Phil Gostelow

Phil Gostelow

Phil began his musical life playing Euphonium in a youth brass band in Grimsby. Some years later, after a year as Trombonist in the National Youth Orchestra, Phil went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During this time, Phil's interest in musical direction within musical theatre became his main focus, and after graduating in 2004, he began to work on productions up and down the country.

After MDing many of the wonderful amateur companies based at the Kenneth Moore Theatre Ilford and working with Time of Our Lives Theatre, Phil became Assistant MD on Bill Kenwright's production of Blood Brothers in 2007. Having kept a long association with the show, Phil returned to Blood Brothers as Musical Director in 2015, and is currently touring the UK with the show!

Other notable work has included working with Tony Award winning writers Maltby & Shire on 'Take Flight' at the Mernier Chocolate Factory, and a workshop recording with Disney legends Richard and Robert Sherman.

As a composer, Phil has written scores for 3 pantomimes - Sleeping Beauty (2008) and Dick Whittington (2009), and most recently, Cinderella with Clifford Oliver. Phil has also written songs for 'Enterprise', and works with Tim Major each year on a show for the Tamworth SnowDome.

Last year he was commissioned, with Danusia Iwasko, to write a new musical for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds - Labour of Love ran for two weeks to critical acclaim. Following this, their show, Nativity Blues ran in Peterborough last Christmas.

Phil, in collaboration with Clifford Oliver, has recently been in the semi- finals of an international competition for new musical theatre composers. Having come through the first round, where 99 entrants became 12, excepts from their musical 'Brides' were performed live at the Soho Theatre in London's West End.

Phil is also very proud to be Head of Music for the Finch Stage School in Redbridge.

Tim Major

Tim Major

Tim trained as a dancer at the London Studio Centre under the Brdiget Espinosa Scholarship and then as an actor, receiving his BA Hons Theatre Studies (Acting) from Rose Bruford College Of Speech & Drama.

He has worked as a performer in Film, Television and Theatre where his credits include The Singing Detective (BBC), The Scar Crow (Winner of Best Horror Film - London Independant Film Festival), No1 National Tour of West Side Story, European Tour of The Picture Of Dorian Gray.

As a director and producer Tim has managed to bring numerous projects to both the big screen and stage. Credits include the feature films UFO (with Jean-Claude Van Damme), Bula Quo (with rock legends Status Quo), Kill Keith (with national treasure Keith Chegwin) and Allies (starring Downton Abbey's Julian Ovenden); In the theatre his work includes Late At Night (musical - Jazz Lines Productions), West Side Story (Limelight Theatre & Elgiva Theatre); And had a tenure of six years with the Broadway Theatre Barking, producing and directing their annual Christmas Pantomime - two of which he wrote.

Alongside this work, Tim has set aside time to focus on teaching and has an enormous amount of experience in using the performing arts to empower and encourage. His long line of work includes 2 years running the Buck Youth Dance Company; Choreographing for Madaction Youth Theatre in Milton Keynes including productions like Little Shop Of Horrors; spending a year as the Youth Music Worker at Inter-Action (MK) producing the Album "A Sound Revolution".

He currently lectures in acting at Northampton University.

Hayley Gostelow

Hayley Gostelow

Hayley has recently graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama completing a degree in Drama Applied Theatre and Education BA (Hons). As a performer Hayley has worked in the West End, appeared in Music Videos and been photographed for advert campaigns. Her credits include; Cinderella (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), Billy Elliot the Musical (Victoria Palace, West End), Changed The Way You Kissed Me (Example Music Video) and Milky Way still and Internet viral (US campaign). Hayley has always had a keen interest in teaching and is very passionate about advocating for Arts in education. A huge part of her work ethic evolves around making drama accessible and using the arts to inspire creativity. Her teaching work includes; Youth Theatre Leader for The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Participation for The Almeida Theatre (London Theatre of the Year 2016) and Workshop Leader and Performer for The Senate House Library. Hayley also has experience teaching the LAMDA syllabus and has had a 100% pass rate

About Us

Music Theatre Essex is a company run by active performing arts professionals, experienced in theatre, television, film, West End productions, UK & European touring and concerts. We a passionate about providing high quality arts training for Young People and advocating the value of the arts across a spectrum of platforms.