Students & Clients

Jessica Sutton

Jessica studied at Mad Fish for over 10 years. She reached an outstanding 98% in her Musical Theatre Diploma before going on to study at Laine Theatre Arts.

Sam Hickman

Sam Hickman has studied at Mad Fish since he was 8 years old. He has appeared at Dodger in Oliver UK Tour, Kurt and Fredreich in The Sound of Music UK & World Tours. He has also appeared in professional Tours/Productions of Beauty and the Beast and South Pacific. He has appeared in numerous adverts and promotions on TV.

Lauren studied at Mad Fish for over 10 years and also taught for us before she moved to college - currently she is studying a Drama degree at London College Of Music

Alice Auer

Alice Auer studied at Mad Fish for 10 Years. She is now a Graduate of the London College of Music where she studied Jazz and is about to release her first EP


Sam joined Mad Fish to appear in Oliver with them. He then joined MFM who are responsible for his casting as Young Hodor in 'Game of Thrones' and 'Leatherface' the Movie. Sam has recently appeared in Films'Lord of Chaos' & 'Fistful of Lead'

Hetti Bywater

Hetti studied at Mad Fish from the age of 5 right up until she was cast in Eastenders as Lucy Beale, Hetti has also appeared in Delicious, Doctors, Casualty and Death in Paradise

Amy studied at Mad Fish and appeared in a number of shows as leading characters such as Nancy in Oliver and Marty in Grease, has just graduated with a First from The Brighton Academy

Ruby studied singing at Mad Fish, she is currently at LSMT

Miriam studied Singing and performance at Mad Fish for many years, she is now at Goldsmiths studying Drama and Musical Theatre

Zac has been with MFM for many years and has just landed his first role in a Feature Film

Freya studied with Mad Fish for many years and is currently studying at Bird College, London

Maisie Edwards

Maisie studied at Mad Fish and also played leading role of Lily in Annie. Maisie is currently studying at Bird College

Solly McLeod

Solly was one of MFM's first clients. He is a talented Actor and Musician. He has appeared in music videos, short films and on TV. Most recently in Sky TV 'Killers", films 'Maximus', 'Boy in the Corner' and is currently filming some exciting stuff.

Saskia Burke

Saskia began has played the roles of Nancy "Oliver", Sandy "Grease", Eponine "Les Miserables" for Mad Fish. She has appeared on screen in commercials for, Cadbury, Scottish Widows, Short Film 'Marsh" and following the Musical 'A Little bit of Life is now appearing in the play 'Bear'

Art Burnett

Artie started off in Mapp & Lucia and has has gone on to shoot for Sony, Littlewoods, The Halifax and is now appearing alongside Luke Evans, David Wilcox and Dakota Fanning in Netflix & TNT 2018 Drama 'The Alienist'

Amy Studied singing and performing at Mad Fish for many years and is currently at Performers College, London

Sarah Coleman

Sarah went on from Mad Fish to do her Post Grad at GSA. On completion she is now working for TUI Resorts

Ed Tunningley

Ed was one of MFM's first clients. Ed then went on to study at GSA and on graduating is now playing a Brother & The Baker in the 2019 Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Elisha Edwards

Elisha has studied at Mad Fish for many years. Elisha is a singer/song writer. She has appeared on screen for many commercials.

Maria Crowter

Maria trained at Mad Fish for 10 years. She has gained her diploma in Musical Theatre and appeared in every musical while at Mad Fish. Maria is now studying at Brighton Academy.

Andy Rose

Andy studied at Mad Fish before going on to study at Urdang. Andy has just returned from Dubai in where he appeared in Snow White and is now rehearsing as a lead singer for TUI Resorts 2019

Tyler Sargent

After appearing as Danny 'Grease" & Archie "13" he studied at Urdang and has now graduated at LSMT. Tyler will appear as Jack in Panto this Christmas.

Megan Hughes

Megan joined MFM and was soon cast as leading role Maud Spellbody in CBBC Worst Witch series 2. Megan is currently on screens in series 3 of Worst Witch as has just completed filming series 4. She has also appeared in numerous short films.

