The Abbey Academy of Singing and Acting was established in 1986 by London-born professional teacher and singer, Frances Brooke. Originally housed in a Community Centre in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, hence the name, the Abbey Academy has steadily built up an excellent reputation for the quality of its training. This is based upon sound, Italian Bel Canto and classical vocal principles and embraces all aspects of technical, interpretative and presentational skills for the aspiring professional student. The timetable is mainly evening-based with flexibility for daytime and Saturday classes.
The Abbey Academy's training is strongly focused on a rigorous and detailed study of the voice, whether it is intended for a musical and/or acting career and, with regard to the latter discipline, Frances strongly believes that the voice is the actor's most important professional asset.
In addition to their training, the Abbey Academy Singers and Actors present regular concerts in prestigious but accessible venues for the benefit of the local community. In recent years, these events have been staged mainly in and around Covent Garden. In 2006, the Abbey Academy re-located to "the heart of the arts" in Central Covent Garden, where it is now housed in a delightful studio in Neal's Yard.