Potted Histories (from Limited Sources)
of the 17 (Composers that is) in the 3rd
 'Just Do It' / Tim Williams Awards' Scheme programme
'OUT OF THE PIANO'

(compiled/edited by Bruce Wall, LSW Executive Director)

 

Craig Adams –
 
A Lancashire lad who first learned to play the piano at the age of 3, Craig trained at Mountview Theatre School with a BA (Hons) in Acting & Musical Theatre, receiving two scholarships (i) a Three year Mackintosh Foundation for Sports and Arts Scholarship winner as well as (ii) a Mountview Singing one.  His theatre credits include Covering and playing Sky on 'Mamma Mia's International Tour (has it not had many?), Jack in 'Into the Woods' (Byre Theatre, St Andrews), John Hinkley in 'Assassins' (Landor Theatre, London), Cover Tony in the tour of 'Masterclass' with Jane Lapotaire, Liseo in 'Life’s a Dream' (Camden People’s Theatre), Christopher Twink in 'Tess' (Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield and Savoy Theatre, London), Ray Pain in 'Let Him Have Justice' (Cochrane Theatre London, for the now defunct Covent Garden Festival), Prince Charming in 'Cinderella' at Milton Keynes Theatre and The Pretty Prince in 'Spell' (Wimbledon Studio Theatre). He was also the Composer and Musical Director on 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'The Frog Prince' (Edinburgh Festival) and 'Spell'. Craig was the Musical Director on 'Oh! What a Lovely War' (Bridewell Theatre, London) & Composer & Lyricist for 'Soho Story - A Ballet', 'The Nativity' and 'Let Him Have Justice'.  His television credits include 'Casualty' (BBC), 'EastEnders' (BBC), 'Coronation Street' (Granada TV) and 'Hollyoaks' (Mersey TV).  You will find Craig on the following recordings 'Let Him Have Justice' original cast recording and Kevin in a new musical version of Arnold Wesker’s play 'The Kitchen'.  At a presentation of new musicals by Perfect Pitch, TWA judge Mark Shenton wrote:  “As Oscar Hammerstein II so sagely put it in a lyric in The Sound of Music, “A song is no song till you sing it.” And a show is no show till you produce it. A whole generation of aspiring British composers are being denied the valuable opportunity to learn and grow through production. But last night, at least, we heard that a few of them can at least write good songs, like Craig Adams – juggling a night job performing in the tour of Mamma Mia!  In the inaugural TWA programme, First Time, Craig's 'Andronicus Returns' and 'But If I Bow' were magnificent examples of determination, intelligence and passion showing clear hope for the future of the art of song-making in contemporary Britain.  Most recently Craig served as Musical Director on Kerry Ellis' one woman show as part of the British Songbook at the Shaw Theatre, created a magnificent score for 'Battlement' at RADA, a version of Shakespeare's Hamlet for young people and is currently collaborating on a new musical version of Therese Racquin, the first act of which was seen in a hugely successful MMD presentation at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.  One of Craig's first TWA compositions, 'Andronicus Returns' can be heard here.   Craig also composed the music for the YMT:UK production of 'The Watchers' at the Bradford Playhouse and will have a production of his follow-on from 'Lift' called 'Down' premiered at the Edinburgh Festival 2010.
 
Alex Baranowski -
 A versatile composer and arranger based in Central London, Alex regularly works with the Royal National Theatre (including recent productions  of 'Women Beware Women' directed by Marianne Elliot and 'Nation' by Terry Pratchett in the Olivier and currently 'Earthquakes in London' to be directed by Rupert Goold and opening in August). In the last 12 months Alex has also also written for a number of documentaries, two feature films, a 53 episode online drama, some global cinema advertisements and a year long retail installation in Tokyo.Working with a collection of rare acoustic instruments and highest quality recording studio, Alex always aims for originality so that no two projects sound the same.  Alex is a 2005 graduate of Paul McCartney’s LIPA.To listen to Alex's most up-to-date showreel, please click here.  For other audio highlights please click here.



