Go Now! - The music of The Moody Blues is the brainchild of drummer Gordy Marshall. Gordy toured with The Moody Blues for 25 years as a session musician. Along with Mick Wilson (lead singer of 10cc), the two musicians have brought together some of the very best singers and instrumentalists in the country to create the ultimate tribute to the greatest classic rock band of a generation.
Hit songs such as Nights in White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Go Now and Isn't Life Strange are beautifully recreated live, and sound as close to the initial recordings as you will ever hear.
Tim Maple is one of the most in demand musicians in the UK and we are delighted to have him working with us in Legend of a Band. His list of credits would quite simply take up the whole web page, so here are just a few.
Pop: Westlife, Boyzone, Sam Bailey, Leona Lewis, Olly Murs, JLS, Joe McElderry, A1, Hearsay, Spiritualized, Emma Bunton, Lemar, James Morrison, Ronan Keating, Beverly Knight, Matt Cardle, The Shires, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Sarah Brightman, Delta Goodrem, Ruby Turner, Woody Woodgate (Madness), Cathal Smyth (Chas Smash from Madness), Jonathan Ansell, G4, Shayne Ward, Journey South
MD: (which stands for “Musical Director”, by the way...) MD X Factor Arena Tour 2010, MD Freesat TV Awards 2014, MD Magic FM Christmas Show 2015, MD Thriller Live World Tour, MD JLS (Radio 1 Big Weekend), MD Jonathan Ansell GB Tour 2009, Assistant MD on Rent (West End 98-99), Piano MD for numerous outdoor summer concerts
TV: Guitarist in house band for BBC1 series “I Love My Country”, Piano accompanist on Fame Academy and Celebrity Fame Academy. Piano and Guitar on BBC TV series Facing The Music, Pianist on BBC TV show “The One and Only”, Music production for Paul O’Grady show
Recordings: Guitar, banjo, ukulele and mandolin on ITV1 comedy/drama series “Great Night Out”, Channel 4 Drama “No Offence”, Jack Whitehall film “Bad Education”. BBC 2 idents (the one with the “2”-shaped tent zip...) guitar on numerous TV ads. (Twix, Ford, Bacardi, Ericsson, Radio 2, and lots he can't remember).
Classical: Arrangements for BBC Concert Orchestra, guitarist for Karlheinz Stockhausen, Martin Creed, Steve Martland, Simon Rattle, Pete Erskine/John Schofield, Mark Anthony Turnage, Louis Andriessen, BBC Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, London Sinfonietta.
We’re going to stop there, before he asks for a raise!
Ryan's touring credits include:
Natalie Imbruglia, Sam Bailey (X Factor Winner) and Denise Pearson (Five Star). Support tours include The Jacksons (UK Unity Tour) and Simply Red (UK Arena tour + Australia).
Additionally, Ryan has performed and worked with with Anastacia, Emeli Sandé, Beverley Knight, Melanic C (Spice Girls), ABC, Rick Astley, The Shires, Ward Thomas, James Morrison, Jack Savoretti, Ronan Keating, Andreya Triana, Nadine Coyle (Girls Aloud), Jack Pack, Lemar, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Kim Wilde, Chris Farlowe, Rebecca Ferguson, Shaun Escoffery, James Fox and Kerry Ellis.
In the world of theatre, Ryan is currently Keys 1 and Assistant MD on the Michael Jackson show 'Thriller Live' in the West End. Other theatre shows include The Beatles show 'Let it Be' on Broadway, West End and several international tours.
Ryan was also was MD / Guitar 1 for the 20th Century Boy UK tour. Additional West End credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Keys 2), Jersey Boys (Guitar 2), Thriller Live (Guitar 1 and Keys 2/Guitar 2).
As a vocalist and percussionist, Mick has performed with artists such as Lionel Ritchie, Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow, Cher, Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith, Chris Rea, Smokey Robinson, Jessie J, Robin Gibb, Lulu and the K.L.F. Earlier this year, Mick was honoured to be a part of the band for Jeff Lynne's ELO concert in London's Hyde Park.
Since joining Graham Gouldman for an acoustic set in London over 12 years ago, Mick has become a regular in the latest incarnation of 10cc, taking on Lead Vocal duties and playing percussion, guitar and keyboards. Graham and the band have performed extensively in Europe and toured Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the US.
