Kathleen Shanks

CAPITAL ARTS PROPRIETOR AND DIRECTOR: KATHLEEN SHANKS

Kathleen was educated at the Wyggeston Girls' Grammar School, Leicester, where, at the age of 14, she won the Elizabeth Henderson scholarship to study music as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. She furthered her studies at Birmingham University & Conservatoire of Music, returning to the Guildhall for postgraduate study in composition and orchestration.

Her work also includes productions for film, television and radio as well as children's choruses for classical choral works with major London choirs and orchestras. Kathleen is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors and the American Choral Directors Association.

Kathleen works as a music consultant for major record labels.

As a music director Kathleen trains children for West End shows and operas. She is in the forefront of pioneering work with children's choirs in this country. She is internationally recognised as a treble choir specialist and her work takes her to Europe, USA and Canada as a guest conductor. Her work also includes productions for film, television and radio as well as children's choruses for classical choral works with major London choirs and orchestras.

Kathleen is the founder, creative director and proprietor of Capital Arts, a Covent Garden based performing arts company.

  • Capital Arts Children's Choir
  • Angelic Voices
  • London Cantamusica
  • Opera Capital Arts
  • Opera Minor Education Outreach Scheme

  • Music Consultancy Work

Decca Records: Kirsty Bertarelli, Tom Nichols (Producer)

Sony BMG:
Angelis & Paul Potts, Simon Cowell (Producer)

Twentieth Century Fox:
Assassin's Creed film, Justin Kurzel (Director)

  • Children's Music Director/Répétiteur – OPERA

2002 Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana:
Martin Duncan (Director) Brad Cohen (Musical Director) Raymond Gubbay Ltd

2003 Madame Butterfly:
David Freeman (Director) Peter Robinson (Musical Director) Raymond Gubbay Ltd

2004 La Bohème:
Francesca Zambello (Director) David Parry (Musical Director) Arthur Pita (Choreographer) Raymond Gubbay Ltd

2005 Carmen:
David Freeman (Director) Peter Robinson (Musical Director) Robert North (Choreographer) Raymond Gubbay Ltd

2006 La Bohème:
Francesca Zambello (Director) David Parry (Musical Director) Arthur Pita (Choreographer) Raymond Gubbay Ltd

2006 Show Boat:
Francesca Zambello (Director) David Charles Abell (Musical Director) Arthur Pita (Choreographer) Raymond Gubbay Ltd

2006 Carmen:
Francesca Zambello (Director) Antonio Pappano (Musical Director) Arthur Pita (Choreographer) Royal Opera House

2007 Madame Butterfly:
David Freeman (Director) Peter Robinson (Musical Director) Raymond Gubbay Ltd

2008 Tosca:
David Freeman (Director) Peter Robinson (Musical Director) Raymond Gubbay Ltd

2008 Tosca:
Stephen Barlow (Director) Phillip Thomas (Musical Director) Opera Holland Park

2009 Carmen:
David Freeman (Director) Peter Robinson (Musical Director) Robert North (Choreographer) Raymond Gubbay Ltd

2009 La Bohème:
Elaine Kidd (Director) Robert Dean (Musical Director) Opera Holland Park

2010 Carmen:
David Freeman (Director) Gareth Hancock (Musical Director) Robert North (Choreographer) Raymond Gubbay Ltd

2010 Carmen:
Jonathan Munby (Director)  Matthew Willis (Conductor) Opera Holland Park

2013 Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana:
Stephen Barlow (Director) Stuart Stratford (Musical Director) Opera Holland Park

2014 La Bohème:
Francesca Zambello (Director) Oliver Gooch (Musical Director) Arthur Pita (Choreographer) Raymond Gubbay Ltd

2014 Turn of the Screw:
Stephen Barlow (Director) Stuart Stratford (Musical Director) Opera Holland Park

2015 Amahl And The Night Visitors:
Pedro Ribeiro (Director) Oliver Gooch (Musical Director) Philip Joel (Choreographer) Opera Capital Arts

2015 Madam Butterfly:
David Freeman (Director) Oliver Gooch (Musical Director) Raymond Gubbay Ltd

2016 Noyes Fludde:
Imogen Smalley & Jamie Neale (Co-Directors) Oliver Gooch (Musical Director) Opera Capital Arts

2016 La Bohème:
Stephen Barlow (Director) Matthew Waldren (Musical Director) Opera Holland Park

  • Children's Music Director/Répétiteur – MUSICALS

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat:
Steven Pimlott (Director) Michael Dixon (Conductor) Anthony Van Laast (Choreographer) Really Useful Group

Les Misèrables:
Trevor Nunn (Original Director) Cameron Mackintosh Ltd

Oliver:
Sam Mendes (Director) Martin Koch (Musical Director) Matthew Bourne (Choreographer) Cameron Mackintosh Ltd

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat:
Bill Kenwright (Director) David Steadman (Conductor) Henry Metcalfe (Choreographer) Bill Kenwright Ltd New London Theatre & UK Tour

Whistle Down The Wind:
Bill Kenwright (Director) David Steadman (Conductor) Bill Kenwright Ltd

Sound Of Music:
Jeremy Sams (Director) Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Ian

Matilda:
Tim Minchin (Director) Royal Shakespeare Company

Finding Neverland:
Rob Ashford (Director) Harvey Weinstein

  • Children's Music Director – FILM & TELEVISION

Morse:
John Madden (Director) Zenith Productions for ITV

Murder In Suburbia series 1:
Mel Northcliffe (Director) Carlton TV

Murder In Suburbia series 2:
Mel Northcliffe (Director) Granada TV

Children In Need:
Studio choir BBC television

Jim, Jam & Sunny:
Studio choir Michael Towner (Director) Wish Films

Assassin's Creed:
Justin Kurzel (Director) Twentieth Century Fox

  • Children's Music Director – RECORDINGS

Ghosts Of Christmas Past:
Kirsty Bertarelli Decca Records

O Holy Night:
Paul Potts Sony BMG

  • Children's Music Director - CONCERTS

Carmina Burana:
Andrew Greenwood (Conductor) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Raymond Gubbay Ltd

Berlioz Te Deum:
David Hill (conductor) Bach Choir Philharmonia Orchestra

Carmina Burana:
Owen Arwel Hughes (Conductor) BBC Concert Orchestra BBC Radio 2

Berlioz Te Deum: Andrew Constantine (Conductor) Leicester Philharmonic Choir

Mahler 8th Symphony:
Simon Rattle (Conductor) BBC Proms

Berlioz Te Deum:
Ivor Setterfield (Conductor) Barts Choir

Children's Royal Variety Performance:
Dominion Theatre BBC

Royal Variety Performance:
London Palladium ITV

Snowman & The Bear:
Howard Blake (Conductor) London Concert Orchestra Birmingham Symphony Hall & Barbican Centre

Over 20 Christmas concerts for Raymond Gubbay Ltd at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre

  • Education and Orchestral work

Qualified and experienced teacher: Director of Music at a secondary school teaching to A level and Oxbridge entrance, and orchestral conductor at a specialist music school.
Professional flautist, solo and chamber work, Orchestra De Camera, Orchestra of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

  • Composer

      Choral
              Gloria In Londinium
              Song Of Mary
              Hail King Richard
              Songs For Upper Voices
                 
      Instrumental          
              Celtic Suite
              By Quiet Water
              Reflections

  • Writer

              Doomwatch Castle
              A Gnome Is Just For Christmas