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About Rainford and Ormskirk Vocal Academy

Rainford Vocal Academy was established by experienced vocal coach Katie Ellen in 2014. Her aim was to create an academy in the centre of the community that would give students a chance to develop in confidence whilst gaining recognised qualifications.  Since then, Rainford Vocal Academy has developed and a second location added in Ormskirk, opening the doors to another community.  

About Katie

From an early age Katie loved music and knew it was the career she wanted to persue.  After gaining GCSE's and A levels she went on to Graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2011 and after perfoming for a while realised teaching was for her!

After gaining a Diploma in Contemporary Vocal Coaching from VIDLA (Vocalists International Distance Learning Academy) Katie went on to set up a studio in Burscough and teach in various venues around the North West.  Rainford and Ormskirk Vocal Academy is the latest in a wealth of teaching experience including teaching at the prestigious LIPA 4:19 where she teaches both Saturdays academy classes and the Advanced singing company who recently performed under her direction with Paul McCartney in front of a sold out Arena.  Katie continues to gain knowledge by attending seminars and master classes with prestigious names in vocal education industry.  As well as an experienced teacher, Katie continues to record and perform music, you can learn more about her music here...  



"I love all things to do with the voice and I have made it my mission to pass on this enthusiasm to the next generation of vocalists.  I hope to educate and inspire young and more experienced vocalists to look past the '15 minutes of fame' of todays society and gain meaningful qualifications and experience.'

Katie Ellen


We are delighted to have another teacher on board at our Ormskirk Academy...

Zara Holme

From a young age I have had a passion for performing arts, especially musical theatre. At the age of 11, I attended private singing lessons with Katie and since then I have successfully completed all grades up to grade 7. I have just finished studying at the Professional Performance Programme at Runshaw College, studying L3 Musical Theatre where I developed my singing, dancing and acting technique, achieving a distinction overall. Although I have performed in many shows, my greatest achievement was playing the lead role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and playing Angel Applewood from PQA’s own musical ‘The Lazy Ace’ on a West End Stage. Since leaving The Pauline Quirke Academy, I have started teaching at PQA Southport as Musical Theatre teaching assistant, where I help to teach children aged 4-18 singing, acting and dancing. Most recently, I have also started assisting teaching Poppets along side main academy in PQA, which are the under 4’s of the academy, introducing them to performing arts.

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