Heather Urquhart - Joe Samuel

Our Instructors: Heather and Joe

Heather and Joe come as a teaching pair! They have been teaching and performing musical improvised comedy for over 10 years. They love to help people sing and be spontaneous, and have been fortunate enough to teach, train and facilitate all over Europe including Dublin, Finland and Barcelona Improv Festivals!) They’re passionate about what they do and are constantly trying to develop themselves as artists. They also have a series of free podcasts so they can learn and share as much about musical improv as they can.


Joe Samuel is a classically trained pianist and violinist having studied music at Royal Holloway University of London.  He has been a professional musician for 15 years, playing in a variety of successful bands on both his electric violin and on keyboard.  He teaches piano, theory, harmony, composition and music technology ‘A’ level as well as teaching musical improvisation and comedy.  Joe Samuel has been the musical director of the long running sketch comedy show, ‘The Treason Show’ in Brighton for 6 years.  He is also the musical director of ‘The Maydays’ improvisation group as well as being guest musical director for a number of other improvisation projects in Brighton and London.  Joe’s interest in harmony and analysis has also led him to discovering a new way of teaching and understanding chords and harmony, and he now runs a project called SeeChord which helps students, teachers and songwriters hone their skills.  SeeChord.com is the hub of this project.


Heather Urquhart

Heather trained in Physical Theatre but after graduation started her lifelong affair with improv joining Kepow Theatre with Kevin Tomlinson in 2004 and has been with the Maydays since 2006. The Maydays were winners of the award for best comedy show in the Brighton festival in 2007 and have performed for audiences, and trained improvisers all over the country, even going to Chicago to train at the IO theatre in 2008. Heather is also part of a two person improv team with Jules Munns. Their show ‘Ten Thousand Million Love Stories’ is a multi-character longform improv show around the theme of love which they took  to the Improvised Play Festival in Austin Texas April 2013. Heather is winner of Foghorn’s UK Improv Smackdown 2013 and winner of The Latest Brighton Festival and Fringe awards Best female performer 2013. She compliments her improv career with acting, sketch comedy and singing. She has been a performer with Brighton’s satirical comedy sketch company ‘The Treason Show since 2007, as well as a sometimes singer with the mercury music prize nominated Electric Soft Parade.
Joe and Heather and bringing lots of musical magic to our festival, in many wonderful ways, which we are dying to announce in due time! 🙂

Heather & Joe's workshops

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