He is also a regular member of The SAS Band, which play all over the world, with guest performers such as Brian May, Roger Daltrey, Roger Taylor, Kiki Dee and Tony Hadley.
Mick has his own recording and production facility, from where he has produced and composed music for various TV and live events for companies such as Sky, BBC, ITV, McDonalds, BT, X-Factor, Levi’s, Toyota, Mercedes and Ford, most recently providing the music for this year's Volvo Ocean Race.
His debut solo album, "So The Story Goes" was co-produced and co-written with Graham Gouldman and he is currently in the studio working on his second, to be released early next year.
Mick continues to be much in-demand as a session vocalist in and around London and can be heard on various TV and film productions, including the recent "Cilla" mini - series and "Sunshine On Leith" motion picture.
We are absolutely delighted he is singing and playing with us in Go Now! - The music of The Moody Blues.
Gordy toured the world with The Moody Blues for 25 years. For six of those years, he also toured with Justin Hayward on the arena tours of Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds.
As a session musician the list of artists on his C.V. include: Sir Cliff Richard, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Emma Bunton (Spice Girls), Joss Stone, Gary Barlow, Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs), Mike Batt, Katie Melua, Chris Spedding, Herbie Flowers, Level 42’s Mike Lindup, Chris Thompson, Russell Watson, Jason Donovan, Asia’s John Payne.
In 2012 Splendid Books published Gordy’s first travel book Postcards from a Rock & Roll Tour. It’s available on Amazon, iTunes, Kindle and as an audio book. Sections of the audio book have been serialised on BBC Radio.
In addition to his pop and rock work, Gordy has been involved in many West End musicals, including Fame, Grease, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia, Rent, Whistle Down The Wind and Thriller Live!
Go Now! - The music of The Moody Blues is the continuing story.
Lindsay is one of the most versatile performers in the entertainment business, equally at home in concert and television and recording studios as a lead and backing vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, as on the theatre stage as an actor/musician.
Craig Revel Horwood's Strictly Confidential (national tour, Phil McIntyre Entertainments & BBC); Neil Sedaka; The Real Thing; Pee Wee Ellis; An Evening with David Hasselhoff (indigO2); UK Pink Floyd Experience (national tour); Celtic Journey (part of Stephen Gately's Memorial Gala at the Palace Theatre, West End); The Hit Maker (The Niall Rodgers Story).
Ethel/Betty/Coach in Footloose (West End, and UK and international tour), Lottie Child & Patricia Fordor in Crazy For You (Watermill Theatre), Damage Control in Return To The Forbidden Planet (Daegu International Musical Theatre Festival, South Korea); Betsy in Sweet Charity (New Wolsey Theatre); Laughter In The Rain (The Neil Sedaka Story, UK premiere and national tour, Bill Kenwright Ltd); Golden Moments and The Burt Bacharach Songbook (Netherlands tours, David Graham Productions); Good Fairy in pantomimes Cinderella and Jack & The Beanstalk (Theatr Clywd) and Sleeping Beauty (Leeds City Varieties); Toots in Aladdin (Liverpool Playhouse).
ITV1’s This Morning with David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan's Life Stories with David Hasselhoff and Rod Stewart; Cappuccino Mum in VW's Tiguan commercial.
Voiceover and recordings
Clarinettist for The Oxford Murders; session musician for Phil Gibbs; all female characters for Robinsons Panto Karaoke 2010; session vocalist with Cilla Black for First Family Entertainment; voice artist for Avon 2016.
Malcolm read Music at City University and trained at The Guildhall School Of Music. Whilst still a student, he played in modern classical composer Steve Martland’s band, which led to work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta.
In a varied career since, he has continued to work in the concert hall, in West End shows (Rent, The Lion King), toured with Westlife, Lulu and X-Factor Live, and acted as Musical Director for Natalie Imbruglia.
In recent years, he has recorded albums and toured the world with James Blunt. Malcolm can also be heard playing on records by Alison Moyet, Ben’s Brother, Tristan Prettyman and One Direction, for the David Lynch film ‘Lost Highway’ and with his own band, ‘The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco’.
We are very lucky to have Malcolm singing and playing with us in Go Now! - The music of The Moody Blues.
As well as composing the themes for Come Dine With Me, Loose Women and Money for Nothing on television, Patrick has also written production music albums for Universal, De Wolfe and Westar.
