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Big Band Wonderland is a go!

We did it! We reached the target of £15,000 in 3 days and it ended up at £17,859. Incredible! The extra money beyond the target means we can make the album even better adding the fabulous Patriot Girls, guitar and vibes to the orchestra. I’ll keep you posted on the progress on Facebook and via the newsletter.

“…the UK’s leading standard bearer for the supercool era.” is how the London Evening Standard described Gary Williams, star of the West End’s “Rat Pack” and soloist with leading big bands and concert orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony, the BBC Big Band, Ireland’s RTE and the Lahti Sinfonia Finlad.

London Evening Standard, December 2014

London Evening Standard, December 2014

Other work includes performing for The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, ‘That’s Entertainment’ a tribute to the MGM musicals with the John Wilson Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, performing at Sinatra’s Palm Springs home for the LA Jazz Institute, Radio 2 with the BBC Concert Orchestra, ‘Winter Wonderland’ at the Royal Albert Hall, ‘A Swingin’ Session’ with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra in Los Angeles, ‘Big Band Wonderland’ at Ronnie Scott’s, ‘The Legend of Sinatra’ (UK tour), a tribute to the music of Fred Astaire presented by his daughter Ava, BBC Pebble Mill, Gloria Hunniford’s ‘Open House’ (with Donny Osmond and Burt Bacharach), the soundtrack for the Warner Bros’ motion picture ‘Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution’ and BBC1’s ‘Doctor Who Christmas Special’. Time Out described his ‘Sinatra Jukebox’ show as “An evening of old school virtuosity.” As the author of ‘Cabaret Secrets: How to create your own show, travel the world and get paid to do what you love’, he’s literally written the book on stage craft. It was described by The Times as “a fascinating insider’s handbook on how to nurture an audience” and, “a career GPS for cabaret performers” by David Ackert.

The Times, 2014

The Times, 2014

His three acclaimed Abbey Road studio albums prompted Oscar winning lyricist Don Black to say “In a world of Pop Idol mediocrity Gary Williams shines like a dazzling beacon”. The London Times said, “Michael Bublé isn’t the only person keeping the Sinatra Flame alive”.

Gary’s favourite charities are: When You Wish Upon A Star, The Big Red Heart Appeal, RNLI, Terrance Higgins Trust, British Humanist Association, The Centre for Public Integrity.

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June 19th 2015

Creating a show and conquering the Edinburgh Fringe by Tim McArthur

With over 20 years on the cabaret scene Tim McArthur and his alter ego Sister Mary McArthur have won critical acclaim and across the world. As an actor, presenter, singer, writer and director he is bursting with great advice for anyone who wants to take the cabaret world by storm.

This interview covers everything from putting your show together, how to talk to an audience and how to crack the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (Read more…)

June 4th 2015

How to be a cruise ship entertainer by Royal Caribbean Cruise Director Jerome Sueur

Many performers who have worked on cruise ships for years still don’t really understand what goes on behind the scenes. They worry about guest ratings, what happens if they have a poor show or who to contact if they have a problem. In this podcast I talk to Royal Caribbean Cruise Director Jerome Sueur and ask the questions you always wanted to ask but never had the chance. (Read more…)

May 22nd 2015

How to take your cabaret to New York by PR expert Laura Davis

Described by New York’s Time Out as “Press Agent extraordinaire” London based Laura Davis has spent years promoting shows on both sides of the Atlantic. If you want to take your cabaret across the pond, she could be your secret weapon. (Read more…)

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October 28th 2014

When the West End comes to cruise ships as Cats previews on Oasis of the Seas

About this time five years ago I was hobnobbing with Gloria Estefan as she and six other nautical godmothers launched the Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. Entertaining the 5800 guests was the Broadway show Hairspray. Now Tracy Turnblad and Link Larkin have made way for Rumpleteazer and Mr. Mistoffolees as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats makes it’s debut at sea. I’m back to see what this means for cruise ships and the West End.

Moving away from the review shows typical of cruise ships, Hairspray was among the first at sea to tell a story from beginning to end with lead actors and a full supporting cast. It was the closest anyone had got to recreating the West End experience on a ship. It was a success and Norwegian Cruise Lines took on Rock of Ages and Legally Blonde. Royal Caribbean followed that with Saturday Night Fever, Chicago, Mamma Mia and soon We Will Rock You. (Read more…)