Poppy Shoesmith

Poppy studys at Mad Fish, she recently completed a year playing Cosette in Les Miserables, West End

Robyn Ashwood

Robyn studied at Mad Fish for 10 years. As well as appearing on screen in commercials and music videos she has played the roles on Lavender and Amanda in Matilda, West End. She has also appeared in The Sound of Music, UK & World Tours. Robyn has just graduated from Urdang.

Declan Mason

Declan studied at Mad Fish for 8 years. He then went on to study at Guildhall, London. Having recently graduated Declan was seen on screens in the award winning series 'Free Rein'

Ellie Watson

Ellie studied at Mad Fish and then went on to study at Urdang. Ellie now works as a principle singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines

Thomas Wood

Tom studied at Mad Fish for many years, he then went on to study at Kings College, The Royal Academy and is now at Oxford.

Georgia Stait

Georgia has been with Mad Fish for many years, she has appeared as Nancy "Oliver", she has appeared on screen for EE

Craig Noakes

Craig is with MFM, he has just completed a year in Matilda, West End.

Tiffany Wells

Tiffany studied at Mad Fish, she then went on to attend Performers College, London and LSMT, London. She has just completed a contract as a dancer on a cruise ship and her first panto in the UK.

Evie Hooten

Evie studied at Mad Fish for many years appearing in 'Oliver", 'Les Miserables" and "Grease". Evie starred in Feature Film "The Falling" alongside Maisie Williams. she has just graduated from Oxford School of Drama.

Harry Tunningley

Harry was one of MFM's first clients. Harry has played the role of Oliver in the UT Tour of Oliver, Tommy and Bruce in two runs of Matilda, West End. Harry is currently studying at Arts Educational.

Georgia Butt

Georgia has been with MFM from their first year. She has appeared in People Magazine with Maisie Williams, has just filmed a new TV Pilot and is on Tour in new Play 'Fagin"

Andras Jacobs

Andras has been with Mad Fish as a student and client for a long time. He is now at Guildhall, London. He has appeared on screen in short film "Shoes", Feature Film "Old Boys", and in commercials for Stonewall, Moo Cards & Geordie Shore MTV.

Lucy Gape

Lucy studied at Mad Fish, she went on to Arts Educational, London. She appeared on screen as Jade Hedy in Hollyoaks, Skins, Doctors and The Making of a Lady as Agatha Slade.

Will Cousins

William studied at Mad Fish from a very young age. He went on to study at GSA and now works as a professional performer and producer.

Zoe Clark

Zoe has been with MFM since their first year. Zoe appeared in the mini series Red Tent alongside Minnie Driver, Rebcca Ferguson and Iain Glen. Zoe is currently studying at Arts Educational

Kirstie Wilde

Kirstie has been with Mad Fish for many years, as a student and then as a teacher. She is an accomplished actress, graduating from East 15 School of Acting.

Darcy Jacobs

Darcy made her West End debut as Cosette in Les Miserables playing the role for a year. She has appeared in Short films and Commercials as well as Mapp & Lucia on BBC, she appeared in the Award Winning Play The Ferryman, West End as Mercy and in the Short Film 'Missing a Not' with Elaine Paige


Kirstie Wilde

East 15 Acting School 2014

"I've been singing with Em for many years and consider her not only as a teacher but as a good friend. She has really aided my progress as a performer. Lessons are always a great laugh, as are the concerts and summer schools."


William Cousins

Guildford School of Acting (GSA) 2014

"In the seven or so years I have been involved with Emma Burnett and the Mad Fish community, she has never failed to amaze me with her knowledge, exuberance and enthusiasm for the Arts. She applies her experience in the professional world directly within her teaching, creating polished and slick performers that work or will work within the industry. This is constantly reflected through the excellent examination results with the prestigious London College of Music (LCM). I feel highly privileged to be part of Mad Fish Singing Studio as both a pupil, and indeed a teacher, and look forward to seeing the studio continue to thrive and achieve every success!"


Cheryle Bywater

Mother of Hetti Bywater

“Emma, you have been such a great influence in her career. And she really is grateful for all your input over the last decade. Mad Fish has a major help in all she has achieved.  Thanks to people like you in her life instilling confidence she has started on her chosen path.”

