With surprises and new opportunities springing up around every corner, it’s certainly been a busy 12 months. The whole LMA family have contributed towards what has been a landmark year. Here’s five of our favourite highlights:

 

Robbie Williams joined the LMA family

After forming a lasting connection with the LMA Choir on The X Factor in 2018, global superstar Robbie Williams officially joined our board of directors in June. Robbie’s involvement has already led to countless unique opportunities for our students, with the LMA Choir taking to the stage alongside the popstar at his sold-out British Summer Time gig in Hyde Park, while the 14-strong group have also lent their vocal talents to Robbie’s chart-topping Christmas album, The Christmas Present and most recently featured on Not the Robbie Williams Christmas Show.

Robbie joining LMA follows former Tesco chief, Sir Terry Leahy, and founder of major investment firm William Currie Group, Bill Currie, who also became co-owners at the start of this year.

 

LMA shared the stage with the kids from Fame

One shining moment came directly from the stage of the M&S Bank Arena, where a group of our tutors and talented students – both past and present – performed with the original cast of Fame. Our backing singers and dancers joined the stars of the iconic TV series on stage, when they reunited for the first time in 35 years. The show, which raised money for Claire House Children’s  Hospice, featured some of the show’s much-loved classics such as HiFidelity, Starmaker and, of course, Fame! Find out what happened when LMA met the kids from Fame here. 

 

A special star guest surprised our graduates

One of Liverpool’s most famous actors, Stephen Graham, surprised our 2019 graduates when he presented them with their degrees during a lavish ceremony in St George’s Hall.

We were extremely excited for him to shake hands with our students and offer them some inspirational words for the future. He told them the best advice he could give was to “never stop believing in yourself and your ability. Your passion is what drives you, so never let it go. There will be times that it’s a struggle, but keep smashing down doors until one of them opens and never give up on your dreams” – we couldn’t have said it better ourselves Stephen!

 

LMA film students work on new Netflix series

A group of our talented grads won roles on new Netflix series The Irregulars. The production, which is being filmed at locations across the UK, including Liverpool, is set in Victorian London following a gang of troubled delinquent teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner. As the crimes take on a horrifying supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, it’ll be up to the Irregulars to come together to save London, each other, and potentially the entire world.

As part of a joint project with Liverpool Film Office, five of our graduates – Alex Carr, Natalie Anderson, Reece Burke, James O’Toole and Harvey Shaw – are playing key roles as part of the crew, working alongside seasoned industry professionals…stay tuned for a release date! Read more here.

 

Next stop, London!

Since our launch more than 10 years ago, our applications from prospective students have continued to soar, so we thought it was about time we set up another home outside of Liverpool. This year, we announced plans to open a brand new campus at Here East in the Olympic Park, London. We held auditions for students in October and were blown away by the talent. We can’t wait to throw open our doors next September and welcome them to the family! Take a look at what our new LMA campus has to offer here.

Overall, 2019 has been a breakthrough year for the LMA family. It has taught us that hard work and determination truly does result in success and we can’t wait to announce more exciting plans, partnerships and performances in 2020 – watch this space!