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-throughs.
Recent MD credits include: Mack and Mabel (Hackney Empire); Siren (Pleasance Dome); Candide (Cadogan Hall); Mr Swallow - Houdini (Soho Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre); Ricky Whittington (New Diorama); State Fair (Cadogan Hall); 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.
Current ongoing work includes deputising for Richard Shackleton on Keys 3 at Wicked (Victoria Apollo Theatre) and for Tom Theakston on Keys 2 at Jersey Boys (UK Tour). He also sits on the Development Board for the National Youth Music Theatre.
A RADA Graduate, Clive has spent many years as a freelance Production Consultant working across all forms of the entertainment industry.
Producer: South African Season (Jermyn Street); A Spoonful of Sherman (St James); The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Live Radio Show (National Tours); Rhythm Of Life (St James); Dearest Nancy Darling Evelyn (National Tour); An Actor's Life For Me! (National Tour); Opera UK (Cadogan Hall & Normans eld Theatre); Sinatra The Main Event (Cadogan Hall); An Evening with Spike Milligan (Theatre Royal Bath & Derngate, Northampton).
General Manager: Loserville (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Garrick); Lend Me a Tenor The Musical (Theatre Royal Plymouth & Gielgud); Bloodbath The Musical (George Square; Edinburgh)
For BBC TV: Location Manager The House Of Eliott; Between The Lines; Assistant Director EastEnders; Casualty; Miss Marple; Bergerac; House of Cards; The Inspector Allyen Mysteries; Ghost Stories and The Performance Series – Uncle Vanya; Top Girls; Tales From Hollywood; The Entertainer.
Project Director: The Cardiff International Festival of Music Theatre (2000 – 2006). Each festival produced 100 performances in 11 venues in three weeks, including Ragtime (European Premiere); Les Misérables (Schools Premiere); Treasure Girl (Premiere); Babes In Arms; Oklahoma!; Jubilee; Carousel; Gypsy; Joan Of Arc in Czech; orchestral concerts; Stephen Sondheim giving a Masterclass.
Theatre: Black Goes With Everything (Churchill; Bromley); The Boys In The Band (Aldwych); The Woman In Black (1st UK Tour & Fortune); A Chorus Line (1st UK Tour); Scrooge The Musical (UK Tour); Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New London); Godspell (UK Tour)
Ballet: English National Ballet (London Coliseum; UK and Australia Tours);
Orchestral: Verbier Festival Orchestra (World Tour) Opera: European Opera (Liverpool, Gdansk and Bremen).
Corporate: The British Airways London Eye switch on Millennium Eve 2000. BAT Racing; FIFA; British Airways; Virgin Atlantic; Orange; BMW and UBS.
Clive is Consultant Executive Producer at Hackney Empire.
Joanne Benjamin has worked in the theatre industry for over 40 years, as stage manager, theatre manager, general manager and producer.
She worked with legendary producer Michael White as Associate Producer for over ten years and with him worked on many shows including the multi-award-winning musicals She Loves Me and Crazy For You.
In l995 Joanne left to form the Entertainment Business, a production, general management and consultancy company. Amongst many projects, she produced the Centenary tributes to both Ira Gershwin in 1996 and to George Gershwin in 1998 both of which were recorded for TV, Radio and CD.
In 2000 she was appointed Chief Executive of the first ever International Festival of Musical Theatre which took place in Cardiff to international acclaim. The Festival initiated the Global Search for New Musicals, and many of the new musicals and writers showcased during the three Festivals having gone on to further success.
In 2007 Joanne was appointed as Managing Director of the Fondation de l’Orchestre de Verbier which runs the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra and UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. These orchestras were the world’s largest international training orchestras and each year auditioned gifted young musicians from all over the world to form a symphony orchestra which played at the world-famous Verbier Festival and then toured world-wide.
Joanne returned to the UK at the beginning of 2009 to continue running the Entertainment Business. The company managed Lend Me A Tenor The Musical, Loserville The Musical (both in the West End), A Spoonful Of Sherman at the St James’s and a tour of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. As well as her work with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, in 2017 she was General Manager on The Philanthropist and Apologia at Trafalgar Studios and is currently working on the Lincoln Center Production of The King and I which transfers from New York to the London Palladium in June this year.
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.
Since graduating 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.
Paul’s work 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 more.
TV 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.
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 led a new production of Les Miserables in Dubai for the opening of the Opera House in November 2016. She is currently leading the UK Tour of Miss Saigon.
Following a decade working in the corporate world, Peter moved in to Orchestral Management full time in 2013, and works currently as Concerts & Tours Manager for world-renowned choir and period instrument orchestra, Gabrieli. He has managed concerts in many of the major concert halls and festivals across the world, including; Southbank Centre, The Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Cambridge Summer Music, Bath Bachfest, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht), KKL (Lucerne), Chateau of Versailles, Festival de Beaune, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Festival de La Chaise-Dieu, Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Halle Händelfestspiele, Herrenchiemsee Festspiele, National Forum of Music (Wrocław), Eilat Chamber Music Festival (Israel), Ann Arbor Music Festival (Michigan) and the Lincoln Center (New York).
A busy performer himself, Peter can often be found playing a plethora of woodwind instruments in various orchestras and ensembles across London and further afield, and very frequently under a stage playing in pit bands for musicals on the amateur/fringe circuit, where he also works actively as fixer for several different companies. He has a strong passion for community music making and as such has held the position of Chairman of the London Gay Symphony Orchestra since 2009.
Peter holds a BA in Music from the University of Exeter and an MA in Arts Policy & Management from Birkbeck, University of London.
Rebecca is a professional actress based in London. She is a graduate of the London School of Musical Theatre and also completed foundation training at the Arts Educational Schools and the Guildford School of Acting. Prior to training, Rebecca toured and prom-ed as Lead Soprano of the Hampshire County Youth Choir, and is an alumna of both The Company Music Theatre and the National Youth Music Theatre.
Rebecca has been part of LMTO since its inaugural play-through and will almost always be found singing high notes in the chorus.
Credits include: The Railway Children (Cadogan Hall); A Christmas Carol (Lyecum); Candide (Cadogan Hall); Mary Poppins Returns (Disney); Honeymoon in Vegas (Palladium); A Christmas Carol (Lyceum); State Fair (Cadogan Hall); Princess Caraboo (Finborough); A Christmas Carol (Castle, Wellingborough); The Game - Re:ACT (St James); Flight (Opera Holland Park); The Sound of Music (International); The Sound of Music (Curve); Love Is Eternal (London Theatre Workshop); The Next Big Thing (Edinburgh Fringe); Molly Wobbly (Phoenix Arts Club); Tis The Season (Jermyn Street Theatre); West Side Story (Victoria Warehouse, National Youth Music Theatre) and Applause (Bridewell Theatre, LSMT).
Lucy is freelance writer, editor and Stage One producer. She studied English and Modern Languages at Durham University, where she was Director of Durham Drama Festival and produced several pieces of original theatre.
Since graduating, she has worked at the Society of London Theatre, supporting campaigns for the Olivier Awards, West End LIVE and Get Into London Theatre. She was also responsible for the Access London Theatre brochure and was part of the organising committee for Theatrecraft.
As a writer she has contributed to the Daily Telegraph, Official London Theatre, Miro Magazine and Bookishly. She also writes regularly on her blog, www.quirkandspoon.com.