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Cinderella (Award Winning Show) – Sheffield Lyceum Theatre 2019/20

Musical Supervisor/Director for award winning “BEST SHOW” Cinderella at Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, produced by Evolution Productions. I’m very proud to have received an award for BEST MUSIC in the Great British Pantomime Awards 2020, for my music creations and performance in this show.

This was a top quality panto, playing to a packed, and beautiful theatre, with standing ovations every night. I felt incredibly proud hearing months worth of my work, being pulled off by the best in the business. Evolution are an incredible forward thinking company, fully utilising the talents and skills of their team. My JH showmanship approach was totally encouraged, with many moments for band interaction, with myself and the band fully showcased in the grand boxes, we were the opposite of a standard ‘boring’ theatre ‘pit band’ and grabbed the opportunity to perform/entertain our audiences with both hands. The band even had various on-stage cameo appearances weaved into the show!

The Knights of Music 2017 UK Tour




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5* Show. Musical Director and stunning pianist James Harrison arguably steals the show. He offers remarkable arrangements and seamless mixes which drive this pacey and perfectly produced production.

The Knights Of Music, starring Phillip Schofield

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The Knights of Music – 2016 UK Tour

Musical Supervisor/Director for The Knights Of Music, Schofield Productions (directed & choregraphed by the award winning Gary Lloyd), 2016 UK Tour

This was a phenomenal show to be a part of, working with some of the industries finest in all departments. It was a top quality concert, playing to packed, beautiful theatres, with standing ovations every night. I felt incredibly proud hearing over a years worth of work, being pulled off by the best in the business... especially hearing Phillip sing for the first time in 17 years to my 'Jazzy Joseph' arrangement!

"‘The Knights of Music’ hosted exclusively by Phillip Schofield is a concert celebrating the legendary Knights of the entertainment industry who have transformed the face of music, film and theatre throughout the ages - Sir Elton John, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Paul McCartney and The Beatles, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Tim Rice, Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Bob Geldof, Bono, and many more including the newly knighted Sir Van Morrison.

All of this incredible music is brought to you by a host of acclaimed West End singers, including BBC's 'Over The Rainbow' winner, and West End star, Danielle Hope. Supported by some of the countries finest musicians on stage, they will all quite literally knock your socks off!"


Cinderella – Extravaganza Productions

Musical Director for Cinderella, Extravaganza Productions, Middlesbrough Theatre, 2015-2016

It was great to return to Extravaganza Productions as musical director, working with some friendly familiar, and new faces. With a very talented, fun cast & crew, making the job very enjoyable all around, especially with the very talented comic, Scott Gallagher (Buttons) who always does a grand job of including the band into the show, with lots of interaction. This really encourages the band to go for it and have some fun, rather than the old fashioned approach of being locked away deep within the orchestra pit, never to be seen. The whole company had a blast and this really showed in the performances.

The show starred Cheryl Fergison (known from EastEnders as “Heather Trott”) as Fairy Godmother. Also featuring Katie Lowe as Cinderella & Scott Gallagher as Buttons.


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Click here to read the review.

Peter Pan – Shone Productions

Musical Supervisor for Peter Pan, Shone Productions, Middelton Arena 2015.

With only a small band, the rest of the orchestra was put onto a click track, allowing the band to play-a-long to enhance the overall sound, providing a whole new dimension to the audiences experience. Backing vocals were also arranged and recorded to enhance the performance. Below are examples of rehearsal tracks used in the various pantomimes I’ve produced for, which include all instruments of the band/orchestra, as a reference to how the finished article should sound. Enjoy!


This show starred Oliver Mellor (from Coronation Street) as Peter Pan.

Cinderella – Shone Productions

Musical Supervisor for Cinderella, Shone Productions, Rotherham Civic Theatre 2015-16.

With only a small band, the rest of the orchestra was put onto a click track, allowing the band to play-a-long to enhance the overall sound, providing a whole new dimension to the audiences experience. Backing vocals were also arranged and recorded to enhance the performance. Below are examples of rehearsal tracks used in the various pantomimes I’ve produced for, which include all instruments of the band/orchestra, as a reference to how the finished article should sound. Enjoy!


This show starred Maureen Nolan, as Fairy Godmother.

