South Island born and raised soprano, Laura Loach grew up in a small town which had many and varied performance opportunities from Barbershop to Musical Theatre to Jazz and Classical performance. Here she found her passion for performance and fell in love with both musical theatre and classical genres. During this time she completed her ABRSM singing exams along with her ATCL in Performance Speech and Drama.
Laura moved to Wellington to pursue her singing further. She studied at New Zealand School of Music, gaining both her BMus and PGDip Mus in Classical Performance under the tutelage of Flora Edwards, who she continues to study with. She also completed her Grad Dip Teaching (Secondary) with Massey University.
Laura is a passionate creative person who is dedicated to teaching and inspiring students to excel in the Arts. She has worked as a private singing teacher, as well as a classroom Music and Drama teacher and is comfortable teaching a wide range of genres and styles. She has been involved in coaching Aotea College’s National Champion Girls Barbershop Chorus ACBC, as well as coaching various quartets. Laura has also had experience in training students towards their NCEA performance assessments.
Laura continues to pursue her passion for performance, working with NZ Opera Chorus as well as various community performances, competitions and concert performances. Laura’s previous roles have included; Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Mrs Ducat in Polly by John Gay, Juno in Semele By Handel, Kate in Pirates of Penzance and Gianetta in The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan.
Laura has also performed in the Chapman Tripp Opera chorus in the
productions of The Bartered Bride and The Flying Dutchman and will sing in the 2016 production of Die Zaubeflöte.
A Professional opera singer, jazz singer and violinist, Mark Bobb is also an accomplished teacher of voice, violin and theory.
He is currently living in Wellington, New Zealand, singing with the NBR New Zealand Opera Company. He coaches three choirs and is teaching at Scots College, St Patrick’s, Kilbirnie, St. Mary’s College, Encore School of Music. Mark also teaches privately.
Since moving to New Zealand in late 2010, Mark has been singing in the NBR New Zealand Opera Chorus in Wellington. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London obtaining a performance diploma, AGSM (Merit) and teaching diploma. Prior to that he obtained a degree in Performance Arts at Middlesex Univeristy, UK. He has sung with Opera North in the UK as well as numerous smaller companies and has toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the far east.
Mark teaches classical singing, jazz, musical theatre and performance techniques and has a lot of experience teaching voice for theatre to teenagers and young adults.
Playing music with others is an important part of music education and enjoyment and Mark is always keen to encourage chamber music. He teaches quartets and small string orchestras.