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BARDSLEY studied at Chetham's School of Music, St John's College, Cambridge, where he was a
Choral Scholar, and at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has
worked extensively in film, television and theatre. On television he has
been seen in Watching, Miss A and Miss M, Sherlock Holmes, Coronation Street
for Granada Television, The Brothers Grimm for BBC and Emmerdale for
On stage he has starred
in The Best of Times at the Vaudeville Theatre, appeared in both the London
and Manchester productions of The Phantom of the Opera as the Phantom and
Raoul and as Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance and as Nanki Poo in The
Mikado both for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre.
He created the role of Tony in Paul Webb's highly acclaimed one-man play The
Lodger. On National Tour he has appeared as Cascada in The Merry
Widow, Harry/Young Scrooge in Leslie Bricusse's Scrooge, as Mr Bingley in
Pride and Prejudice and as Mozart in Mozart & Salieri (ATC).
Regional work includes:
The Snow Queen (New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme); A Little Night Music and
Into The Woods (Leicester); Baby On Board (Stephen Joseph Theatre,
Scarborough); Assassins (Derby Playhouse); Ken Hill's Phantom of the Opera
(Japan); Elegies for Angels (Library Theatre, Manchester); A Little Night
As a director he has
recently produced the operas Dear Mr Cook and The Green Children for Buxton
Festival and May We Borrow Your Husband? by Andrew Gant for both Lichfield
International Festival and Battersea Arts Centre Opera Festival. Other
productions include The Comedy of Errors (Bramall Hall); A Murder is
Announced (East 15 Acting School); The Basement Room (Royal Academy of
Music); Future projects include directing a newly commissioned children's
opera for Buxton Festival in 2005.
Garth has also devised,
directed and appeared in many revues including; Chalk & Cheese; Schmondheim,
Mad About The Boy, On With The Show, This Can't Be Love, Fabulous Places,
The Other Half (Evenings at Combe); Best of the West End (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Best of
Broadway (National Trust Concerts).
Garth Bardsley is the
author of Stop the World - The Biography of Anthony Newley (Oberon Books
2003) and is an occasional columnist for various magazines. Garth
lives in Cheshire and is married to actress Fiona Christie and they have two
SANDRA LAMBERT began
playing piano at the age of 6. During her teens she discovered jazz
through listening to the American jazz piano greats and cites Bill Evans,
Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett as major influences.
She studied classical and jazz piano privately in London with a number of
leading international musicians and also studied
arranging and orchestration in the United States.
A sought after
accompanist, Sandra has performed or recorded with
Humphrey Lyttleton, The London Symphony Orchestra and was,
throughout the 1990s, Musical Director to Helen Shapiro, with whom she toured
extensively, recorded albums, appeared on television and penned musical
Sandra runs her own
Quartet and recently recorded her debut album "Too Late Now" featuring
Mike Eaves, Malcolm Creese and Jeff Lardner. She continues to work
steadily as a "sideman" with Britain's top
bands and orchestras.
ALEC DANKWORTH, Double Bass
British Jazz Awards winner Alec Dankworth has worked with artists as
diverse as Stephanne Grappelli, Abdullah Ibrahim and Van Morrison.
After studying at Berklee Colledge of Music, Alec became a member of
various groups, notably Clark Tracey, Julian Joseph and Nigel Kennedy.
During a period of residency in New York he played with the Duke
Ellington Orchestra and joined the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Alec has
since rejoined his parents' group (Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine)
and leads the Alec Dankworth Trio. His recent recordings have been
with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and the Bill Lesage Trio.
JEFF LARDNER, Drums
A versatile musician, Jeff has established himself as one of the leading drummers on the British music
scene today, as well as a composer for various media projects. He
became a professional drummer at the age of 19 and has performed or recorded
with Kylie Minogue, Gary Wilmot, Ute Lemper, The Three
Degrees, Helen Shapiro, Charlie Byrd, Spike Robinson, Don Lusher, The BBC
Radio Big Band, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Bert Kaempfert Orchestra, The
Joe Loss Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.