Actor | Singer | Vocal Coach
Originally from North Yorkshire, London-based actor, singer, coach and choral director Lara de Belder completed a first class degree in Music at the University of Leeds before going on to train in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. She has since worked as a performer in theatre, film and in concert, with a particular flair for comedic material. Lara's singing background includes a wide range of genres including musical theatre, pop, rock, jazz and blues, as well as classical and choral styles. She's trained with experienced coaches and directors including Mary Hammond, Jeremy Sams, Matt Ryan, Karen Rabinowitz, George Hall, Sam Kenyon, Kevin Fountain, Anne-Marie Speed, Ameral Gunson, Marcus van den Akker and Lucy Allen.
Lara's credits include David Graham's popular show, Eric's Christmas Party at The New Vic Theatre in Stoke, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, TV appearances on Channel 5 and SkyOne, and frequent concerts/gigging across the UK and internationally.
She is the current lead singer for 25-year-running boogie woogie and blues band, the Red Stripe Band (Derry Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Pizza Express Jazz Club) and a frequent lead vocalist with the London Gay Big Band (as seen on Britain's Got Talent).
Lara is a co-creator, arranger and member of London pop a cappella group, Belt Up who were featured on SkyOne's Sing: Ultimate A Cappella with Cat Deeley (other appearances include Live at Zedel, The Other Palace and Pizza Express Live venues), and she is the creator/director of LBTQ+ female a cappella group, the Syncing Violets (Club A Cappella at The Other Palace).
'Lara de Belder gives an extraordinarily hearty and energetic performance, bringing charisma and humour throughout the piece, and some frilly riffs to her vocals to boot.'
- the Outlier, Scotland
'One of my favourites was “Screw Loose” (from the musical “Cry Baby”) – which was hilariously performed by Lara. I especially enjoyed the line “Love is like a candle – forget about me and I’ll burn your f*****g house down.'
- Sardines Reviews