University College Oxford
University College Oxford
|Simon Wallace was born in Newport South Wales. As a teenager at Bettws Comprehensive he received local authority grants to study piano and cello at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He played cello with various local youth orchestras and played piano and bass with local jazz musicians. He left Newport aged 18 to read music at University College Oxford. On graduation in 1978 he moved to London and started an award winning jazz quartet with saxophonist Mike Mower and drummer Clark Tracey. |
As a freelance pianist in the early 80s he worked with a wide variety of musicians in London in order to finance trips to New York to study and play jazz. During a spell as musical director for the house band at New Romantic Covent Garden hangout 'The Blitz', he met, and began working with, film and TV composer Simon Brint. In 1981 they scored 'A Shocking Accident' staring Rupert Everett and Jenny Seagrove, which won the Oscar for best live action short that year. Since then they have collaborated on innumerable hours of music for television and have been responsible for the music to some of the UK's most popular shows. They have shared writing credits on: 'French and Saunders', 'Absolutely Fabulous', The All New Alexie Sayle Show' 'The Ben Elton Show', 'A Bit Of Fry and Laurie', 'Ruby Wax Meets', 'The Lenny Henry Show', 'All Rise For Jullian Clary', 'Murder Most Horrid', 'Coupling', 'Tracey Ullman Takes On New York', 'London's Burning' and many others. Independently of Simon Brint, Simon Wallace has scored tens of hours of TV and film, most recently working on 'The Armstrong and Miller Show' (BBC1 Autumn 2007). He has also written music for BBC radio dramas and in recent years has written and arranged music for both the BBC Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Since 1994 he has been writing songs with the great veteran American lyricist and beat generation survivor Fran Landesman. The Observer newspaper called them 'one of the finest songwriting partnerships alive'. 'Forbidden Games' a theatre shows based on their work, has been produced in London, Bath, Edinburgh and Gdansk. In 1996 the Royal Shakespeare Company produced their show 'There's Something Irresistible In Down' at the Young Vic and in 1997 'Kabaret' at the National Theatre included 10 of their songs. Their work has been featured in a number of New York 'Off Broadway' productions and in 2007 'Queen Of The Bohemian Dream', a show built around 19 of their songs, was produced to great critical acclaim as part of the Capitol Fringe Festival in Washington DC. More than 30 of their songs have been commercially recorded by jazz singers on both sides of the Atlantic.
|Primary Job Title||Musical Director|
|Job Titles||Musical Director|
|Years in industry||6 years +|
|Company Experience||International Touring Theatre, National Theatre, Regional Theatre, UK Touring Theatre|
|Organisation Membership||Musicians Union|
|Experienced in||Comedy, Live Events, Musicals, Revue|
|Interested in||European Tour, Live Events, UK Tour, World Tour|