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GARTH 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 Yorkshire Television.

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 Music (Plymouth).

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 daughters.


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 arrangements.   

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.


 


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