Following the success of his sell-out tribute concerts to Mike Oldfield’s career and the multimillion selling Tubular Bells, Phil Toms and his Tubular Band are planning an exciting series of UK tour dates in 2018 – the 45th Anniversary of Tubular Bells.
The 13-strong band features vocalists Matilda Bourne and Matyas Bacso,
guitarists Jay Stapley (Tubular Bells II premiere and tour), Steve Smith and James Stirling, Mike McGibney on bass, Rich Nolan on kit with Adam Morris on percussion. Phil’s keyboard and piano team includes Mark Pulman, Emma Nash and Mark Roberts (also on trumpet) with Hannah Wainright on flutes and sax. Phil completes the band on synths, vocoder and Tubular Bells!
Meet the Band
Musical Director/Keys/Tubular Bells
Phil is a composer and string arranger for artists such as Judy Dyble from Fairport Convention, violinist Steve Bingham, Jon Anderson from Yes and many local singer/songwriters. Phil is Head of Creative Arts degrees at University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute and, if he has spare time, collects film memorabilia and vinyl, and reviews films for BBC Essex radio. Find out more on his blog: www.philtomsmusic.com and follow @Phil_Toms on Twitter.
Male Vocals/Keys/Acoustic Guitar
After finishing his musical studies in 2000, Matyas started work as a freelance performer, touring around Slovakia and Hungary. In 2009 he began his studies in music at University Centre Colchester (formerly Colchester Institute) and in 2011 Matyas won the Canon Jack Award for his solo piano performance of 'Rhapsody in Blue' by George Gershwin.
Since then he has become a popular piano teacher in Colchester and has been writing contemporary classical piano pieces which he's planning to release soon.
Matilda has trained both classically and within musical theatre, gaining distinction level singing qualifications from the Associated Board of the Royal Academy of Music and the London College of Music. She has previously appeared in a variety of concerts and showcases, including the featured role of lead mezzo-soprano in an Essex based production of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Inspired by the likes of Eva Cassidy and Fleetwood Mac, she regularly works as a professional session singer for artists and function bands throughout the South-East region.
Emma graduated from Goldsmith's University of London achieving a distinction in the Masters in Piano Performance. She is heavily involved in performing across Essex including many classical recitals as a soloist, respected accompanist and part of a piano trio. Emma has had the opportunity to perform at the Royal Festival Hall in a keyboard ensemble and as soloist for concerts with the St. Botolph's Orchestra, Essex. Emma has been in the pit for 40 productions and in the last few years has branched into Musical Directing for local award-winning operatic societies.
A versatile musician and performer, Mark studied piano at the Royal College of Music and has since performed in function bands, classical recitals and as the musical director for various solo artists and stage shows. He has considerable music business experience, including working for Warner Bros Music where he was involved in promoting Tubular Bells II! Mark was awarded a PhD in popular music and has lectured at Barnsley College (where he mentored future members of The Arctic Monkeys and The Cribs), Huddersfield University, and University Centre Colchester.
Jay Stapley came to London in 1978 after playing in local bands in the Kent/Sussex area. He became one of London’s best-known session and gigging guitarists, working with a wide range of artists and producers on projects ranging from films to international tours and albums. Until 2010, Jay had been touring and recording with the German artist, Westernhagen, becoming his co-producer and musical director. Jay’s interest in technology led him to become a demonstrator of guitar products for Roland UK and Roland International. Subsequent demonstration work for Digidesign encouraged Jay to develop his own studio (driftwoodstudio.uk).
Currently working as a session musician, James can often be seen in theatre band pits across the South-East of England and London and has played for over 80 productions in his lifetime. At just 23, he recently accompanied West-end star Kerry Ellis, but previously starred as Matt 'Guitar' Murphy in 'The Blues Brothers Experience' on their UK Tour. Other theatre credits include Made in Dagenham (UK Amateur Premier), The Last Five Years (Chichester) and multiple UK showcase tours.
Electric & Classical Guitar/Mandolin/Banjo/Bouzouki
Steve's diverse performing portfolio includes contemporary classical, jazz, folk, rock, and experimental genres. He appears regularly in London’s West End, Royal Opera House, ENO and recently worked on Gary Barlow’s new musical ‘The Girls’ as assistant musical director. At the National Theatre, he was part of the 'London Road' production and the later film release by Cuba Pictures. He is heard regularly in the rhythm section of the BBC Concert Orchestra and is currently working with Marc Almond on his Shadows and Reflections tour.
Born in Belfast but now based in Essex, Mike is a busy electric and double bassist, performing around the UK and further afield. He is the bassist for the English Pops Orchestra, and has toured with the multi-million selling ‘Hooked on Classics‘, conducted by ELO’s Louis Clark. He tours with the popular tribute show ‘ELO Again’, selling out venues in the UK and completing a 16-show tour of Germany in 2016. Mike has performed on double bass with London-based singer/pianist Joy Ellis as part of the ‘Georgetown Trio’ around the UK, Iceland, Mediterranean, Alaska and Canada, and also plays bass guitar for ‘I’m Still Standing: The Elton John Story’ at theatres around the country in 2018.
Since Hannah heard the flute, music has been her passion. In 2013 she graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) Music degree from University Centre Colchester (formerly Colchester Institute), specializing in education and performance. She is currently enjoying working as a music teacher with Essex Music Services and privately, teaching whole-class, 1-1, small groups and ensembles. However, aside from teaching, Hannah has performed in soul and function bands, musical theatre showcases and a flute/guitar duet and saxophone quartet.
After graduating in music from Goldsmiths with an MA in Performance, Mark embarked on a career in the recording industry before returning to professional performance in 2008. Mark now divides his time between running the BA (Hons) Film Music and Soundtrack Production course at University Centre Colchester and freelance performing with orchestras such as LMO, The Philharmonia and Academy of St Thomas.
Having gained both a BA (Hons) and MMus in Music at University Centre Colchester (formerly Colchester Institute), Rich has gone on to grace a variety of professional stages, including the internationally acclaimed band 'Enter Shikari', the West-End Palace Theatre and the International Scout Jamboree. Nowadays, Rich is a full-time music lecturer and also tours the nation as part of iDrum, a professional street music act.
Adam started his musical training in a folk setting, before moving into more formal training with Barnet Music Services. He continued his studies at University Centre Colchester (formely Colchester Institute) and GSMD, obtaining a 1st class BA (hons) and an MMus (with distinction) respectively. Playing professionally for over 17 years, Adam's highlights include touring with the National Symphony Orchestra backing ABBA the Show for over five years, and rehearsing with BCMG. Aside from freelancing as a performer, tutor and animateur, treasured projects include performing with acclaimed singer-songwriter Kevin Pearce.