The Artists

The Novello Orchestra has collaborated with an array of artists, sharing the stage with stars of the West End and Broadway.

Connie Fisher

Connie Fisher

Connie rose to fame after winning Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s BBC search to find a Maria for the hit musical The Sound of Music. She went on to play the role in the West End and on the UK National Tour before playing the lead role in Bernstein’s Wonderful Town and TV roles including Casualty. She is now a regular presenter for the BBC, having fronted Songs of Praise, Cardiff Singer of the World and BBC Proms in the Park.

Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis

Kerry has fast become recognized as the First Lady of West End musicals from her starring roles in London and on Broadway, she has also achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album Anthems. She originated the role of Meat in the Queen musical We Will Rock You, and was the first British Elphaba in the West End smash Wicked. Other roles include Nancy in Oliver, Fantine in Les Miserables and Ellen in Miss Saigon. She has worked extensively with Brian May, including collaborating on the album Anthems for Decca Records.

John Owen-Jones

John Owen-Jones

Best known for his portrayals of Jean Valjean and the Phantom of the Opera, John has been voted the best ever performer for his Les Miserables role and became the youngest ever actor to perform the role in the West End production. He is the West End’s longest running Phantom with over 2000 performances, and was one of the guest artists in the 25th Anniversary performance at the Royal Albert Hall, and in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at London’s O2 Arena. He has released three successful studio albums.

Ben Forster

Ben Forster

After winning ITV’s Superstar, Ben played the title role in the UK and Australian arena tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, alongside Melanie C, Tim Minchin and Chris Moyles. Ben played Brad in the 40th Anniversary Tour of The Rocky Horror Show and has released two solo albums.

Ruthie Henshall

Ruthie Henshall

Ruthie’s multi-award winning career has seen her star in musicals including Les Mis, Oliver!, A Chorus Line, Cats and Miss Saigon. She starred as Roxie in the original London revival of Chicago for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award. In 2014, she took over the role of Mrs Wilkinson in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Ruthie has released four solo albums and toured extensively throughout the UK, America and Australia.

Matt Cardle

Matt Cardle

Matt rose to fame after winning the seventh series of ITV’s The X Factor, signing record deals with Syco Music and Columbia Records. His debut single, ‘When We Collide’, debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, selling over a million copies. In 2015, Cardle took over the lead role of Huey Calhoun in Memphis the Musical in the West End.

Lucie Jones

Lucie Jones

Former X Factor finalist Lucie Jones has starred as Cosette in Les Miserables and Meat in the world arena tour of We Will Rock You. She went on to play alongside Matt Smith in the original production of Duncan Sheik’s musical adaptation of American Psycho, and as a model has fronted campaigns for Wonderbra , the Harrods skincare range LMS and Hannah Dulcie.

Lee Mead

Lee Mead

Lee shot to prominence after winning the BBC series ‘Any Dream Will Do’ to take the role of Joseph in the West End in 2007. Lee returned to the West End in 2010 to take on the role of Fiyero in the musical Wicked and in 2011 to star in Legally Blonde. He joined the cast of BBC’s Casualty in 2013 before taking on the role of Caractacus Potts in the new touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Russell Grant

Russell Grant

Russell Grant made his West End debut as Slogger Williams in the musical Tom Brown’s Schooldays and then took to the stage of the London Palladium with Tommy Steele in Hans Andersen.Roles in Oh What A Lovely War! and Oh Camille! followed before appearing on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Russell won the hearts of both critics and viewers and was nominated for a BAFTA TV Highlight of the Year when he was shot out of a cannon as part of his Jive routine at Wembley Arena. In 2012, Andrew Lloyd Webber personally asked Russell to star at the London Palladium in The Wizard of Oz.

Sophie Evans

Sophie Evans

Sophie starred as Dorothy in the West End production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, having come second in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s BBC show Over the Rainbow. She has performed at the Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and is a regular performer and presenter for BBC Wales, including fronting her own Christmas show with guest artist Michael Ball. Her film career has included a role in the Nick Frost and Simon Pegg movie The World’s End, and live performances have included a tour with Only Men Aloud and as a headline soloist in Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritzes.

