Hereward Kaye

Hereward moved down to London from his home town of Middlesbrough with band CAFÉ SOCIETY. Their first album was produced by Ray Davies of The Kinks. When Café fell apart, he signed to EMI as a singer/songwriter, recording one album – Golden Mile. Subsequently, he joined an an acapella band, THE FLYING PICKETS, with whom he sang, toured, recorded and wrote for thirteen years, performing around a hundred shows a year, recording five albums and appearing on countless T.V. shows across the globe. Hereward is also proud to have appeared in concert with Willy Russell at the Liverpool Playhouse, and worked with him developing the songs for the film DANCING THRU THE DARK. He was lead singer for Rick Wakeman for a while, and can be heard on the album: Cost Of Living. For Tom Robinson he has worked as a producer, singer, and even acted in one of his videos!

His Musical Theatre credits include: Book, Music & Lyrics – HELL CAN BE HEAVEN (London Bubble), Composer/Lyricist (with Robert Longden) – MOBY DICK! (Cameron Mackintosh, Piccadilly Theatre, West End); CRAMP (with John Godber and Tom Robinson; Hull Truck, U.K. National tour), and UNDERWORLD (N.Y. and Seattle). Actor/M.D./Arranger – RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET (Liverpool Everyman and Tricycle, Kilburn); Musical Director/guitar/keyboards/vocals - ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT by Alan Bleasdale (Phoenix, West End, Evening Standard Musical of the Year award). In 2003 Hereward helped re-vamp Moby Dick for the U.S. public in conjunction with Cameron Mackintosh and Russell Ochoki, via a workshop production in New York and a new cast album to accompany the hire script (available from Music Theatre International, see website for details). For T.V. he composed the music for the I.T.V. series HOLIDAY SNAPS.

Most recently, he has written the music and lyrics for a new musical: SEX, CHIPS AND ROCK ‘N ROLL with Debbie Horsfield, based on her award-winning BBC TV series. With Hereward on guitar in the band, the show ran through June, July and August 2005 at the Manchester Royal Exchange. It was twice nominated Best Musical: in the T.M.A. Awards (where actress Tracie Bennett won the award for Best Female Performer in a Musical) and the M.E.N. awards.

In his spare time, Hereward works as a M.I.C. (Music Industry Consultant) mentoring aspiring musicians as part of the Government’s New Deal for Musicians. He also runs ‘Rok Skool’ in Sussex, teaching guitar, drums, song writing and home-demo recording.

In 2006 he hopes to launch his latest musical: THE KING AND DAI.

He lives near London with his wife Pat and son Rory.

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