Cruise Ship Speakers

Music
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Ken Baldry
Classical Music Historian
Hon Prof. of Composition, MBCS
Coming from: Islington,  London  UK
Ken was educated at Wellington Primary School, Isleworth Grammar School & London University (Chelsea College). Following a long career in Industrial Chemistry and then in the computer industry, he set up his own computer consultancy. Ken's music teacher from 1954-1983 was Emile Spira, a pupil of Anton Webern & who fled the Nazi Anschluss in 1938. He has written approx. 21 hours of music and is an Honorary Professor of Composition in Vienna. As a an enrichment speaker, Ken talks on music and composers.

Danielle Barnett
The Music Industry
Coming from: Gidea Park,  Essex  UK
Danielle is currently the lead singer for the world famous number 1 chart act Urban Cookie Collective who had a big hit with "The Key The Secret" in 1993 - and has fronted the act for 15 years. She was, and still currently is, lucky enough to tour the world doing this. "I love my job!" There’s never a dull experience for Danielle. She has performed in front of audiences 100,000 strong, is an accomplished songwriter with 20 top 40 hits and 3 major publishing deals. As a singer Danielle has had 4 major record deals. Danielle is a regular speaker on cruises with a series of talks about the Music Industry and its Stars.

Johnny Beerling
Music Broadcaster
Former Controller, Radio 1, Fellow Radio Academy
Coming from: Rudgwick,  West Sussex  UK
The name of Johnny Beerling is synonymous with the history of British radio over the past 50 years and he has 18 talks reflecting this. He started Radio 1, produced many acclaimed programmes and in 1985 he was appointed Controller of Radio 1 with full responsibility for the whole network. He received the Ferguson Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio. In 1993 he was appointed President of the Television and Radio Industry Club of Great Britain. He has a SONY Award for Outstanding Services to the Radio Industry and in 2005 was made a Fellow of the Radio Academy.

Roy Bilham
Music
Coming from: Bexleyheath,  Kent  UK
Roy joined the Royal Artillery Band as a trumpet player when he was 20 and served 22 years finishing with the rank of Band Sergeant Major and Deputy Bandmaster. Since retiring from the Army he has worked as a busy freelance player playing with many leading London Orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra and most notably the Philharmonia. In the eighties Roy started his own company Thames Fanfare Brass. Roy's talks also include him playing his trumpet from classical to modern day music with many amusing and interesting anecdotes featuring many famous names from music and show business.

Peter Boita
The Music Business
Popular Music
Coming from: London,    UK
Now celebrating 50 years as a music business professional, Peter started early as a 16 year old drummer playing 6 nights and 2 afternoons a week with Don Lang & His Frantic Five at the prestigious Empire Ballroom in London’s Leicester Square. BBC Television’s premier show “Top Of The Pops” called next and Peter stayed with the show’s orchestra until the mid 80's. In 1985 Sir Cameron Mackintosh came calling and Peter started work on the worldwide hit musical “Les Miserables” where he stayed for the first 25 years of the show. A versatile speaker, Peter has fascinating, humorous and entertaining behind the scenes stories to suit the nature of any particular cruise.

Gordon Bull
Music & Jazz Historian
Codes & Code breaking

PhD
Coming from: Lewes,  East Sussex  UK
Gordon Bull was Professor of Information Technology and Dean of the IT Faculty at the University of Brighton. Since an early age he has collected records and books on jazz and has an extensive music and print library that continues to grow. As well as an extensive series of lectures on the Origins and Social history of Jazz, as a mathematician, he also has a keen interest in Codes and Code breaking.

Pip Burley
Music, TV & Show business
Coming from: Headley,  Surrey  UK
Destined to spend life as an engineer, Pip took on the world of music and the media instead. His colourful, jack-of-all-trades career has included performing with The Beatles, working in cabaret in the West End and on cruise ships with Joe Loss, followed by a spell in publishing and advertising. Based on his book ‘Briefest Encounters’, this series of lectures, lavishly accompanied with slides and video clips (and occasionally on the piano), celebrates the stars and celebrities Pip has met and worked with, as well as providing a fascinating insight into the nature of ‘celebrity’ itself.