"We give you wings so you can fly"

Paul Roberts

The Stranglers - Studio Patron

"Mad Fish came along quite out of the blue and I felt I had to become a patron to such an excellent studio.They have amazed me with how many great vocalists - under the fantastic guidance and care of Emma Burnett - they have produced.The kids are treated as individuals which is so obvious from their performances and they really do all have their own voices. It is a privilege to see and hear them and the wonderful work Emma puts in and in my opinion they have a very bright future and I am more than happy to help wherever I can".


Robyn Ashwood

Sound of Music National Tour & World Tour, Matilda - West End, Urdang College

 "I love singing , singing is my life but before i met Emma i could not sing in front of people now i sing in front of up to 2000 people. Emma made me believe i could do it , and now i am so happy as i get to do concerts, shows and solos. Emma you're the best . x"


Tiffany Wells

Laine Theatre Arts & Performers College

"Thank you so much for all your hard work! I'm so excited and my voice is all down to you! xxx"


Steve Furst

Studio Patron, Actor, Comedian, Musician and Writer

'I love what Mad Fish sets out to to. As the arts are being continually marginalised in education, courses like the ones run by Mad Fish become more and more important. I am only too happy to lend whatever support I can to Emma and all at the singing studio.'


Jeff Topp

Appleyard Recording Studios

"Emma has been a big supporter of Appleyard Studios. Knowing and working with Emma is always fun but very professonal. Vocally she gets the best out of all her students as well as giving them a chance to shine on stage and to perform professionally. There is only one singing teacher in Sussex and that is Emma. Mad Fish rule!!"


Amber Blackman


"I have been taught by Emma for 10 years, joining Mad Fish has given me a massive confidence boost in myself and my singing by learning various techniques to help develop my voice. I now feel comfortable to perform to various audiences. But Mad Fish is such a 'Mad' company, everyone is so warm and welcoming which has allowed me to gain great friends to experience our talents together. I will be with Mad Fish for years and years to come, the teachers are amazing and so talented. The one to one time you get really benefits you by gaining tips and skills from professionals. I love being a Mad Fish!!!! "


Bethany Rands-Walsh

Annie National Tour

"where do i start!!! i remember when i first joined mad fish, wanting to be a confident young performer. I love what I do with you and enjoy every minute of it . I have improved so much over the last couple of terms thanks to you. Mad Fish is an environment full of dedication and encouragement but most of all a place that's bursting with fun!!! You are so much more than just my teacher !! looking forward too many more years with mad fish all my love bethany xxxxxxxx


Faiza Shafeek

Group events Coordinator JPS South Events

"I have only good things to say about Emma Burnett. Like many people who excel in their professional lives, she is modest because she has nothing to prove. I first met Emma through the various talent shows that I organize through JP South Events and Johnston Press Newspapers. She has been both a headline sponsor and category sponsor of these shows and most recently, a fair, impartial and highly constructive judge. She is thoughtful, professional and most of all generous, giving freely of her time, her talents and the fruits of her experience to all those who might benefit from listening to her and being taught by her. Emma is the 'real deal'. A talented and inspiring performer, teacher and mentor, she is that rarest of all people...someone with a huge talent but without the ego to match."


Lucy Gape

Skins 2012, Doctors, Hollyoaks 2013 - Evita National Tour, Arts Educational London

"I can't really put into words how thankful I am to Emma. Learning with her has done wonders for my confidence in performance. My singing voice is so much improved from when I first began singing with her. The thing about Emma is, she's so supportive and encouraging. She's a wonderful teacher; she gets to know your voice, knows what suits you vocally and where you can improve. Before you know it, you're singing with complete ease. What's more, she's one of the nicest, most loveliest people I know!"


Jemma Jacobs


"Mad Fish has made such a positive impact on my daughter. She has always loved to perform and through the wide variety of classes, workshops, performances and support that this fantastic team offer she has been able to really shine, develop and improve within the short time she's attended. Not only do the Mad fish team encourage and guide the children with improving their performance skills but they also focus on building great relationships amongst the students and teachers. 

Thank you for everything you do and for the amazing opportunities you have given to my daughter Darcy"


Kim Wells


"My daughter has been having lessons with Emma for over two years and has now been offered a place at Laine Theatre Theatre Arts College. Everytime we hear her sing we recognise an Improvement.Emma is an excellent coach, and totally committed to all of her students.She is always on hand for students needs.Assisting them in achieving recognised exams resulting in UCAS points towards University.Preparing and organising them for auditions, helping them to achieve their dreams.I would not hesitate in recommending Emma to anyone"


Paige-Marie Baker-Carroll


"Emma what can I say your the best teacher in the whole world and I don't say it enough. I remember the first time I came to you I was so scared to get on a stage and after being with mad fish for a couple of years now I enjoy every performance I do.I come to mad fish because you are an inspiration to me . My targets to be as good as you one day . I know I never will be able to achieve this target because you are one in a million. I LOVE YOU MAD FISH!!! "


Carl Parsons

02 Final & Britains does Variety Final Sky TV

" I have reailised how wounderful Emma is, she has really helped me to improve on my vocals and my breathing too. She is very patient and really suportive. I really enjoy my lessons at mad fish and look forward to them. My sister has lessons now and she has really improved as well. If any one is thinking of joining emma you won't be disapointed!!"


Lauren Creasey


"Mad Fish is amazing. It is the best place to go singing - ever! I have been a mad fish for nearly 3 and a half years and over that period of time, i have grown so much. From my first lesson with Emma, she was honest, and has a great style of teaching. She knew from the start that my voice was breaking and showed me different exercises to control my breathing. From the first concert, which was filled with brilliant performances from all ages, I knew that i wanted to stay a Mad Fish. I stay at Mad Fish because i know that i will not get a better quality singing teacher anywhere else in England {or France!}. Being a Mad Fish has helped me gain alot of confidence and believe in myself. Me and my sister love Emma, the Mad Fish gang, and Mad Fish. I want to stay a Mad Fish for as long as I can."


Sam Hickman

Kurt & Fredreich- Sound of Music World Tour & Sound of Music UK Tour,  Dodger - UK National Tour of Oilver - Beauty and the Beast 'Chip' National Tour & South Pacific National Tour

"I love going to Mad Fish,everyone is friendly and we have fun learning new songs. Emma gives 100% of her time and she is very encouraging. Emma is always ready to help with any worries I might have. I always look forward to my next lesson as I enjoy going so much. I also enjoy going to glee club and meeting up with some of the other students."

Lisa Crowter


Emma is a talented and an encouraging teacher, as are all the Mad Fish teachers. Training is second to none, which is evident in the extremely professional theatre productions and concerts. Joining Mad Fish you become part of a big, happy family.

Elisha Edwards


"Mad Fish,  a wonderful performing Arts Studio and Agency where every child’s individuality is acknowledged and celebrated.  Where they gain confidence and self-worth.  Where opportunities abound, dreams are realized and where talent and madness are equally appreciated"


Nicole Tuffin

Annie UK Tour

"I have been singing as far as I can remember. I started singing lessons whenI was only 8 years old but it has only been since I started lessons withEmma when I discovered what my voice can really do and how much progress Iam yet to make. Only a few years ago Emma started teaching me and I amaze myself when Itry new things that I would have never had the confidence to try before. Iam surprised that I am able to find new dimensions to my voice range and Ibelieve that no one else but Emma would have been able to take me so far.She coached me for my performance in "Little Voice" and for this, I will beforever grateful. Without her time, commitment and dedication I would have never been able to pull it off. Emma has helped me to develop my personal style and most of all she is responsible for my gain in confidence and self belief.I can't imagine what it would be like if she couldn't teach me any longer."

Carol Hickman


A very happy group of people,it's like a family, Mad Fish helps build confidence and make life long friends. Everyone encourages each other. The shows they put on are very professional and well worth going too see just how good the students are.With lots of opportunities.

Alice Auer

London College of Music

"I have been studying with Emma since I was 9 years old.  Emma’s teaching has helped me come a long way throughout my years with her. She has helped me with my technique, my characterisation and just to be a better all round performer.I can confidently say that I do not know a nicer more caring singing teacher! It is also great that she pays attention to you, and gives everyone a fair amount of time.I will defiantly continue to have Emma as my singing teacher as she has also grown to be a friend as well as an amazing singing teacher!I would just like to thank Emma for being there and helping me develop into the singer I am today throughout the 8 years!"


Georgia Faye Steele


"Mad fish is a great group to join for anyone who wants to be mentored, encouraged, taught, loved and appreciated. Everyone is equal and every individual encourages the other. Talent is nurtured and grows in a friendly, family-like environment under the watchful wing of Mama-Fish, Emma along with Sarah, Will and Zach plus a host of other talented people. My daughter has been accepted into her second family with open arms and she really feels she belongs.

Madfish is the place to go and Madfish is the place to grow!"


Darcy Jacobs


"I think that Mad fish is really fun and I have made lots of new friends. I loved being in Les Miserable show and I am really looking forward to being in West end by the sea show too. I look forward to my junior glee group and singing lessons all week. Emma is always kind and helps me to get better with my singing. I was really excited about my solo in the award concert and felt really proud of myself when I got my award. I love being a Madfish"


Sam Clay


"Having trained with Emma for 2 years I can confidently say she was the best singing teacher I have come across. During my time with Emma she helped me find my own voice, learn valuable technique and learn control. With Emma I grew as a vocalist enormously and through my training with her I gained a place at my dream school Mountview Theatre Academy as well as other top london schools. Emma has a great talent of focusing purely on the individual she's teaching at the time and not make you feel part of a group or brand your time with Emma is YOUR time with Emma. Emma is a loving and caring person who makes you feel like a friend as well as a student. Although a loving person Emma is also extremely honest and has made me a perfectionist in her attention to detail as far as vocal training goes. I will never forget Emma as a tutor and throughout my career I will recommend her to anyone I come across looking for a top singing teacher."


Zach Le Cheminent

Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour

"Mad Fish is a great friendly community that hosts amazing talent. You learn a lot and come out singing better than you did when you started"


Verity Reed


"I've come so far in such a short time it's unbelievable. I've sung in front of about 200 people recently; if you said I would be doing this a year or two ago I would of laughed! But now, thanks to Em, I'm singing everywhere confidently. She is the best teacher around!"


Siobhan Mason


"Hi Emma, Just to say a really big thank you for such a lovely eve and to thank you for giving Dec such a brilliant week.I think it was one of those weeks that he will always remember right into adulthood and although alot of them have had amazing professional experiences, this week I bet will stand out for them as being one of their best experiences ever as they had so much fun on the way!!!! It was just so obvious they all had such a brilliant time and the show was so funny, they all were so relaxed though which was just so great to see.I am in awe of all of them all!!! It was fab fab fab.....just like you ;-)Thank you so much again for all your time and sure is infectious!!! Siobhan XXX"


Sara Dyer


"Thank you, Emma, for everything you've done for Maisie over the past few years. You have helped her to find her voice and to develop from a shy, unconfident child into an assured young performer who hopes to make a career on the stage. One particularly special moment for me was seeing her sing at her aunt's wedding, a performance so touching that my sister and other members of my family say that it was the highlight of a perfect day. Maisie would never have been able to do it without you having nurtured both her talent and confidence. Not only are you a fantastic, fun and inspirational teacher but you genuinely care for each of your pupils, and that's why they and their parents all adore you."Thanks againSara xxx


Keith Stockford

Singing for fun Member

"Hi Emma,Great show last night. You have the ability to instill the emotion and acting into your students performances. What a great group they are!Oh, by the way, I offered Declan the next slot as Cabaret MC - He`s got a future! Regards, Keith"

Claire Hughes


Excellent agency. Emma is so attentive to every detail. She knows the business inside out. Megan has been very happy under her professional guidance for the last 12 months.

Karen Bassett


"Dear Emma, We just wanted to mail you to say congratulations on such an incredible show of talent at your Xmas concert on Saturday. You have raised a tremendous group of vocalists all of whom we thoroughly enjoyed listening to. To see the excellent and happy relationships that you have with your students is particularly moving and you should rightfully feel proud of your achievements. When we see how the older children have developed in the last 18 months alone since we first knew them, it makes us feel excited to think of how Grace will develop under your expert guidance. We and her school teachers are already noticing the improvement in her use of hervoice and to see her up there looking and singing so confidently on Saturday was a lovely moment -Steve was so choked to her performinghe completely forgot to take a photo of her on stage so I was rather glad I was filming it all! Well done and thank you for all your hard work in creating such an enjoyable evening for both students and their families,we will certainly look forward to the next concert in May. Grace is just loving her singing lessons with you and we thank you sincerely for all you are doing to help her. " Kind Regards Karen & Grace xx


Hatty Berry

Student & Client

The best training and best agency, very professional but like a family unit at the same time!

Marylou Gibson

Singing for Fun member

"Make new friends, sing, have fun. Put these in any order and they all happen at Mad Fish."


Ginny Gregory


"Emma has the wonderful ability to combine excellence with sheer fun. Theo has not only loved every minute of Ems lessons he has had the enormousprivilege of being taught by a gifted teacher. An extra bonus are the joyous Mad Fish concerts eagerly anticipated by parents and students alike :)"


Anita Auer


"I feel Alice was lucky to have Emma enter ‘her world’ six years ago. Alice loves to sing, dance and act and Emma now plays a huge part in her life.When a new idea is hatched (either by Emma or Alice – I am never quite sure who!) Alice will rush home and look at ways of developing the idea. A recent example of this was when ‘Wonderland’ was mentioned for the summer school and we now have ideas for make-up, costumes, characterizations etc etc all around the house! Emma is many things to Alice in addition to her singing teacher - she is a confidante, she is someone to have a giggle with, she is a ‘sounding board’ forideas and the person who can expand or steer Alice’s creativity and enthusiasm, she is the person who smiles and reassures Alice when she is nervous and, most importantly for me, she has occasionally been a surrogate mummy and stepped into my shoes when I have been unable to be with Alice while she has been performing - for this more than anything else I thank you Emma (you have a mention in the front of my dissertation J).Emma you are part of ‘Auer’ world and we hope to be able to follow you as you spread your wings in your world. Love and thanks always Anita Auer xx"


Daniel Ogilvie

Evita National Tour

"I have been a student at Mad Fish for years and have loved every second of it. When I first joined I had a love for singing but no real technique or knowledge of how to properly sing. In the three years I have been a student I have learnt how to control my breathing, how to hit higher notes, how to perform a song not just with my voice but with my face as well and understand how my body works when I sing. I have learnt so much and I am constantly learning new techniques and exercises to make me a better singer. Mad Fish has allowed me to improve so much since I started and I have made so many brilliant friends along the way, I’m so glad I made the decision to start lessons at Mad Fish. Thank you Emma you are the most amazing teacher I have ever had, you have allowed me to grow in confidence both as a singer and as a person and helped me realise what I want to do with my life. I don’t know where I would be without Mad Fish! x

Debbie Cart


My daughter has been part of the Mad Fish family for almost 3 years now.In that time she has loved attending Glee Club and taking part in the many community performances.She has gained lots of social confidence,loves the mix of current and established music numbers that they learn together with emerging acting skills.The success of their pupils past and present speaks for itself aided by the in house agency.
The enthusiasm,professionalism,knowledge and talent of the teachers/tutors caters for all ages.Don't miss seeing one of their fantastic shows and visit their website for a full list of opportunities.The highlight of my daughter's week!

Francesca Woods

Student & Client

With a personable and family feel at the centre of all it does Mad Fish Management nurture an array of up-and-coming talent to be reckoned with! It's that nurturing and hard work ethic that have been seen to pass on from Emma into each of the students/ clients themselves - many starting as young, new to the industry start outs and going on to be established and grounded professionals in the highest end of the industry. Proving passion and hard work in an agent that cares, can make all the difference!

Dee Howes


"Emma has an amazing way of bringing out the best in her students and is highly thought of by students and parents alike. The concerts and summer school in particular are calender highlights."


Josie Cavendish

Singing for Fun Member

"If you enjoy singing but may not feel confident as a soloist, Singing For Fun is for you. It is an amazing opportunity to sing a wide range of songs fromJolson to ELO, some Sinatra, Dylan, Beatles or anything else you may fancy with a great group of people. Emma is supportive, flexible and wonderful fun. It doesn't seem to matter how tough a day has been, I always leave Singing For Fun feeling brighter! "


Jo Watson


"I have seen my daughter grow from a child who barely opened her mouth in group singing lessons to a young woman whosings constantly and looks forward to singing solo in front of an audience. Emma has taught her not only the technical side of singing, but has instilled the joy and passion in music that she so obviously feels herself. I cannot recommend Emma and Madfish highly enough"


Hilary Cole

Singing for Fun Member

"When I joined this group nearly 2 years ago I had only sung to myself, in the car, in the kitchen and doing housework. I didn't feel at all confident and didn't feel I had a good enough voice to sing out there!!After being with Emma and Singing for Fun it has given me a confidence to sing out there and I don;t mind now who hears me!It really is Singing for Fun ad our harmonies sound great. Some of my friends have seen and heard us sing and always ask me about the group. They are quite envious but don't join as they think they can't sing, I always say come and give it a try.  Mad Fish involves everyone and we get together to sing at concerts it's the best tonic ever.Thank you Emma


Gigi Griffiths

Singing for fun member

"I really enjoyed your enthusiastic approach, an inspirational teacher is always a joy. As a novice singer I'm very grateful to have enjoyed your wonderful singing for funThank you"

Sally Goldup


Very professionally minded company, embraces and welcomes everyone who joins. Great opportunities to not only learn but to use that learning in productions and performances. Committed teaching and great peer learning experiences for the younger members. Brilliant support to those moving towards a career from Emma who really gives great constructive support. My daughter had an amazing experience through tuition to performing and having great fun, she learnt valuable things to take with her through college and hopefully now beyond. As schools reduce there commitment to drama clubs professionally run like mad fish will give children confidence and life skills. Thoroughly recommend Mad Fish to anyone.

Clare French


My 6 year old boy loves attending glee club. Emma and all her teachers are so caring as well as professional. My son has become so confident so quickly and loves the opportunity to perform on stage.

Observer Newspaper

July 2012

The creme de la creme of 1066 Country came out to receive their much deserved awards The 1066 Business Awards 2012 event was held on Thursday 19th July, 2012, in the Montgomerie Suite at Bannatynes Spa Hotel, Hastings.Over 200 attended the black tie awards evening where a super three course meal was served. The MC on the night was TV, film and stage actor Jonathan Linsley and the host was Meridian’s Fred Dinenage.Entertainment was supplied by the students of the Mad Fish Studios where Emily Carey (who is at present appearing in the West End show ‘Shrek’), Robyn Ashwood (who is appearing in the West End show ‘Matilda’) and the Mad Fish Glee Club’ all performed wonderfully and received standing ovations on the night.


Francesca Cano-Carciofa


"Congratulations! Amazing results! Really proud of you as our teacher and a wonderful inspirer!"

Thomas Wood


I couldn’t think of anywhere better to train in the Performing Arts. Full of wonderful people and amazing opportunities! ❤️

Tyler Sargent

I’ve been part of this group for afew years now and have loved every second. There is a lovely professional atmosphere and everyone is great to work with. I would 100% recommend this theatre group to anyone who is interested in musical theatre and wants to have fun!

Lauren Creasey

Student & Client

I’ve been a part of Mad Fish for 10 years now and loved every single minute of it. The company is full of a variety of people all helping and inspiring one another to become a more rounded performer. Everyone is welcomed into the Mad Fish family, and with the support and expert teaching, each individual is equally encouraged to develop their confidence and performance abilities.

Saskia Burke

Student & Client

Mad Fish is a brilliant performing arts company! The atmosphere is warm and friendly; making everybody feel like part of the family. It is full of talented performers and singers, and every show and concert put on is top quality. I have made many good friends and great memories here.

Elisha Edwards

Student & Client

Mad Fish is a brilliant place to develop your skills as a performer. It is such a warm and welcoming environment that gives individuals the chance to really express themselves through acting, singing and dancing. I have developed so much since my first few days as part of the family and appreciate everything that Mad Fish has taught me over the years.

Janet Brooks


"Just had to let you know Emma how fantastic last night was.
As you know it was our first performance watching Abigail but we were genuinely shocked at how professional EVERY Performer was - AMAZING!!
Thank you for such a memorable evening"


Ginny Gregory


"Wanted to let you know how amazing I thought Les Mis was. It was such a massive and bold undertaking but must have far exceeded your expectations. It was just so professional and exciting to watch, the standard was stunning and I wouldn't have enjoyed watching a West End performance more. It was  so courageous giving the same roles to different students,  just would have loved to have gone to all the performances and seen them all."


