Warren Wills

 
Warren Wills Music

Welcome to the extraordinary world of WARREN WILLS ...

Australian born, multi award-winning composer, pianist, musical director, recording artist, educationalist.

Currently based in London and carrying on his hugely successful work as a pianist with the recent release of the "SPANISH MASTERS" album; his unique contribution to INCLUSIVE MUSIC THEATRE and EDUCATION, and with the performance of his 13th original musical "OFF THE WALL" for Haringey Shed.

CALENDAR & NEWS

Here is a summary of Warren's amazing life in music - past, present and future ....

Date
Location & Details
Activity Type

     
2013 October / November Melbourne Australia

Launch of "Chopper the Musical"

click HERE for full press coverage

click HERE for launch photo album

Composer / Producer
 

 

 
2012 September Melbourne Australia  
 

Concert on Sep 20th, Glen Eira Town Hall.
Soiree, on September 8th.

Performance / MD
     
2012 July Hong Kong SAR  
  World premiere launch of "Good Morning Hong Kong" - a new musical written by Allan Payne with music by Warren Wills ,set during the handover in Hong Kong, and featuring hybrid crossover rock material. Performance / MD
     
2012 July    
  New album: WARREN plays Radiohead and Pink Floyd Recording
     
2012 May/June Melbourne Australia  
 

"In Session" - launch of socially inclusive music theatre program in Melbourne. see:  

Project
     
2011 November New York USA  
  First Broadway full workshop of Happy Hooker Performance / MD
     
2011 April 6 - 9

New York, NY USA

Performance / MD
  Shows with SEASONS OF LIZ  
     
2011 February 18 Melbourne Australia Media Launch
 

International Launch to unveil THE 'SHED'

 
     
2011 February Melbourne Australia Performance
  "If you have the chance to see Warren Wills next Saturday evening at the Czech Club in North Melbourne you must go. I saw him this evening. He is an amazingly talented musician and so entertaining to watch. Thanks Warren for an incredibly wonderful experience!  
     
2011 February 8 Melbourne Australia Performance
  Bennett's Lane Jazz Club - Read the flyer HERE
Warren is thrilled to be back in Melbourne in 2011, and celebrating works and projects from
all over the world, leading up to his involvement with 2012 London Olympics and beyond.
A feast of great music, virtuoso playing, and witty anecdotes, ands guests!
 
     
2011 January Shepparton - Victoria Australia Project
 

Shepp Shed – groundbreaking theatre for kids, with a spice of ... Hollywood

Read the blog HERE View the photo album HERE Read local press articles HERE & HERE

Patron and fashion icon, Pamela Anderson remarks, ‘the work of Shepp Shed in providing young people with genuine opoportunities to come together and create a world premiere of a new musical is astonishing. To promote inclusivity, diversity and quality in this way, is the way forward. Using the youth of today to collaborate and devise their own theatre, songs, dance is such a glorious new innovation.’

We at Shepp Shed are thrilled to be working on Ghost Gum High, a world premiere created by a mixture of local kids, with a dash of Congalese, and a spice of Indigenous, and some experience from the UK to make this a genuinely new and innovative project which champions both youth and Shepparton.

The show explores the amazing role of William Cooper, Indiginous Australian,recently honored at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, for his tireless fight against injustice to peoples of all races and creeds, through the eyes of modern day kids.

Participants will have the rare opportunity to learn the different facets of the performing arts from multi-award winning composer/MD Warren Wills and the dynamic Yamin Choudury from London’s West End. 

‘It is so thrilling to have the kids,practitioners, Pam, Latrobe, and of course local Aboriginal elder Uncle Boydie (William Cooper’s grandson) on board for this revolutionary and fun project. The kids here are so enthusiastic ands talented, it has been a sheer delight!’

‘I would like to thank the generous support from the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, La Trobe’s Equality and Diversity Centre and Shepparton campus in partnership with Riverlinks Eastbank’, Warren says.

