PATRON & COURSE CONSULTANT
Ross is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London and completed his studies on a scholarship to the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He won several awards whilst at the RCM and went on to sing in opera, oratorio and as a concert artist throughout the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan and South East Asia. He was also invited to create a number of roles in world premieres, particularly the Role of Saul/Paul in The Promise at London’s Southbank Centre in 1997.
Ross was a founder member of The Kensington Consort and had a long association with the BBC, regularly singing on live radio broadcasts. He has recorded for Radio France as well as BBC TV.
He is currently Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London, a post he has held for 18 years, and was Head of Singing and Music at Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey until December 2011. Ross has students appearing in all West End Musicals and UK and International Tours on a continuous basis.Whilst at GSA/University of Surrey, Ross created the internationally recognised MA degree course in the Practice of Voice & Singing (MA POVAS), and founded, built and launched the GSA Musical Theatre Examinations Syllabus in 2010, becoming the Director and Chief Examiner.
He was appointed to the ABRSM Panel of Mentors in 2001, and also the QAA Panel of Specialist Reviewers for Higher Education in 2003. He is regularly invited to assess at other Higher Education establishments in the UK, is invited to lecture on singing to both teachers and musicians throughout the UK, and has combined lecturing and performing on Seminars and Conferences in Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo and Malta.
Ross was invited to speak at the ‘Music Education Forum’ in Beijing in December 2010 and went on to launch a new Syllabus of Exams in Hong Kong and Macau at the same time, with accompanying masterclasses and workshops for both students and teachers. He was subsequently invited to deliver another paper to the same forum in December 2011 entitled “With One Voice – The Classical Sound & Musical Theatre Singing”, and with accompanying workshops and masterclasses for Teachers. Ross was commissioned by ABRSM to produce five anthologies of songs which serve Grades 1 to 5, for which he received the prestigious MIA award for ‘Best Classical Publication 2009’. A further commission to produce a book on all aspects of singing is to be published in late 2016. He also has extensive experience in designing courses, and producing documentation at Foundation, BA and MA degree levels.
His reputation and passion in sharing his own experience and research in professionally developing singing teachers and performers in musical theatre and commercial styles, often from classical backgrounds, has taken him to Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo, USA, Malta, Oslo, Zurich, Krakow, Dublin, Cork, Belfast and numerous cities throughout the UK.
Ross created Musical Theatre Ireland (MTI) in 2012 based in Cork, which offers specialist Musical Theatre training in singing, dance, acting and voice. Ross was invited to become a Consultant to Musical Theatre Poland (MTP) in 2013 which is based in Krakow. He travels to Poland regularly to conduct specialist singing training, workshops and masterclasses for MTP.
There are further invitations for 2016 to lead Masterclasses & Workshops in New York, Hong Kong, Sweden and Turkey.