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RECORDING STUDIO

John Hudson first established a recording studio in 1998 – primarily to give singing students the opportunity to make recordings of themselves singing. He quickly moved on to providing backing tracks for singers and dancers and since then the company has further developed and enhanced the studio with the addition of world-class facilities.

Equipment includes instruments by leading manufacturers such as Nord, Korg, Roland, Yamaha and Sennheiser. Microphones are as used by top recording artists and presenters and can often be seen on TV. Recording and programming software is industry standard, using Mac systems.

Commissions during the last 17 years include voice-over recordings and original compositions for promotional and educational videos and CD-Roms including schools, Tyne & Wear museums and the local probation service.

Anyone wishing to discuss recording facilities or commissions should contact John Hudson.

MUSICAL DIRECTION

As an experienced Musical Director, John Hudson has worked on a variety of shows, with bands and orchestras, and in many different styles of music – everything from the Madness hits featured in “Our House” to the grand style of “Les Miserables”.

His services are available to musical societies who may need to look outside their own group for a Musical Director – whatever the scale of your show, from a small intimate concert to a full-scale musical, we can provide either backing tracks or musicians to suit (the terms of your performance contract may need to be considered) and John can attend as many or as few rehearsals as needed to bring your singers to a professional standard.

Get in touch using our Contact Us form and we’ll call you to discuss your show and requirements….

MUSICIAN HIRE

Over the last 15 years of presenting musical shows, working with bands and orchestras of varying sizes, Starset Theatre has amassed a huge directory of musical talent – this is as well as the hundreds of musicians John has personally worked with over the years.

All the musicians we work with are not only of the highest calibre, but are committed to providing great service.

If you need one or more musicians, either to play at a wedding or event, or to play for a concert or musical show, please do not hesitate to Contact Us and we will use our wide network of contacts to help fulfil your requirements….

BACKING TRACKS

The company has been providing backing tracks to singers and dancers for many years, and in many formats! One upon a time, it was on cassette!! Since then, we’ve seen mini discs, cd’s and a progression towards digital tracks that can be emailed or uploaded.  One thing never changes though – the need to have YOUR track the way that YOU want!

Whether you need your track to be a certain length, to fit audition or dance competition requirements; whether you want the key or timing changing to suit your voice; or whether you want a completely new arrangement of an old classic, Starset Theatre’s expertise will help you to achieve the backing track you need.  Contact Us with a brief note of your requirements or for an informal chat.….

SERVICES TO SCHOOLS

The importance of theatre and drama in children’s all-round development and education is commonly recognised and most schools try to give their students some kind of theatre experience, whether from a visiting theatre company or a workshop experience for their students.

Not only does Starset Theatre run weekend performing arts classes – but we also work in schools, helping them to produce their shows. In recent years we have worked with schools in South Tyneside and Northumberland, often for successive years; bringing in Starset Theatre to work with their students allows the school to offer performing arts to all students, regardless of curriculum. It enriches their offering; it gives students a chance to express themselves outside the classroom; the less academic pupils can develop their skills and self-esteem; and all students can develop social and confidence skills as well as the sense of achievement that comes from appearing in front of an audience.

We are able to work with schools in a variety of ways – anything from an after-school club to a full-blown musical show that will attract an outside audience. Maybe your school has a special celebration that you’d like to commemorate, but staff really don’t have the time for the extra planning, or administration involved with producing a show? Or maybe you just want to give your students a chance to be involved with something that they love doing??  Contact Us for a no-obligation chat about your school’s requirements, and the different levels of service we can offer….