 
Sarah Bodalbhai (pronounced Bod-al-bye
Recommended by Sarah-Louise Young, Sarah graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2007 where she read Music.  Previously she studied piano with Laura Roberts at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was awarded The Keyboard Instrument Prize on leaving in 2003.  Sarah currently works as a pianist playing in a variety of styles including musical theatre, cabaret, pop, indie/rock, classical and jazz.  Musical directing credits include: Anything You Can Do! (Kadmes Theatre at Greenwich Playhouse), The Canterbury Tales (Tacit Theatre at Picton Place, Bond Street), You're So Vain You Probably Think This Show Is About You (Theatre Delicatessen at 295 Regent Street).  As Assistant MD:  Singin' In The Rain (Catford Broadway Studio), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Edinburgh Fringe) and Aristophanes' Clouds (Bridewell Theatre).  She was pianist for Crazy For You (Showtime Challenge at the London Palladium) and pianist/MD for An Evening of Sondheim at RADA coordinated by TWA Associate Michael Peavoy.    She can regularly be spotted at Cellar Door bar on Mondays playing for drag queens including Myra Dubois and Miss Cookie Monstar.  She also regularly performs with Myra at other venues including the RVT and the Retro Bar.  Sarah has always enjoyed writing pop songs, and composed some music for theatre during her time at Cambridge, but has only recently become more seriously interested in composing.  Her creation of songs to original lyrics (the delightfully comic Sprung and Effimero, (so dramatically wrought in Italian) in TWA's First Time programme were hailed by all who heard them and both will be repeated in Out of the Piano.  
 
Michael Bradley – 
Michael Bradley trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and previously worked as a Musical Director in Ireland at venues including Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and the BBC. Working as a freelance Musical Director and Composer, Michael recently finished Musically Directing 'Once upon a Time At The Adelphi' at the Union Theatre, London and 'Cinderella' at the Capitol Theatre, West Sussex. Michael has recently composed and debuted his first original piece, 'Six Ways – A New Musical' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before transferring Off-West End to Jermyn Street Theatre, London. He won ‘Best New Score’ at the NSDF Awards 2009. His other latest project was repetiteur on Rufus Wainwright’s World premiere of 'Prima Donna' at Manchester Palace Theatre. Other recent Musical Directing credits include: 'Six Ways' and 'Falsettoland' at Jermyn Street Theatre & Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 'Privates on Parade', 'My Favourite Year', 'Nunsense', 'Jason Robert Brown Song Cycle(s)', 'A…My Name is Alice', Performing Arts and Musical Theatre Showcase(s). Assisting Credits include 'A New Brain' and 'The Flight of the Lawnchair Man'. He also worked for YMT:UK on the premiere of 'Time of our Freedom' by Conor Mitchell. The founder of Eight, an eight part a cappella choral harmony group, Michael has created work for a private function for Sir Paul McCartney. Performance credits include Bill Kenwrights production of 'Cabaret' and also performed the workshop of 'Into the Woods' with Michael England. Michael also works as a vocal coach (SLS) and accompanist. A segment from 'Six Ways' can be heard here
 
Peter Coyte –
Peter is a composer and artist producing work in theatre, film and installations. He was recently commissioned to write a piece for Royal Opening of The Darwin Centre attended by Sir David Attenborough and Prince William. Credits include: Peepolykus, John Paul Zaccarini & Company FZ, Francois Verster, Caroline Dorfman Dance Company, Big State Theatre Company , Holy Mountain, Gravity & Levity, Wrongsize and Mother Vision with David Sant.  His Soundtracks include the feature length documentary films 'Sea Point Days', 'The Mothers' House' (SAFTA and Cape Town Best Documentary, Premio Diocesi di Milano at The Milan Africa Festival) Directed by Francois Verster and the feathure film 'Fun" Directed by Rafal Zielinski.  Highlights of Peter's work can be heard either here, or here on his own website here.


