Cameron Sinclair (MA, GGSM, DipGSM)

Composer, Conductor, Professor (Royal College of Music)

I have worked with Zara for many years in her capacity as Composer, Arranger, Music Director and Workshop Leader and have always been impressed by her musical abilities, professionalism and dedication to her craft. She has developed a particular flair for sensitive and highly effective vocal writing, where she draws on her extensive experience of coaching and directing in varying contexts; with young people, actors and opera singers. Her instrumental writing is imaginative and well-crafted and she works with equal assurance across different genres and styles. I have no hesitation in recommending her.



Emily Gray

Creative Director, British Youth Music Theatre

Zara has a depth of understanding about the show-making process that not only makes her a perceptive and talented Composer, Writer & Musical Director, but a valuable and insightful collaborator within the rehearsal room, because of her theatre training. It is rare to work with a musician with such a sense of stagecraft, who will ensure that the music and song within a show is completely integrated into the meaning, characterisation and expression of the piece.


Joyce Branagh

Director, Writer

What Zara does so brilliantly is to somehow put people at their ease whilst pushing them further than they ever thought they could go. I’ve heard singers go from making a timid cackle to belting out a gorgeous harmony over the course of one session. And everyone who takes part can feel that change too.



Dr. Gareth White

Senior Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Community Performance, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

Zara has an extraordinary talent for getting non-singers singing. She has given hundreds of our students the confidence to sing in public as well as to write and perform their own material.


Sherri Sutton

Stand-up Comic, Writer, Theatre Educator

Zara Nunn can take a room full of varied talent, skills and interest and harness it into gold – she’s the Rumpelstiltskin of singing!



Alan Hayes

Drama Coordinator, The International School of Brussels

Zara’s creative energy is contagious, as is her love of music. Working with her allowed me and my students the opportunity to push ourselves in creating, rehearsing and performing pieces of music in a short span of time…and loving it!



Lyndall Dawson

Former Head of Music, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

I have known Zara Nunn for over ten years and worked alongside her both as a music staff colleague at English Pocket Opera, and more recently as her line manager at Mountview. Zara has worked at Mountview as a musical director on public and in-house shows for the Musical Theatre and Actor Musician pathways. Zara is a versatile musical director, owing to her expertise as a composer and arranger, and these skills were especially valuable in her adaptation of the  Actor Musician arrangements of John Gay’s ‘Beggar’s Opera’. In addition to her musical directing, compositional, arrangement and orchestration skills, Zara is an excellent teacher.  She has a wealth of experience as an animateur and workshop leader, and is confident working with all age groups and abilities.


Training & Skills



London College of Music

MMus in Composing for the theatre


University of Glamorgan & Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

BA Theatre & Media Drama

(First-Class Honours)

Theatre & Performance Skills


Composition (theatre, broadcast, production, choral/classical)

Lyric writing

Musical Direction (Keyboards), Violinist

Devised theatre & devised music for theatre

Community, applied, site-specific or site-responsive theatre

Working with actor-musicians (devised music and/or scored)

Vocal coaching

Singing for non-actors, non-performers

Production Skills




Backing track and/or recorded music production

Music to picture

Editing  (sound, video)




Park Theatre, Finsbury Park  |  March 8th & 9th, 2016


Zara presented some of her new writing at BEAM, which was the hotly anticipated and unprecedented musical theatre industry event co-produced by Mercury Musical Developments and the Musical Theatre Network, hosted by the Park Theatre, Finsbury Park.

Her ‘Lights Up’ Composer Platform formed part of an exciting line-up that showcased 40 new British musicals and new musical theatre writing talent over the two days.


Radio One Academy

Masterclass in Songwriting was highlight of Academy's visit - ARTICLE

I had a great time being part of BBC Radio 1’s Academy who were in Norwich last month in the run up to Radio 1’s Big weekend. There was a fun atmosphere around the excellent venue OPEN Norwich and it was lovely to see the various Radio 1 DJs and team sharing their passion for music to those wanting to work in the creative industries. Thanks to Access to Music, who partnered with Radio 1 for the Academy, it was particularly inspiring to get to be part of a songwriting masterclass. I love, and am fascinated by songwriting and have written extensively about it; about renowned and favourite songwriters, and my own creative process in the column I write for Songwriting Magazine. The masterclass was run by London-based musical director Zara Nunn and it was really inspiring seeing young aspiring songwriters, many who’ve never written before, come up with original lyrics and then perform some impressive compositions to the group. Zara encouraged everyone in their small groups to write down lyrics which were then passed to another group to edit, an important part of songwriting is making lyrics more succinct. Then the short songs were written with melodies and instruments added. A fun group singalong at the end showcased the songs they’d written. It was lovely witnessing the songs blending together and there were certainly some strong melodies that resulted from the workshop. Musicians from Access to Music also provided a great house band. Ella Eyre was also part of the masterclass and during a Q&A talked about her writing and what inspires her. She’s responsible for many cool collaborations and has written hits including co-writing Sigma’s number one hit ‘Changing’ featuring Paloma Faith.

Link to full article available on request.