I’ve sung (and sometimes acted) in theatres, cabarets, arts centres and village halls from my homeland of New Zealand to Sydney, Melbourne, Hawaii and London and around the British Isles.
My cabaret projects have covered the Great American Songbook, Stephen Sondheim and a tribute to Tony Bennett and I’ve toured mid-scale venues around the UK and Ireland quite extensively. I’ve taken Waterloo Sunset (formerly titled ‘Scenes From a Well-spent Youth’) to village halls, libraries and arts festivals around the UK and also performed it at the prestigious Pheasantry in Kings Road, London.
Musical theatre credits include Prof. Higgins (My Fair Lady, NZ), Magaldi (Evita, NZ and Hawaii), Julian Marsh (42nd Street, NZ), Potiphar/Jacob (Joseph’s Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, UK). Tim’s London stage debut was as Sydney Carton (lead) in the new musical A Tale of Two Cities, dir. Paul Nicholas. The UK’s Stage newspaper kindly rated me “spot on” as the world-weary, alcoholic lawyer.
My approach is to seek out quality popular music and re-interpret it. Like a furniture restorer, I strip away the original arrangements to find the heart of the music and lyric.
My interpretations are tuneful and lyrical, telling human stories, revealing characters or painting scenes.
I get comments like “so romantic!” or “I didn’t realise the song was about that” or “I never really heard the words to that song properly before”.
I curate my interpretations into themed shows with chat that provides context and builds audience engagement.
My key ‘partner in crime’ is Simon Wallace – ace pianist, arranger and producer.
Simon has worked with some of the UK’s most respected names in music, theatre and television. Together with Simon Brint he composed music for top TV series including Absolutely Fabulous, The Clive James Show, The Ben Elton Show and many more. He toured internationally with the Lindsay Kemp company, and was musical director for the West End production of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.
With beat generation poet and lyricist Fran Landesman, Simon has written songs recorded by leading artists on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1986, he was commissioned to compose a symphony for the former King of Thailand’s 60th birthday: a further commission came in 2006 for the then King’s 60th jubilee, Simon has also acted as musical director, arranger, producer or accompanist (and frequently in all four roles) for Clare Teal, Ian Shaw, Sarah Moule, Pete Atkin, Gill Manly and Barb Jungr.
I also often work with the delightful Jenny Carr.
Classically trained, Jenny arrived from Australia in the early 1990s as keyboardist and backing vocalist for Jason Donovan’s world tour.
Since then she has carved out a diverse career, working with pop artists Julia Fordham, Bliss, Beverley Craven, Yazz, Billy Ocean, Imelda May & Ant and Dec. She has contributed to seven albums by iconic country-soul singer/songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols and backed artists from the legendary Muscle Shoals stable (Bonnie Bramlett, Donnie Fritts and Larry Jon Wilson) in a series of concerts.
Jenny is also known as a sensitive accompanist, playing with vocalists Caroline Nin, Barb Jungr, Sarah Moule and Barb Jungr.