The Team – LMTO

The Team

Freddie Tapner

CEO and Artistic Director

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Peter Huntley for Smart Entertainment

General Manager

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Lucy Rahim

Assistant Producer and Sitz Manager

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Simon Nathan

Principal Orchestrator

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Paul Saunders

Orchestra Fixer

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Debs White

Orchestra Leader

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Rebecca Ridout

Chorus Manager

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Sitz

Each month, over 100 musicians and singers gather at Bishopsgate Institute to sing and play though the score of a musical in private. The result is extraordinary. Fancy coming along?

Freddie Tapner

CEO and Artistic Director

Freddie is a professional musical director based in London. Having graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge with a First Class Degree in Engineering in July 2014, he moved straight to London to pursue a career in musical theatre. As well as conducting LMTO in their professional engagements, he also leads Sitzes.

Recent MD credits include: Mack and Mabel (Hackney Empire); Siren (Pleasance Dome); Candide (Cadogan Hall); Mr Swallow – Houdini (Soho Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre); Ricky Whittington (New Diorama); State Fair (Cadogan Hall); Mr Swallow – Houdini (Forth, Pleasance Courtyard); Princess Caraboo (Finborough Theatre); Jewish Legends (Gatehouse Theatre); The Adventures of Pinocchio (Greenwich Theatre); H.R.Haitch (The Actors’ Church); Dracula! (Mr Swallow – The Musical) (Soho Theatre, Nomination for Chortle’s Best Music/Variety Award) and his professional debut, Girlfriends (Union Theatre), for which he was nominated for Best Musical Direction at the Also Recognised Awards 2015.

Current ongoing work includes deputising for Richard Shackleton on Keys 3 at Wicked (Victoria Apollo) and for Tom Theakston on Keys 2 at Jersey Boys (UK Tour).  He also sits on the Development Board for the National Youth Music Theatre.

Peter Huntley for Smart Entertainment

General Manager

Smart Entertainment was founded by Peter Huntley in 2017 following a decade working with some of the UK’s leading producers including Sonia Friedman Productions, Jamie Hendry Productions, the Really Useful Theatre Group and Shakespeare’s Globe. Peter was associate producer of Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix and general manager of The Wind in the Willows on tour and at the London Palladium. He was executive producer of the filmed version of The Wind in the Willows.

Current and recent clients include Gyre & Gimble, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Live at Comedy, Eclipse Theatre Company, Rifco, Simon Friend Entertainment, Trademark Touring, It Happened in Key West at Charing Cross, The Big House Theatre Company and Scaffold Shakespeare Company.

Lucy Rahim

Assistant Producer and Sitz Manager

Lucy is freelance writer, editor and Stage One producer. She studied English and Modern Languages at Durham University, where she was Director of Durham Drama Festival and produced several pieces of original theatre.

Prior to joining LMTO, she worked at the Society of London Theatre, supporting campaigns for the Olivier Awards, West End LIVE and Get Into London Theatre. She was also responsible for the Access London Theatre brochure and was part of the organising committee for Theatrecraft.

As a writer Lucy has contributed to the Daily Telegraph, Official London Theatre, Encore Radio, Miro Magazine and Bookishly. She is currently a freelance Content Editor for PwC LLP US. She also writes regularly on her blog, www.quirkandspoon.com.   

Simon Nathan

Principal Orchestrator

Simon is the Principal Orchestrator for LMTO, regularly leading a group of handpicked arrangers to create new symphonic orchestrations of entire shows. He started orchestrating whilst musical director of the Cambridge University Pops Orchestra, rapidly became obsessed, and has never looked back since.

In 2015 Simon assisted the orchestrators, Howard Goodall and Kuljit Bhamra, on the West End production of Bend it Like Beckham. He regularly works with John Wilson as an arranger, copyist and editor. His reconstruction of In Our United State was performed by the John Wilson Orchestra at the 2016 BBC Proms. He is also the principal arranger of the Orion Symphony Orchestra, having produced arrangements for their sold-out shows in the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, and other venues.

Selected original orchestrations include Noisy Notes, a new children’s song by Rick Wakeman, performed at the Royal Festival Hall with the Orion Orchestra conducted by Sue Perkins; Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad and Beowulf, two new operas by Louis Mander, commissioned by Tête à Tête Opera Festival and Cantata Dramatica respectively; The Last Post, a musical by Henry Jenkinson; The Emperor’s New Clothes, the Cambridge Footlights pantomime with music by Ryan Rodrigues; and over fifty songs from stage, pop albums and TV arranged for symphony orchestra, performed by the Orion Orchestra and the Cambridge University Pops Orchestra to consistent five-star reviews.