Cattle & Cane

I am very fortunate to have worked for Cattle & Cane in many different settings, and with very different roles, from studio session musician to arranging & producing tracks. They write some fantastic music, and have played at many of the UK’s leading festivals, such as Radio 2’s Live in Hyde Park, and have played a variety of unique gigs, such as supporting The Jacksons. Other than their gigs & albums, you might also find their music featured on TV Programmes such as E4’s Made In Chelsea, and various TV Adverts. They are featured heavily also on BBC Radio 2, where you will also hear some of my arranging, and playing, on the song “Skies”. I’m also lucky enough to have made it onto their upcoming album, on Fender Rhodes, and Hammond Organ.

I’m very much looking forward to playing at their album launch gig before the tour kicks off, on September 18th. Click here to see the dates. They are a great bunch to work with, and always very welcoming… even Tom the drummer.


In June 2015, Cattle & Cane assembled some of the best musicians in the North, and put together their own personal orchestra, to accompany them for a video recording of one of their latest singles “Carried Me Home”. I was lucky enough to make it onto this recording session, as a percussion player… and banging this big bass drum turned out to be harder than I thought!


Below is an example from an orchestral track, which I arranged, recorded & produced for the band in 2014.

Other Band Work

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Superheat

A function band with a funky twist, steering away from the wedding cliché vibe, when possible.

Mosaic

A classic function band, specialising more in the ‘oldies’ style.

BEATLESS

Beatless

A unique jazz band led by drummer Robbie Huston, playing crazy jazz arrangements of well known pieces by The Beatles.

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Dropping Bombs

A very adaptable, in terms of line up and styles, jazzy based band, playing music fitting for jazz clubs to weddings, or any function.

AL HARRINGTON

Al Harrington Blues Band

Playing Hammond Organ with Al Harrington’s Blues Band. This is an out & out blues band. Al plays the likes of Jimi Hendrix, B.B King, Fleetwood Mac, Screamin’, Jay Hawkins, and many more. A brilliant band to jam with, amazing and extremely experienced blues musicians. Click here to see us in action.

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The Henchmen

Pianist with “The Henchmen”, a Jazz sextet I was recruited into whilst at Uni, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. They specialise in swing, lounge, and club style jazz standards, but are easily adaptable depending on the job.

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Steve Dixon Band

From time to time I’ll guest on Hammond/Piano for Steve Dixon’s blues band, a guitar led trio. Steve plays a wide range of blues styles, but always retains the classic/authentic blues feel, even when I’m there trying to jazz everything up! Check out Steve in action here.

RAY DALES

Ray Dales Quartet

Alto Sax led Quartet, by the legend that is Ray Dales “Sax God Of Teesside” – A really fun band to play with, playing a variety of great different standards, from reggae to swing! Ray is an amazing experienced player and a brilliant fun spirit to work with! Read our latest review here. Find more from Ray at raydalesmusic.

Deputy Keyboard work includes

Various function bands in the North, such as ‘Soul Survivors’, ‘Live Injection’, ‘Ska Boom’

The Wizard Of OZ – UK Tour

Musical Supervisor/Director for The Wizard Of OZ, Shone Productions, UK Tour 2015

This was a really fun show to be a part of, with a great cast, crew and creative team. The tour visited all sorts of different, beautiful venues, starting at The Lyceum Theatre in Crewe, finishing at ‘Cast’ in Doncaster. It was really nice to be able to work with my own click tracks/arrangements that I produced for the tour before hand, as usually I do that work is done for different companies, and it will be sent for their MD to work with. It just so happened I was fortunate enough to end up doing the tour (the fun part) as well this time, so that was great. We had a very talented, funny cast which kept the band entertained in every show, and it was a fantastic experience getting to work with a dancing dog that won Britain’s Got Talent… even when he did decide to have a poo on stage one day!

The show featured Britain’s Got Talent Winners, Ashleigh & Pudsey, as Dorothy and Toto

Also starring,
Lloyd Hollet as Scarecrow
Simon Kingsley as Tinman
Conor Barrie as Lion
Laura Handley as The Witch
David Burton as The Wizard

 


Click here to read the review.

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“The audience are clapping to the cleverly devised overture from the word go when the Musical Director, James Harrison, had everyone joining in. Its fantastic to see a live band, its the only Easter production I’ve seen who incorporate this and it really does create a brilliant atmosphere.” – Middleton Arena Review