About

I am a bi-lingual (French/English) singer songwriter and cabaret performer.  I trained at Arts Educational and with Leon Berrangé at VoxBox.  I have performed for many years in Jazz cafés, concerts, private functions and musical theatre reviews in London and the South, France and Belgium, with Retro Jazz and Latin band: Ritzy Chicks and solo.  5 of my songs reached the semi-finals in the UK Songwriter’s Contest, 2008 and 2009. 2010 projects included playing the lead role in a new Jazz Blues musical ‘Loose Change’, touring a cabaret -style concert of  French and Tango music I devised with Romano Viazzani called. ‘On the Banks of the Seine’. A duo version of this show was originally commissioned by Southwark Playhouse & Bankside's Bastille Day Festival in 2009.  I have been guest singer at Bastille Day Festival in London since 2009.

I founded Vérité Productions in 2010 and in Spring 2011, and completed a 5 week London and South West tour of a new music theatre piece ’The Accordionist’ devised and performed with Romano Viazzani.  We also collaborated with accordionist Karen Street, Argentinean tango singer songwriter Guillermo Rozenthuller and Mark Bird. 

2012 sees the launch the launch and tour of our brand new Cabaret quartet 'Cabaret Vérité.  So far we have done some great shows around the South West and London and I've had the privillege of working with some superb musicans. 

Introducing the Cabaret Vérité team:

Romano Viazzani – Accordionist and composer

Acclaimed solo and orchestral performances with Europe's leading orchestras. Compositions for TV and Radio in the UK, Germany, Switzerland Ireland Greece and Romania including BAFTA nominated Stranger at the Gate (BBC2). Composed and performed his Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra with the BBC Concert Orchestra (Nick Davies), broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  Toured with Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble and won BBC3 Best Jazz Album.  Three solo albums  “Piazzolla - Angel Suite/ Bobic - Liturgical Suite, Viazzani Takes Stok and Encore.  Musical theatre performances include Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma and The Beggar’s Opera (Carl Davis), plus Kurt Weill review 'Songs from a Hotel Bedroom' with Frances Ruffelle. He has also worked with Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) and Grace Jones.  

Declan Daly - Violinist 

Declan is in demand throughout the UK and Europe as both a classical orchestral and chamber musician including the BBC Proms. He has worked with artists such as Nitin Sawney, Ravi Shankar and the band Goldfrapp. He has also worked on many film scores (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter) and is a keen folk fiddler.

 Ben Hazleton – Double bassist

 Ben was Young Jazz musician of the year 2003 and has performed with Jacqui Dankworth, Julia Biel, Benny Golson, Jim Mullen, Jason Yarde, Tomorrows Warriors, Polar Bear, many more.  Resident bassist in the Alan Weekes Quartet at the legendary Uncle Sam’s Sunday Jazz Club, London.  Recordings include: Renato D’aiello – “Like someone in Love” , Damon Brown – “Blues on the run” and ‘A bigger picture’, Tony Kofi – ‘All is Know’, and  ‘Silent Truth’ and Killer Shrimp – ‘Sincerely Whatever’.

 Yaron Stavi – Double bassist

 Yaron is double bassist in the Nigel Kennedy Jazz band and his classical experience includes working with Pierre Boulez, Sir Neville Mariner, Ivan Fischer.  Part of Gilad Atzmon’s band The Orient House Ensemble and won best album in the BBC Jazz awards. He has also worked with Jazz musicians Larry Coryell, Peter King, Jarek Smietana, Leszek Mozdzer, Gary Husband, John Ethridge, Julian Siegel, Gene Calderazzo, Stephen Keogh, and Estelle Kokot.  Recordings with Robert Wyatt Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) and David Gilmour.

Sarah Harrison – Violinist

  Sarah trained as a classical violinist at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has experimented with many different styles. She has worked with Marc Almond, Django Bates and Delightful Precipice, The Folk Orchestra (now Orbestra), Charanga Rivera and the Marianne Olyver Gypsy Orchestra. Her theatrical work included tours with Lumiere & Son and a run with Fascinating Aida at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket and at the National Theatre.  She leads two string quartets, The Picasso Players and The Covent Garden String Quartet. She created Mazaika, a duo show with accordionist/singer Igor Outkine, toured internationally as a duo and with a larger ensemble, including in the Purcell Room. Her latest project is Mazaika Swing, her gypsy jazz quintet.

   Alan Gibson  - Double bassist and composer

  Alan studied double bass with Tony Hougham of the Royal Opera and at the Royal College of music.  A freelance double bass player on the London jazz scene and bass guitarist with the Soul Immigrants.  He has worked with saxophonist Brandon Allen, Indian violinist Chandru, Japanese koto plyer Yoko Nishi, drum’n’bass band ‘Lamb. His compositions include music for Channel 4’s broadcast of the Turner Prize.