He went on to read music at the University of York under music-guru Wilfred Mellers, specialising in composition and conducting. In a particularly stimulating musical environment, composers Bernard Rands and Elizabeth Lutyens, and conductor Graham Treacher played a major role in Simon's musical development. Contemporary student composers included Vic Hoyland, Roger Marsh and Trevor Jones. Upon graduation he was appointed musical director of the York Theatre Royal by director Michael Winter, and subsequently wrote the music for many productions there including Dr.
Faustus, The Devil's Law Case, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Contents * 1 Theatre * 2 Television * 3 Film * 4 Musical Director * 5 Albums * 6 External links Theatre He has since worked in theatres (repertory and commercial) all over the UK, writing and directing music. In the West End his musical directing credits include The Who's Tommy at The Queen's Theatre, and conducting Cats at The New London Theatre. At The National Theatre, he wrote, directed and performed the music for Nicholas Hytner's productions of The Winter's Tale and Henry V, and Mark Ravenhill's Totally Over You. He has written three musicals: Hannah Snell (for The Swan Theatre, Worcester), Ella's Fella (York Theatre Royal), and The Mantids of Nem (a sci-fi musical for The Northern Black Light Theatre). Television For television his writing credits include themes and scores for over a hundred British TV programmes for all the major producers (BBC, ITV, Disney, Channel 4, and Channel 5) including Night Network, Delia Smith's Summer and Winter Collections, Channel 4's Fragile Earth nature series and Streets Ahead dance series, Think Tank, The Big Stage, Members Only, Help Squad, Hodson Confidential, The Antiques Trail, Kick Off, The Juno Mission, You Bet!, Hale and Pace, Jobs For the Boys, Night Network, ITV Telethon, Lights!, Camera!, Magic!, Chef School, Treacle People, Taxi!, Mary Berry At Home, Monkey Business, The British Comedy Awards, Avenue of Stars and Casanova's Love Letters. His TV musical directing credits include Wogan, Sunday Sunday, Friday Night Live, and Saturday Night Live. His arranging credits include The Paradise Club, Test the Nation, and Last Night of the Proms. Film He has worked on many films including Playing Away, (directed by Horace Ove and starring Norman Beaton, for Channel 4's Film on Four] for which he wrote the score; The Untitled, a film for television (directed by Mark Murphy and starring Ronald Pickup, for LWT) for which he also composed the score; Runaway Dreams, an American film, for which he was musical director and arranger of a rock score by Whitesnake's guitarist, Bernie Marsden; Riders of the Storm, a Hollywood film starring Dennis Hopper, for which he co-wrote the theme song with veteran songwriter Pierre Tubbs; Coast to Coast, a BBC 2 film starring Lenny Henry and John Shea, for which he was musical director, Tequila Sunrise (starring Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell and Michelle Pfeiffer) working as a programmer and keyboard player with Duran Duran's Andy Taylor, and Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson from Chic; and Heavenly Pursuits (directed by Charley Gormley and starring Helen Mirren and Tom Conti) arranging, conducting and musical directing a score by B.A.
Robertson; and Minus 1, a short film directed by Michael Shark. He is currently working on Punk Strut, a new British music film Musical Director As a musical director, Simon has worked with many great creative talents including Pete Townshend, Elaine Page, Don Black, Phil Daniels, Imelda Staunton, Lenny Henry, Liz Dawn, B.A. Robertson, June Whitfield, Richard O'Brien, Jean Rigby, Bernie Marsden, Wanda Jackson, Wes McGhee, and Kevin Williams. Albums His album The Brain was released in 2006, and the follow-up, A Leap Into The Light, in 2007. He is currently working on 2 album projects, In Another World, and Powwow. Extra Info. Simon is also a keen boatbuilder and has built 2 wooden sailing catamarans.
The latest, Spidercat, has undergone sucessful sea trials, and is ready for extended voyaging in 2010. External link * Simon Webb's website: http://www.simonwebb.co.uk Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
show me more