I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a varied and successful career as a musician, business owner, and educator. I was born in Cambridge, England, to two loving and musical parents, and my mother started my musical training early, first introducing me to the piano when I was around four years old. I became a chorister at Jesus College Cambridge when I was nine, and began to learn to play the drums around this time, eventually becoming a member of various semi-professional orchestras as part of the percussion section in my early teens, and playing drums for the National Youth Music Theater of Great Britain. I played my first professional show (West Side Story) when I was fifteen, and was offered a scholarship to study drum set at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles a year later. I turned that opportunity down, preferring to continue with a broader musical education in the UK, and graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 1996.
Whilst at college, I balanced my education with professional tours and teaching, and acted as the Music Director for Mark Rattray, the last ever winner of one of the UK’s first and most revered talent contest, Opportunity Knocks. I performed several tours and media appearances with Mark between 1994 and 1999, and this was where I started to cut my teeth as an arranger. In 2000, I was appointed the Associate Music Director for the international tour of Grease, and since then I have worked extensively in musical theatre around the world, acting as the Music Director for over 25 productions in Europe, UK, Cyprus, USA, Scandinavia, and Japan, also working on seven West End shows before moving to the U.S. in 2012.
Once in New York, I was lucky enough to cross paths with Alex Lacamoire, the musical genius behind Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and many other shows. Alex appointed me as the Music Director for the second National U.S. Tour of Bring It On, and after a fun and successful time on the road, he asked me to be one of the rehearsal pianists for the Broadway production of Hamilton in 2016.
Working on Hamilton in New York was a very special time for me; my very first rehearsal was the day after the Tony Awards, and because I lived in Hoboken, NJ, I regularly travelled to rehearsals in Manhattan by ferry, over the Hudson on a similar route that Alexander Hamilton took on the way back from his fatal duel. As an Immigrant myself, I felt very connected to the show, and I was honored to be appointed the Music Director of the first national U.S tour of the show in 2017. We played five months in San Francisco, before moving to Los Angeles, where Lisa and I took the opportunity to move and settle in L.A. I was honored to win the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the 2017 Broadway World Award for Best Music Direction for my work on the show, before jumping over to conduct the production that travelled to Puerto Rico in January 2019, with Lin-Manuel Miranda playing the leading role.
Outside of my work as a Music Director, I’ve also flexed my arm as an arranger and composer; I composed the music for Tidal Rave (C4, England), and co-wrote a track for ‘Hitman – Blood Money’ released on Xbox/PC/PS2. I wrote the string arrangements for Big Thumb’s debut album in Italy, and was the Music Supervisor and arranger for tours of Manhattan Nights and You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, before writing several arrangements/orchestrations for the winners of Pop Idol and X Factor in Greece for Sony Entertainment in 2011. In 2017, the year before I became a naturalized American citizen, I had the honor of arranging the Star Bangled Banner for the opening day of the baseball season at the San Francisco Giants, and for a mid-season game at the LA Clippers later that year.
I’ve always been the type of performer that’s needed ‘something else’ to performing, hence my extensive business interests.
In 2008, I produced and promoted the American soul artist Oleta Adams on a major tour of the UK, putting her together with The Kingdom Choir, the gospel choir that would later go on to find fame by singing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle. In 2010, I founded Boland & Reeve Ltd, a boutique talent agency in London representing over 100 performers in theatre, commercials, film, and television, a business that still thrives today with offices in the heart of London's West End.
In 2018 I founded The Elev8 Workshop Series in Los Angeles, a business providing masterclasses and workshops featuring some of America's finest educators to performing arts students around the world, and I continue to work in this capacity today.
EDUCATION & COACHING
I’m incredible fond of educating, and worked extensively as an instrumental music teacher whilst I was at college and after graduation. I developed the program 'Opportunities in the Entertainment Industry’ as an extra-curricular subject at Long Road 6th Form College, and taught this for two years in the mid 90’s. When Music Directing become more of a career focus, vocal coaching naturally followed, and I’ve taught individual singing lessons and vocal workshops in many of the leading performing arts schools in the UK. In 2015/16, I had the pleasure of being on the faculty of The Broadway Experience in both New York and Tokyo, and have since travelled across Europe and Canada giving numerous vocal and performance workshops.
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