Music Supervisor/Director

Playing piano, as music director of Simply The Music Of Scott Alan. Starring Shoshana Bean, Jodie Jacobs, Louise Dearman & Patina Miller. New Players Theatre, London 2010.

 

“Simon is a truly exceptional musical director. His talents as a pianist and conductor are without question but above all his infectious personality and effortless people skills simply bolsters confidence in an ensemble or soloist performer. I have no doubt whatsoever that in his more than capable hands my recent homecoming concert was made all the more enjoyable, slick, and professional for having him at the helm.” Norman Bowman, actor/singer

 

“Simon Beck is a musical director of the highest calibre. During a pressurised rehearsal schedule, his guidance ensured that I was confident and prepared for the demanding vocal role of Lady of the Lake. He is courteous, diligent and accomplished. It is my absolute pleasure to endorse him professionally for any position as musical director.”Jessica Martin, actress/singer/comic artist/writer/impressionist/graphic novelist

 

Simon studied conducting, piano, and French horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and singing, privately, with Maureen Scott in London.

His début, as the youngest assistant conductor in musical theatre at the time, was at the age of 20 when he conducted the German premier production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega musical, Sunset Blvd.

 

Music Supervisor/Conductor

Glamis Prom 2018 with the Scottish Pops Orchestra, starring Kerry Ellis, Norman Bowman, Tom Urie & Saskia Eng (Glamis Castle, Scotland)

Glamis Prom 2017 starring Susan Boyle, Christina Bianco, Lee Mead, and Jai McDowall, with the Scottish Pops Orchestra (Glamis Castle, Scotland)

West Side Story (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Live At Las Vegas, a charity gala for Hilton In The Community Foundation (Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London)

Live At Las Vegas, a charity gala for Momentum Childrens Charity (The Brewery, London)

Scott Alan Live at IndigO2, starring Scott Alan with a host of West End, Broadway and European musical theatre stars

 

Music Supervisor/Arranger

Monty Python’s Spamalot starring Marcus Brigstocke & Jodie Prenger (UK tour 2010/11)

Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show starring David Bedella (West End & UK tours 2006-10)

 

Music Director/Conductor

A Star Cast Charity Gala in aid of Motor Neurone Disease, starring Daniel Koek, Daniel Boys, Claire Sweeney (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage)

Legally Blonde-The Musical (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Carousel (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Conductor of Douglas Maxwell/Claire McKenzie’s 162 Bars Out for National Theatre of Scotland’s ‘5 Minute Theatre’ season, filmed and streamed live online

Conductor of the Orchestra of Contemporary Music of ERT as Music Director for West End Stars In Concert, starring Ramin Karimloo, Simon Bailey and Stephen Rahman-Hughes with Foteini Darra (Badminton, Athens)

West Side Story (50th Anniversary UK tour) Winner of BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2008

David Leveaux’s Sinatra (UK tour) Nominated for BEST SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2008

 

Music Director/Arranger/Pianist

May I Have A Moment?Sophie-Louise Dann in cabaret. Guest starring Damian Humbley (Menier Chocolate Factory, London)

Spamilton, starring Liam Tamne, Sophie-Louise Dann & Damien Humbley (Menier Chocolate Factory, London)

Sweet, the musical, a sponsors presentation of new work by Alex Scott Fairley (book) and Danny Davies (music & Lyrics). Directed by Christopher Lane. Featuring Stephen Weller & Julie Atherton (Apollo, London)

Play On Words, a new cabaret starring Hal Cazalet, directed by Hugh Wooldridge, celebrating the lyrics of P.G. Wodehouse. Guest starring Janie Dee, Barbara Moore, Anna O’Byrne, Damien Lewis & Caroline Sheen (2 sold out runs at Crazy Coqs – Live at Zedel, London).

An Anderson & Petty Christmas, starring Jaime Adler, Justine Balmer, Natasha J Barnes, Katie Brayben, James Cunningham, Declan Egan, Ilan Galkoff, Christopher Howell, Vicky Hoyles, Julie Legrand, Amy Lennox, Laura Main, Carolyn Maitland, Laura Jane Matthewson, Nathaniel Morrison, Haydn Oakley, Gloria Onitiri, Harriet Turnbull, Lynne Wilmot, and The West End Gospel Choir (St James, Studio, London)

Songbird, Emma Hatton’s Eva Cassidy concerts (Crazy Coqs – Live at Zedel, London)

The Girls From Oz (Above The Arts, Arts Theatre, London; Crazy Coqs, London; St James Theatre, London; The Pheasantry, London & The Lantern Theatre, Sheffield)

The Three Shonas, starring Shona White, Shona Lindsey and Shonagh Daly – part of the inaugural London Festival of Cabaret (The Pheasantry, London)

David Bedella & Friends, starring John Barr, Norman Bowman and Clive Carter (Alley Cat Club, Tin Pan Alley, London)

Sarah Ingram in cabaret (Crazy Coqs, London)

Hannah Levane in cabaret (Upstairs At The Southern Cross, London)

Billy Joel Unsung (Waterloo East, London)

David Bedella & Friends, starring Haydyn Gwynne (Alley Cat Club, Tin Pan Alley, London)

Janie Dee & Clive Rowe in cabaret (Mousetrap Theatre Projects)

Norman Bowman & West End Friends, starring Norman Bowman, Jessica Martin, Laura Pitt-Pulford & Stuart Matthew Price (Webster, Arbroath)