Paul Campion
Music, Opera & Classical Singers
Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Coming from: Isle of Dogs,  London  UK
Paul hails from Northamptonshire and now lives in the developing Docklands area of east London. For 25 years he worked for Harrods department store, latterly as Head of the Piano and Music Department. He is an avid enthusiast of music of many types, particularly Opera and classical song, and has appeared on a number of television and radio programmes. Paul has written two books and lectures regularly to learned societies, clubs and music groups and has been praised for his humour and the freshness of approach that he brings to his subjects.

Simon Dunbavand
Classical Music Historian, Composer & Choirmaster
MA (Cantab), MMus, ARCO, ARCM
Coming from: Torquay,  Devon  UK
Simon Dunbavand held scholarships at the universities of Cambridge and Sheffield, and is active as a musician in fields as diverse as performance, composition, ethnomusicology, and research. He is a keen traveller and explorer, having visited 96 countries already, and has travelled extensively across Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Simon lectures on music, as well as rehearsing and conducting passenger choirs at sea. Now he brings his experience and expertise to destination presentations in the hope that some of this wanderlust may rub off.

Douglas J Eaton
Social, Cultural and Showbiz History
Coming from: Ashington,  West Sussex  UK
Doug's formative years were spent in Liverpool, where he became well known on the music scene of the 1960s. He played in The Cavern Club alongside The Beatles with his rock group, The Detonators. After university, he spent a successful international career in marketing and general management. He is a popular speaker with social groups, and has retained a passionate interest in music. His talks range from Madcap Inventions and Murder, to Pirates and Ages of Discovery, and Showbiz talks with musical accompaniment.

Adrian Finnerty
Musician and Educator
BA (Hons), MMus, MA, MSc, DipTMus, DipABRSM, ALCM, FISM
Coming from: Glasgow,  Scotland  UK
A versatile musician and educator, Adrian is an experienced teacher, lecturer, composer, conductor, pianist, organist and music historian. As a Guest Speaker, Adrian explores a wide range of composers, musicians and musical works related to your itinerary. His lectures are delivered in an interesting and engaging manner, using colourful PowerPoint presentations with a wide range of audio excerpts and video clips, providing a very enjoyable insight into the music and culture of the area.

Jean Finney
Historian & Ukulele Teacher
Coming from: Widnes,  Cheshire  UK
Jean's earlier career involved being a singer and writer of songs and monologues, with folk and country influences. She loves to sketch and paint, leads a very active and full life, and has a passion for history. She recently achieved an Open University degree in art and music. Over the last few years Jean has enjoyed being guest speaker for all kinds of groups, on topics widening to meet the demand for return bookings. Wherever possible, art, music and humour have been included.

Mike Head
Destination Lecturer & Jazz Historian
Mediterranean, Atlantic Islands & Middle East (inc UAE & Oman)
Coming from: Weybridge,  Surrey  UK
Mike Head was a career UK Civil Servant for 40 years, during which time he visited France, Belgium & Sweden for the EU. He has also travelled extensively throughout the Mediterranean, Middle East, North Africa and Adriatic, regions on which he is also an accomplished destination lecturer. Mike has been involved with music from an early age, plays the jazz piano and guitar & regularly gives talks on music.

Chris Howes
Music Historian in Classical, Jazz & Theatre
Qualified teacher and lecturer
Coming from: Istead Rise,  Kent  UK
Chris is a music historian with many different faces in music – pianist, speaker, journalist, Cambridge University lecturer, promoter, presenter and MC. His own musical interests are wide, encompassing classical, jazz, music for cinema and musical theatre from operetta to Broadway. All this, along with his humour and audience rapport, has given his lectures, talks, courses and music presentations widespread success over many years.

Roy Hunt
Music Historian
Coming from: Leicester,  Leicestershire  UK
Roy spent 40 years as a Solicitor working in Leicestershire, England and during that time his main hobbies were Golf and Music of all kinds. In addition to a keen interest in the Classics, he led a 6 piece Traditional Jazz Band and Trio for nearly 30 years. For the last 20 years he has explored the American light composers in detail visiting many of the areas where the American Songbook music and its purveyors hailed from. His lectures feature the Lives and Music of such musical giants as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Al Jolson, Oscar Hammerstein, George & Ira Gershwin, Harry Warren and many more.

Graham Jones
Military Music on State Occassions
DMA MMus FTCL FRSA FICL ARCM psm
Coming from: Worcester Park,  Surrey  UK
Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones started his military career as a musician in the Royal Artillery Band where he studied the harp under the world-renowned harpist Maria Kachinska. Since 1981 he has had a distinguished career as Bandmaster at the Royal Military School of Music, Director of Music for The Lowland Band of the Scottish Division and Officer Commanding at the Army Music Headquarters. In 2007 he was appointed Senior Director of Music at the Household Division. Since his retirement in 2011 Graham has been as busy as ever conducting, adjudicating and giving talks about the major State Ceremonial events in the UK and how they are put together from a behind the scenes viewpoint.

