John Owen Jones Award & Steve Balsamo Scholarship 2014

We've been overwhelmed with the standard of applicants for this year's scholarships, which we are able to offer courtesy of two of our Patrons, the brilliant, awesome and all-round lovely John Owen Jones and Steve Balsamo. Whittling down the applicants is never an easy job but we're delighted to announce this year's recipients - both guys, … Continue reading John Owen Jones Award & Steve Balsamo Scholarship 2014

“The Master” in concert: John Owen Jones launches solo career in style

I was lucky enough, along with Registrar Cordelia "Givvi" Flynn, to be at The Grand Theatre in Swansea on Saturday 17th November, to witness the first-ever solo concert by the man we're lucky enough to have as our Patron, and one of the UK's finest voices: John Owen Jones. The seasoned actor & singer is … Continue reading “The Master” in concert: John Owen Jones launches solo career in style

New Courses, Lower Fees, 2013 Scholarships… and we’re going global!

We've just finished our annual review. We do this because we're always keen to make sure that we're delivering the best possible courses for the best possible prices. VIDLA's continued growth and success over the last twelve months means that in the coming year, we're going to be able to pass on some of the … Continue reading New Courses, Lower Fees, 2013 Scholarships… and we’re going global!

Interview with Steve Balsamo about the new Balsamo Deighton single

Check out the great man here! http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/walesmusic/2012/07/interview-steve-balsamo-rosalie-deighton.shtml   We'll be launching our search for the 2012 / 13 recipients of The Steve Balsamo Scholarship and The John Owen Jones Award soon - stay tuned! You can check out the scholarship pages here.  

Looking after your voice

All of our students work extremely hard, not just to pass their courses, but also to produce resources for their own students. Samantha Laurilla, the 2012 recipient of The John Owen Jones Award, has recently produced a great guide to looking after your voice on a day-to-day basis. It's packed with easy-to-follow, common sense advice, … Continue reading Looking after your voice

Unmasked – Behind the Scenes

We just happened upon this: the making of Unmasked, Patron John Owen Jones' s new album. A nice glimpse of The Master at work, at Sain Studios, North Wales. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7V4boQZ5Ag

John Owen Jones Award & Steve Balsamo Scholarship 2012 recipients chosen

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the recipients of the inaugural John Owen Jones Award and the Steve Balsamo Scholarship have now been selected by a panel of VIDLA's finest! The standard of entrants was very high and that made the panel's job tricky - who to choose? How to separate one excellent candidate from another? … Continue reading John Owen Jones Award & Steve Balsamo Scholarship 2012 recipients chosen

VIDLA Scholarships 2012 – Selection Begins

The deadline for applications for The John Owen Jones Award and The Steve Balsamo Scholarship came and went this weekend, so now we have the giant task of selecting the lucky recipients! The standard of applicants was really high and we know it's going to be a tough job to whittle them down. I'm thinking … Continue reading VIDLA Scholarships 2012 – Selection Begins

John Owen Jones Unmasked – New Album!

The Master Himself, otherwise known as John Owen Jones, musical theatre star, VIDLA Patron and all round one-man talent-fest, has a new album out and we recommend that you do your ears a favour and get yourself a copy! John's performances as The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables have been … Continue reading John Owen Jones Unmasked – New Album!

VIDLA folks on tour!

Patron John Owen Jones is about to start his run as The Phantom in the all-new Phantom of the Opera UK Tour this month, with the first dates being in Plymouth (Theatre Royal) from 27th Feb - 31st March. John will stay in the role until 29th September, when Earl Carpenter will take over from him. For … Continue reading VIDLA folks on tour!