Pamela Rudge Head of Music and Singing

Pamela Rudge

Head of Music and Singing


Pamela studied at The Royal College of Music and now combines her duties at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with a busy singing life.

She has a wide repertoire from early to contemporary music, singing opera, light opera, oratorio, recitals and concert work, performing in concert halls, theatres and cathedrals throughout the UK and also in France, Germany, Holland, Zimbabwe and Mali.  Pamela sings as a soloist with UK orchestras in works such as Elgar’s “Sea Pictures.”  Pamela is equally at home on the operatic stage, playing roles ranging from Mrs Herring in Britten’s “Albert Herring” to Suzuki in Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.”  In recent years she has become more involved in chamber opera, playing roles such as Madame Popova in Walton’s setting of Chekhov’s “The Bear,” and most recently creating the role of Marie Coulette (a formidable pipe-smoking granny) in the World premiere of “A Foreign Field,” an opera by Eric Wetherell, for which she achieved much critical acclaim.  Pamela has worked as a soloist on Radio 3 and 4 and on TV.

She adjudicates for festivals and runs vocal workshops and singing courses for theatre companies and singing groups in Switzerland, Cyprus, Glasgow, Norwich, Warwick, Whitby, Wiltshire, Cornwall and Bristol.  In 2015 Pamela was invited to lead a Development Day for AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing) South West on “The Singer Speaks, the Actor Sings” with Lynette Erving, former Head of Voice at BOVTS.  Pamela has conducted many musical theatre shows, most notably “London Road” for BOVTS at Bristol Old Vic, which was nominated for “Best Theatre Production in the South West.”

The Sondheim Society invite each drama school to enter the prestigious Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year Competition.  In the eight years that Pamela has entered BOVTS students, both students have been finalists, twelve in all.  We have been awarded three runner-up prizes and two winners.


I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice