Meet the Team

Meet the Team
Principal Ali Hartland Singing Tutor Kate Butt Drama Tutor Jess Perillo

Ali Hartland – Principal

Ali is passionate about bringing Performance Arts to the younger generation, encouraging artistic expression in children to enrich their creative lives.

Her formal dance training, at university and London Contemporary Dance School, led to an honours degree in Performance Arts.

Ali has worked on many world stages from the West End to the Royal Albert Hall, to Las Vegas to the smallest fringe theatres in the UK. She has performed (and won best female individual) at Notting Hill Carnival, also running costume and theatre workshops for children; she has danced on TV, in adverts and in Alan Parker’s film ‘Evita’.

Ali’s own son was her main reason to become Principal of Little Voices South Manchester – she has seen him develop creatively through the acting and singing lessons, building confidence and skills for life, to become a self-assured and articulate young person.

Kate Butt – Singing Tutor

Kate has been teaching at Little Voices South Manchester since it launched in 2017.                She graduated from The Royal Northern College of Music In 2015 gaining a BA Hons in Popular Music Performance. Kate loves musicals and attained a Grade 8 Distinction in Musical Theatre with the London College of Music. Kate has performed at a variety of venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Courts of Justice, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Chester Cathedral. She has worked in schools delivering singing workshops and sings at weddings and other events.

Jess Perillo – Drama Tutor

We are delighted to introduce Jess Perillo to our teaching team.

Jess has been with us since September 2022 as our drama tutor.

Jess is thrilled to be teaching at Little Voices – she was always too shy to sing in front of people until her parents made her go to singing lessons, so ever since it’s been a dream of hers to help others find their voice. Jess is a Grade 8 classically trained singer and has just graduated with a First Class degree in Acting from Manchester School of Theatre. She has previously taught drama, singing and dance classes at Theatre Train and Stagecoach, specialising in musical theatre and choral/harmony group singing. Jess is so excited to be teaching and joining the team at Little Voices Altrincham – it is a privilege to see the children’s confidence grow and to catch those magic moments where they first find their way into the world of performing.