MONICA SALVI: Monica trains in Italy at the Bernstein School of Musical Theatre and in London at the Royal Academy of Music, on the Postgraduate Musical Theatre Course. After graduating, sheâs one of Sir Elton Johnâs backing singer at the "Concert for Diana" at Wembley, and a member of the West End Chorus for "Chess in Concert" at the Royal Albert Hall. She is is the mad Bertha mason in "Jane Eyre" (Bridewell Theatre), a few mythical creatures in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (Kenneth More Theatre). In Malta she performs in Bernsteinâs "Wonderful Town", alongside an international cast led by Kim Criswell and conducted by the MÂ° Wayne Marshall with the Malta Philarmonic Orchestra. In London again, she portrays a talking corpse in "The Dearly Beloved", a new play for the Camden Fringe Festival. She originates the roles of Polly Flinders in the new musical "Nursery Crimes" (Kingâs Head Theatre, Oct-Nov 09) and M.lle Syphilis in "Femme Fatale" (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, 2010). She performs with the West End Chorus again in "Anthems- The Concert" at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside Brian May, Kerry Ellis and Adam Pascal and "The Night of the 1000 Stars" alongside Len Cariou and a stellar cast. In 2011 she is Luisa Contini in "Nine" and Beggar Woman in "Sweeney Todd" (Italian Production).
SIMONE DOUANI: True roman blood flows in his veins, and it's in this beautiful eternal city that he moves his first steps into the worls of acting and singing. After graduating from the Conservatorio Teatrale, he founds the âPalcomixâ Cultural Theatre Association, which he presides up to date. He attends courses of Musical Theatre and Vocal Training with Mary Setrakian in Rome and New York. After moving to London in 2009, he enrols on the Musical Theatre course at RADA. He works as a singer and actor as well as a teacher of Standard Italian elocution and Voice Over artist. He portrays the role of Mussolini in the workshop and showcase of the new musical "Violet and Mussolini" (London and Rome 2011). He also creates the roles of Ritchie in "Somethingâs got the Elephant", and Fabio in "The Golden Chain", and takes part to the new musical "Casanova" (Rome 2012), and the play "Una sera come unâaltra" (Besozzo, Italy 2013).
OLIVER SETON: (Pianist Edinburgh Fringe 2013) Oliver has been playing the piano from the age of 5, and the saxophone from the age of 11. After gaining ABRSM Grade 8 qualifications in both these instruments, he moved to London to attend the London College of Music where he studied classical piano performance with renowned concert pianist Jeremy Davis and jazz saxophone with the legendary Jimmy Hastings. Oliver has won numerous awards and competitions, including the prestigious Mrs Sunderland Piano Solo class, and has taken part in Steinway Master Classes with William Fong (Head of Purcell School) and Noriko Ogawa (Former winner of Leeds International Piano Competition). Oliver has taken part in numerous musical theatre productions; Ragtime (London), Encounters (London), The Beggar Student, The Gypsy Baron and The Merry Widow (West Yorkshire). He has played for several high-profile clients, including Aston Martin and Princess Cruises, and has a number of world-famous venues under his belt, such as Shepherds Bush Empire and the 02 Arena, London. In addition to this, he has toured internationally with renowned trip-hop/alternative act Hidden Door and has performed on television and radio. He is currently the Musical Director for 20/30s group The Moochers and the Band Leader at a popular jam night in Richmond, London. He also plays in the backing band for Daniel James (an up and coming original artist) and performs both solo and in groups at functions across the UK and abroad.
JADE BRIGHTWELL (Violinist Edinburgh Fringe 2013): She enjoys performing and composing music and has been playing the violin and piano since the age of 7 and more recently also the viola, guitar and cello; since obtaining grade 8 for both violin and piano, she has been teaching music privately to children between the ages of 7-15 as well as assisting within young orchestral groups such as Derby County Intermediate Orchestra and Intermediate String Orchestra. Over the years she has been a member and performed with many groups and ensembles such as Derby Concert Orchestra, Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra, Derby Senior Youth Orchestra, Nottingham Youth Orchestra, City University London Orchestra, Hampstead String Quartet (London), Portobello Orchestra and has also performed with the National Youth Music Theatre. She is currently a member of the Philarmonia Britannica Orchestral Committee, for which she also plays first violin.
More recently she has been working as a session musician where she composes, performs and records for different artists, as Leddra Chapman, The Charge, Billy Vincent, Sunbeat Revival, Skinny Lister, Broadcast 2000, Ed Sheeran and Josh Groban.
GORDON LINDSAY (Original pianist -Battersea Barge debut and King's Head Theatre): An architect who loves shows, most recently he was at the Bridewell Theatre with with RBS Theatre Group, MD'ing their production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change". In roles both on and offstage, Gordon is drawn to musical theatre again and again, gathering a wide variety of shows under his belt. In 2010 he composes his own musical "The Six Swans" which premieres at the George Theatre, Goldsmiths College (UoL). In 2007 Gordon MD's and designs the stage set for "Sweeney Todd", where eventually he also steps in to cover the role of Sweeney at the last minute. The show wins Best Production Award at the SANCTA festival. Other shows he's worked on, in various capacities, include: "Something Funny Happened on the way to the Forum", "Oliver", "Barnum", "Into the Woods", "Guys & Dolls", "Fame", "Chicago", "Little Shop of Horrors", "Steel Pier" and "Lucky Stiff".
RETHA SWANEPOEL: (Violinist) Born in a little town called Benoni in South Africa, she starts exploring and playing tunes on the piano at 18 months old, thanks to her mother being a piano teacher. At the age if 3 she is inspired to start playing the violin when her parents take her to a symphony concert and a few months after she joins the Children's String Orchestra of Pretoria where she often performs at concerts and as soloist. At the age of 7, she becomes a member of the East Rand Youth Orchestra, often performing as soloist and within a year she is playing first violin for shows such as Pirates of Penzance, The Sound of Music, Mikado. At 13, she performs at the East Rand Eisteddfod and is winner of all categories, and takes part to the Annual Concerto Festival with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. Alongside her musical career, she obtains a Master in Architecture. She joins the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra. She also performs in shows such as Chicago, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd and Steel Pier. Retha is still as passionate about her music as with her architecture career.