 

Tom Deering
Tom Deering, a man of seeming mystery if the web is to believe (e.g., I could not find a previously extant bio) is, I know, a very talented graduate of the University of London where he studied piano with Latarche and conducting with Peter Stark and is a Youth Music Theatre UK Alum having worked on their productions of 'The Late Sleepers' and 'Gobln Market'.  A musical wunderkind and fine pianist and orchestrator, Tom has since his recent graduation served as Musical Director on the national tour of 'The Witches of Eastwick', composed the music for the national tour of Noel Coward's 'Song of Twilight' starring Belinda Lang and Peter Egan, composed the music for a production of Kes seen at the Oxford Playhouse and is working in the capacity of MD on the upcoming West End revival of 'The Fantastics'.  Other shows that Tom has served on as MD range from 'A Nice Life' at the Pleasance to 'Merrily We Roll Along' on the Edinburgh Fringe and as Assistant MD on 'Daddy Cool' in Berlin.  Tom also served as Musical Director on a production of 'A Christmas Carol' for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and worked on the development of a fine one-woman show with Frances Ruffelle which I was privileged to see at Madame Jojo's.  I was delighted to note in a review of 'Eastwick' (on UKtheatre.net) that they wrote:  "Musical Director, Tom Deering, earned his spotlight with a very animated performance!"  Amazing that this even warranted an exclamation mark! How often is it that an MD actually gets a mention.  (The answer - from my perspective - is far more rarely than should rightfully be the case.)  We are honoured that Tom will be joining us on this occasion and I will add more details as they come in.
 
Gareth Peter Dicks

Born in Northamptonshire in 1981, Gareth began writing music at an early age. He is the composer and lyricist of the musicals: Escape, The Village in the Valley, A Million Grains of Sand, Bluebird, Superdude and is currently working on a new epic project - The First Witness.  As a composer and musical director Gareth has worked on many other projects including two children’s musicals that toured primary schools and Loaded at the National Student Drama Festival. He is also the founder and artistic director of Broadway School of Performing Arts, established in 2004, and teaches there each week. He has taught drama and musical theatre for The Castle Theatre, Loughborough Youth Theatre, BBC Blast and Northamptonshire County Council. Gareth has also created many other projects, including plays, pantomimes, newspaper columns and a novel entitled - Close Your Eyes.  The Stage has written of his music:  'Much of the music bears a haunting resemblance to the style of Andrew Lloyd Webber, which in its self is a sure recommendation of its potential success." …”an extremely powerful and intense piece of theatre.'  He currently resides in Nottingham with his partner and two Siberian Huskies; Suri and Niko.

Ian Dolamore
Ian is a versatile composer of film, TV and concert music. Classically trained, he started out as a pianist at the age of 6 and soon began performing and composing, notating his first piece of music aged 8. Since then he has gone on to complete BA and MA degrees in Music and Composition respectively. He has written music for several independent films, including one feature, and is currently composing and producing an album for a production library. He is currently arranging one of his works for a concert performance by a leading orchestra.  To listen to samples of Ian's please music click here.
 
Fadi Gaziri
Born in Moscow Fadi was essentially brought up as a classical musician taking lessons in piano and violin. At the age of twelve he moved with his family to Sweden and four years later to England where he carried on his musical education. In 2004 he graduated from Durham University in Music and German language, later that year he moved to Hamburg.  Already at the age of 7 he gave his first solo performance and by the age of 13 he was performing on stage regularly involving various vocal and instrumental collaborations. By the age of 17 he was conducting in a local orchestra, and whilst at University he conducted several theatre productions including West Side Story and Iolanthe.  On the other hand various singing collaborations brought support gigs for the likes of Barry Manilow and Lesley Garret. in 2004 Fadi attained an ABRSM Diploma and since then he has worked as a solo-pianist entertainer on cruise ships, piano bars, and events around Europe.  Fadi works as part of a team of composers for http://www.completeaudio.com in Hamburg, and also with a selection of advertising agencies in Holland and the UK. He is actively engaged in Musical Stage Theatre where he has written a musical 'The Space Between'.  At present Fadi also works as a Freelance Media and FIlm composer.   To listen to samples of Ian's music click here or on his own website here.
 

