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.

Roy Bilham
Music & Music History
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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.

Pip Burley
Showbiz, Celebrity, Television and Music
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.

Tony Clarke
Ukulele & Guitar Teacher
Adult Teaching Certificate
Coming from: Plymouth,  Devon  UK
Following a long career in the Royal Navy and business Tony has worked for the local authority as a peripatetic guitar and ukulele teacher as well as coordinating and driving the Plymouth Youth Guitar Ensemble. Tony is an experienced musician and teacher with the rare ability to educate and inspire without overloading the audience with too much musical jargon. He has a wonderful knack for explaining music in an entertaining and understandable way.

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.

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.

Dr Mike Gibson
Music & Destinations
PhD MPhil FRCP
Coming from: Southampton,  Hants  UK
An RAF medical air commodore, CEO of an occupational health company & a member of the Tribunal service, Mike was Honorary Surgeon to HM the Queen for 5 years. He has published widely with passions including history, bagpipes and travel.

Stuart Gustafson
Destinations; Classical Music Composers
Coming from: Boise,  Idaho  USA
Stuart Gustafson took early retirement from his high-technology career so that he could spend more time with his family. He's been sharing his knowledge and his experiences with cruise ship passengers since 2012, and the rave reviews he's received from guests and staff have continued to encourage him. His formal education of a B.A. in Mathematics and an MBA surprise some guests who think he was a history professor. It's just that his keen interest in helping passengers enjoy their cruise has enabled him to develop interesting talks on Destinations, the specific Ports, a few general Travel subjects, and even Classical Music Composers.

Lucy Hallman Russell
Cultural, General and Music History
Coming from: Aub,  Bavaria  Germany
Sharing her passion for cross-cultural insights is a main feature of the presentations by Lucy Hallman Russell. Born in Alabama, she attained diplomas in piano, music history and harpsichord, with additional studies in Italian, art history, pre-history and archaeology. She has enjoyed a long career as associate professor of music and music history at the Wuerzburg Conservatory and the University of Music Wuerzburg. As a harpsichordist she has performed and taught masterclasses throughout Europe, in the USA, China and Russia. Lucy loves speaking to interested listeners about her familiarity with all things cultural to help them better enjoy their own individual travel experiences.

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.

Ronald Largent
Modern History and World Affairs
Coming from: Anderson,  CA  USA
Ron has over 50 years travel experience where he has either worked, lived, or traveled in over 60 countries. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara; attended the Air Command & Staff College and the Air War University in international relations, retiring as a reserve Colonel. He has also taught college courses in international business and travel. Currently, he is a professional travel speaker, motivational speaker and an international travel consultant-advisor to travel interest groups. His specialty is international travel destinations, international business, culture, history, and world current events.

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.

Brian Lewis
Music Historian
Lives & Music of Composers: Classical & Musical Shows
Coming from: Old Colwyn, Colwyn Bay,  Conwy  UK
Born and living in North Wales, Brian has retired as a partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants on the coast. At the age of twelve, whilst listening to a serialised version of “The Count of Monte Cristo” on the radio, “The Wasps” caught his interest and so began a lifelong passion for classical music. For over thirty years he has been on the lecture circuit, and using paintings, photographs and images, he weaves the story of composers and their life events and how either because of, or despite these experiences, they managed to create such magical compositions.

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.

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.

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.

Angela Schneider
Music, History & Culture
Destinations
Coming from: Vancouver,  British Columbia  Canada
Angela Schneider holds Masters degrees in Music and Medieval History from Aachen University and is currently a violist with the Vancouver Symphony. Since 1995, she has been involved in the popular, new field of culinary history, which studies the ways in which food has shaped social, cultural and political history. Angela is much in demand as a speaker thanks to presentations that are entertaining, informative and visually rich. She is a popular Destination and Enrichment speaker on cruise ships because she brings history alive by humanizing the subjects and examining what motivates the larger processes of historical change.

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.

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.