Scottish musicals star Donna Hazelton in concert (Byre, St Andrews)

David Bedella in concert (Matcham Room, Hippodrome Casino, London)

David Bedella in cabaret (Norden Farm Centre For The Arts, Maidenhead)

Aftershow with David Bedella, guest starring Janie Dee (Alley Cat Club, Tin Pan Alley, London)

A tribute to Barbara Dickson (receiving her Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland)

Norman Bowman In Concert (Webster, Arbroath)

The SimG Productions concert The Songs Of Bobby Cronin starring Bobby Cronin with stars from the West End (New Players, London)

Valerie Cutko in cabaret (Lauderdale House, London)

The SimG Productions concert Simply The Music Of Scott Alan, starring Scott Alan with stars from Broadway and the West End (New Players, London)

Home-The Scott Alan Song Cycle – workshop (Her Majesty’s, London)

 

Music Director/Pianist

Ruthless! The Musical, starring Jason Gardiner & Tracie Bennett (Arts Theatre, London)

Lerner Without Loewe, Liz Robertson in cabaret (The Pheasantry, London), and album

Lorna In Love, Lorna Luft in cabaret (The Pheasantry, London)

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (LAMDA)

Broadway composer/performer Andrew Lippa, making his London concert debut (St James Theatre, London)

Judy & Liza (UK tour)

West End leading man Norman Bowman in cabaret, guest starring Laura Pitt-Pulford and Robbie Scotcher (Lauderdale House, London)

The premier of a specially commissioned arrangement of Emilie Sandé’s Wonder as the finale of the 1st Minister of Scotland’s ‘Welcome Home Olympians’ ceremony, Glasgow

The Who’s Tommy (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Legally Blonde-The Musical, directed/choreographed by Jerry Mitchell (UK Tour)

The Mousetrap Theatre Projects cabaret starring Janie Dee, Clive Rowe et al (20th Century Theatre, London)

Accompanying Jessie Buckley and Maureen Lipman in An Evening With Maureen Lipman (Highgate, London)

Stephanie J Block In Concert – London solo debut (New Players, London) (simgproductions.com)

The Last 5 Years (Pump House, Watford)

Victoria Wood’s Talent (Menier Chocolate Factory, London)

The Rocky Horror Show starring David Bedella, Christopher Biggins and Suzanne Shaw (West End and UK Tour 2006/7) (youtube.com)

A Grand Night For Singing (Byre, St Andrews)

Marry Me A Little (Et-cetera, London)

Elegies For Angels, Punks And Raging Queens (Jermyn Street, London and tour)

Strictly Sondheim (Haymarket, Leicester)

Silk Stockings – part of the ‘Lost Musicals’ season (Lilian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells, London)

Going Once – original workshop (Old Vic, London).

 

Associate Music Director/Featured Pianist

Monty Python Live (Almost) (O2 Arena, London) (youtube.com)

 

Associate Conductor

End Of The Rainbow (Trafalgar Studios, London) starring Tracie Bennett (youtube.com)

 

Assistant Music Director

Hey, Old Friends!, a charity gala celebrating Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday, in aid of Ester Ranzten’s ‘Silver Line’ (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London)

Concert performances of Merrily We Roll Along (10th anniversary) and Company (15th anniversary) (Queen’s, London – ‘Sondheim at 80’ series for the Donmar Warehouse)

Acorn Antiques-The Musical starring Victoria Wood and Julie Walters (Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London)

Aladdin starring Sir Ian McKellen, Roger Allam and Maureen Lipman (Old Vic, London)

On Your Toes starring Adam Cooper (Haymarket, Leicester; Royal Festival Hall, London and Japanese Tour)

West Side Story (Haymarket, Leicester)

Follies (Royal Festival Hall, London)

An Evening With Sir Tim Rice as part of The Holder’s Season in Barbados

A Little Night Music (Haymarket, Leicester)

Sweeney Todd In Concert starring Len Cariou (Royal Festival Hall, London)

Oliver! (Haymarket, Leicester)

The Best Of Times with Jerry Herman (Vaudeville, London)

Les Miserables (UK Tour)

Sunset Blvd (Germany)

 

Simon was Len Cariou’s vocal coach when Mr Cariou recreated the title role for the concert performance of Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Stephen Sondheim’s 70th birthday celebrations.

 

On World AIDS Day 2007, he performed with the legendary Barbara Cook at the London Colliseum, also playing solo piano accompanying Sian Phillips and featured piano with the orchestra for Elaine Paige, having arranged and directed the 50 voice choir from Arts-Ed and the West End for the evening. (sondheim.org)

 

Recordings

Lerner Without Loewe, Liz Robertson (Music Director/pianist)

The Courage of a Dreamer (debut solo album)

Monty Python Live (Almost) (DVD – solo/featured piano)

The UK tour ‘live’ cast album of Spamalot (Music Supervisor/Conductor/keyboards)

The Spark Of Creation (Marjory Watson’s debut album) (Music Director, arranger, pianist, solo and backing vocalist)

Acorn Antiques-The Musical (DVD – Assistant Music Director/keyboards)

The original German cast recording of Sunset Blvd (Assistant Music Director/keyboards)

Demo recordings

Company Man by Barney Milner (duet with Simon Bailey/ensemble vocals)

Blast! by Benjamin Till (pianist/backing vocals)

UFO by Machiel Roets (solo vocalist)

It! by Patsy Trench/Judy Taylor (Music Director/pianist)