Wind In The Willows 2017

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I had an absolutely amazing weekend last week premiering my new adaption of Wind In The Willows at Queens Theatre Hornchurch. It was a pleasure having my nine piece band in the pit with a cast of 120 young people from the Queens Theatre Youth Company ‘Q Youth’ performing this original musical for the first time.

We had three sold out shows and standing ovations and it completely exceeded all my expectations; the young people were so incredible. I am very proud of the hard work they put it and the fantastic production they created.

Here is a lovely review of the show included in the Romford Recorder:

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Here’s a review of the show in Hornchurch Life too!

Below is a selection of pictures taken mostly by me (hence why they are not of a high standard!) of various occurrences throughout the weekend. Enjoy!

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Opening night from E Row!

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L - R Rich Perks (guitar), Katie Patterson (drums) and Dominic Bentham (electric bass)

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Ryan enjoying some of his trumpet parts!

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Rich Perks taking a cheeky shot of me during tech!

I feel so genuinely lucky to have had the opportunity to write and perform my first musical. It has been an incredible experience and I have learnt so much from the process of doing this and I hope it is an opportunity I get to repeat! Thanks again to the Queens Theatre for taking a gamble on our show and thanks also to James Watson who wrote the amazing book and script to go with all my silly tunes. Bring on the next show!

Wind in the Willows - NEXT WEEK!

Contain your excitement if you can, the Wind In The Willows brand new musical is being premiered at Queens Theatre Hornchurch next week! I’ve written all the original music alongside James Watson who has written the new script carefully adapted from the original book by Kenneth Grahame. With a nine piece band of incredible musicians drawn from my big band and cast of over 120 young people, it will be quite a show. As Toad would say; “POOP-POOP!”

Here’s a big article in Hornchurch Life

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Mole, Badger, Ratty, Toad (Mark Sepple Photography)


I’ve been talking about it on Gateway FM

Get tickets here

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Mole, Ratty, Badger, Toad (Mark Sepple Photography)

There’s special celebrations going on including Afternoon Tea

It’s in the Romford Recorder - and that tells you about the party going on all weekend in the foyer of 8-9th July!

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The Weasels (Mark Sepple Photography)

Essex Mums are talking about it!

I can’t wait for the show - do come to see it!

Junior Music Festivals 2017

Having a great time this week working with primary and secondary schools across the borough putting on our annual Junior Music Festivals. I’ve been involved in three of the five evenings of concerts with several months of rehearsals with school choirs numbering up to 150 children coming together to perform a wide selection of material. Wednesday night saw songs exploring the theme of friendship and this evenings performance was songs from the stage and screen. Tomorrow is a surprise! Check out this picture below - just before the curtain came up!

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It’s not a baton, it’s a pencil!

Thanks to Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Havering Schools Music Association and Havering Music School for their continued hard work and support on this annual project. I remember performing in this myself as a young person and it is so important to reinforce the important of full ensemble singing!

One more tomorrow night and then Saturday is the Saturday Morning Music School Concerts in the afternoon and evening. Busy busy!

Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra Saturday 10th June 2017

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We had an amazing time on Saturday playing to a packed audience at St. Luke’s Church Cranham. We have played there annually for the past four years and it was a pleasure to be back there, this time in conjunction with a charity for Dalit women and children in India, for which we raised an amazing £577.00 through selling handmade elephants and ticket sales. We premiered some new material, all of which was well received, but many audience members again reminded me that their favourite tune was Big Bertha, an imaginary woman who has somehow become synonymous with the band! The four new tunes; Troll In The Dungeon, Hiding From Jan, Grand Canary Hotel and The Thing That’s Not A Thing were great fun to play and I am really pleased with this new original music!

We were lucky enough to have local photographer Peter Watt to take some photos of the band and he has put together a stunning collection of shots to capture the evening which are shown below.


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L-R Pete Gavin, Rich Perks, Andy Hall, Will Gibson (behind), Matt Anderson, Tom Millar, Kim Macari, David Ingamells, Andrew Linham, Miguel Gorodi, Riley Stone Lonergan (behind), Sam Glazer, Ed Parr, Barney Medland, Vij Prakash, Rosie Turton, Andrew Roberts (behind)

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Will Gibson

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Matt Anderson

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Kim Macari



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Andrew Linham

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Miguel Gorodi


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Full Big Band

Soon lots more details about our forthcoming album ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’ will be released, but for now here is details of our album launch gig at Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho: ALBUM LAUNCH @ PIZZA EXPRESS

It is such an exciting year! More photos and maybe even a cheeky bootleg recording to come, watch out on Facebook for a collection of all the photos from the gig rather than this select few!

Gearing up for Saturday bringing my big band to St Luke’s church Cranham for an evening of exciting big band music!

A few new faces in the band this time which is exciting too, the big question is will you be there?

New tune printed for Saturday! Now for some sellotaping! See you there 7:30pm?

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New flyers!!! See you June 10th at St Luke's Church Cranham!

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Saturday 10th June
Doors 7pm, Music 7:30pm

St Luke’s Church Cranham (RM14)

£10 / £7

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