Inga Davis-Rutter is a Musical Director, pianist, arranger and accompanist based in Woolwich, South London.
She began to learn piano and violin at the age of 2. Having a love of Musical Theatre from a very early age, she was offered a place at the Arts Educational School, Tring at the age of 10, where she studied music, dance and drama; dancing child roles with the Royal Festival Ballet in ‘The Nutcracker’ in London, and ‘La Sylphide’ in Paris at the age of 13. She completed her education at King Edward VI School in Louth, Lincs, whilst studying piano with Professor Christopher Elton from the Royal Academy of Music. She continued studying with him whilst reading music at the University of York.
During this time, she gained her Private Pilots Licence, and elected to join the Royal Air Force as a pilot after completing her degree. During her time in the RAF she became a Captain of the C130 Hercules transport aircraft. She travelled widely around the world, operating in war zones, and participating in humanitarian relief.
At the end of her RAF service she chose to return to her first love of music, studying for an MMus in Piano Accompaniment at Trinity College of Music.
Recent M.D credits include: ‘Little Women’ for Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts (2022); ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ for Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts (2022); ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ for London School Of Musical Theatre (2021); ‘Cry Baby’ for the University of Chichester MTP course (2021); ‘Starting Here, Starting Now’ at the Waterloo East Theatre (2021); ‘A Christmas Story’ at the Waterloo East Theatre (2018); ‘Til The Boys Come Home’ – new musical theatre writing based on Ivor Novello’s songs at Arts Educational College (2018);’Ballroom‘ at the Waterloo East Theatre (2017); ‘Partners In Crime‘ at Queens Theatre, Hornchurch (MD and cast member) (2016); ‘Children Of Eden‘ at the Union Theatre (2016),’ Grimm‘ – new musical theatre writing workshop at Arts Educational College (2016); ‘Romance Romance’ at the Landor Theatre (2015); ‘You Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews’ in Israel (2015) and the St James Theatre 2015 (nominated for a What’s On Stage Award for ‘best off West End Production’ 2016); ‘Spend Spend Spend’ at the Union Theatre (2015), ‘Love Story’ at the Union Theatre (2014), ‘The Immortal Hour’ (Rutland Boughton opera) at the Finborough Theatre (2014); ‘Just So’ at the Bridewell Theatre for MTA (2014); ‘From Page To Stage – new musical theatre showcases’ at the Landor Theatre (2014); ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Tabard Theatre (2013/14); ‘A Man Of No Importance’ at the Bridewell Theatre (2013); ‘On A Clear Day’ at the Union Theatre (2013); ‘Darling Of The Day’ at the Union Theatre (2013); Associate MD for ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ for Arts Educational College; M.D for ‘Into The Woods’ for Trinity College of Music; M.D. for ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ at the Landor Theatre; was a music arranger and keyboard player for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 ‘What’s On Stage’ Awards at the Prince Of Wales Theatre; played keys for ‘Tommy, The Rock Opera’ at the Prince Edward Theatre (2012); repetiteured for W11 Youth Opera and MD’d a touring production of ‘Barber Of Seville’ for Impact Opera.
She is a West End audition/rehearsal pianist, and coaches musical theatre at many performing arts colleges including Trinity Laban, LSMT, Royal Academy Of Music, Mountview, Millenium Performing Arts, PPA, MTA.
Inga is Ben Stock‘s musical director for cabaret. They have been performing at Brasserie Zedel since Jan 2017, at 54 Below in New York in September 2017 and at The Pheasantry, Chelsea in July 2018. They performed a Noel Coward cabaret across the UK in 2019.
She has been MD for Jessica Martin in cabaret at Brasserie Zedel and at sea since 2019.
Every year she publishes a list of audition songs presented at MT college auditions which seems to go viral! You can find it @IngaDR or here.