Introducing the ROSS Staff

David Alder - Director

David trained at Drama Centre, London, which is known as “Trauma Centre” in the theatre world, but his career has been mainly in musical theatre for over fifty years, including west end shows, such as Les Miserables, Me and My Girl, Annie, Irene, Salad Days, Scrooge, High Society and She Loves Me. He was a regular artist on BBC radio 2 in musical productions, and featured occasionally on BBC Radio 4 drama, and also a couple of films for channel 4, including Riff-Raff directed by Ken Loach.

He has appeared  all over the country in pantomimes, repertory and summer seasons, and made his debut at the National Theatre as a tap dancing frog in Honk! wearing goggles and flippers!

He taught speech and drama at the Italia Conti School and also the London Academy of Music and Dance. He also lectured at the Florida State University, and Valdosta University of Georgia, London summer schools.

Although he wanted to be a tour de force in the theatre, he was forced to tour many times! Since 2002 he has been a part time tour guide at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Eric Wilson - Musical Director

Eric Wilson studied music at the University of Liverpool, graduating with honours, and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He taught percussion at the Watford School of Music and was percussion tutor to the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for five years. Still a regular performer on both percussion and trumpet, Eric also works as a professional arranger and orchestrator with many published works to his credit. His work varies from music preparation and printing to arranging music for orchestra and concert band or orchestrating musical theatre works. He has always had a passion for musical theatre, playing for countless productions since the age of 15. His conducting credits include Guys and Dolls, Broadway Pirates, West Side Story, Barnum, Jesus Christ Superstar, She Loves Me, and Brassed Off. Eric' is also a Professor at the Royal College of Music where he has taught part of the BMus degree course since 1998.

Nikki Scott - Director

Nikki developed her directing skills when at University where she took shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She has directed a diverse range of musicals including Our House, The Hired Man, Oklahoma!, Sweet Charity, My Fair Lady, Follies, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, The King & I and The Wedding Singer. Other directing credits include Relatively Speaking, The Ghost Train and Calendar Girls. Nikki also runs Stage Technologies who provide engineering solutions to worldwide entertainment venues including the West End, Broadway and Las Vegas.

Martin Smith - Musical Director

Martin has been a professional musician since 1982, playing with bands and orchestras in the UK. He has conducted and arranged for bands and groups and has recently celebrated 33 years as a musical director. His show credits include Pippin, Bugsy Malone, Fiddler on the Roof, Half A Sixpence, Can Can, Cabaret, Kiss Me Kate, Barnum, Crazy For You, King and I, The Hired Man, I Love You BecauseA Chorus Line and Singin' In The Rain. Martin was the resident Musical Director of Lemon Tuesday, an all female vocal group based in Hertfordshire for 11 years and also currently is the Trombonist and Bass player with the 'Jazz Goats' who perform at events and functions including the prestigious Olivier Awards. He has a passion for design and photography and has worked as a production designer for shows at the Watford Palace Theatre since 1991 and regularly photographs both professional and amateur theatre.

Jo Hand - Director/Choreographer

Joanne's involvement with dance started from a very young age following in a long line of family tradition. Growing up in Mexico and then the United States she was accepted into a performance company at the age of 15 giving her the opportunity to work with many renowned performers and choreographers from an early age including Jacques D'Ambois. On returning to England Joanne trained professionally at Bush Davies and the Northern Ballet School completing a three year professional dance / teachers course covering all disciplines of dance and performance. Since graduating Joanne has taught and choreographed extensively including becoming 'resident' director/choreographer for Darlington OS.

Emma Fraser - Musical Director

Biography to follow shortly.


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