Paul Saunders

Orchestra Fixer

Since graduating from the Royal College of Music as a Clarinetist in 1991, Paul has become one of the busiest woodwind players on the West End circuit and can now usually be found performing the Clarinet chair at London’s Apollo Theatre on Wicked, a post he has held since the show began in 2006.

He is a committed educator and is a teacher of multi-instrumental skills at Birmingham Conservatoire of Music.

Paul’s work outside of the musical theatre genre includes Scottish Opera, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Chameleon Arts Orchestra, CHROMA and the occasional late-night cabaret at Madame Jo Jo’s, but it is the theatre where he is most at home.

During his West End career, he has performed on Billy ElliotGuys and DollsLes MisérablesThe ProducersMary PoppinsGhostTop HatMiss Saigon and many more.

TV and studio work include LWT Parkinson and BBC Open University and orchestral work include Scottish Opera, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Ballet and Welsh National Opera.

As a composer, several works are published by Spartan Press. For any other information, please visit his website Paul Saunders.

Paul is a UK endorsee for Legere Reeds.

Debs White

Orchestra Leader

In Australia, Debs held the position of principal 2nd violin of the Australian Pops Orchestra from the age of 23 and was immersed in the Australian contemporary music scene, performing with Thomas Ades and mentors Ensemble Modern and ELISION. The New Zealand Festival 2002 saw Debs as the on-stage solo violin for the dance theatre production Inland, choreographed by Douglas Wright.

As a freelancer in London, Debs has worked with many of the major orchestras and is a guest principal player and soloist with many other smaller ensembles.

Debs is a regular deputy on many shows and was the first-ever live musician onstage at West End MAD Trust charity event, West End Bares, in 2011. Shows include Chicago, Les Misérables, Top Hat, Miss Saigon, Wind in the Willows (ROH), Candide, The Life of the Party, Porgy and Bess, The Last Tango and Funny Girl.

Studio work includes leading string sessions for Boy George, Placebo, Howard Jones, Kate Nash and Patrick Wolf and the string quartet for Setanta Songs’ album The Separate, released in 2012.

Debs is also the violinist for NYC DJ Olive’s Another Summer, released in 2014 and the soundtrack for Emulsion, a Suki Singh movie, released 2013, featuring Sam Heughan.

After leading for Birmingham Opera productions from 2009, Debs was the flying violin soloist for their RPS award-winning world premiere of Stockhausen Mittwoch in 2012 before going on to tour with the Cirque Du Soleil Varekai until mid-2013.

On returning from Cirque, Debs was the onstage violinist doubling on celtic harp for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s transfer of Henry IV and Henry V to the Barbican seasons 2014-2016.

Most recently, Debs led a new production of Les Misérables in Dubai for the opening of the Opera House in November 2016 and led the UK and International Tour of Miss Saigon.

Rebecca Ridout

Chorus Manager

Rebecca is a professional actress based in London. She is a graduate of the London School of Musical Theatre and also completed foundation training at the Arts Educational Schools and the Guildford School of Acting. Prior to training, Rebecca toured and prom-ed as Lead Soprano of the Hampshire County Youth Choir and is an alumna of both The Company Music Theatre and the National Youth Music Theatre.

Rebecca has been part of LMTO since its inaugural Sitz and will almost always be found singing high notes in the chorus.

Credits include: The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s), The Railway Children (Cadogan Hall), A Christmas Carol (Lyceum), Candide (Cadogan Hall), Mary Poppins Returns (Disney), Honeymoon in Vegas (Palladium), A Christmas Carol (Lyceum), State Fair (Cadogan Hall), Princess Caraboo (Finborough), A Christmas Carol (Castle, Wellingborough), The Game – Re:ACT(St James), Flight (Opera Holland Park), The Sound of Music (International), The Sound of Music(Curve), Love Is Eternal(London Theatre Workshop),The Next Big Thing (Edinburgh Fringe), Molly Wobbly(Phoenix Arts Club), Tis The Season (Jermyn Street Theatre), West Side Story (Victoria Warehouse, National Youth Music Theatre) and Applause(Bridewell Theatre, LSMT). 

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