Stephen King
International Media Consultant & Radio Specialist
Popular Music Historian
Coming from: Newark,  Lincolnshire  UK
Steve has spent over 34 years working in the UK Radio Industry. As a Managing Director, Programme Director and DJ, Steve has worked on some of the best known UK radio brands. He is a specialist in programming, music, new media, business management, events and coaching. Steve has a lifelong interest in popular music, which began at an early age. Steve is an experienced and engaging public speaker, and has recently produced a series of highly entertaining talks based on his experiences in the radio business and his extensive knowledge of popular music.

Martin P. Lee
Destination Lecturer & Gentlemen Dance Host
BSc(Hons) MSc FBCS CITP
Coming from: Poole,  Dorset  UK
Martin P. Lee graduated with first class honours in geography and geology from King's College London in 1975 followed by a masters degree in geography from Keele University. After service as a fellow at Lancaster University, he became a lecturer at Leicester University, and then a senior lecturer at the Royal Military College of Science. Upon early retirement in 2006, Martin has been a Gentleman Dance Host and Port Lecturer. He now spends half the year at sea and half the year at his home in Bournemouth.

Christopher Legrand
Destination Lecturer & Presenter
Coming from: West Moors,  Dorset  UK
Christopher acknowledges that he has been very fortunate in having had opportunities to travel as he enjoys photography and researching and in particularly he loves to share his experiences with others. Through his series of fully illustrated talks, which are professionally constructed and include music and animations, he invites you to sample the history, culture, personalities and scenery of those exciting parts of the world he has visited. He has delivered lectures and presentations for many years, is an accomplished speaker, currently giving around 50 talks a year, and has been a destination presenter on various cruise ships.

Malcolm Macfarlane
Popular Music of the 20th Century
Coming from: Wilmslow,  Cheshire  UK
Malcolm Macfarlane is a noted Bing Crosby authority and an author whose published works are books about Bing Crosby, Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney. Malcolm seeks to entertain rather than lecture and he has an extensive series of presentations on the Sounds of the 50's & 60's including Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Vera Lynn, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to name a few.

Peter Marks
Classical Music
BA, BSc, DipMus, FRICS, FAcadHE
Coming from: Kirkcowan,  Newton Stewart  UK
Peter has had a lifelong passion for music and has a collection of recorded music representing over 500 composers, some of which are used to illustrate his talks. In his talks, he introduces the audience to the stylistic development of music, from medieval plainchant to the present day. His talks cover the Music of the Renaissance, Baroque & Classical Period and the move to Romanticism.

Bill Martin MBE
Hit Songwriter & After Dinner Speaker
CELEBRITY
Coming from: London,    UK
Bill Martin, the Songwriter, has won many musical awards and he was the first British Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Puppet on a String’. His songs have been released by artists incuding Elvis Presley, The Bachelors, Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw and many others. His presentations cover the Golden Age of Musicals, The Eurovision Song Contest, History of Rock & Roll to name a few.

Michele Monro
Author & Biographer
Matt Monro's Daughter
Coming from: The Rock,  Telford  UK
Bestselling author, Michele Monro’s book ‘The Singer’s Singer: The Life and Music of Matt Monro’ is a touching biography of the man and much-loved performer who sang Born Free, From Russia With Love, Walk Away and Portrait of My Love. Having spent three years researching the subject thoroughly, this in-depth portrait on her father has already been re-printed five times since its release. Michele talks about the life and times of her father and the history of popular music.

Nick Montague
Musician, Choir Master & Conductor
Lecturer on Stage and Film Musicals
Coming from: Knutsford,  Cheshire  UK
Nick Montague has spent over 30 years in music, conducting, teaching and playing piano and arranging music for different types of choirs. He is passionate about the power of music and specialises in teaching groups to sing and work together and enjoy fantastic music and sense of achievement which this brings. His choirs have appeared on both television and radio and raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes.

