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Nick Barstow – West End Musical director, composer & performer

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Nick Barstow is a musical director, arranger, composer and performer. He recently re-orchestrated the full score of ‘Rags’ ‘for the show’s UK premiere, re-working the original score alongside the show’s lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Prior to that he was Musical Supervisor on Stiles and Drewe’s ‘Just So’ at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester, for which he has contributed all-new actor-musician orchestrations. Later this year his actor-musician production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, produced by Peter Brook Equity Ensemble award winners Antic Disposition, will run again in the historic and immersive Middle Temple Hall after a sell-out run in 2017.

The cabaret series ‘RE:Arrangement’ originated at Brasserie Zedel in August 2018 and has since toured the UK with gues stars including Noel Sullivan, Caroline Sheen and Alice Fearn. In February 2019 Nick produced a charity single for The Samaritans featuring ‘Wicked’ leading ladies Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans. He featured as a judge alongside Gareth Malone in the final series of ‘The Choir: Gareth’s Best in Britain’.

Nick has worked extensively with the leading stars of the West-End in concert, arranging for and performing with Ramin Karimloo, Carrie Hope-Fletcher, Kerry Ellis, Alice Fearn, Gina Beck, Kelly Mathieson, Noel Sullivan and others. His work as arranger and orchestrator has been performed around the world and features on numberous albums.

Nick is co-founder and MD of successful vocal group AfterParty. The group have performed at the St James Theatre, Aldwych Theatre, Arts Theatre, Dominion Theatre, The View From The Shard and King’s Place as well as for numerous high profile events nationwide including the Covent Garden Christmas Lights Switch On 2015 and Sport Relief 2016. Their debut album Hotel Lobby was released in September 2016.

Training: University of Oxford

Recent Credits as MD/Composer:

Rags (Hope Mill Theatre), Just So (Barn Theatre Cirencester), To Paint The Earth (Southwark), Much Ado About Nothing (UK and French tour, also as Composer), It’s Only Life (Union Theatre), One More Look (Sherman Theatre, also as Orchestrator and Arranger), Company (ACT Aberdeen), A Christmas Carol (Middle Temple Hall, also as Composer), Extraordinary (BBC Children In Need), Privates On Parade (Union Theatre, Musical Supervisor), The Terrible Infants (Wilton’s), Wonderland (No.1 UK Tour), The Burnt Part Boys (Park Theatre) – Offie Nominated Best Musical Director, The Comedy Of Errors (French tour and Gray’s Inn Hall, also as Composer), I’m Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road (Jermyn Street) – BroadwayWorld Award Winner for Best Fringe Production, Closer Than Ever (Pheasantry), Princess Ida (Finborough Theatre)

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