Tim Benton: Tim has sung and acted in theatres, opera stages, cabarets and on TV around the world, from his homeland of New Zealand to Sydney, Melbourne, Hawaii and London and around the British Isles.
Musical theatre credits include Prof. Higgins (My Fair Lady, NZ), Magaldi (Evita, NZ and Hawaii), Julian Marsh (42nd Street, NZ), Potiphar/Jacob (Joseph’s Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, UK). Tim’s London stage debut was as Sydney Carton (lead) in the new musical A Tale of Two Cities, dir. Paul Nicholas. The UK’s Stage newspaper rated Tim “spot on” as the world-weary, alcoholic lawyer.
His cabaret work includes the Great American Songbook, Stephen Sondheim and a tribute to Tony Bennett. Tim has toured cabaret shows to small- and mid-scale venues around the UK and Ireland, and has taken his ‘Scenes From a Well-spent Youth’ to village halls, libraries and arts festivals around the UK and also performed it at the prestigious Pheasantry in Kings Road, London.
Simon Wallace: arranger and producer.
Simon has worked with some of the UK’s most respected names in music, theatre and television. Together with Simon Brint he composed music for top TV series including Absolutely Fabulous, The Clive James Show, The Ben Elton Show and many more. He toured internationally with the Lindsay Kemp company, and was musical director for the West End production of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.
With beat generation poet and lyricist Fran Landesman, Simon has written songs recorded by leading artists on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1986, he was commissioned to compose a symphony for the former King of Thailand’s 60th birthday: a further commission came in 2006 for the then King’s 60th jubilee, Simon has also acted as musical director, arranger, producer or accompanist (and frequently in all four roles) for Clare Teal, Ian Shaw, Sarah Moule, Pete Atkin, Gill Manly and Barb Jungr.
Jenny Carr, accompanist. Classically trained, Jenny arrived from Australia in the early 1990s as keyboardist and backing vocalist for Jason Donovan’s world tour.
Since then she has carved out a diverse career, working with pop artists Julia Fordham, Bliss, Beverley Craven, Yazz, Billy Ocean, Imelda May & Ant and Dec. She has contributed to seven albums by iconic country-soul singer/songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols and backed artists from the legendary Muscle Shoals stable (Bonnie Bramlett, Donnie Fritts and Larry Jon Wilson) in a series of concerts.
Jenny is also known as a sensitive accompanist, playing with vocalists Caroline Nin, Barb Jungr, Sarah Moule and Barb Jungr.