Episode 16: The Life of a Fixer – How to get work!


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Episode 16 features an interview with Maida Vale Singers’ Director, Christopher Dee

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THIS EPISODE: The Life of a Fixer – How to get work!

This episode features an interview with Maida Vale Singers’ Director, Christopher Dee.  We talk about his entry into the world of music, how he formed the Maida Vale Singers, and what it takes to be a session singer, how to get work, and the skills you need.

Chris says:

I set up Maida Vale Singers because I felt that the middle area of work, Musicals, Operetta & Light Classical, was not being adequately covered. This is the area that suits me best, as I have a classical background, with a passion for lighter music, so I have been singing this type of music all of my life. I also studied as a professional percussionist, so I am ‘hot’ on rhythm, and getting music performed tightly and accurately.  In my 20+ years of performing on stage, as well as working as a session singer, I have built up a database of nearly 500 singers. As the singers are individually selected, depending on their suitability for each particular job, there is little tension within the group, resulting in a relaxed atmosphere. On top of using the best session singers in the business, I am constantly on the look-out for fresh new talent, and visit the showcases and productions at The Royal Academy Of Music and Mountview Theatre School, as well as other music colleges and drama schools. As a result, I have an outstanding database of soloists to draw from, for step out roles etc. with ‘playing-ages’ ranging from mid teens upwards.  The advantages of booking the Maida Vale Singers are; An unsurpassable attention to detail, and a much better atmosphere in the sessions, creating a better end result in less time. The singers are happy, the fixer is happy, and the client is happy.


Maida Vale Singers www.maidavalesingers.co.uk

Russell Scott has been in the music industry, professionally, for over 35 years working in the worlds of Classical and Musical Theatre. He is not only a Producer and Musical Director, but an accomplished Singer and Vocal Coach.

As a performer he has performed all over the world, as a soloist and with leading choirs and orchestras. With over 100,000 record sales across his 4 solo albums, he’s also appeared on countless film soundtracks, opera, pop and musical theatre recordings.

His company, Russell Scott Entertainment Limited has developed into a successful and reputable entertainment production company specialising in creating and producing high profile, high-end productions. It has produced a number of hugely successful shows across the UK including ‘An Evening of Don Black’, ‘An Evening of Tim Rice’, ‘The Wonderful World of Ashman, Menken & Schwartz, and ‘From Stage And Screen… And Back Again!’ which raised over £15,000 for charity. He produced the critically acclaimed ‘Godspell In Concert’ at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End in 2014 which went on to tour the UK in 2015.

Specialising in ‘performance’, he regularly directs masterclasses and workshops, and has worked with choirs and ensembles around the UK including the acclaimed Military Wives Choir. He is Musical Director of Next Stage Choir and Waddesdon Manor Choir.

Russell leads an enormously busy life having achieved great success in the cross-over of genres. Music is his soul and his passion, and he is committed to finding and developing new musical talent, giving opportunity to those with the ability and dedication to succeed at the highest level.

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