So, since May 2010 I’ve been living, breathing and working in Switzerland on a fantastic new production called Dallebach Kari das Musical. Since my time here, I’ve rehearsed in the cast of 60, conducted the 12 hour click-track session, written the songbook to be printed and published in all good bookshops and music stores, played 28 shows, organised the recording of the rhythm section, created new click-tracks for the production in Zurich 2011, lead the recording studio sessions for the wind, brass and strings and Associate Supervised the production from start to finish.
I can honestly say I’ve had the time of my life; working with such a talented cast and wonderful musicians. It’s been great to really get my teeth into a project I’ve been involved with since the beginning at the workshop in January 2010. Having only 4 days off since May, I would normally have felt stressed beyond belief, but having worked in such a beautiful environment with the mountains and lakes, it didn’t seem to matter.
So now, its September and I’m back in the UK; with the project an official success (98% of tickets were sold and that’s pretty amazing for an outdoor event). It’s therefore time to move onto other projects; a great band called ‘The Lovebugs’, who are pretty massive in mainland Europe, have asked me to arrange, co-orchestrate, creative-direct and conduct a series of concerts at the beginning of February 2011. They are a typical band setup (cross between Take-That and Oasis!), but have had an offer they can’t refusal; to have the Basel Symphony Orchestra accompany them. We are also doing a national ‘find-a-choir’ competition in Switzerland to find the best chorus to join in; – TV here I come… I have a complete choice of 40 songs and basically, the boys say I can do what I want; it’ll be filmed for DVD and hopefully recorded for an album as well – so fun, fun, fun!
I’m also hoping to be involved in the Zurich production of DK if time allows. Aside from that, I’m lined up to conduct a few concerts (still to be confirmed) over Christmas at various concert halls across the country and also get some studio time with a new singer who I think will make it big…
So have I got the best job in the world? You betcha!
September 22nd, 2010