West End Party Band started after researching the current market and discovering that there was a gap for something completely new and unique. The plan was to gather the best of the best and put together a band that will give the clients an experience they will never forget. All of the band members have appeared in West End musicals and UK tours for many years, so they really are at the top of their game. With this team, you are certain to get the best musicianship along with top performances to go with it. West End Party Band gives you more than just a band, you get a full on show! The interactive performances guarantee to have the audience up on their feet, singing and dancing all night long.
I met Ed when I began touring the UK with the musical Jersey Boys. We instantly hit it off and found that we had a great working relationship as well as mutual artistic opinions. I mentioned this idea to Ed and he was just as keen as me. Using the highest calibre of West End musicians and singers was the way forward, to guarantee the highest quality and professionalism that his industry needs. So I hope you enjoy our collection of London's finest musicians, singers and everything else that West End Party Band has to offer.
I am currently deputy Music Director for Motown The Musical in London's West End, frequently conducting the show and playing keyboards. Later in the year I'll be Music Director for Jesus Christ Superstar at The Barbican Centre, London. I am musical supervisor for the annual Fingask Follies Fingask Castle, in Perthshire, Scotland. I was on-set Music Director for the Warner Bros. feature film Pan, released in 2015. In 2013 I composed and performed the soundtrack for the British Film Institute's restoration of the 1925 classic, The Phantom of the Opera. I am currently working on the early stages of Hat Trick Productions' musical adaption of Richard Mason's acclaimed 2012 novel, History of a Pleasure Seeker.
As Orchestrator and Arranger, I have worked for the What's On Stage Awards and I provide all arrangements/orchestrations for the annual Around The World concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 2013 - present. I create the arrangements and orchestrations for the West End Party Band
Favourite Band: Queen
Favourite Song: Mr Bojangles
Interesting Fact: I can make my right ear squeak. I feel this could be a new instrumental addition to the band
Favourite Singer: Aretha Franklin
Favourite Song: Bohemian Rhapsody
Interesting Fact: I used to be a footballer and I played with David Beckham
Simpson has performed alongside the likes of internationally acclaimed jazz artist Julie Dexter, as well as Wretch 32, Corrine Bailey Rae, The Feeling, Jaguar Skills, BeKnight, Lianne le Havas , Jamie Cullum and more. His debut single from his EP Steady gained national airplay on the Huw Stephens show on BBC radio 1.
Favourite Artist: Donny Hathaway
Favourite Song: If This World Were Mine by Luther Vandross
Favourite Artist: I grew up listening to Motown, RnB, Garage and Pop. I’m a big fan of the Old Skool Vibes.
Interesting Fact: I began my career as a Classical Trained Singer
Ed's previous theatre credits include: the first UK tour of Jersey Boys, Footloose, Oklahoma, The Snowman, he has played on the following UK touring musicals: Beauty and the Beast, Aspects of Love, Singing In The Rain, The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas.
Ed enjoys working for all sorts of productions as an audition and rehearsal pianist - most recently for the hit show Hamilton.
Favourite Artist: Queen
Favourite Song: Fat Bottomed Girls
Interesting Fact: My full first name is Edmund. And I love Turkish Delight.
Favourite Band: Punch Brothers
Favourite Song: What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
Interesting Fact: I enjoy running marathons and ultra marathons
Favourite Song: Michael Jackson's 'Darling Dear' on account of it's stunning bass line!
Interesting Fact: I can solve a Rubik's cube in under 60 seconds
Favourite Artist: Stevie Wonder
Favourite Song: For Once In My Life
Interesting Fact: I studied Mechanical Engineering at university and still enjoy solving advanced thermodynamics problems at the weekends.
Favourite Artist: James Taylor
Favourite Song: Mexico
Favourite Song: Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
Interesting Fact: I am a keen fitness enthusiast and have completed an Ironman Long Distance Triathlon and the London Marathon
Matt has also been lucky enough to play in some of the worlds' most iconic venues including Wembley Arena, Royal Albert Hall, Windsor Castle, Ronnie Scotts, Abbey Road, Alexander Palace, NEC Arena, Sydney Opera House, Munich Olympic Stadium, as well as festivals and gigs all over Europe, Russia, Middle East, Australia, South America, Caribbean & played for audiences ranging in size from 3 to 90,000!!
Favourite Artist: Has to be Prince
Favourite Song: Raspberry Beret
Notable artists Will has performed with include Baaba Male, Roy Ayers, Jamiroquai, Duffy, Ola Onabule, Friendly Fires, Nathan Haines, Anthony Joseph, Archie Shepp, Alex Wilson and more.
He has recorded on albums by Human Nature, Utada Hikaru and M Ward, amongst others and worked on several West End shows.
Allie has a first class Drama & Music degree from Brunel University, studying clarinet with Ian Heystead.
Favourite Singer: Ella Fitzgerald
Favourite Song: Star Wars theme tune!
Interesting Fact: I am attempting to keep 16 plants alive and I also juggle (the two are not connected)
Favourite Band: Tower of Power
Favourite Song: Takin' it to the Streets (Doobie Brothers)
Interesting Fact: I played at the multi million pound wedding of Peter Andre and Katie Price back in 2005
Favourite Band: Slipknot
Favourite Song: I Believe I Can Fly
Interesting Fact: I have a third nipple!
Favourite Song: Dear Mr. Man by Prince
Favourite Person: Snoop Dogg
Interesting Fact: I run my own hip hop outfit Rowdy Crowd
Other Work Includes: Eastenders (BBC), I Hear You Calling (Hero Girl/Black Label Productions); Benidorm (Tiger Aspects), Skins (E4), Red Hot (Short Film/NUA); Geppetto Laughed (Pendennis Productions), Nikon (Model/Nikon School London); Santander (Commercial/Moxie Productions); Ark Royal (Violinist/Vocalist); The Bristol Ensemble (Soloist/St George's) and A Celebration of Young Performers (Buckingham Palace).
Alongside theatre, Kat also has a passion for writing and creating music and is part of the three piece vocal harmony band MAID. You can follow them on Twitter and Instagram @maidofficialuk
Favourite Artist: Joni Mitchell
Favourite Song: A Case of You
Interesting Fact: I'm half Norwegian
As an actor Oli has extensive TV, Film and West End credits having most recently played Ned Schneebly in the original London cast of School of Rock. On screen, Oli can be seen alongside Vinnie Jones in the 'shock comedy' Redirected. Oli is also a professional voiceover artist, so he's extremely comfortable working on the mic should clients require his skills for presentation as well as DJing.
Some of Oli's previous DJ clients include: Battersea Evolution, The Ivy Club, Freemasons Hall, Finsbury Square, The Groucho, Library Members Club, Roadtrip, Thirty3HZ, Bimblebee Productions, Egg (London) and Zigrid Von Underbelly (Hoxton Square).
Favourite Artist: David Bowie
Favourite Song: Wish I Didn't Miss You by Angie Stone
Interesting Fact:I have webbed toes and have also met the Queen