Dr. Jonathan Palmer
Choral Conductor & Composer
PhD, BA (Hons), FTCL, FRSA, ARCM, CertEd
Coming from: Wraxall,  North Somerset  UK
Jonathan's musical career has been as a teacher, composer, conductor and performer; he plays both the cello, double bass and piano. He has had a long career in teaching until 2007 when he retired in order to complete his PhD in Composition at the University of Bristol. In September 2013 he was recently appointed as Music Director of Portishead Choral Society. Jonathan is a resourceful and versatile musician, and is in demand as a choral director on cruise ships with carefully chosen repertoire to fit the destinations.

Ivy Partridge
Enrichment Speaker - Music Destination related
RSAMD PGCE
Coming from: North Queensferry,  Fife  UK
Ivy studied Bassoon at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland & was awarded The Euing Prize. She is an experienced performer, lecturer & adjudicator. Presently, Ivy is engaged in programmes for ukulele & has presented at The Scottish Music Education Conferences. She is founder & conductor of the Fife Ukulele Orchestra. Happiness with only 4 strings! As Music Speaker her Classical topics include Baroque & French Piano music. Popular Music titles include Beatles & How to conduct an Orchestra! Her presentations have enthused others - delivering material with fun.

Bill Powell
Travel & Music
South East Asia, the USA and contemporary music.
Coming from: Chester,  Cheshire  UK
Bill was an accountant with BT and joined Marks and Spencer to head their Customer Services Division. He subsequently became Chairman of the Consumer Credit Trade Association. He took early retirement and embarked on a completely different career path as a Tour Manager, escorting groups of travellers to worldwide destinations. He specialises in the USA, Borneo and China. Bill's talks largely reflect his experiences during his ten years as a Tour Manager, mixing personal high (and low!) lights with amusing anecdotes about his journeys around the world.

Dr Adam Reece
Music, Music History & Positive Psychology
Professional Pianist / Piano Vocalist
Coming from: Perranporth,  Truro Cornwall  UK
Dr Adam Reece has over 30 years experience as a professional musician. In the early 1990's he reached number 1 in the UK Buzz charts with a dance music track. After graduating from the University of Manchester in the mid 1990's with a degree in Psychology, he chose to continue his career as a musician and moved to Ireland. He settled in Galway where he released a CD and set up his own label, touring Ireland and Europe extensively with his band, 'Medicine Man'. He now combines his experience of playing the piano on the ships with his educational background and gives talks on music topics, as well as presentations on the health benefits of smiling and laughter and 'the Art of Happiness'.

Jonathan Rice
Author on Popular Music, Sports & Japan
Coming from: Hythe,  Kent  UK
Jonathan Rice wears many hats. For most of the time he is a consultant and lecturer on cross-cultural business links with Asia, and a specialist on international marketing and management styles. He read Japanese at Cambridge University, and then lived and worked in Japan for a dozen years. He has written three books on Japan. He is also a sports writer, having written at least a dozen books on cricket, football, golf and sports history. Since 1990, he has been specialising in national and organisational culture. He talks on the subjects of Japan, Cricket and Popular Music.

Chris Seth-Ward
Ukulele Teacher and Performer
Coming from: Newton Ferrers,  Devon  UK
Chris began to take the ukulele seriously in his twenties, when he was in the RAF he entertained the "troops" during the off-duty hours in the pubs of Chichester. Over the past 20 years, Chris has taught ukulele in local state schools and privately to both children and adults. He has a unique method of teaching which enables beginners, in a group, to make instant progress together and have fun. "Teaching ukulele is fun!" says Chris.

Steve Simone
Music Historian - History of Soul
Singer & Songwriter
Coming from: Strabane,  Northern Ireland  UK
Steve Is an established artist and music historian and give a fascinating insight into the formation of Motown in Detroit to Stax Records In Memphis, as well as exploring the artist and musician that came to make there music famous. He also give a insight into the formation of Jazz and it roots to it modern interpretation.

Stephen Smith
Comedy Music Speaker & Entertainer
Ukulele and Guitar Teacher
Coming from: River, Dover,  Kent  UK
Stephen has been entertaining cruise ship passengers since 2008. He is always keen to involve his audiences, and his PowerPoint presentations are a highlight of his talks, featuring cartoons, jokes, song lyrics, record covers, newspaper cuttings and animals, as well as photos and caricatures of composers and performers past and present. As a multi talented entertainer, Stephen and his wife Pam have also been teaching ukulele to beginners and improvers on cruises as well as running sea-shanty workshops.