 

David Hewson –
D
avid recently graduated from the invaluable Rose Bruford Actor/Musician Programme – which more and more seems to provide so many UK commercial theatres with their MDs and … well …  actor-musicians nowadays.  David had in fact toiled as a MD prior to going to Rose Bruford, so perhaps this is but the world come to rights.  Highly skilled on the piano and clarinet, David additionally plays accordion, bass/electric and just plain ol’ guitar as well as  saxophone.  There is diversity in his singing as well given that is he a baritone with a (I’m told) mean counter tenor.  David also has his own very successful, award winning band.  The first time I saw David was watching his class perform in ‘Moll Flanders’ at the Players Theatre.  My attention often wandered away from centre stage under those arches to David’s collaborative skill on the keyboards.  His distinct sensitivity in terms of imaginative support offered of his peers was what I remembered.  ‘Hear the dance; see the music’ as Balanchine wrote.  I thought: ‘now if that boy can just do the same in terms of imaginatively co-ordinating in terms of his response to a text, he will have it made’.  David made good on that promise in TWA's First Time and a recording of one of his numbers from that occasion, 'Go, Go, Go' can be heard here

 
Christopher Hamilton -
Cardiff born, Chris began playing the piano at the age of four:  At 15 he was awarded a Performer's Diploma (Licentiate: Trinity College, London) and was the Blue Ribband winner of the National Eisteddfod in 1990.  Additionally Chris won both Grade Eight Distrinction on the basson and a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music.  Whilst readling law at New College, Oxford, ever industrious Chris was awarded an Instrumental scholarship allowing him to both give many recitals and develop his on-going passion for singing and theatre.   Moonlighting when established in London as a City lawyer he continued to feed the line of his artistic soul.    When  seconded to New York Chris again found himself sneaking from the fat to the fire of  Manhattan's piano bars; ultimately giving in to fate's dictate and deciding to concentrate on performing full-time.  Returning to the UK, Chris studied for an MA in Musical Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting and, since graduating, has appeared in, amongst others, The Yeoman of the Guard at the Royal Opera House, a play about Noel Coward entitled Laughing When I Choose, Not About Heroes at the Imperial War Museum; Ten Cents a Dance at The Watermill and even the now-sadly-late Cardiff International Music Festival.  Combining his two great loves (singing and playing the piano), Chris performs throughout the world in Cabaret spanning Bangkok to Tel Aviv and appearing in such noted UK venues as the Royal Festival Hall, St. David's Hall (Cardiff), Blenheim Palace, Galgorm Manor (Northern Ireland) and even the House of Commons on the occasion of Betty Boothroyd's retirement party.  Chris is a keen composer and his first musical, Over The Threshold, for which he wrote the music, lyrics and book, was staged in London in 2006 as part of the inaugural Perfect Pitch festival, appearing again in the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards Concert at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue as well as at George2 in the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where Chris' score won the prestigious Musical Theatre Matters (MTM) Award for 'Best Music' over some rather hefty competiton.   'Over The Threshold' (Chris' award winning musical) also appeared in London at the Jermyn Street Theatre.  Chris was the proud recipient of the 2nd Tim Williams Award for Best Composition and his winning number (I Am No Go At Love) can be heard here.  You can find a full update and samples of Chris' music and videos of the same here.
 

 

Alfie Granger-Howell –
A wunderkind’ I muttered coming off the phone after speaking to Alfie.  (Alfie is the chap to the left in the photo.)  He had been recommended by the miraculous Frank Lazarus, who, himself, had spent time teaching Alfie composition at the Royal Academy of Music from where he (Alfie that is) graduated in 2007 after working primarily under Dick Walter and James Brett.  Since that time, it is quite clear that Alfie has, quite simply taken off.  Indeed, taken off … BIG TIME.  A composer of orchestral music, electro-acoustic soundscapes and electronic dance music, Alfie’s recent work for film and TV includes work with director/producer Simon Moseley, and director Kara Miller. TV and online advertising clients include Perfect Getaways and Blue Sky Construction. Alfie has also been collaborating on several projects with motion graphics artist Zoltan Ray.  As if that wasn’t enough, Alfie is also a much sought-after dance music producer, most notably as one half of ‘Solarity’ whose recent releases on various labels have gained radio and dance floor play from some of the world’s biggest DJs (Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, Dave Dresden).   Alfie displays a remarkable and astute variety on his musical samplings page – indeed for anyone of ANY age.  Do yourself a favour:  rush here.   The (as Ian Carlyle wrote 'hugely talented') Alfie was the proud recipient of the first Tim Williams Award for Best Composition for his thrilling 'We Wear the Mask' which will be repeated alongside his wonderful composition of 'Rage' for the same event in the OUT OF THE PIANO programme..

