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Kelvin Towse: Photo by Robert Belbin
Kelvin gained his B.Ed.(Music) in 1985 and has since worked throughout the UK as both musician and Musical Director on hit shows including Blood Brothers, Gypsy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat & The Pyjama Game.  He has also been Musical Director for productions at some of the country’s top repertory theatres such as Bristol Old Vic, Derby Playhouse, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Manchester Library Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse and Oldham Coliseum.

Whilst at the Oldham Coliseum he also scored the songs and incidental music for Derek Walcott’s play, Pantomime, and was Musical Supervisor for the English Premiere of The Steamie.

In 1991, Kelvin’s career took him around the world performing Cabaret on some of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, returning to dry land in 1997 when he resumed his career in theatre touring with the Three British Tenors.  1998 saw the launch of Kelvin’s Corporate Entertainment and Production Company, Kelvin Towse Entertainment Services, designed to create music and scripts for business as well as theatre, producing, in 1999, the highlight of Oldham MBC’s 150th Year Celebrations, The Oldham Story - A Theatrical Time Travel Experience.  This led to his first commission to score a video for Oldham Chamber of Commerce, reviewing their business year.

Earlier that year, Kelvin was approached by Mike Rooke to compose the songs for Ratsss!, a family musical. Mike had already put together a libretto with lyrics, prior to an entry into the Vivien Ellis Prize in 2000.  Of the 186 entries, it reached the final ten selected musicals, and in 2004 had its first presentation by the Oldham Theatre Workshop.

2000 also took Kelvin back on tour, firstly as assistant MD for Blood Brothers, for which he also MD’d regularly, with Linda Nolan, Denise Nolan and Barbara Dickson playing Mrs Johnstone. His work with Bill Kenwright Ltd. lasted almost 3 years and included the national tour of Whistle Down The Wind as Associate Musical Director/Conductor and MD for Joseph And the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on the UK No.1 tour prior to its West End run.  He also made his West End Debut as MD with the same production starring Stephen Gately.

In 2003 he returned to the Derby Playhouse to MD The Entertainer, his first production there since 1993, finding himself, this time, on stage as opposed to in the pit, playing the ‘straight man’ MD to David Threlfall’s Archie Rice.

This was to be the first of many productions at the Playhouse, which would see him being commissioned to score a number of plays as well as arrange and MD.  His first work was Dracula, followed by A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Frankenstein and Merlin and The Winter King. Playing Merlin was Ben Roberts, with whom he had worked with as Scrooge on A Christmas Carol, and who was to also star in Romeo & Juliet and Animal Farm, both of which Kelvin MD’d. Other commissions at the playhouse include the UK premiere of James Griffin’s comedy Serial Killers with Mark Little, Arabian Nights and Henceforward for which he was also Sound Designer. His work with the Egg Theatre Academy has included arranging and musical directing for Hooray for Hollywood as well as the Community production of Animal Farm.

Kelvin is currently Musical Director/Arranger for a revival of the hugely successful A Christmas Carol, and then will begin work as Musical Director for the UK Premiere of Johnno, a new adaptation of David Malouf’s iconic novel, also at Derby.

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