He has performed with Natalie Imbruglia, Tony Hadley and Jamie Scott. In the West End productions of Hairspray and Jersey Boys he played guitar, drums and mandolin.
Nick Kendall has spent the last eight years as one of London's busiest session guitarists. He has performed with household names which include 10cc, Alice Cooper, Brian May, Tony Hadley, Jimmy Somerville and Gordon Giltrap to name a few. He has held two lead guitar chairs in the West End, Rock of Ages and Jersey Boys, and been a deputy on others including We Will Rock You and Sunny Afternoon. He has worked on the TV show the X Factor and in the recording studio with artists such as Peter Cox (Go West), Kerry Ellis, Rhydian and Grace Kennedy as well as recording guitar for various television and radio jingles. Nick is currently working on his own project under the band name The Kendall Connection.
Mike Sterling is a performer with 30 years experience under his belt, encompassing west end theatre, tv, radio, classical and recording. He has worked alongside many superstars on various TV programmes and UK tours, including; Shirley Bassey, Barry Manilow, Michael Ball and Engelbert Humperdinck! His west end credits include 'The Phantom' in The Phantom of the Opera of which he performed over 1000 times at Her Majesty's theatre, London 'Jean Valjean' in Les Misérables at Her Majesty's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Mike's taste in music is extremely diverse and also enjoys to write music and poetry. His great passion however, has always been working within and fronting as lead singer in a band.
Currently the flautist in the West End Production of “An American in Paris”, Helen Wilson enjoys a varied musical career as a performer, teacher and arranger. She studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Richard Davis, graduating as an ABRSM scholar with a Masters in Music (Distinction) and an International Artist Diploma.
As a soloist, Helen’s awards include the Harriet Cohen Award, Musicians Benevolent Fund and Countess of Munster Postgraduate Awards, RNCM Gold Medal, RNCM Concerto Competition winner, the British Flute Society Performance Plus Competition winner, Royal Over-Seas League Competition finalist and in 2006 Helen was a woodwind finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year. She is an artist for Park Lane Group and Concordia Foundation performing in venues including the Purcell Room and St Martin in the Fields. Concerto appearances include being soloist with the Manchester Camerata and for a recording of a new work by Linda Verrier with members of the BBC Philharmonic.
As a freelance orchestral player, Helen has worked with the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Opera North, John Wilson Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, and is a listed extra for the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Ballet Sinfonia. She was a participant on the LSO St Luke's Woodwind Academy 2011 and has also played in training orchestras including the European Union Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Helen is the founder of Tempest, an award-winning flute trio whose successes include winning the 2013 Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition and Second Prize in the 15th International Kuhlau Flute Competition. They have given recitals in the UK and abroad at venues such as the Wigmore Hall. The trio was artists for the Park Lane Group Concert Series, the Manchester Midday Concert Society and also work for "Live Music Now!".
Helen is interested in all kinds of music and strives to be a versatile performer. She plays ethnic flutes and as a jazz player, she held the flute chair in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra 2008-2013, has toured with the F-IRE Collective and performs with the rock group Legend of a Band - a tribute to the Moody Blues. She also teaches flute at the University of Manchester and her works and arrangements have been played at venues including Queen Elizabeth Hall and Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas!
A master’s graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Bethany is a London based freelance flautist and piccolo player. Also a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama she received First Class Honours and was a recipient of the Wolfson Foundation Bursary, Ken Smith Flute Prize and nominee of the Ian Stoutzcker Award. As an orchestral player Bethany has performed and worked alongside notable conductors, musicians, composers and soloists including Sir Mark Elder, Martyn Brabbins, Nicola Benedetti, Oliver Knussen, Leonard Elschenbroich and Edward Gardner. She was part of the 2015 Britten Pears Orchestra and Young Artist Programme and returned as part of the Britten Pears Contemporary Ensemble for the Aldeburgh Festival 2016. Outside of London, she works with the Bristol Ensemble and Sinfonia Cymru, highlights include touring as part of the Freddie Mercury Project, Llangollen Eistedfodd 2016, Aberfan Memorial Concert and tour with Gábor Takács-Nagy in 2017.
She is an active teacher; has tutored at Dartington International Summer School 2016 and works for The Marist Schools and St Mary’s School, both in Ascot. Bethany also tutors for Music in Offices and leads ensemble masterclasses with amateurs in the city.