Pink Martini

Pink Martini

Somewhere between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brazilian marching street band and Japanese film noir is the 12-piece Pink Martini. Part language lesson and part Hollywood musical, the Portland and Oregon-based 'little orchestra' were created in 1994 by Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale, and are known for performing their multilingual repertoire around the world, including opening the Hollywood Bowl’s season in 2014.

Ari Shapiro

Ari Shapiro

An award-winning journalist, Ari Shapiro is a National Public Radio international correspondent. Prior to this, Shapiro reported from the NPR Washington Desk as White House Correspondent during President Barack Obama’s first and second terms, as Justice Correspondent during the George W. Bush administration and as a regular guest host on NPR’s news magazines. As a singer, he performs regularly with Pink Martini. Since his debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 2009, Shapiro has performed live at many of the world’s most iconic venues, including New York's Carnegie Hall.

The Von Trapps

The Von Trapps

The von Trapps are a musical group made up of Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, descendants of the Trapp Family Singers. They are the grandchildren of Werner von Trapp who was portayed as Kurt in The Sound of Music, and the great-grandchildren of Georg Ritter von Trapp and his first wife Agathe Whitehead, and the step-great-grandchildren of Maria von Trapp, Georg's second wife. For the last twelve years, the group have performed around the world to critical acclaim and packed houses, and appeared on the Today Show, good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

China Forbes

China Forbes

Born and raised in Cambridge Massachusetts, China Forbes has toured the world as lead singer of Pink Martini, where she has co-written most of the group’s original songs. She has also written songs with acclaimed songwriters Billy Steinberg, Charlotte Caffey, and Rick Nowells. Her original songs have appeared on The West Wing, Felicity, The Sopranos, The L Word, and in the films Mr. And Mrs. Smith, Sorority Boys, The Photographer, The Chateau and Seeing Other People.

Lauren Samuels

Lauren Samuels

Having appeared on the BBC’s ‘Over the Rainbow’, Lauren made her West End debut as Sandy in Grease, before playing the role of Scaramouche in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, reprising the role for the world arena tour. She originated the role of Ellie in the original production of The Waterbabies at Leicester’s Curve Theatre.

Jessica Daley

Jessica Daley

Having starred as a finalist in the BBC search for a Dorothy, Jessica made her West End debut as Ali in Mamma Mia. She has appeared as a soloist in Friday Night is Music Night with the BBC Concert Orchestra and at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the Oliver Awards ceremony.

Katy Treharne

Katy Treharne

Katy made her West End debut as Christine in Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. She was the guest soloist on the Only Men Aloud UK tour and has headlined the National Eisteddfod and Songs from the Shows at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall, conducted by David Charles Abell. Other roles include Nina in Dear World and Susan Pell/Miss Connors in Perchance to Dream.

David Thaxton

David Thaxton

David starred in the Donmar Warehouse revival of Passion for which he won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also appeared as Enjolras in the West End production of Les Miserables. In 2011, he joined the cast of Love Never Dies playing Raoul de Chagny and in 2014 it was announced that David would return to Les Miserables to play the role of Javert.

Caroline Sheen

Caroline Sheen

Caroline made her West End debut in Grease. She went on to star in Into the Woods, Mamma Mia, The Witches of Eastwick, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Putting it Together and City of Angels, appearing at both the National Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse. Caroline played Mary Poppins on the UK and US Tours, where she performed in front of Michelle Obama. She was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress. Caroline has since appeared in Les Miserables as Fantine opposite Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas, also appearing in the film alongside Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.

Rhydian Roberts

Rhydian Roberts

Rhydian was runner-up in the 2007 series of The X Factor. Since then, he has released five solo albums, completed two sell-out tours and appeared in the West End in The War of the Worlds - Alive on Stage!, We Will Rock You, Grease, The Rocky Horror Show and Jesus Chris Superstar. Rhydian’s first solo album went platinum and his second album, O Fortuna, was co-produced by Karl Jenkins and featured duets with Bryn Terfel and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. His latest album, One Day Like This, went to number 1 on the UK Classical album chart and stayed on top for 10 weeks.