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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.
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.
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”.
Cruise ships offer incredible opportunities for musicians and entertainers. In this Podcast, recorded on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria with Musical Director Hamish Revell, we discuss what a new artiste needs to know before taking their act to sea. (Read more…)April 13th 2015
I had a great recording session with Clare Teal yesterday. Despite my hay fever we made great progress cleaning some tracks and prepped others for the choir. Clare was a joy to work with. She’s added something very special to this duet. Have a little listen. (Read more…)April 10th 2015
It’s hard work creating your own cabaret. When you’ve finally got a show you’re proud of, found a venue, sold the tickets and rehearsed the band it only natural to want a little critical recognition. Cabaret critics are in great demand; they can’t see every show they’re invited to. If you want your show reviewed, here’s a great interview with critic Paul Vale. (Read more…)
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…)