Rosanna Ter-Berg’s striking performances have led her to be described as ‘super-charged’ with ‘unstinting virtuosity and personality’. She has performed across the UK and Europe in major concert venues, festivals and live on radio. Rosanna is an artist for numerous organizations including the Park Lane Group, Live Music Now and the Tunnell Trust and is the recording artist for ABRSM’s flute syllabus.
As a Classical flautist Rosanna has performed at over 50 music clubs and been brought in as a collaborating artist with many ensembles and orchestra such as the The Royal Opera House, The London Sinfonietta and Engines Orchestra. In addition to Classical and Contemporary music, Rosanna is an improviser, music educator and plays South American music. She is a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Alluna and Brazilian Band A Oca and is a deputy on Disney’s The Lion King tour. She enjoys collaborating with different ensembles, composers and blurring boundaries across the arts with dancers, actors, artists and puppeteers. She has most recently finished a run of shows in Silent Opera’s new adaptation of ‘A Cunning Little Vixen’ where she was onstage as a musician/actor/singer. She’ll be touring with them to Beijing and Helsinki later in the year. For more information, visit www.rosannater-berg.co.uk
STORY IN YOUR EYES
If you wanted to see musicianship at its very best, you needed to be in Wimborne on Thursday of last week.
Although labelled a ‘tribute’ the band boasts Gordy Marshall, who toured with The Moody Blues for 25 years as a session musician. Not only is he a superb drummer, he plays the keyboard, the mouth organ and the flute. The credentials of the line-up are top class.
Vocalist and percussionist Mick Wilson fronted 10cc for many years; guitarist Tim Maple is a musical director who has worked with the likes of Westlife and Boyzone; Patrick Duffin on keyboards composed the music for Loose Women; Malcolm Moore has worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as well as working in West End shows and Lindsay Goodhand plays the keyboard, flute, clarinet and sax.
The band started on a high with ‘I Know You’re Out There Somewhere’ - and they just continued in the same elevated vein. Numbers ranged from the psychedelic ‘House of Four Doors’ to the melodic ‘Isn’t Life Strange’.
In addition, they included the haunting ‘War of the Worlds’ and ‘Forever Autumn’, and of course they had to play their signature number ‘Nights in White Satin’.
The concert was dedicated to Ray Thomas, founding member of The Moody Blues, who died in January.
This excellent band, who had a standing ovation at the end, promised to return next year.
—Marilyn Barber - Stour and Avon Magazine
My wife and I were at your concert at The Stables Wavendon, Milton Keynes on the 3 March and this a quick note to tell you much we enjoyed the evening.
The music was stunning as was the band's interaction with the audience. The quality of your performance was exemplary, and it was a pleasure to be in the company of such accomplished musicians. I have been a fan of the Moody Blues since the release of "Go Now" in 1965 and really love their songs. I introduced my family to them at an early stage and they particularly love Justin Hayward's contribution to "War of the Worlds."
Thanks for a superb evening from such talented and humble people.
Best wishes for all your musical activities.
My hubby and me attended your do at the Wavendon Stables on Saturday night (3rd March 2018). You were absolutely fantastic. You should put your sound man in chains and never let him go!! My husband used to play in a band back in the day and I know how difficult it is to get a good balanced sound - he and you nailed it my friend!!
I get how you try to avoid doing an impression of the MB's, but I fail to see how you can get away from the fact that you are actually that good, most of the people that I spoke to in the interval said so as well.
We both enjoyed the event in the extreme and can't wait to see you again.
I would just like to thank you all for a brilliant night at the Stables MK on Saturday, my brother and I were blown away with how good you all were!
Just wanted to say that seeing 'Legend of a Band' in Eastbourne a little while back was my favourite concert of all time because of the technical precision of all players, the multi-instrumental and pure quality of each one of you. I've been lucky to have seen many concerts over the last 50 years including The Moodies 20+ times, The Blue Jays and even back to The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Everly Brothers, Jimmy Webb, Albert Lee, The Carpenters, The Crickets (my old friend J I Allison) and the incredible Buddy Rich BUT 'The Legend of a Band' concert that night in Eastbourne blew me away for which I thank you Gordy from the bottom of my musical heart. I'd dearly love to be a Facebook friend). I attach pic of J I Allison and me when he played here with the Crickets a few years back.