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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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July 31st 2015

Making sense of social media with George Brummer

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, Snapchat… what’s the point? Is it worth spending hours updating and amended these sites? Do 1000s of followers and online fans mean more CD sales and sell-out concerts? George Brummer is a social media expert who tells us how to make social media work for us. (Read more…)

July 24th 2015

Introducing In Conversation Radio

I’m delighted to tell you about my new Podcast: In Conversation Radio. Every week I ask my special guest to choose four of their favourite songs and tell me what makes them so special. (Read more…)

July 17th 2015

A Singer’s Guide to Telling Jokes with Tom O’Connor

Comedy legend Tom O’Connor thinks it’s pretty easy to tell a one liner but telling a story takes me skill. If you’re a singer who wants to add a little humour to your set don’t try and become a comedian. Start with small safe lines that won’t leave you exposed if they don’t land well. Introduce a little gentle humour early in the act. Self depreciation is always good and Tom recommends Frank Carson’s advice “Take the quickest way to the tag”. That doesn’t mean tell the joke quickly. It means take out anything that doesn’t need to be there. Take the shortest route to the punchline. (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…)