ONE BIG BAND
HIGGINS:- Leader, Trumpeter ~ email@example.com
with Tony Lucas Big Band 1971-74; Ware Brass Band 1971-1981;
Bishop's Stortford Town Band 1981-83. Played on TV and for
a film; composed and arranged brass band music. Also appeared
as band leader on live radio and British and American TV networks.
Now a successful Music Director.
SCOTT:- Lead Trumpet
started on piano at 7 years of age and started having trumpet
lessons at 9. He studied trumpet at Kelly College in Devon,
then transferred to Birmingham School of Music under the tutelage
of John Wilbraharn. He has since worked with Sammy Davis Jnr.,
Phil Collins and Donna Summer. He is now touring and recording
for Jools Holland,as well as Opus One, with whom he has worked
HUTTLESTONE:- 2nd and Jazz Trumpeter
to Grade 8 standard at Ware Secondary School. Also plays guitar.
Played in Ware Brass and led own 5 piece band. Became founder
member of Opus One in 1983. Mark, an ever-present member,
has been featured in all our top concerts and gigs, including
the Royal Albert Hall. Married to Lyn Hart, Opus One's vocalist
and member of singing group, “Satin Dolls".
OSBORNE:- 3rd and Jazz Trumpeter
to play by Paul Eshelby while at school in Clydebank, while
Paul was with Scottish Radio Orchestra. Dave has worked for
two summer seasons with Chipperfield's Circus, then on cruise
ships, including the Q.E.2, all over the world. Summer season
at Hemsby. Settled with family in Norfolk area. First Opus
One gig was the Jitterbug Ball in 1995. Also plays with other
LUDBROOK:- 4th Trumpet
a guitarist, Guy was taught to play by his father, a professional
trumpeter in a Leicester big band and converted to trumpet
some 12 years ago. He has played on Q.E.2 cruises and he has
worked with LioneI Blair in pantomime and played at many big
band gigs, backing Denis Lotis.
courses at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College
of Music Phill moved into the world of the freelance musician,
starting with tours with the Herb Miller Orchestra and the
Kaye Sisters and, of course, Opus One Big Band, including
the very popular dates with the Beverley Sisters. Phill has
worked all over the world but has also been the resident trombonist
with such bands as Johnny Howard and Denny Wise, primarily
in the West End of London. Phill has also freelanced with
a vast number of bands, he first played with Opus One in 1993.
WILLIAMSON:- 2nd Trombonist
started playing piano at 7 and transferred to trombone at
10. Achieved Grade 8 with Distinction at 16. Obtained 1st
Class degree at Leeds College of Music, then Post Graduate
Diploma at Trinity College of Music. While finishing education
toured America ,Canada, Denmark and France with Nottingham
Youth Orchestra. Dave is now a member of the National Youth
Jazz Orchestra as well as Opus One with whom he has been for
2 years Dave is 25 years old.
THOMPSON:- 3rd Trombone
started playing trombone at 11 years of age and then joined
the Essex Youth Orchestra with whom he toured Italy, Spain,
Germany and Romania. He continued studying at Trinity College
of Music, then to the Royal College of Music in 1991 where
he gained Dip.Tcl. Diploma and ARCM Diploma. Since College
days Steve has worked for the London Concert Orchestra, London
Film Orchestra, Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra, Memphis Belle
Orchestra and Virtuosi of London. In 1997 he set up his own
Company "The Music Design Company", writing and
arranging music for various clients including H.R.H.Prince
of Wales, H.R.H. Princess Royal, Rt. Hon. John Major MP, Rt.
Hon. Paddy Ashdown MP. Steve did his first Opus One gig in
attended the 3-year classical course at the Trinity College
of Music. This has been followed by freelance orchestral work,
including working for the BBC. He is also much in demand as
a big band bass trombonist, having worked for Ray Dexter's
"Flying Fortress", String of Pearls, Mark Bassey
Combo, as well as Opus One. He has performed at all the major
venues in London, including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican
and Royal Festival Hall. He has also appeared on TV in "The
Big Breakfast Show". He has been playing with Opus One
for 4 years.
Lead Alto Sax
plays clarinet and flute. As a Big Band musician Ronnie was
with Joe Loss for many years, playing venues including Buckingharn
Palace and Windsor Castle; also cruising for P & 0 with
his own band. Joined Harry Gold's "Pieces of Eight"
and played with them at the Los Angeles Jazz Festival, sitting
in with many jazz "Greats". Then with the Glenn
Miller Orchestra he was featured as clarinet soloist at concerts
here and throughout Europe. In 1990 he began a happy association
with the Opus One Orchestra. Ronnie is an L.R.A.M. and has
recorded Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. He performs professionally
on flute and bassoon.
2nd Alto Sax & Clarinet
gained her L.R.A.M. at the Guildhall School of Music on clarinet.
