Industry Talks is a new musical theatre podcast focusing on the industry professionals that play a pivotal part in getting a musical from page to stage.

On this week’s episode we speak to conductor and founder of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, Freddie Tapner.

We speak about LMTO shows including Mack and Mable, Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol, Camelot and Howard Goodall’s Girlfriends. He tells us about where his passion from musical theatre comes from and his top tips for joining the industry.

Show Notes: 

0:00 – 9:39 – Where did it all begin? From studying engineering at Cambridge to joining the National Youth Music Theatre. We also speak about playing instruments from an early age and how his passion for musical theatre developed.

9:40 – 19:09 – Freddie tells us more about London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO) and its previous shows including Howard Goodall’s Girlfriends. We also discuss further about musicals in the West End being written down and how the size of West End orchestras can effect a show.

19:10 – 22:13 – We speak about Freddie’s role within LMTO and the role he plays within the musical theatre industry.

22:14 – 25:24 – Freddie gives his advice for people who are looking to get into the world of musical theatre as a conductor or musical director and how communication is key.

25:25 – 34:59 – We ask Freddie what his proudest moments have been to date in his musical theatre career. He tells us that every time he conducts LMTO that he feels extremely lucky. He also tells us a story about Mack and Mabel at the Hackney Empire with Natasha Barnes.

35:00 – 41:38 – We speak about the shows Freddie would like to work on. We also speak about his three favourite composers, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Freddie also takes us through the surprising five bar phrase in Wicked’s Defying Gravity.


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