 

 
James Jones -
James Jones is a London-based composer who writes music for film, television and theatre productions. As a classically trained musician, he is able to compose, arrange, conduct and produce scores tailored to any brief, whether it be a 30 second radio advert, a ten minute animated film, a feature length documentary or a three hour play.  James was born in Pembrokeshire in 1977. In his early years he learnt to play the piano, violin and viola, which led to membership of the National Youth Orchestra (viola) and Choir of Wales, along with many other ensembles. This music-making was the catalyst for his interest in composition. In 1993, he wrote a motet for girls’ voices, Ave Verum Corpus, which was performed by his school choir at the National Festival of Music for Youth at the Royal Festival Hall, London, where it won him the New Composition Award.  In 1995, he embarked on a BMus degree at King’s College, London. He was taught composition by Sir Harrison Birtwistle and he experimented with avant-garde techniques. His music was performed by many student groups and professionals such as Anna Stéphany and London Brass.  In 2001, James began work on his MMus in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music, London. He studied composition with Dario Marianelli (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) and electro-acoustic music/music technology with Michael Oliva. Visiting lecturers included Patrick Doyle (Gosford Park), Debbie Wiseman (Wilde) and director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas). During his time at the college he participated in a Bafta film music symposium lead by Gabriel Yared (The English Patient) and director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love). This involved conducting a live ensemble performing his score to a clip of Fritz Lang’s silent film Metropolis (1926), in front of an audience of specially invited Bafta members.
In the early years after graduating from the RCM, he built up a portfolio of work across film, television and theatre. Notable collaborations included Mary & Mick, a film directed by Lesley Sharp, The Revenger’s Tragedy at the Southwark Playhouse starring Kris Marshall and Rocket Boy Roger, directed by Russell Holliss, which won a Royal Television Society award.   Samples of James' work can be heard on his fine website here.
 
James Lark –
James studied composition with Robin Holloway at Cambridge University, where he was a Music Scholar and Choral Exhibitioner at Girton College. He has had works performed and recorded by English Voices (Britten Festival), the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, the Choirs of Trinity, Selwyn and Girton College in Cambridge and the Cambridge New Music Society. He has been commissioned to pieces for the internationally renowned organist Guy Bovet and for James Bowman with the Chiesa Consort, the last of which won the 2006 Choir and Organ magazine carol competition.  He has written scores for numerous theatrical productions, most recently his award-winning 2007 total Fringe sell-out show Tony Blair – the Musical (“runs the melodic gamut from near-Weillian severity to knowingly schmaltzy balladry, and is packed with rich, tight harmonies” – The Daily Telegraph) and his 2006 one-man show The Rise and Fall of Deon Vonniget (“very funny…fantastically skewed” – the New York Times). Other productions, as both a composer and musical director, include Oedipus (Catmalogian Theatre Company, 2002), With Blacks (a new piece for the Alight Here Festival, London, 2003), A Drink with the Uncertainty Division (Edinburgh, 2004), Lost! (London, 2005), Richard Taylor’s Whistle Down the Wind (Cambridge, 2005), NewsRevue (London, 2008) and Lysistrata (Watford, 2009). He has also scored several short films, including The Ghost of Kirkton Fell (Hired Thugs Productions, 2004), Summer's End (Hired Thugs Productions, 2005) and Hide and Seek (Talk to Rex Productions, 2006). For several years he has taught composition and 20th Century Music in the Cambridge University Music Faculty.   James is currently composer-in-residence at Bedford school. James' own website can be found here.


