Here at Nexus ICA, we are proud to have helped scores of alumni go on to have incredibly successful and fulfilling careers. We celebrate their achievements together. Here are just some of their success stories.
Tim Alford joined us in 2002. During his time here, he formed the hugely successful indie band [dweeb] with which he released multiple studio albums and toured across the world. After the band split up, Tim pursued a career in youth ministry. He is now the National Director of Elim’s Youth Ministry, Limitless and Youth Ministry Specialist Lecturer at Regents Theological College.
Accomplished session keys player and musical director, Matt Bramhall, studied at Nexus ICA in 2003. Over the years, Matt’s profile in the industry has grown, resulting in him now being one of the most sought-after keys players and musical directors around. He has played for a plethora of high-profile artists such as Rita Ora, Alesha Dixon, Shayne Ward and Naughty Boy. Matt has also enjoyed numerous TV and radio performances with the likes of Leona Lewis, Nichole Scherzinger, George the Poet, Catherine Jenkins and The Backstreet Boys.
Kate Cossey studied Piano & Keyboards at Nexus in 2003 and has since become a leading authority in instrumental teaching. Her passion for music education led her to set up ‘The Piano School’ in 2014, where she is now the managing director of a business that teaches over 100 students and employs a number of teachers. Not content with just running a business, Kate has been director of assessment for the Certificate of Music Educators (CME) and has presented at both the Piano Teachers Course (PTC) and the Music Education Expo . With an MA in instrumental teaching, Kate also trains other teachers and shares her vast experience to students at Nexus ICA by module our instrumental teaching and music pedagogy modules.
Music business executive Ant Hippsley studied at Nexus ICA in 2008. After teaching bass guitar for several years, Ant decided to pursue a career in the wider music industry. Since moving to London, Ant has worked for Big Life Management, Spilt Milk Management, and Bucks Music Group as a creative A&R manager. He is now Head of Milk & Honey’s UK office whose writers have been responsible for Rag‘n’Bone Man’s “Human”, James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go”, Lewis Capaldi’s “Hold Me While You Wait” and many more.
Now a regular in London’s West End, Ricardo Castro studied vocals at Nexus ICA in 2005. Already an incredible singer and performer, Ricardo went on to develop his acting skills and made his West End debut as Smoky Robinson in Motown the Musical in 2018. He is now part of the cast of the award-winning musical Come from Away, performing alongside some of the biggest names in the industry. Ricardo continues to share his experience with Nexus ICA and has coached our students ahead of their own musical theatre productions.
Having studied audio at Nexus ICA in 2005, Sam Lynam went on to work as a technician and deputy production manager for Disney and P&O Cruises as well as a project technician for MG Event and Sound, Hawthorn Theatrical, and B&H Sound. In addition to working as a sound designer at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, he continues to work as a freelance sound engineer and production manager. Sam is also a professional UAV operator and runs Aligned UAV which specialises in commercial drone photography and videography.