VICTOR MICHAEL

 

Victor Michael was born in 1981 in Manchester to a musical family going back generations. His Grandma was a concert pianist who received a Fellowship whilst only a teenager. His Father was a very successful

band leader. His mother was a singer and dancer until she recently retired at 65! Victor began his professional career at the age of 17, playing the guitar and singing in his fathers’ band at the famous Manchester Ritz Ballroom, now known as the HMV Ritz.

After this apprenticeship Victor trained Classically at the Royal Northern College of Music where his loveof classical singing developed and blossomed.

At the age of 32 Victor Michael is one of the most successful and sort after Tenors in the UK. He has performed his show all over the world. Frequently boarding the most luxurious of cruise ships, Silver Seas, Oceania, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, (Solstice Class) Princess and the UK’s very own P&O Azura and Ventura.Victor’s voice has also had him travelling to Dubai, performing in their private members Polo Club and singing at Corporate Events and Weddings in locations such as Milan and Tuscany.

Another major part of Victor’s career has been his recording and song writing. He has had the fantastic opportunity to work with some of the most successful record producers in the world – Peter Collins, Gordon Lorenz, Tim Duncan, Steve Millington, Roberto Danova and Lee Monteverdi.

‘The Phantom of the Opera Ice Show’ was Victor’s first major studio session work, and he was asked to feature on several of the songs in the show. It was produced by Roberto Danova who is a renowned and well-respected Italian producer. The ‘Phantom of the Opera’ DVD and soundtrack is available now.

During the above recording Victor was overheard and consequently invited to record in Nashville Tennessee. A wonderful experience and amazing for him to be able to see some of the world’s greatest musicians at

work.

Corporate work features heavily in Victor’s diary and he has had the pleasure of performing at events and venues such as The Ciao Italia, Manchester City Football Club’s Gala Dinner, Red Cross Ball, The Midland Hotel, Manchester United Old Trafford and the Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Victor has also taken his show on tour as a solo act with his Orchestra but also with his ‘Three Sopranos’ performing in Theatres such as The Buxton Opera House, The Blackpool Opera House, Gracie Fields Theatre,The New Floral Pavilion and the Birmingham Symphony Hall. Victor’s voice and persona on stage also lends perfectly to Weddings and private functions, performing in beautiful Golf Clubs around the country and also regularly providing entertainment for The Masons, The Rotary Club and various Warner Hotels. Victor Michaels’ golden voice speaks for itself. His relaxed and natural manner onstage enables Victor to reach out to a varied audience, bringing classical music to the masses.

Victor currently resides in Manchester with his Wife and Two Daughters.

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PHIL GAULT

Welsh Irish baritone Phil Gault has performed internationally, in roles ranging from Don Giovanni and King Roger, to the Count, Dandini, King Roger, Escamillo, and even Carmen in the critically acclaimed all-male Carmen.

He has performed with Scottish Opera, Opera North, Heritage Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Northampton Festival Opera, and Secret Opera, is principal baritone for Opera on a Shoestring, co-founded Black Sheep Opera, and is a Samling and a Crear artist. Other r les include Nabucco, Tarquinius, Junius, Nick Shadow,

Angelotti, Morales, El Danca ro, and Chao Lin (A Night at the Chinese Opera).

Phil has performed recitals in the Usher Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre, the Riverfront Centre and Paxton

House, and is an aLuMNus of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! scheme. His song repertory includes Dichterliebe, Chansons Gaillardes, Songs of Travel, Italienisches Liederbuch, and A Shropshire Lad, and his oratorio repertoire ranges from Carmina Burana and A Sea Symphony to the Bach Passions and cantatas, in venues from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Usher Hall, to the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.TV includes live broadcast recordings of the title roles in the award nominated Macbeth and Barbwr Sefil with Opra Cymru, and audio includes Breathe Freely (Wagstaff), A Bront  Mass (Wilby), and A Breathless Alleluia (Wilby), the latter two with the Black Dyke Band.

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MARIA NIELSEN

Beyond Theatre extend a special welcome to Maria playing our lead, Alicia. The role might have been designed for Maria who sings her way through a world of darkness transforming all around her to a world of light.

Maria is an English/Danish singer from Manchester and trained at the Hammond school on a full scholarship in professional Musical Theatre. During her time there she appeared in shows such as Crazy for You (as the leading role “Polly”), Chicago, Miss Saigon and won the schools award for Vocal Accomplishment. She now

takes on her leading debut in this role.

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HAYLEY MARIA

Hayley’s classically trained voice has taken her all over the world. Earlier in her career, she was chosen to be a principal vocalist for Headliners Theatre Company and cruised aboard Oceana, Adonia and Ventura for more than five years. More recently she has performed in the UK in many Theatres and Major Show Venues, as a soloist and also with her husband fellow singer, Victor Michael and her own creation, The Three Sopranos.

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THOMAS MORRIS

 

Recognised as one of Manchester's most exciting young tenors, he has appeared in INTO THE WOODS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, SWEET CHARITY, and LITTLE WOMEN.

Thomas has a BA Hons , Musical Theatre Edge Hill University.

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TIM A. DUNCAN   Musical Director

 

Born in Manchester, Tim has been working in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. Starting out playing in Middleton Band and Besses ‘o th Barn Band, and taking Horn lessons with the esteemed Ifor James and Michael Purton, he quickly went on to form his own Brass Ensemble, playing his compositions and arrangements for corporate events around the North West.

 

After studying Composition at the Royal College of Music, Tim went on to become an established Sound Engineer/Producer working at Strawberry Studios and Cavalier Studios in Manchester, Parr Street Studios in Liverpool and Abbey Road Studios in London. Working with a wide variety of artists including Ruby Turner, Joe Longthorne, Chris Farlowe and The Imperial Ice Stars, Tim’s experience covers a wide gamut of styles and personalities. 

 

Tim now works from his own studio, forming The Manchester Symphony Orchestra and the band Mirrortown to perform his music, having been commissioned to write scores for Cinderella, Peter Pan and Barnum, all of which toured internationally to critical acclaim. Other productions involved completely re-arranging Tchaikovisky’s scores for the Imperials’ productions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake specifically for ice dance. In 2007 Swan Lake received the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Special Entertainment.

 

From conducting The Manchester Symphony Orchestra at The Royal Albert Hall, London to designing projections for Theatre productions in South Africa, Tim is looking forward to working back in his home town on this production of ALICIA.

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