It all started when I bought a set of Drums as a teenager, Ronnie Tutt, who was Elvis Presley’s and later Neil Diamond’s drummer, was a huge inspiration to me as a budding young musician. I played with many bands and was very much in demand. Drumming was a real passion and I loved playing with Rock n Roll bands. Being a front man or a lead singer never occurred to me as I was very shy.
As for real work, I tried my luck at a variety of jobs before joining my father in the building trade at the age of 19. Soon I had my own building firm, employing contractors and working all over the UK. During this time I travelled to the US to visit Las Vegas. It was a dream come true to see where my idol, Elvis Presley, had performed.
During the trip I entered a talent competition and much to my surprise my rendition of Neil Diamond’s, Sweet Caroline, took me through to the next round. This time I opted for an Elvis Presley rendition of I Just Cant Help Believing, and woah, I found myself amongst the top three! I was surprised when I won the first prize singing The Wonder Of You, another fantastic Elvis song.
Although it was the first time I had sung in public, I was amazed at the response I received. Thanks to this experience I began a career in Entertainment and haven’t looked back since.
Today I am honoured to be respected as an excellent entertainer and impersonator. Offering world class tributes to the incredible Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond, I have performed on local and national television, BBC Radio, London Theatre and cruise ships.
Regularly winning the largest and most prestigious contests in Europe and America for my tribute to Elvis I am fortunate enough to be seen as one of the finest Elvis Tribute artists in the UK.
I am without a doubt a die hard fan of both Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond and will enjoy being able to continue offering great sounding tributes.
Musical Supervisor for “125th Street” in London’s West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre and since then has been musical Director/Supervisor for musicals in The West End and provinces of the UK including “JAILHOUSE ROCK” at the Picadilly theatre.
David was also co-arranger and producer of the music for two “SUPERBOWL HALF TIMES” in America, and the AUSTRALIAN Rugby League Grand Final spectacular in Sydney. Artists David has worked with include, Elton John
Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, Huey Lewis and the news, Bonnie Tyler, Kiki Dee, Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Paul Carrack, John Parr to name but a few
Alison is an Irish singer/actress currently living in London.
Training: University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Royal Irish Academy of Music, The Associated Board. Alison has worked extensively in the fields of music theatre, opera, short film, TV, VO, concert and cruise production shows. Credits include: Vocalist in ‘Celtic Angels’ (National Tour Germany), Charity ‘Sweet Charity’, Nancy ‘Oliver’, Julia ‘The Wedding Singer-The Musical’, Rose ‘Street Scene’ (Opera in the Open), Fruma Sarah ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ (The Gaiety Dublin), Giulia ‘The Gondoliers (Buxton Opera House), ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ (The Helix Dublin), ’Lucia di Lammermoor’ (The National Concert Hall), Production Vocalist for Celebrity Cruises/Qdos (Europe/USA/Caribbean).
Alison has performed in many other prominent theatres including Her Majesties Theatre London, The National Opera House of Ireland, The Millennium Forum Derry and The Waterfront Belfast; as well as hitting the stage at all major event venues in London with Motown band ‘The Basie Millers’. Awards include: AIMS Best Actress 2010 and nominee 2011, Permanent TSB High Achiever Award from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Alison is delighted to be joining the cast of this fantastic show!
Training: University of Liverpool and Guildford School of Acting
After spending the early part of her career as a ‘lead vocalist’ for some of the world’s top cruise liners including The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, Samantha has performed at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and The Shaftesbury Theatre, London.
Her performing credits include: Becky Brixton in FOREVER DUSTY, Cover Malevola in SNOW WHITE (Kings Theatre), the Fairy Godmother in CINDERELLA (Theatre Royal, St Helens) and Gloriana in CINDERELLA (Theatre Royal, Wakefield).
Samantha is delighted to be part of this exciting production of THE BEAUTIFUL NOISE.
Rebecca graduated from ‘Performers College’ in 2010, since then she has sung lead vocals on Cruise Ships, and stage shows including ‘Freddie’, ‘Blues Brothers’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Thursford Christmas Spectacular’, ‘Starman:a celebration of David Bowie’ to name a few.
She has performed in several different groups and bands over the years as well as solo work for weddings.
