Margaret Murray-McLeod

Principal Instrument: Piano

Music classes offered: Generalist, Brass, Chamber music, Piano, Strings, Vocal, Woodwind

Qualifications: ARAM, ARCM, FTCL, LRAM

Margaret studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music, as well as clarinet, singing and composition, being awarded the Scott Huxley Prize for piano accompaniment.

She has appeared regularly in concerts throughout the UK, recorded for BBC Scotland and South German Radio, and played piano and harpsichord with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Positions held include: Senior Lecturer for Performance Studies at Edinburgh Napier University; Director of the ‘Summer School for Piano Teachers’, piano tutor in the Junior School of RSAMD and tutor at ‘Chethams’ International Summer School for Pianists’.

Margaret is an examiner for ABRSM, an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.


Craig Bartley

Dance classes offered: Ballet and Character, Commercial Dance, Contemporary, Greek, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre, National, Song and Dance, Tap

Qualifications: GCGI, FIDTA, DDT, CertEd, MBBO

Craig has just returned from starring on Broadway as lead vocalist and show host/compare in ‘SMILE’ at the Town Hall Theatre, New York.

Craig’s career path is immense spanning over 35 years and has taken him from Feature film, to stage and theatre, from drama series on television to commercial endorsements.

After 13 years performing consistently in London’s west end and then 7 years in the United States including musicals on Broadway and theatre tours, Craig has
seen and done the lot.

Some of his UK theatre credits include such shows as the original 42ND Street, Me & My Girl, Mack & Mabel, La Cage Aux Folles, Man of La Mancha, Song & Dance, Grease, Follies Royale and many, many more.

He has toured as backing vocalist with such legends as Gladys Knight, Tom Jones, Jennifer Holliday, Melba Moore, Tina Turner, Elton John and Tommy Tune in the US and also produced, directed, devised and choreographed many productions for cruise lines, hotels and corporate events Worldwide.

Craig has also played featured roles in feature films, drama soap operas, commercials and two Royal Variety Performances. Well, he has actually performed for all the Royal family of the UK, Denmark, Spain, Greece, Monaco and Dubai.

As another forte, Craig is a professional adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Music, Dance and Drama Festivals Worldwide with a widespread
in-depth knowledge in all genres.

Craig regularly lectures on dance and musical theatre subjects with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and is Vice-Chairman of the South East area Theatre Dance Council Committee. He also takes workshops for the ISTD, UTD, BBO, NATD and UKA.

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Craig was commissioned by the ISTD, IDTA & RAD to stage and choreograph the prestigious annual International Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, working with over 500+ International dancers including Principals from the Royal Ballet, Matt Flint and the Lukas McFarlane Dance Company. This gave Craig much critical acclaim for creating outstanding choreography and staging in Global editorials.

Craig also choreographs and stages regularly for the professional tours for Opera and Ballet International with productions such as ‘La Traviata’ (Royal Albert Hall), ‘Madame Butterfly’ (Royal Albert Hall), ‘La Boheme’ (Int. tour) and most recently six productions of ‘AIDA’ (Int. tours).

After being a specialist tutor at many full-time vocational colleges including Mountview, Elmhurst, Millennium, Urdang and many more, Craig then decided that he would open his own full-time vocational performing arts college, offering affordable and outstanding training for students. Hence his present role as full-time Course Director and Principal of Starquest Performers College in the South East.

Craig’s full credits, professional biography, film footage and contact details can be viewed on his website at