Kim Sellars


"Congratulations on your first production it was absolutely amazing,  loved it. I always think a show is a success if I cry, and believe me I sobbed! Each and every one of your students was incredible, so talented. 

I was so proud of my boy, I know how much he loved playing Marius and every time I hear empty chairs I get emotional. 

Well done and I look forward to the next one ;-) "

Amber Blackman


The best training around, the shows I have done here have been such high quality and the public have loved them! The teachers are so lovely and professional, it’s enabled me to go and train musical theatre at university. Very grateful for Mad Fish, would recommend to everyone x

Ellen Potter


Madfish is an amazing place to develop new skills. There are always workshops and opportunities for every individual, all feel welcome and are joined into the family! Teachers and peers are extremely supportive and always there for you whenever you need them. Mad Fish always makes sure you are comfortable with everything you do! Would highly recommend Mad Fish to everyone!!

Cassie Leonard


"Well done you for all the time and effort involved to get this project off the ground.  You are a marvel!  The shows were brilliant, so many tear stained faces after each one, the fishes are truly talented and dedicated."


Judy Lown

Singing for Fun Member

"Hi Emma I expect you have been inundated with emails but just wanted to say a HUGE congratulations for the show , it was brilliant the cast were so professional and sang amazingly . You must be so proud of them ! All down to you well done ! Judy x"


David Hunt

Critic - Les Miserables

"Conscequently,any amature company attempting to present this masterpiece must be well aware of the enormity of the task facing them.How much greater is the reward therefore when a triumph such as that scored by Mad Fish is brought to the stage.Many people will be familar with this show which has been popularised even further by the recent movie and DVD.Comparrisons  therefore are far more likely to be made. I have seen several productions and can say it stands comparrison to most and outshines many into the bargain.

So much detail had been applied to this production that many of the parts had been multi cast to provide understudies.The names I have mentioned are therefore those of the players I saw on the day. As anyone who has seen this show is aware,it has a huge cast and those involved in this production all gave more than their best.The large ensemble which ended the show lifted the roof and earned a standing ovation.As a final word to Emma Burnett the director and her team-Yes ,we heard the people sing and thanks to your memorable production we'll hear them still when tromorrow comes!"


Carys Williams

Student - Joanna Lumley Scholarship

"Madfish is a great place to study and I felt part of the Mad Fish family from day 1.  As a singer I have developed, been encouraged and stretched. I am grateful to be studying with such amazing teachers and talented fishes, whether in lessons, Glee Club, concerts or musical productions we always have a huge amount of fun!"

Isobelle Goldup


Madfish is a fantastic place to learn and grow but also brilliant to have loads fun, full of laughter making everyone feel super comfortable, fabulous teachers who are incredibly supportive, all round fabulous place to learn to perform. 10/10 xx!!!

Maria Crowter


I would highly recommend Mad Fish. Not only is the training amazing but everyone is like a massive family, extremely supportive and friendly. I have been at Mad Fish for a long time and my confidence has grown so much. I have had the opportunity to be a part of so many amazing performances that I will never forget!

Rachel Kennedy


A wonderful studio, full of fun and laughter but also being exceptionally professional. My two children have been attending classes here for nearly 2 years and they have loved every minute of it.

Alice Creasey


Madfish is a wonderful place to develop and grow your skills in singing acting and movement. It teaches a wide range of pupils from ages 3-21, I have been part of Mad Fish for a long time and I always recommend this fabulous place to anyone interested!

Donna Gibbons


My daughter has excelled in her singing at Mad Fish with Emma. She loves it and feels part of one big happy family.

Frankie and Shannon


"We have been with Madfish for a few years and have both done singing and drama lessons as well as taking part in productions. It has boosted our confidence in every way. It has been a great way for us to express ourselves and explore our interests. We have made new friends and has been a wonderful experience to share with family."


Maxine Stewart


"Frankie and Shannon have come a long way with Mad Fish. They have learnt so much and are still keen to learn more.  The experience of the tutors/professional that take the class etc really has brought out the best in the girls and given them the encouragement to continue.  I really am delighted with Mad Fish and always look forward to any productions or concerts that they do as they are of a very professional nature.  Emma and her team work wonders and if anyone is thinking of their child joining, I say don't think, just do it!"

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