Michael England is an established conductor, musical director and orchestrator whose diverse career encompasses classical music, ballet, film and musical theatre.
Michael has conducted many of the top British orchestras including the Philharmonia (at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH, The Prince of Wales), City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Royal Philharmonic Concert, BBC Concert, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, National Symphony Orchestra as well as appearing with the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Slovenia Radio Symphony and Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.
He has worked at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on the Royal Ballet productions of The Rite of Spring, Giselle, Chroma, Concerto, Monotones, The Judas Tree, La Valse, The Human Seasons and Marguerite & Armand. In April this year he made his debut with the Shangahi Ballet conducting the world premiere of a new two act ballet Hamlet, choreographed by Derek Deane, for which he created the score, adapting and orchestrating music by Tchaikovsky.
In London’s West End, he has been Musical Director for productions of Les Misérables; The Phantom of the Opera, Jerry Springer – The Opera (also BBC TV), Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Producers, The Pajama Game and Miss Saigon. He has also conducted productions of The Sound of Music, Cats (UK & Hong Kong), Evita, (Olso), Aspects of Love, (Ireland), Grease (Ljubljana), and The Pirates of Penzance (Australian Tour/Sydney).
Scott was born and educated in Glasgow and trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. His opera work includes Spoletta in Tosca, Remondado in Carmen, The Painter in Lulu, Borsa in Rigoletto, Don Riccardo and, on occasions, the title role of Ernani, all for English National Opera.
His theatre work include the title role in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), The Father in Halisinia (National Theatre), Gus, Bustopher Jones and Growltiger in Cats (UK tour), Mr Snow in Carousel and Kayama Yesaemon in Pacific Overtures (Leicester Haymarket), Chess (European tour) and Sandy in Brigadoon (Victoria Palace). His television appearances include Taggart, Take the High Road, The Laurence Olivier Awards, Unreported Incident, Call Me Mister, Crimewatch UK, Open House, Echo Island, The Kenny Live Show and Dustin.
Scott’s concert work includes performances with some of Europe’s leading orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Hallé, Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Chamber, BBC Concert and RTE Concert Orchestra. He has performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as Benjamin Stone in an all-Scottish production of Sondheim’s Follies. Scott has also had the pleasure of singing for HM The Queen and for the Three Tenors (Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras).
Jacqui began her musical education at the age of six. When she was ten she won a music scholarship to attend Chethams School of Music in Manchester where she completed her classical training in voice and piano. Whilst at Chethams, Jacqui entered the BBC’s first every talent show Rising Stars which she won, singing and playing one of her own compositions. That led to her own BBC TV series called Contrasts and she was a weekly guest artist on Showstoppers.
More recently she has appeared in the West End playing the leading roles of Eva Peron in Evita, Grizabella in Cats and Ellen in Miss Saigon. She was in the original cast of Chess at the Prince Edward Theatre and was invited to play the leading role of Florence on its tenth anniversary UK Tour. She made her comedy acting debut in the award winning Broadway play Nunsense.
Other roles include Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar in the Scandinavian arena tour, the music if Queen with the London Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, the music of ABBA and James Bond with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and she was delighted to be invited by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to make her debut at the Sydney Opera House singing the Best of the West End and Broadway.
City of Glasgow Chorus
In just over 30 years, the City of Glasgow Chorus has undergone a remarkable transformation. Formed by Graham Taylor in 1983 as The New Glasgow Singers, a small group of passionate choral singers looking to take on some of the less well-known works in the choral repertoire, it has grown into an organisation that has around 100 members singing a wide range of musical genres but still with the core wish to seek out and perform the less familiar pieces.
Harriet Jones studied at the Royal College of Music, London. She has recently finished playing the role of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, having made her West End debut as Christine in 2013. Her opera credits include Flora in The Turn of the Screw at Grimeborn Opera Festival and Zerlina in Don Giovanni for Woodhouse Opera. Harriet played the role of The Queen in the new Disney film of Beauty and the Beast.
Jon trained at Mounview Acadmey of Performing Arts. He has just finished playing the lead role of Robbie Hart in the UK Tour of The Wedding Singer. His West End credits include Huey in Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Adam Nehemiah in Dessa Rose at the Trafalgar Studios, Sir Galahad in Spamalot at the Palace Theatre, Hollis in Road Show at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Enjolras and Marius in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre and Princeton / Rod in Avenue Q at the Noel Coward Theatre. Other theatre credits include Eddie in Sister Act UK Tour, Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde at Leicester Curve, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Jamie in The Last Five Years at the Greenwich Theatre, Mark in Rent at the English Theatre Frankfurt and Chris in Miss Saigon UK Tour. Jon’s recordings include the original London cast recording of Memphis, as Enjolras on Les Misérables 25th Anniversary, and his solo album Open Book, produced by Curtain Records.