MUSICIANS

Matthew is from Widnes in Cheshire, and began training in theatre at The Elliott-Clarke School in Liverpool, and then at Doreen Bird’s in Kent, graduating with a BA(Hons) degree in Dance and Theatre Performance.
After graduating, Matthew began working in the theatre, and has performed in musicals Funny Girl, 42 nd Street, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me, Kate, as well as pantomime, and has appeared as a dancer in film and TV for the past thirteen years.

 

Alongside his performing career, Matthew has worked extensively as a ballet
pianist, audition pianist and rehearsal pianist in London and abroad. Companies include, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet Black, Ballet Ireland, Rambert Dance Company, New Adventures, Northern Ballet, Studio Wayne McGregor, DV8, Michael Clark Company, New English Ballet Theatre, English National Ballet School, Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, London Studio Centre, Arts Educational Schools, The Urdang Academy, London School of Contemporary Dance, Bird College, London School of Musical Theatre, Pineapple Dance Studios, Danceworks, Young Dancers Academy, and Phantom of the Opera, London.

 

Matthew also broadcasts his own podcast with friends and esteemed colleagues, Chris Hobson, Akiko Hobson, and former Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal, David Yow. The podcast is called ‘Ballet Piano Podcast’, and it is a detailed look into the world of dance accompaniment. Listened to in eighty-four countries and growing, it features professionals from the world of ballet as special guests, making it insightful and informative. You can listen at www.balletpianopodcast.com.

Matthew J Gregory

Freelance Pianist & Podcaster

Daniel Hewson is an award-winning composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He has worked with such diverse artists as Stomp, Groove Armada, Madonna, Incognito, the Oxford Chamber Orchestra, and the Allegri String Quartet.

He is the son of composer Richard Hewson (The RAH Band, arranger for The Beatles, Carly Simon, Diana Ross, Cliff Richard, to name but a few)


He has worked with Nigel Kennedy, Omar, Herb Geller, Art Themen, Bobby Wellins, Rui Veloso, Maria Rita, at the BBC Proms, the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Festival Hall, Rock in Rio, at Abbey Road, on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

 

He is an accompanist for Trinity Laban School of Music Dance. And has also worked with London School of Contemporary Dance, Central School of Ballet, Ballet Rambert, for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, at Pineapple and many others.

Daniel Hewson

Freelance Pianist

Jacob Krokodeilos was born in Greece and started studying piano at the age of ten.

 

Classically trained, he participated in a variety of piano competitions, winning awards and distinctions along the way.

Now having over 20 years of experience playing for ballet classes, Jacob enjoys freelance engagements across London accompanying dance classes at many institutions including Trinity Laban, The Royal Academy of Dance, Rambert, The Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Ballet.

Jacob Krokodeilos

Freelance Pianist

Guy is an international Choreographer, Musician, Performer & Creative based in London.

 

Guy was born in London, and began his training in dance and music at an early age under his mothers tutelage at Lanterns School of the Performing Arts. Guy then attended The Arts Educational School Tring Park for 10 Years following on to The Urdang Academy London for 3 Years. Meanwhile, Guy received 2 Years furthering his musical knowledge at Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, with his 1st study Drum Kit/Percussion, 2nd Study Clarinet, Composition, Mixing/Recording, and Performing in Big Band and Percussion Ensembles.

Guys work is varied across many genres of the industry, working with Pop artists and companies such as BTS, The Black Eyed Peas,Coldplay, Tinie Tempah, Zara Larsson, Paloma Faith, Union J, Elyar Fox, Britains Got Talent, The X Factor, Lioness Records, Dionne Bromfield, Simon Smith,The Olympic  ceremonies, CBBC, BBC, Graham Norton, The Voice UK, The Voice Germany, ITV, Kellogg’s, TKMAXX, Universal, JingleBellBall, The Rugby World Cup Closing Ceremonies, Sony, Nickelodeon, New Era & More.

 

Touring theatres across the UK and internationally, Guy also works in the Musical Theatre industry in several creative capacities. Most recently Guy returned from The Choir Of Man Australia Tour, with other credits including - Cats The Musical (UK/International Tour ‘Swing/1st Cover The Rum Tum Tugger’), West Side Story London BishopsGate Institute (Choreographer/Supervisor), Thoroughly Modern Millie ‘Ching Ho’ Uk Tour, Happy Days The Musical ‘Chachi’ (International Tour), QDOS Sleeping Beauty Pantomime, Choreographer/Dancer in Festival Jardins Pedralbes Barcelona.

Recently spending time in Miami and Las Vegas, Guy occupied the role of Associate Choreographer, staging work for Royal Caribbean 'Spectrum of the Seas”, aiding in the creation of their brand new show “The Effectors”.

 

Guy’s love for composing, choreographing, teaching, creating and performing has him working on many different Shows, Events, Tours, in TV, Theatre Schools, Colleges and is leading workshops across the UK & Internationally.

www.guysalim.com

Guy Salim

Freelance Composer, Musician, Choreographer, Dancer & Teacher

Michael Barnett hails from Glasgow and is a double graduate in Music from Glasgow University. Since then he has worked predominantly in Dance and is currently accompanist on the BA Modern Ballet course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As a freelancer he plays regularly for Scottish Ballet and any visiting companies.


He is also a very experienced concert performer, equally at home in the ‘pit’ as the stage. Michael is a regular keyboards player with the RSNO and other orchestras (until covid struck); his last engagement before Lockdown was the notorious keyboard pad in ‘Nixon In China’ for Scottish Opera. Michael has played round the world for a broad range of singers, among them Katherine Jenkins, Jamie MacDougall and The Priests. As MD of the vocal group Caledon he toured the world and designed a tartan! During lockdown last year, his neighbours enjoyed a back court piano mini concert series!

Michael Barnett

Freelance Pianist & Concert Performer