Shepp Shed will culminate in a Gala Night performance at 6.30pm on Saturday 22 January at the Riverlinks Eastbank Centre.  The whole community are welcome to attend and while tickets are free, bookings are essential.

Supported by the Australian Govt, and Latrobe University

     
Dec 2010 - Jan 2011 London UK Performance / MD
 

"ALADDIN", at the Liverpool Empire
directed by Ian Talbot and starring Pamela Anderson. See pic HERE

 
 

 

 
2010 Dec 6 - 23 London UK Performance / MD
 

"SINCERELY NOEL" - Riverside Studios, , A Noel Coward show with Alistair McGowen,.
http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1277908768

 
     
2010 August Edinburgh Scotland  
  "I'm Still Here" at Edinburgh Festival, with Peter Straker directed by Mel Smith  
     
2010 London UK Recording
  Arranging and Producing a series of 25 CDs of instrumental music for Prestige Records - check Music page to listen to sample Beatles tracks
     
2010 New albums releases on itunes
http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/warren-wills/id78400051
Recording
     
2010 London UK Project

Continuing work on the "Fertile Crescents" project, a Middle-East peace initiative based on the concept that music transcends borders. Read about it here and here

<< In this pic (click to enlarge), from left to right: Egyptian financier Mo Khaled, Algerian Ambassador His Excellency Mohamed Salah Dembri, Warren, Her Excellency Mrs Mohamed Salah Dembri

     
UPDATE London UK  
  NEW: photo gallery of "Genesis to Broadway" now available here Performance / MD
     
2010 March 26 - April 4 UK, West London -Riverside Studios Performance / MD
 

Cocktails with Coward ... starring Alistair McGowan

Riverside Studios, West London
26th March - 4th April (no shows on Mon 29th or Fri Apr 2nd (Good Friday)).

 
     
2010 February 10/11 Hong Kong Performance
 

Two performances as part of the Hong Kong City Festival 2010 at the Fringe Theatre, HK Fringe Club:

"For Lovers"
For the first time in Hong Kong the UK talents of pianist wizard, Warren Wills, and the sultry, sexy, sassy chanteuse herself from Hong Kong, Elaine Liu, join sensual forces in a sensational, searing and seasonal show 'For Lovers'. As a poignant, witty musical morsel and precursor for Valentine’s Day, these two world renowned musicians take us on Cupid’s ride down Lover’s Lane to the sounds of Ella, Billie from torch songs to ballads, to fallin' in love, to heartache and all matters of the heart.

"Desert Songs"
Bridging the East-West gap and honouring Middle Eastern/Occidental and Oriental traditions, they start from a foundation of ancient Hebrew music; add a twist of jazz, and reinvent Cantonese and Mandarin songs from such famed singers as Zhou Xuan, Teresa Teng, Priscilla Chan, Faye Wong and Cass Pang.Vocalist Heidi Mak is also a song-writer and lyricist. Her new song With You had its première performance in the show Zion to SoHo in 2009.Sixteen-year-old Jason Kwok has been studying the violin since the age of five.

See www.cityfestival.com.hk

2010 February 9 Hong Kong Performance
  Recital at the home of the Australian Consul-General -
‘Musical Dialogues from Old and New Worlds’ featuring Australian award-winning composer & pianist Mr Warren Wills, guest performers Jason Kwok (violin), Heidi Mak & Elaine Liu (vocals). see official invite here
     
     
2010 January16 -
February 3
Australia - Melbourne various
     
2009 December 1 -
2010 January 10
UK - London MD

"Aladdin" pantomine at New Wimbledon Theatre, featuring Pamela Anderson, Brian Blessed, Ruby Wax, Paul O'Grady and Anita Thompson. see www.ffe-uk.com
     
2009 December UK - London Awards
 

Two big awards picked up in December from 10 Downing St, for Haringey Shed: the Philip Lawrence Award and Community Heroes. Read about it here and see a video clip here

     
2009 December 9 UK - London Performance
 

Charity Concert for Israel Violin Trust, in London (more details soon)

 
     
2009 November 15 UK - London Performance
 

new show - ELLA MEET MARYLIN, goes into the West End, at the Apollo Theatre

 
     
2009 November 13 Hong Kong Performance
 

Hebrew/English/Chinese show in Hong Kong - all invited!

