Freddie is a professional Musical Director based in London. Having
graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge with a First Class Degree in
Engineering in July 2014, he moved straight to London to pursue a career
in Musical Theatre. As well as conducting LMTO in their professional
engagements, he also leads the play-through events.
credits include: Mr Swallow - Houdini (Forth, Pleasance Courtyard);
Princess Caraboo (Finborough Theatre); Jewish Legends (Gatehouse
Theatre); The Adventures of Pinocchio (Greenwich Theatre); H.R.Haitch
(The Actors' Church); Dracula! (Mr Swallow – The Musical) (Soho Theatre,
Nomination for Chortle’s Best Music/Variety Award) and his professional
debut, Girlfriends (Union Theatre), for which he was nominated for Best
Musical Direction at the Also Recognised Awards 2015.
ongoing work includes deputising for Richard Shackleton on Keys 3 at
Wicked (Victoria Apollo Theatre), and sitting on the Development Board
for the National Youth Music Theatre.
Simon is the Principal Orchestrator for LMTO, regularly leading a group of handpicked arrangers to create new symphonic orchestrations of entire shows. He started orchestrating whilst musical director of the Cambridge University Pops Orchestra, rapidly became obsessed, and has never looked back since.
In 2015 Simon assisted the orchestrators, Howard Goodall and Kuljit Bhamra, on the West End production of Bend it Like Beckham. He regularly works with John Wilson as an arranger, copyist and editor. His reconstruction of In Our United State was performed by the John Wilson Orchestra at the 2016 BBC Proms. He is also the principal arranger of the Orion Symphony Orchestra, having produced arrangements for their sold out shows in the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, and other venues.
Selected original orchestrations include Noisy Notes, a new children's song by Rick Wakeman, performed at the Royal Festival Hall with the Orion Orchestra conducted by Sue Perkins; Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad and Beowulf, two new operas by Louis Mander, commissioned by Tête à Tête opera festival and Cantata Dramatica respectively; The Last Post, a musical by Henry Jenkinson; The Emperor's New Clothes, the Cambridge Footlights pantomime with music by Ryan Rodrigues; and over fifty songs from stage, pop albums and TV arranged for symphony orchestra, performed by the Orion Orchestra and the Cambridge University Pops Orchestra to consistent five-star reviews.
from the Royal College of Music as a Clarinetist in 1991, Paul has become one
of the busiest woodwind players on the West End circuit and can now usually be found
performing the Clarinet chair at London’s Apollo Theatre on ‘Wicked’, a post he
has held since the show began in 2006.
outside of the musical theatre genre includes Scottish Opera, Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Chameleon Arts Orchestra, CHROMA
and the occasional late night cabaret at Madame Jo Jo’s, but it is the theatre
where he is most at home.
During his West
End career, he has performed on ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Les Miserables’,
‘The Producers’, ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Ghost’, ‘Top Hat’, ‘Miss Saigon’ and many
and studio work include LWT Parkinson and BBC Open University and orchestral
work include Scottish Opera, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Ballet and
Welsh National Opera.
As a composer,
several works are published by Spartan Press but for any other information, please visit
his website Paul Saunders.
In Australia, Debs held the position of principal 2nd violin of the Australian Pops Orchestra from the age of 23 and was immersed in the Australian contemporary music scene, performing with Thomas Ades and mentors Ensemble Modern and ELISION. The New Zealand Festival 2002 saw Debs as the on-stage solo violin for the dance theatre production Inland, choreographed by Douglas Wright.
As a freelancer in London, Debs has worked with many of the major orchestras and is a guest principal player and soloist with many other smaller ensembles.
Debs is a regular deputy on many shows and was the first-ever live musician onstage at West End MAD Trust charity event, West End Bares, in 2011. Shows include Chicago, Les Miserables, Top Hat, Miss Saigon, Wind in the Willows (ROH), Candide, The Life of the Party, Porgy and Bess, The Last Tango and Funny Girl.
Studio work includes leading string sessions for Boy George, Placebo, Howard Jones, Kate Nash and Patrick Wolf and the string quartet for Setanta Songs last album, The Separate, released 2012.
Debs is also the violinist for NYC DJ Olive’s, Another Summer, released, 2014 and the soundtrack for Emulsion, a Suki Singh movie, released 2013, featuring Sam Heughan.
After leading for Birmingham Opera productions from 2009, Debs was the flying violin soloist for their RPS award-winning world premiere of Stockhausen Mittwoch in 2012 before going on to tour with the Cirque Du Soleil Varekai until mid 2013.
On returning from Cirque, Debs has been the onstage violinist doubling on celtic harp for the Royal Shakespeare Company's transfer of Henry IV and Henry V to the Barbican seasons 2014-2016.
Most recently, Debs lead a new production of Les Miserables in Dubai for the opening of the Opera House in November 2016.