Alana was awarded a first class honors degree in Singing Performance & Education, after completing professional Musical Theatre training at Bird College, London. She further trained all aspects of the voice including Classical, Opera, Oratorio, Musical Theatre and Popular Music with the Advanced Performers Studio, London. Alana is a winner of the BBC Fame Academy Award for Musical Theatre and holds a Performance Diploma from the London College of Music. Alana truly believes that knowledge is power and therefore continuously develops her own learning, recently receiving certifications of 'Estill for Singing Teachers', 'Estill Level 1 & 2' and the 'Advanced Estill' certification, awarded in Helsinki, Finland.
​Her Masters Degree includes extensive research into Estill, Bel Canto and other wonderful singing techniques, as well as vocal health, voice production and singing therapy. In association with Parkinson's UK, Alana regularly runs singing therapy seminars for people diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, something she finds very rewarding.​
Alana’s voice has enabled her to combine her love for singing with her love for travel, making her way (so far) around the world to six of the seven continents – Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and even Antarctica! Later in 2016, she has a contract to Australia to finally complete the list! Alana has worked extensively within the UK and abroad – performing, coaching and lecturing, and continues to present her headline show to discerning audiences on-board some of the world's most luxurious cruise ships, as well as regular performances across the UK.
Alana is currently performing in the 'Hollywood Starlets', a vintage vocals show with live band, touring the UK for 2016. She is an original member of 'Undercover Artists', providing exclusive singing waiters to weddings, corporate events and high class functions throughout the UK. Alana can also be found singing with 'The Mix - Ultimate Party Band' as well as a whole host of other shows, events and concerts throughout the year.
In November 2016, Alana will be appearing as Florinda in 'Into The Woods' at the Belgrade Theatre, featuring Linda Nolan.
Alana has performed a variety of roles within Musical Theatre and Pantomime, recently returning from a four month, 28 city tour of China, as well as a 10 city tour of Norway. She has headlined for P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Silversea Cruises and Thomson Gold, as well as a year world tour with Silversea Cruises for Jean Ann Ryan Productions. Other credits include the role of Alice in Dick Whittington at the highly acclaimed Brick Lane Music Hall, London.
After winning the BBC Musical Theatre Award in 2008, Alana performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of the BBC Proms series, broadcast live on BBC2 from London's Royal Albert Hall. She was honored to share the stage with Dame Judi Dench, Bryn Terfel, Maria Freidman and Julian Ovenden. This was a special celebratory concert marking the 80th birthday of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who was in attendance throughout the rehearsals and during the performance!
Alana is featured on the Nintendo Wii U game 'SiNG PARTY' (FreeStyle Games/Activision), where her voice was used to generate the game's intricate scoring system, a process which took over 18 months.​ Other studio work includes dance track 'Till We Meet Again' (Rekelectrik feat. Alana), which received airplay from DJ Pete Tong and charted at number one in the BBC Radio 1 Essential Selection Chart. The song featured on albums Ministry of Sound 'Housexy' and 'Digital Angel'.
Alana is now following her mission to change people's lives through the power of singing, self-belief and empowerment, expanding the academy day by day!
Alana Shirley is a fully licensed 'Child In Entertainment' Chaperone, a member of the Equity Tade Union, & holds a DBS certificate, as well as a 'Basic First Aid at Work' qualification.
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00
Fee (45 minutes): £30.00