John Southorn
Classical Music & Yacht Cruising
B.Sc C.Eng MIEE
Coming from: Comrie,  Scotland  UK
John is an ex-sumbariner with a lifelong interest in Classical Music and many years experience of cruising the inland waterways of Europe and the French Riviera in his own yacht. He recently completed a voyage from the Baltic to Turkey through the Rhine and the Danube, and has also circumnavigated Britain and Ireland. He is a regular speaker for the Federated Recorded Music Society of Scotland, the St. Fillan’s Music Circle and the Comrie Summer Fortnight Festival.

William Sterling
Cultural History
MA, PhD, Cert Ed
Coming from: Eltham,  London  UK
William took early retirement from the Civil Service in 2008 with a generous redundancy package. He was educated at Colfe’s Grammar School, Lee and Keele University. His BA in 1980 was in History and Geography. He specialised in Mediaeval History (Anglo-Saxons and Hundred Years War) winning the Wedgwood Prize for an essay on King Athelstan. He has a wide range of talks on Composers, Music of the Sea, Vikings & Anglo Saxons and Classical History.

Olga Stone
Classical Historian & Concert Pianist
Russian History Expert
Coming from: Andreas,  Isle of Man  UK
Olga Eggert was born in the Crimea, now Russia. She attended the Crimean Musical College, and then the Conservatoire in Odessa and graduated with top marks in piano, piano accompaniment and the teaching of music. After leaving the Conservatoire she embarked on a career as a professional pianist and accompanist and has performed in various venues around the world. Olga talks on all aspects of classical music, on European history and European art. She illustrates her talks with extensive PowerPoint presentations and often includes extracts from literature, poetry and piano pieces, playing herself, to emphasize the atmosphere of a period.

Gerry Tebbutt
Musical Theatre
Coming from: Guildford,  Surrey  UK
Gerry began his career as an actor in weekly rep at Shanklin Theatre appearing in 17 plays in eighteen weeks and followed this working with repertory companies up and down the country before embarking on a career in musical theatre. For 15 years he appeared in many long running musicals in the West End and spent many years touring and has probably appeared in most theatres in the U.K. Gerry has been involved in over three hundred theatre productions as a performer, choreographer or director. Gerry regularly talks and lectures on Musical Theatre and annually runs Masterclasses for Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Chris Walker
Jazz Historian - The Great American Songbook
Works separately or as a team with Janet Walker- both music historians
Coming from: Alderholt, Fordingbridge,  Hampshire  UK
Chris took up playing clarinet at the age of 15. After leaving school he played regularly around the London jazz scene as a professional musician. Chris moved to Hampshire in 1969 and, since then, he has worked with most of the local jazz personalities, was a founder member of The Real Ale & Thunder Band for 18 years, and has run his own highly successful 5-piece ‘Swingtet’ for the last 23 years. As a speaker Chris has an impressive 23 talks including rare movie clips on the subject of The Great American Songbook – the composers and the artists that made the songs famous.

Ernie Warner
British Folklore
TD., MSc., FSS, Member of the Folklore Society
Coming from: Kent,    UK
Ernie is a well-known researcher and speaker on Folklore, as well as an accomplished performer of folk songs and dances. He has been entertaining cruise passengers since 2005 with his unique knowledge of past and present folk customs, song and dance. Most people believe that they have no knowledge of folklore, but once they hear Ernie’s talks, they begin to realise that we are all experts, because the subject covers not only song and dance, but customs, traditions, celebrations, legends, games, blessings, curses and much more.

Jeremy Huw Williams
Opera & Classical Music
Opera Singer, PhD, DMus
Coming from: Radyr,  Caerdydd  UK
The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams studied at St John's College, Cambridge, at the National Opera Studio, and with April Cantelo. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo and has since appeared in sixty operatic roles. He has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and most European countries. He is also an experienced choir trainer and vocal tutor at several universities and conservatoires worldwide.

Peter and Vicki-Sue Witham
Classical Music and Words
AGSM
Coming from: Bournemouth,  Dorset  UK
Peter received his AGSM for violin performance at the Guildhall School of Music after studying there with the renowned teacher, Yfrah Neaman, for five years. He was a principal violinist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for nearly 40 years. Vicki-Sue trained in acting, ballet and dance at the Bush Davies School, East Grinstead. She has danced with the Royal Ballet and has had many TV and radio appearances. Together as a duo performance, they tell the story of the great composers in each period of musical history using live music on the violin together with words and illustrations.