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Tutors take centre stage

January 17, 2014

West Cheshire College has appointed two new musical theatre and dance tutors who together have 60 years’ experience working in the West End, television, radio and music concerts.

Carrie Ellis joined West Cheshire College as a performing arts tutor after 37 years working in the industry

The College welcomed Carrie Ellis and Karl Pendlebury as tutors within the Performing Arts department.

Carrie has worked in the industry for over 37 years after she trained at Arts Educational School in London and her impressive CV features appearances in West End musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof and Jerry Springer the Opera.

Carrie has also appeared on TV shows Coronation Street and Cutting It, radio shows and has toured the UK with the production, Stepping Out.

Carrie said: “I joined West Cheshire College as I wanted to give back to the next generation all of my experience that I have learnt throughout my career.

“I get a real buzz from teaching and I have always done it part-time alongside my career. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do it full-time.

“I hope that during my teaching career I can inspire the students to fall in love with performing and go on to have a successful career like I have.”

Karl Pendlebury has equally impressive background with over 25 years’ experience working as a musical director on the West End and Broadway.

Karl has worked on hit shows such as Mama Mia, Rent, Les Misérables and Rent. He said: “During my career I have taught at some of the best performing schools in the country.

“Teaching is something that I always enjoy and I want to provide students with a solid education.

“From working in the industry, I have learnt that it is very tough. I want to pass on my experience and ensure that our students are fully prepared for it when they leave here.”

Sharon Brown, Assistant Manager Performing Arts at West Cheshire College, said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Carrie and Karl.

“Both have such fantastic experience in the industry which will really benefit our students and help them get the right skills and training to be successful in the industry.”

West Cheshire College is still accepting applications for their January intake. For more information call the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit

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