I did a rather straight music degree at King's College London. Which had lots of academic stuff, so there was lots of research and lots of pure analysis, mainly classical works. And then after that I was lucky enough, they'd set up a Musical Directors' course at the Royal Academy of Music and I was the first person to do that. It was fantastic as it combined vocal technique which is obviously very important, straight conducting with a baton as well as keys MDing. And just spending a year learning repertoire really. If you have a very broad repertoire that you are familiar with and you can draw on later on it's sort of invaluable really. I got to know a lot of the Rodgers and Hammerstein scores and I used to play a lot of Gershwin. That' s a kind of good bedrock, it's a bit like knowing all your Shakespeares really. For musical theatre it's your Rodgers and Hammerstein and all those 30s and 40s shows which are the basis of what we do. So I think that was really invaluable.

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