Rebecca has been lucky enough to support Lesley Garrett and more recently ‘Steps’. Her favourite audience members include Kate Middleton and Brian May!
Mark is an accomplished, gifted pianist and keyboard player with years of experience at every level of the business. He was trained in classical and contemporary musical styles from his early teens.
Theatrical credits include Gary Wilmot’s ‘Showstoppers’ tour, and ‘Peter Pan’ the musical with Toyah Wilcox to name a few.
Mark is delighted to be working with Fisher Stevens as his Musical Director and Keyboard player on ‘A Beautiful Noise’
Gerry has been a working musician since 1983. He has done numerous radio shows for BBC and has supported Nils Lofgren, Colin Blunstone, Geno Washington.
Also is Guitarist and singer with UK Country Band The Big River Bandits, Guitarist and singer with Renee Sears and the Jazz Set, Guitarist and singer with Celtic Country Band Kinfolk. Can be seen occasionally singing with the BBO Big Band. He is also a very busy guitar teacher.
In 2004 Steve graduated having studied a Bachelor Of Music for 4 years in London.
His professional music career started soon after teaching drums for Yamaha music schools. Alongside this Steve has had the pleasure of playing and touring with some of the best musicians in the country and is often seen on the music circuit in and around London.
Steve teaches drums in schools in Bedfordshire and is very pleased to be part of The Beautiful Noise Tour.
Influenced by his Father, renowned Jazz double bassist Dave Green, Steve began soaking up the music and has covered many different styles over years of playing and working with highly regarded musicians in the industry.
Tours & sessions with artists such as PJ Proby, Nashville guitarist Forrest Lee Jnr, Anita Harris, Latin Jazz band Paz, 80’s Jazz Funk Band Freeez and many more whilst also performing in various award winning theatre shows Worldwide, a recent tour to India was a particular highlight. Steve is thrilled to be part of the cast, and loves how the audience responds to all the classic Diamond songs
Arriving in the UK at the age of 14 from the Persian Gulf, Nichola quickly began studying music, ultimately combining contemporary saxophone with Dave Roach and jazz with Jean Toussaint at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Nichola now teaches from her practice in Kew, with students successfully gaining places at Trinity College of Music and Oxford University. Nichola is a busy performing with The Magic of Motown, Big Band Theory, The Swing Punks, The Revue, Marici Saxes, Nine Below Zero, London Afrobeat Collective, The Fontanas.
Nichola has performed on Top of the Pops, Brit Awards, MOBOS, TFI Friday and at many of the UK’s top festivals including Glastonbury and Bestival.
Since taking up the saxophone at the age of 12, Music has been virtually the sole focus of Glen’s life. Initially inspired to try the instrument by his stepfather (himself a former professional saxophonist), he was soon guided towards the music of some of the great jazz saxophonists such as Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, and so his obsession with the instrument began.
Throughout his teenage years, Glen played in many bands, learning valuable lessons from the older musicians around him; not just about music, but also about drinking, bad advice about women and a whole plethora of reasons why a career as a professional musician was a bad decision. However, undeterred he stumbled blindly headlong into that very career.
Since his early 20s, Glen has been fortunate enough to play professionally in a wide variety of styles and has shared stages with an array of excellent musicians, from playing classic Rock and Roll with Chubby Checker; Arab/Jazz fusion with RabihAbou-Khalil; Reggae and Ska with Maroon Town; Funk with Nik West (Prince, Quincy Jones) and regularly gigs with some of the UK’s finest Jazz musicians. He has played at venues and festivals across the UK and Europe, including the Freedom Sounds Festival in Cologne, and a headline slot at Arena Santa Giuliana in Perugia as part of the world renowned Umbria Jazz Festival.
John Moakes has over 30 years experience as a professional trumpet player.
He has worked extensively around the world fronting numerous big bands including the Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra, the New Squadronaires and the Rat Pack Show, in addition to sharing a stage with the fantastic Mr Buddy Greco.
John regularly travels all over the UK and worldwide playing with various bands.
DIRECT FROM THE WEST END
A BEAUTIFUL NOISE CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF NEIL DIAMOND featuring FISHER STEVENS
Live at Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue on February 11, 2019