 
     
2009 November 12 Hong Kong Performance
 

Crown Wine Cellars in Hong Kong concert

 
     
2009 November 1-15 Hong Kong Artist-in-Residence
 

Artist in Residence APA in HONG KONG, further concert dates to be announced

 
     
2009 October * * UPDATE * * Update
 
  • Hackney Empire is now backing our Shed (aka Village) idea and we are keen to progress now with our Hong Kong, Melbourne, Polish and Romanian friends.
  • Hackney is of course the official London Olymic Borough for 2012.
  • Spanish album with Antonio Torres going great guns, as were the performances at the Marbella Film Festival.
  • Happy Hooker- with Xaviera Hollander, coming apace!
     
2009 October 1-4 UK - London Performance
 

Marbella Film Festival with XAVIERA HOLLANDER - "THE HAPPY HOOKER": PORTRAIT OF A SEXUAL REVOLUTIONARY
doing entertainment with Antonio Torres and J D Ellis and others

     
2009 September UK - London Recording
  featured recording with ANTONIO TORRES for new album celebrating Zarzuela and other Spanish styles.
     
2009 September 23 UK - London Performance
 

Interfaith Community Concert
at Christ Church field, Radlett, featuring Warren performing "Genesis to Broadway" - view the flyer here
Concert was a huge success and a big thanks to the folks of Hertfordshire who turned up and supported another Genesis to Broadway event.

     
2009 September 10-19 UK - London Performance / MD
 

MY QUEER VALENTINE
WITH RICK LAU - Warren Wills arranger/musical director in Sweet Season @ Leicester Sq Theatre
When:       Sep 10-11, 17-19  Thu-Sat 10.30pm (1hr)  £10
Where:      Leicester Sq Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX
Bookings: 0844 847 2475 / www.leicestersquaretheatre.com / www.sweet-uk.net
For information on London dates and bookings:
http://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/events.asp?eventid=184&categoryid=3
For reviews and latest updates on Rick Lau, follow his journey on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rick-Lau/109596427622?ref=nf

     
2009 August 22 UK Composition / MD
 

Lost in the Game - Haringey Shed
at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre on Saturday 22nd August  2009, a double bill of original performances by our Children’s Theatre and Youth Theatre. View the poster here
For more details see our website www.haringeyshed.org

     
2009 August 6-17 Scotland - Edinburgh Performance / MD
 

MY QUEER VALENTINE
WITH RICK LAU - Warren Wills arranger/musical director
at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009
When:        Preview Aug 6-7  8pm (1hr) £5 Aug 8-17, 19-30  8pm (1hr)  £11/ £9 (Fri-Sun) £10/ £8 (Mon-Thu)
Where:      Universal Arts @St Georges West, Venue 8, 58 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh
Bookings: 0844 477 1000 / www.universalartsfestival.com / www.ticketweb.co.uk

     
2009 August 6-31 Scotland - Edinburgh Performance / MD
  COCKTAILS WITH COWARD
Starring ALISTAIR MCGOWAN at Assemble Edinburgh suite 4.40pm tel: 01316233030
     
2009 July * * UPDATE * * Update
 

Hong Kong over, 4 day blitz and what an amazing success in so many ways. Both concerts were sold out and to rapturous ovations, and certainly broke new cultural ground! Read the review ...

This was the first time I did concerts using local talent and this was the huge difference in local, media and political interest. Read about "Genesis to Broadway".

