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
In 2006 he hopes to launch
his latest musical: THE
KING AND DAI.
He lives near London with
his wife Pat and son Rory.