadcasts. Catherine went on to gain a first class honours degree in music from the University of Liverpool and received the Evans Memorial Prize as a result of her work ethic and achievements during her time at the university. She is a huge believer in continued professional development, keeping up to date with the latest advancements of voice science on a regular basis and is now a research practitioner in her field of practise. Catherine is also a qualified vocal first aider, your first port of call for any voice concerns.
With a wealth of teaching experience leading vocal and instrumental lessons and all disciplines of musical theatre at stage schools across the UK, Catherine has a 100% pass rate for all students who have taken exams under her tutelage. Previous students of Catherine have gained places at Sylvia Young Theatre School, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Bird College, Laine Theatre Arts, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London College of Music, Leeds Conservatoire, Mountview, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts & LMA and now work successfully in the world of performing arts.