 

Richard Link –
Richard Link is a composer of musical theatre, choral music, pop songs, and music for film, video, television, and dance. He is a gifted educator who has taught, directed, and coached thousands of singers and actors.  A complete range and itemisation of his enormous output can be found here.  His musical theatre works include 15 one- and two-act musicals, plus music for plays and incidental music. Musicals include A Little Princess, Alberto the Dancing Alligator, Dream World, Gideon's Dream, The Painter's Dream, and Watch Me Shine. Three of his musicals were written for Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose as part of their "Theater as Digital Activity (TADA)" program.  Link has written an extensive body of choral music, both secular and sacred. Secular works include three choral works, Songs for Us, Woven Together, and Four Seasons, all for SATB mixed chorus. He's also written song cycles and art songs, mostly for one or two voices and piano, and has set three of Vikram Seth's poems to music. His sacred music compositions include anthems and liturgical music.  Link has directed over 100 shows, from well known shows by contemporary composers to obscure musical theatre pieces. His direction credits are fairly evenly distributed between professional theatre companies, high schools and colleges, fringe theatre, community theatre, and summer stock.  Mr Link's John F Kennedy University Masters thesis Art as a Spiritual Practice developed a new methodology for teaching performing arts that is employed to this day, asserting that 'honouring the individual—and focusing on the process, not the product—creates the best possible performance, and ironically, the best end product'.  Richard's stunning musical enhancement of Noel Coward's 'Boy Actor' was without question a highlight of the TWA READINESS IS ALL programme and can be heard here. A full breakdown of Richard's extraordinary and burgeoning career can be found here.

 

 
Rachel Lyske -
Rachel is refreshingly direct and charming on the phone.  We are privileged to again have her as a member of the JDI/TWA team for OUT OF THE PIANO.  Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music's Media and Applied Music course with a first class honours degree in 2006 Rachel has been working and living in London, Berlin and Barcelona.  Rachel has enjoyed being an assistant to the film composer Trevor Jones and recent independent projects include a short film The Snow White File, based on a tune from the musical adaptation of "Snow White" which Rachel also composed. Since its premiere in Berlin and at  London's BAFTA The Snow White File has been showcased in several film festivals including the LA Short Film Festive and Bradford International Film Festival. Other projects include Fodors' feature film Hamlet, a documentary on a northern Italian village for Angel Productions Cascina Papaveri and conducting, arranging and vocal coaching on a variety of albums for recording artists including Marco Polo and the international children's charity Kiwanis.   Rachel additionally works as a music teacher, session singer and runs two businesses: One, a music production company based in London “The MuSOS” and the other, a little more randomly, “Sol Smoothies”, a smoothie shop on the beach in Barcelona.  Let there be no doubt:  that was certainly an added sweetner … LOL …  Please click here for but a few samples of Rachel’s glorious talent.  I have a feeling these are somewhat out of latest date, but, still, they will give some little indication of Rachel’s glorious and varied multi-talents.  Rachel was responsible for the magnificent songs 'When I Was' and the duet 'I Know' which won the first TWA for Best Lyric Inspired by a Classical/Established Source.    'When I Was' can be heard here.
 

 

Christopher J Orton 
Christopher ihails from Chepstow, South Wales. He began his career as a composer and lyricist at the age of 18, whilst studying opera at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and then musical theatre at The Royal Academy of Music in London. Since then he has gone on to write six musicals, four with co-lyricist Robert Gould, one with librettist and lyricist Gareth Evans and one with librettist Andre Paul Spring. He also has two more musicals on the way as well as numerous cabaret songs for every occasion. He is currently working with vocalist Charlie Parris on a new album.  You can hear samples of Christopher's exciting treatment of the Dracula legend here, and from Elephant Juice, a musical celebrating that great British national pass-time, the repression of emotion here.  As a performer Kit Orton has appeared in a multitude of productions including three under Craig Revel Horwood's direction at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury including Andre in Martin Guerre; Spend, Spend, Spend and as Pish Tush in The Hot Mikado under the Musical Direction of TWA's prime associate, Julian Litman.  Christoper (as Kit, his stage name) will soon appear in the National Tour of 'Spamalot'. 

