Nicholas Lloyd Webber & James D. Reid Book, Music, Lyrics & Orchestrations
Nicholas has recorded as a solo artist under the name Archangel who music has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy.
Other film and television work includes, Mr Invisible, Homecoming and Mon Amour Mon Parapluie.
Nicholas has created original compositions for numerous Oxford Shakespeare Company productions, including Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest.
He is currently working on Fat Friends The Musical in the UK alongside other projects.
James began studying guitar in school, after which he went on to contemporary music college in Edinburgh, before joining Scottish Opera’s education unit – helping create new musicals for children.
He attended Edinburgh University and whilst there joined the Bedlam Theatre – where he acted, wrote, directed and continued composing. In 1995 he studied Directing at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, after which he directed in and around London including: RSC Festival @ the Young Vic, The Latchmere Theatre, Jackson Lane Theatre, Canal Cafe Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Continuing his music, he signed to a French record label with his band The Cold Shoulder; who charted in France with their eponymous album and single. He then went on to form country band Cheap Dates, who played festivals such as In The City and Glastonbury.
From 2003 he wrote and directed television and radio at the BBC. Whilst there he also composed for various shows and has composed for TV channels including: BBC, ITV, ABC (US), ABC (Aus) and CBC.
Other compositions for theatre include: Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (Liz Lochead), Restoration (Edward Bond), Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Tempest (Oxford Shakespeare Company), Pericles, Nebuchadnezzar (Glyn Canon), The Glorious Story of Charlotte Charke (Charlotte Ryall).
Alongside The Little Prince, James and Nicholas have also composed and written lyrics for the Irish Musical, T’aint A Bird (working title) and produced, arranged & played on the Scottish Folk album The Speyside Sessions, which went straight to Number 1 on the iTunes World Music charts, in six different countries (inc. UK, US and Canada). Together they did the arrangement of the recording of a US Musical The Concrete Jungle by Bobby Cronin.
Simon Lee Musical Supervision & Orchestration
London West End and International Theatre includes, as music supervisor and/or orchestrator: The Wind In The Willows (opening June 2017 at the London Palladium) (The Little Prince (both its theatre premiere in Canada, and its symphonic concert premiere in Abu Dhabi); Grey Gardens; Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse); Tell Me on a Sunday (Duchess / Gielgud); Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory); Love Never Dies; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Evita (Adelphi); The Woman in White (Palace and Broadway); The Sound of Music (Palladium); The Beautiful Game (Cambridge); Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway and globally) and Romance Romance (Gielgud).
Film, as conductor and music supervisor: the yet to be released Broadway 4D; The Phantom of the Opera (3 Academy Award nominations, including best song, for which Simon composed the orchestration); Bjork: Vespertine Live at the Royal Opera House; Jesus Christ Superstar (International Emmy Award); Cats.
Recording: has conducted around 50 albums ranging from the more classical (Jose Carreras, Sarah Chang), through musical theatre (Elaine Paige, Maria Friedman, Michael Ball), to pop/rock (Primal Scream, Boyzone). Also many soundtracks and cast albums.
Simon has conducted many of the world’s greatest orchestras, from the London Symphony Orchestra to the Tokyo Philharmonic. He conducted Bernstein’s On The Town, The Mikado and Kismet at English National Opera, Porgy and Bess at Regents Park and, most recently, Tosca. Simon also conducts the symphonic Disney, Pixar and Frozen concerts.