Elaine Paige Stripped Back Tour 2016

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in News | No Comments

John’ band played support to Elaine Paige, and performed as her backing band, in the hit nationwide tour in autumn 2016. She performed some of John’s arrangements, and the band also featured some of John’s own compositions.

John is Musical Director for hit Carole King musical

John is Musical Director for hit Carole King musical

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in News | No Comments

John G Smith took over as MD of the hit show Beautiful! in September 2016. It continues to play to packed houses at London’s Aldwych Theatre.

John G Smith Trio at Pizza Express Dean St, 5th July 2015

John G Smith Trio at Pizza Express Dean St, 5th July 2015

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in News | No Comments

Having sold out the Crazy Coqs late night jazz spot in April, the trio returns to London on Sunday 5th July with more interpretations of Billy Joel, Paul Simon, their own witty songs, anecdotes and humour. With James Graydon (guitar and vocals) and Zoltan Dekany (acoustic bass) plus maybe a friend or two!   ‘The […]

John G Smith Trio at Canterbury Festival

John G Smith Trio at Canterbury Festival

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in News | No Comments

John’s trio (with James Graydon- guitar, Zoltan Dekany- bass) will be performing at Canterbury Festival, in the Marlowe Theatre on 22nd October 2014, supporting the great South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. Tickets from the Festival Website.

Elaine Paige 50th Anniversary Tour

Elaine Paige 50th Anniversary Tour

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in News | No Comments

John is touring with the First Lady of Musical Theatre for her farewell tour this October, and he has written and arranged her grand overture especially for the occasion.  

Mari Wilson at the Crazy Coqs

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in News | No Comments

John is appearing with Mari Wilson all week (8-12 July 2014) at the Crazy Coqs cabaret joint in Piccadilly.

The Elaine Paige Show is live!

The Elaine Paige Show is live!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News | No Comments

John is Musical Director on this new show on Sky Arts, and the series opened with John’s brand new arrangement of Magic To Do from the musical Pippin.

Ant+Dec with Michael Bublé

Ant+Dec with Michael Bublé

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in News | No Comments

John returned to Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway in Feb 2014 as Musical Director and Arranger for their End of the Show Show. Featuring an 8-piece live band, two magic tricks and the legendary Michael Bublé with Ant, Dec and a cast of dancers, the live performance brought the house down.

Elaine Paige on Sky Arts Channel

Elaine Paige on Sky Arts Channel

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in News | No Comments

John is Musical Director for The Elaine Paige Show on Sky Arts, a six part series for May 2014 in which Elaine will be singing some of her favourite songs and presenting guests from the world of musical theatre. John has written some fresh new arrangements of old songs, and will be appearing live on […]

Friday Night is Music Night

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in News | No Comments

John is playing piano for the Christmas 2013 edition of Friday Night is Music Night, live on BBC Radio 2 on 20th December evening. Soloists Louise Dearman and John Owen Jones, with maestro Larry Blank and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Sandra the Fairytale Detective App

Sandra the Fairytale Detective App

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in News | No Comments

  John has signed a new contract with Imira Productions to provide music for a new App which will comprise 52 episodes of the much-loved cartoon detective Sandra and her adventures in Fairytale land.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in News | No Comments

John is going to be playing piano and keyboards in the major new West End spectacular, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Songs by Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and direction by Sam Mendes (who turned down the new Bond film in favour of this exciting new show). It opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in June.

Ant & Dec Saturday Night Takeaway

Ant & Dec Saturday Night Takeaway

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in News | No Comments

John has been working with Ant & Dec on a musical finale for their ITV show, Saturday Night Takeaway. As the show’s Musical Director John taught the duo to play piano and they performed a comic number with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday’s show. Watch John putting Ant and Dec through their paces in […]

New project with Ant and Dec

New project with Ant and Dec

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in News | No Comments

John has been working on a musical project with Ant and Dec, together with Kim Gavin, director of Olympic and Paralympic Closing shows. You can see the result live on TV on 2nd March – Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John conducting.