 

PIANISTS KINDLY LENDING THEIR SUPPORT TO THE TIM WILLIAMS AWARDS

Candida Caldicot
 
Candida Caldicot has a music degree from Cambridge University where she was also awarded a University Instrumental Award for piano playing. Her recent credits include Jet Set Go! (Jermyn Street Theatre), Cinderella (New Wimbledon Theatre), All Bob's Women (Arts Theatre, London), Holoray Holiday (Arcola Theatre, London), The Marilyn Monroe Show (Brighton Spiegeltent), Hey Jack (Arcola Theatre), Princess Ida (Minack Theatre), South Pacific (ADC Theatre), Me and My Girl (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Yeomen of the Guard (Cambridge Arts Theatre), The Cabaret of Menace (Edinburgh Fringe), Wetmarsh College (Edinburgh Fringe).   She has also played keyboard for The Sound of Music (London Palladium) and was rehearsal pianist for La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse) and Rue Magique (King's Head). She also works as a repertoire coach at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has a particular interest in new musicals and has worked with Mercury Musical Developements on workshops and showcases as well as full scale productions.
 

 
Leo Nicholson
 
Soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, Leo Nicholson has been studying at Trinity College of Music since 2006 with the late Yonty Solomon, and now Douglas Finch. He has appeared at many of London key venues including the South Bank Centre, Royal Opera House, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and St. John’s Smith Square. Winner of Trinity’s John Longmire Beethoven Competition, Leo also reached the final rounds of the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder and the Lilian Ash French Song Competitions at Trinity College of Music in 2008 alongside soprano Charmian Bedford, and received an MBF Development Award in 2009.
Anne Lovett
 
Like Satie, Anne Lovett was born in Normandie, France. She began piano lessons at the age of three and a few years later entered the CNR de Caen and Rouen under the tuition of Frederic Aguessy. She then went on to study at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris with Pierre Reach (a pupil of the great Artur Rubinstein) and Alberto Neuman (a rare student of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli). At the early age of eleven, she was invited to perform in concert at the Festival International d'Annecy and a year later at the Festival International de Montdauphin. Despite her classical background, Anne developed a great interest in other musical genres. She also studied jazz and improvised music with Samy Abenaim of the Bill Evans Piano Academy in Paris and later free improvisation with Keith Tippett.  Following her British roots, she moved to the UK in 1999 to further her education at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Hamish Milne. She also studied composition with Ruth Byrchmore, chamber music with Michael Dussek and jazz with Dominic Alldis. She graduated with Honors in 2003.  During her academic years, Anne has taken part in many master-classes amongst which, with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Roger Muraro, Miriam Solovieff, Andrei Diev, John O'Connor and Rolf Hind.  Since graduating, Anne has performed throughout Europe including Portugal, Norway, Italy, England and France. Recent notable concerts include the Festival International de Musique de la Hague, the premiere of her "Tokyo Rush” in Norway for the 100 years of the hydroelectric power revolution in Hardanger where Anne represented England in a 3 hours celebration. Forthcoming tour in Brazil-Rio de Janeiro, Brazilia, Sao Paulo.  She has worked with many artists over the years. Notably her sister Maud Lovett violinist with whom she has won international prizes (at the International chamber music competition in Pinerolo-Italy and at the FNAPEC in Paris); tenor James Oxley; cellist Josephine Knight; viola player Philip Dukes; pianist Nicholas Walker; violonist Catherine Lord amongst others. Lovett's wide ranging talent has also led to collaborative work with artists from various avenues from acting to dance companies and includes an instrumental project with producer and programmer James Sanger well known for his million selling work with Dido, Keane's "Hope and Fears” album of the year at the Brit Awards 2005, U2, Cure, etc. In 2006 she was commissioned to write a 5.1 surround soundtrack for the Planetarium Ludiver in Normandie.  Her popularity and appeal was demonstrated during the latest competition at MusicAid in December 2007 where Raindrops On Mars was awarded best UK composition (voted by 16,000 people worldwide). She has been broadcasted on the radio France Musique (Radio France group) , for the french national TV network France 3 and the european network Mezzo.  Lovett's broad range of activities doesn't stop with her nurtured talent for writing, she also performs exciting works by favorites Silvestrov, Kapustin, Part, Adams and Piazzolla to name a few.