THE BAND

Russ Kennedy – Bass and Tuba

At the age of 15, Russ started to learn the tuba, and two years later started playing professionally as a member of the Royal Artillery Mounted Band.

He soon realised that going oompah oompah a lot wasn’t really what he wanted to do, and he switched to the bass guitar. Russ joined Beyond the Barricade in1999, and his background playing everything from classical, funk, soul, and rock comes in very handy for the range of music he is required to play in the show. Russ still enjoys playing tuba in several competition brass bands.

Dave Williams – Drums / Percussion

Dave has been a professional drummer for most of his working life, which is longer than he cares to admit to. He started playing drums at the age of 12 performing with his father who played xylophone, performing in clubs in the Wolverhampton area. Dave has played in many different musical situations including rock, jazz big band and trio, pit orchestras and many more. He has also toured with many major musicals including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Slice of Saturday Night, the Rocky Horror Show, Blood Brothers and Annie. Dave has worked with many artists over the years including Gary Wilmot, Cannon and Ball, PJ Proby. Little and Large, Russ Abbot, Alvin Stardust and Salina Jones.

When not on tour, Dave teaches drums in his purpose built studio in Derby.

David Lane – Keyboards

David has been a professional musician for over 40 years, working in all kinds of music, from classical to rock, pop and jazz.

His first professional job was in 1972 at The Tower Ballroom, Birmingham, and he went on to spend The Rest of the 70’s working in Mecca dance bands around the Midlands area. Birmingham Locarno also featured heavily at this time, mainly with the award winning band, Red Sun. It was there that he met Sue, his wife of nearly 31 years.

After a short flirt with cruising on the QE2 in 1983, he has been involved in theatre work, being Musical Director/Keyboard Player for shows in London’s West End, and on many national tours. These include, “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Oliver”, “Kiss Me Kate”, “Fame”, “The Goodbye Girl”, “42nd Street”, “Pirates of Penzance”, “Carousel”, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” & “Fiddler on the Roof”.

David has also been Musical Director for 23 professional pantomimes, working with many well-known people including, Brian Conley, Danny La Rue, Gary Wilmot, Frank Bruno, The Krankies and Billy Pearce to name but a few.

In 2009 he was Musical Director of ‘Singing in the Rain’ which toured, nationally and internationally, for 9 months, finishing in Istanbul.

David plays regularly with “Beyond the Barricade” and is also Musical Director of Malvern Theatres Young Company. They produced “Little Shop of Horrors” in August 2012 & “Les Miserable” (Schools Edition) during August 2013. He is also Musical Supervisor of BSS Showbiz, the drama & performing arts workshop affiliated to the Birmingham Hippodrome & he is also organist & choir master at Immanuel Church, Highters Heath, in South Birmingham.

He runs his own successful music companies, Fast Lane Music Limited & Wedding Piano Music, providing musical services to many of the top names in the industry, and also writing, arranging and producing shows for various production companies & also providing a personal music service for weddings, civil partnerships & events of any kind.

 

THE CREW 

Ed Railton – Lighting Designer

Ed is much in demand as one of the leading creative lighting designers in the UK.

Specialising in musical theatre and dance, his recent lighting credits include Soundclash, Catch (Phoenix Dance Theatre), Mapping2 (Darshan Singh Bhuller), Ballet Central 2013 (Central School of Ballet), Radio 1’s Big Weekends (BBC), and Beyond the Barricade (Beyond the Barricade Ltd.) Ed is also director of Limelite Lighting who supply a wide range of production lighting and rigging equipement to the entertainment industry. Recent projects include Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder, Jessie J, Gabrielle Aplin and Tom Odell. Ed’s involvement with Beyond the Barricade goes back 10 years and is pleased to be working alongside Beyond the Barricade on their 15th Anniversary Tour.

David Glover – Sound Engineer

David studied Electronic Music at the University of Hertfordshire, before going on to be technical manager at the Radlett Centre.

After 6 years he left to become Chief Electrician at Watford Palace Theatre. He designed sound for shows including Alfie, Kiss Me Kate, The King And I, Hello Mr Capello, and six pantomimes. For Trafalgar Studios he designed In My Name.

David has also designed sound for numerous large scale outdoor events including the Greenwich and Docklands Festival, Milton Keynes festival, Derby Live, Bloomsbury Festival, The British Library and the City of London Festival.

David owns David Glover Sound Ltd, supplying sound equipment and production services for theatre and live events.