The 2 singers brought people, and the prodigy was truly amazing on violin. The idea of getting Chinese performers to do Ancient Hebraic numbers also captured the imagination and helped ‘bridge the divide’. A glorious moment having a Chinese singer sing ADON OLAM to a Chinese and ex-pat audience!!

On arriving an engine failure and thus a rush direct to TV studios for first ever playing and filming of Psalm 23, which I composed, as all our rehearsals were on Skype and MP3. On leaving, typhoon 8, and I thought no way would we be out on time, but was ok in the end.

The Australian diplomatic corps turned up and loved the interraction of an 0zzie with local talent and want to further cultivate this at the embassy, soirees, finance etc etc - a major coup.

My friend, the 77 year old, indomitable John Ball, set up a meet with the philanthropist David Nesbitt, and yes, I now have full backing and green light to implement H SHED, beginning in November.

A short but truly wonderful trip, and time to cram in fairly boozy jam sessions at Hyatt Champagne bar, and Skylark, and of course do 2 shows with the wonderful Rick Lau - who I'm sure will take Edinburgh by storm.

     
2009 July 7 Australia - Melbourne Performance
  Paris Cat
   
2009 June 29 Australia - Melbourne Performance
  AROUND THE WORLD IN 88 KEYS
A SPECIAL EVENT at BMW EDGE FEDERATION SQ Virtuoso International Composer/Pianist, WARREN WILLS and SPECIAL GUESTS DIRECT FROM LONDON, SAUDI, HONG KONG AND THE WORLD PRESENTS A SHOW FOR ALL THE FAMILY
     
2009 June UK - London Performance
  Genesis to Broadway
By popular demand after the sell-out at the New End Theatre, Warren brings a choir and special guests for this major concert.at Shaw Theatre, Euston. See Donato Cinicolo's beautiful photos of the event
     
2009 UK - London Composition
  THE HAPPY HOOKER
Currently composing and developing a new musical based on the life of Xaviera Hollander. This comes after a very successful presentation at Drury Lane Theatre in March.
     
2009 UK Musical
  New musicals in 2009 for Haringey Shed after the success of OFF THE WALL, directed by Cathy Tyson in 2008.
     
2009 January Australia - Melbourne Perfomance/s
  WARREN will presenting concerts, workshops, and give masterclasses. These will be featured at Montsalvat and also at Manchester Lane
     
2009 January Hong Kong Perfomance/s
  Hong Kong City Festival
Further appearances at the Hong Kong City Festival in January 2009 with three shows - a solo show, a show with Rick Lau and world-premiere of Marylin and Will, with new contributions from writer Iain Landles.
     
2008 Hong Kong Performance
  LIGHT OF SPAIN
with the virtuoso flamenco guitarist, ESTEBAN ANTONIO, in Hong Kong with plans of a new tour in 2009.
     
2008 Composition
  MUTE -THE OPERA
Composer on the revolutionary MUTE -THE OPERA, written by Katie Caryer. Katie has Cerebral Palsey and the piece deals with the effects on disability on a dysfunctional family, and coming-of-age, presented as a musical.
     
2008 UK - London Musical Director
  Cindarella
Warren will be Musical Director at the New Wimbledon Theatre over Christmas on Cindarella starring Gareth Gates, Alistair McGowen and Joana Page.
     
2008 UK - London Performance/s
  HISTORY OF JEWISH MUSIC
Breaking of a new series of HISTORY OF JEWISH MUSIC, which will be at New End Theatre in London on December 21st and then to embark on a world tour of this.
   
2008   Recording
  LOST AND FOUND
Rerelease of on Prestige, featuring SHARON D CLARKE - recently seen as judge on Last Choir Standing and Holby City
     
2008 UK - London Composition
 

THE HAPPY HOOKER
Working on the score for THE HAPPY HOOKER, based on the extraordinary life of Xaviera Hollander. The writer is Richard Hansom, script editor at AARDMAN, and the aim is for a presentation in June 2009.

 

 

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