As a teacher of both drama and music, a professional copywriter, and a lifelong bookworm, Olivia has always had a love for literature,
music and drama and so takes a keen interest in both the musical and dramatic sides of the Bedfordshire Festival. She did, in fact,
compete herself as a young girl in the piano, verse and prose and choral classes.
Trained as a classical pianist to Grade 8 Associated Board level, Olivia has a passion for musical theatre and a love of accompanying
singers performing this exciting and varied genre of music.
Olivia joined the Festival Committee and as an official accompanist in 2020, having been a part of the Festival for as long as she can remember.
She grew up with both of her parents (now Festival Vice Presidents) on the Festival Committee as Chief Steward and Secretary, and she is keen
to continue her family’s dedication to supporting the Festival. She hopes during her time on the Committee that she can open the Festival’s
doors even wider and enable more students from across the county and beyond to enjoy the Festival experience.
Olivia has been Head of Musical Theatre at the Redford School of Speech and Drama for over a decade – responsible for the musical direction of all
school projects and the tuition of the LAMDA Musical Theatre syllabus to individual students and groups, consistently achieving high distinctions
across all grades.
In addition to her private musical theatre accompanying and performing, Olivia has also worked as an official accompanist for the London College
of Music’s Musical Theatre degree course.
She tells us that her favourite thing about the Festival is that performers of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to come together to
learn from each other, to inspire each other and to share their hard work and talent with an audience. It is always a privilege to watch.