Former Students

Former students

Luke Swatman
Luke Swatman
Luke Swatman first came to everyone’s attention when he sang “Nessun Dorma” in June 2018 in the Eagle Vaults pub in Worcester. Only a few hours later a video of his pub karaoke appearance went viral, sparking interest both nationally and internationally and it later led to Luke appearing on the UK’s “Good Morning Britain” TV programme. Indeed Luke’s success has further led him to take part in “The Voice UK”, which is screened by ITV.

Luke started taking singing classes when he was six-years-old and had tuition for an hour a week until his early 20s. He then took some time off before resuming his lessons at the Elgar School of Music under Wilhelm’s guiding hand.

Luke, who works as a commercial controller, said last year about his ambitions: “Of course it is a childhood dream to take it on fulltime but you need a break and the type of money that you can support yourself.”


Vuyani Mlinde
Vuyani Mlinde

Vuyani started studying vocal studies at the Free State Musicon in South Africa. From 2004 to 2005 he received a scholarship for the Royal College of Music in London, and in 2006 he received a further scholarship for the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, also at the RCM. He made his professional debut as Palemon in Britten’s ‘Thais’ at the Grange Park Opera, Winchester. He appeared on stage with the British Youth Opera as Comtur and Prince Gremin. Further engagements include roles as Bartolo for the Royal Opera Com and Sarastro for Leeds-based Opera North. He was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House and in 2007 he was awarded the highly acclaimed Clonter Opera Prize.

Also in 2007, Vuyani was semi-finalist at NEUE STIMMEN. Then from 2011 until 2016 he was an ensemble member of the Oper Frankfurt. He has worked with such well-known directors as Antonio Pappano, Markus Poschner and Semyon Bychkov. He has sung at the Edinburgh Festival, at Cincinatti Opera and at Houston Grand Opera. In Carnegie Hall new York he performed in Haydn’s ‘Creation’ under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner. Further memorable performances took place in Paris, Madrid and London. Currently Vuyani is an active member of the Opera Ensemble in Lucerne.