Tony has designed, developed, and led Musical Theatre courses and departments in many of the UK’s leading performing arts institutions, including Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, CSSD, Rose Bruford College, and The BRIT School (Music Dept). He has delivered master classes in UK HE institutions including the RCM, the RAM, the RNCM, and the RSAMD; and internationally in Denmark, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Japan. He has been consultant to / external examiner for Chichester University, Guildford School of Acting, University of the Arts, and Hull University: he also was a Subject Specialist Advisor for the QAA and an External Examiner for Edexcel. He is a Senior Fellow of the HE Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, a member of PRS and BASCA, and Estill-trained (Levels I + II).
Tony Castro’s work as Musical Director/Supervisor/Conductor includes The Rocky Horror Show (UK and Australia), Spamalot, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, La Bohéme, The Iron Man, City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, Lucky Stiff, Honk, Oklahoma, Camelot, Into the Woods, Company, and The Beggars Opera; as a keyboard player, shows include Wicked, Les Miserables and Chess. His interest in developing new works includes conducting world premieres of Amerika and The Red Volcano, and MD’ing the development workshop of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Tony has also been Music Associate for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on a number of recordings and concerts. Tony is Music Director for the Thanet Big Sing community choir, based at the Turner Contemporary, and leads the CCCU University Wind Ensemble (UWE).
Compositions include “On the Tram”, “One Day” and “Youth” (commissions for community choir), “Five Songs” (texts by Charles Causley), “Early in the Morning” (new nursery rhymes); music for the short films Lonely Hearts and How to Sex, Francesco de la Vega, for Narrator and orchestra, and the musical Sinta!
Activities for/at CCCU include conducting the University Wind Ensemble (UWE), teaching the “Playing by Ear” module (BA Music), and guest teaching on Musical Theatre elements of the Character Song module (BA Performing Arts). Tony is also currently undertaking a PhD on the dramaturgical role of Musical Directors working on new musicals.