Team Archive - London Musical Theatre Orchestra

Freddie Tapner

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 Sitzes.

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) 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.

Peter Huntley for Smart Entertainment

Smart Entertainment was founded by Peter Huntley in 2017 following a decade working with some of the UK’s leading producers including Sonia Friedman Productions, Jamie Hendry Productions, the Really Useful Theatre Group and Shakespeare’s Globe. Peter was associate producer of Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix and general manager of The Wind in the Willows on tour and at the London Palladium. He was executive producer of the filmed version of The Wind in the Willows.

Current and recent clients include Gyre & Gimble, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Live at Comedy, Eclipse Theatre Company, Rifco, Simon Friend Entertainment, Trademark Touring, It Happened in Key West at Charing Cross, The Big House Theatre Company and Scaffold Shakespeare Company.

Simon Nathan

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.

Frances Leith

Frances is thrilled to be joining the LMTO team as Learning and Development Producer, combining her passions for musical theatre and education work. Trained as a French horn player, Frances has enjoyed exploring the boundaries of the music profession both through her playing and her producing experience. Creative learning and participatory music-making form a pivotal part of her career. In 2018, Frances co-founded the music education group, Hold the Drama, where she is the producer and horn player. She is also project manager for Thinking Music, an initiative which builds sustainable music ecosystems that enriches the lives of children, especially in rural areas.

As a horn player, Frances has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, including as a regular dep for The Lion King. Having been an LMTO dev herself, Frances looks forward to continuing the development of this programme, supporting young musicians as they enter the professional world.

Alice Wright

Alice comes to LMTO from Askonas Holt and English Touring Opera, and, alongside her new role at Sitz, is also the Artistic and Operations Manager at Nevill Holt Opera. She trained as a singer at the University of York and has loved musical theatre since discovering The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins when she was little. Her favourite musicals now include Legally Blonde, Come From Away and Little Women. Outside of work she loves tea, knitting and baking, and her favourite time of day is bedtime.

Paul Saunders

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.

He is a committed educator and is a teacher of multi-instrumental skills at Birmingham Conservatoire of Music.

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 ElliotGuys and DollsLes MisérablesThe ProducersMary PoppinsGhostTop HatMiss 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.

As a composer, several works are published by Spartan Press. For any other information, please visit his website Paul Saunders.

Paul is a UK endorsee for Legere Reeds.

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