She converted to alto sax while with Opus One. Jackie also
plays for Maltings Symphonia and local band called "Rick's
Place", as well as various shows in the pit. Her first
job with Opus One was on 3rd March, 1984.
1st Tenor Sax & Soloist
learned to play clarinet at Salesian College, Liverpool and
while with that school band appeared on Opportunity
Knocks three times. After doing well on this the band
went on the road. After leaving school he joined the Army
at the age of 18. When he left the Army he performed on cruises,
including the Q.E.2. He then did a tour of Great Britain for
a year in the musical "Annie". He has played with
the Pasadena Roof Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Memorial
Orchestra and now works with various big bands and function
bands. He played his first Opus One gig in 1987.
2nd Tenor Sax
comes from a musical family and plays all the reed and flute
instruments. He has played in the pit at the London Palladium
and Victoria Palace and has worked with such stars as Engelbert
Humperdink and The Bachelors. Frank tours all over Europe
with the Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra. He has been with
Opus One since 1990.
originally played the flute and became our baritone sax player
on Les Cooper's retirement in 1988. She has played on cruise
ships and with the John Bennett band. She is now a full-time
professional musician touring the country in a Soul &
Guitar & Banjo
a clarinet player, on which he attained Grade 8. Has composed
and arranged music for Opus One. Russell is also one of our
original members. He is a trained sound engineer and works
in that capacity in the TV industry.
has been an ever-present member of the Opus One Rhythm Section
for the last 9 years. He has also worked for the George Thorby
Big Band and regularly rehearses with Stan Wheatley - a local
band. He has also run his own trio and quartet over the years
and is an ideal big band pianist, with many years of experience.
BRICKLEY:- Double Bass
gained the Graduate Diploma in Jazz and Contemporary Music
at Leeds college of Music at the same time as lead singer
Heather Carmel Most of Steve' s early work was on cruises
for Cunard and P & 0 and depping on several shows, both
in the West End and Provinces. Steve is equally at home playing
jazz, classics or pop on string bass or bass guitar. Steve
replaced Russell Swift as bass player with Opus One in 1999.
Steve is 38 years old.
CHILDS:- String Bass & Bass Guitar
Has worked with
(among others) Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Elkie Brooks, Dee Dee
Warwick, Joan Armatrading, Lulu, The Drifters, The Platters,
P.J. Proby. Phil has also played in the shows “Jesus Christ
Superstar”, “Evita”, and extensive work for BBC TV. He also
records as a session musician.
began his professional career working on cruise ships and
then in a palais band. Eventually he joined the Joe Loss Orchestra
and afterwards worked with most of the big bands, notably
Johnny Howard. Apart from big bands his work has seen him
playing in virtually every department of music business, i.e.
theatre, shows, cabaret, jazz rock and country music. Some
of his recent work has included drumming for Dionne Warwick
and Lyndsay de Paul. Alan comes from Harlow.
Vocalist & M.C.
is also a fine bass trombonist and plays the euphonium in
a brass band. He sang in a Sixties' Pop Band doing covers
of Beatles and Stones music, as well as music hall groups.
He played with the Tony Lucas Big Band from 1971 to 1974 and
joined Opus One in 1987, as bass trombonist. He soon switched
to vocals and M.C.ing and has become part of a fine vocal
team with Heather and the other girls. He has performed at
all the top British venues, including the Royal Albert Hall.
is Music Director of our vocal group 'The Satin Dolls"
and has been with Opus One since April, 1990. She has sung
in the West End Show "Starlight Express" and on
various live radio and television programmes. She has also
worked with the Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra touring Europe
and also on various world cruises. Heather specialises in
solo piano/vocal work and teaches at various colleges throughout
London. She has been singing since the age of 12 and is equally
at home covering standards or the latest chart hit. She also
M.C.'s some of our gigs in Johns absence.
trained as a dancer and became a member of the Forest Operatic
Society in which she has had many starring roles. She has
become our longest serving female vocalist, having put in
10 years service. Lyn has played all the major venues and
her acting ability came to the fore in our World War II 50th
Anniversary Concerts. She is married to Mark, our 2nd trumpeter.
is the daughter of Joy, one of the Beverley Sisters, and football
legend, Billy Wright, C.B.E. Before joining Opus One's vocal
group "Satin Dolls", she toured the world with The
Foxes comprising her sister, Vicky and cousin Sasha. Recently
she has sung backing vocals for the Beverley Sisters on their
last three major tours. Her first Opus One gig was in 1994.
has been arranging for Opus One since the mid-1980's and is
responsible for many of the pieces of music we play, including
At Last American Patrol, Boogie
Woogie Bugle Boy and "Trumpet Blues & Cantabile"
to name but a few. He specialises in recreating the music
from the Glenn Miller era and is the unsung hero of the Opus
One Big Band.