Toujours la Musique!

Brian first became involved with musical theatre in 1975, when he conducted some rehearsals and then played percussion for the St Mary's Hospital Medical School production of "The Gondoliers". Since then, he has been very busy as a pianist, percussionist, repetiteur, arranger and musical director.

During the past 27 years, Brian has musically directed over 80 shows, working with some of London's most prestigious operatic societies, as well as a number of theatrical companies in Surrey, Sussex and Devon.

Further to musical shows, Brian is deeply passionate about "pure" music; his interests include keyboard improvisation, baroque and classical music, ragtime and jazz. In addition to piano, orchestral percussion and kit drums, Brian plays the pipe organ, accordion and synthesizer. He has long been fascinated by the use of computers in music, and uses them both for musical experimentation, and to compose, arrange, orchestrate and print the material used in his musical revues and show adaptations.

Shows that Brian has musically directed to date:

Date Venue Company Show
1989 Epsom Playhouse Epsom Light Opera The Gondoliers
1989 Epsom Playhouse Epsom Light Opera Oklahoma
1990 Sanderstead Sanderstead Dramatic Dick Whittington (*)
1990 Wimbledon Theatre London Theatre Players Bittersweet
1990 Wimbledon Theatre Wimbledon Light Opera Brigadoon
1991 Sanderstead Sanderstead Dramatic Aladdin (*)
1991 Epsom Playhouse Banstead Operatic My Fair Lady
1992 Epsom Playhouse Epsom Light Opera South Pacific
1992 Epsom Playhouse Epsom Light Opera Brigadoon
1992 Clair Hall Haywards Heath Operatic Hello Dolly
1993 Epsom Playhouse Epsom Light Opera Iolanthe
1993 Epsom Playhouse Taylormade Productions Sugar
1993 Wallington Public Hall Wallington Operatic Wallop! The Revue (*)
1994 Wimbledon Theatre London Theatre Players Gypsy
1994 Wallington Public Hall Wallington Operatic Seasonally Yours (*)
1995 Secombe Theatre Wallington Operatic Annie Get Your Gun
1995 Adrian Mann Theatre Cuddington Players Sweet Charity
1995 Horsham Arts Centre Horsham Operatic Showboat
1996 Secombe Theatre Wallington Operatic Guys and Dolls
1996 Budleigh Salterton Imperial College The Gondoliers
1996 Horsham Arts Centre Horsham Operatic Anything Goes
1996 Wallington Public Hall Wallington Operatic A Victorian Evening (*)
1997 Horsham Arts Centre Horsham Operatic Kiss Me Kate
1997 Secombe Theatre Wallington Operatic Showboat
1997 Secombe Theatre Sutton Theatre Company Hello Dolly
1997 Horsham Arts Centre Horsham Operatic Hello Dolly
1998 Rhoda McGaw Theatre Knaphill St Johns Trial and Pinafore
1998 Horsham Arts Centre Horsham Operatic Me and My Girl
1998 Secombe Theatre Sutton Theatre Company Annie
1998 Horsham Arts Centre Horsham Operatic Guys and Dolls
1998 Wallington Public Hall Wallington Operatic Universally Yours (*)
1999 Horsham Arts Centre Horsham Operatic Fiddler on the Roof
1999 Secombe Theatre Wallington Operatic Sweet Charity
1999 Wallington Public Hall Wallington Operatic The Best of Times (*)
2000 Horsham Arts Centre Horsham Operatic The Pajama Game
2000 Horsham Arts Centre Horsham Operatic Salad Days (*)
2001 Horsham Arts Centre Horsham Operatic Mack and Mabel
2001 Budleigh Salterton Imperial College HMS Pinafore
2001 Horsham Arts Centre Horsham Operatic Oklahoma
2002 Christ's Hospital Horsham Operatic Sweet Charity
2002 Walton Playhouse Walton and Weybridge The G&S Story (*)
2003 Horsham Drill Hall Horsham Operatic Pal Joey
2003 Secombe Theatre Wallington Operatic My Fair Lady
2003 Budleigh Salterton Imperial College The Grand Duke
2004 Rhoda McGaw Theatre Knaphill St Johns St George & the Dragon
2004 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic South Pacific
2004 Walton Playhouse Walton and Weybridge The Yeomen of the Guard
2005 Rhoda McGaw Theatre Knaphill St Johns The Merry Widow
2005 Walton Playhouse Walton and Weybridge Copacabana (*)
2005 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic Jesus Christ Superstar
2005 Wallington Public Hall Wallington Operatic Unce Opon a Musical (*)
2006 Rhoda McGaw Theatre Knaphill St Johns The Mikado
2006 Walton Playhouse Walton and Weybridge My Fair Lady
2006 Epsom Playhouse Epsom Light Opera Me and My Girl
2006 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic Brigadoon
2007 Rhoda McGaw Theatre Knaphill St Johns Die Fledermaus
2007 Walton Playhouse Walton and Weybridge Kiss Me Kate
2007 Epsom Playhouse Epsom Light Opera Oklahoma
2007 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic The King and I
2008 Epsom Playhouse Epsom Light Opera The Gondoliers
2008 Walton Playhouse Walton and Weybridge Mack and Mabel
2008 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic Crazy For You
2009 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic Pirates of Penzance (*)
2009 Epsom Playhouse Epsom Light Opera How to Succeed in Business
2009 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic Fiddler on the Roof
2010 Epsom Playhouse Banstead Operatic Kiss Me Kate
2010 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic Kiss Me Kate
2011 Rhoda McGaw Theatre Knaphill St Johns Pirates of Penzance (*)
2011 Hawth Theatre Crawley Operatic Calamity Jane
2011 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic Chess
2012 Adrian Mann Theatre Wallington Operatic Pirates of Penzance (*)
2012 Hawth Theatre Crawley Operatic Thoroughly Modern Millie
2013 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic Oliver
2013 Epsom Playhouse Epsom Light Opera Guys and Dolls
2013 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic The Sound of Music
2014 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic Sweeney Todd
2014 Hawth Theatre Crawley Operatic South Pacific
2014 Barn Theatre Oxted Operatic Thoroughly Modern Millie
2015 Dorking Halls Dorking Operatic Sweet Charity
2015 Rhoda McGaw Theatre Knaphill St Johns Ruddigore
2015 Epsom Playhouse Hinchley Manor Operatic South Pacific
2016 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic The Pajama Game
2016 Hawth Theatre Crawley Operatic The Wizard of Oz

Shows that Brian will be musically directing soon:

Date Venue Company Show
2017 Dorking Halls Dorking Operatic Oliver
2017 Horsham Capitol Horsham Operatic Made in Dagenham
2017 Copthorne Village Hall Copthorne Players Old Time Musical Hall
2017 Hawth Theatre Crawley Operatic Spamalot
2017 Barn Theatre Oxted Operatic Our House

Shows marked with an asterisk (*) are productions for which Brian has composed, arranged, and/or orchestrated the music for a small band, and in which he has then performed, directing from the keyboard.