Musical Supervisor/Director

Playing piano, as musical director of Simply The Music Of Scott Alan (youtube.com). 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 (normanbowman.com)

 

“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 (officialjessicamartin.com)

 

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.

 

Musical Supervisor/Conductor

West Side Story (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)(flickr.com)

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 (youtube.com)

 

Musical Supervisor/Arranger

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

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

 

Musical Director/Conductor

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

Legally Blonde-The Musical (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) (flickr.com)

Carousel (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) (vimeo.com)

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 (vimeo.com)

Conductor of the 48 piece Orchestra of Contemporary Music of ERT as Musical 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 (youtube.com)

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

 

Musical Director/Arranger/Pianist

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

The Girls From Oz (Le Crazy Coqs, London; St James Theatre, London; The Pheasantry, London & The Lantern Theatre, Sheffield) (girlsfromozgroup.com)

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) (youtube.com)

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) (youtube.com)

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

 

Musical Director/Pianist

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)

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 Musical 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 Musical Director

Hey, Old Friends!, a charity gala celebrating Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday, in aid of Ester Ranzten’s ‘Silver Line’

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) (Acorn_Antiques:_The_Musical!)

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) (Les_Misérables_(musical))

Sunset Blvd (Germany) (Sunset_Boulevard_(musical))

 

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

The Courage of a Dreamer (debut solo album) (the-courage-of-a-dreamer-cd)

Monty Python Live (Almost) (DVD – solo/featured piano) (amazon.co.uk)

The UK tour ‘live’ cast album of Spamalot (Musical Supervisor/Conductor/keyboards) (amazon.co.uk)

The Spark Of Creation (Marjory Watson’s debut album) (Musical Director, arranger, pianist, solo and backing vocalist) (amazon.co.uk)

Acorn Antiques-The Musical (DVD – Assistant Musical Director/keyboards) (amazon.co.uk)

The original German cast recording of Sunset Blvd (Assistant Musical Director/keyboards) (amazon.co.uk)

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 (Musical Director/pianist)