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Mr Oliver Lewis

Biography

As a teenager, I started out as Lead Vocalist and Bassist for Indie trio Go Dutch. In my hometown of Bristol, our 2 years together saw us support touring artists such as Data.Select.Party and The Excerts. We also received support offers from The Noisettes, Zane Lowe and Bloc Party which had to be turned down due to our GCSE examination timetables.

Aged 16, I learnt to play acoustic guitar and with close friend Nathan Searle, we formed Two in a Boat, an acoustic duo. Working on eclectic originals written by myself, we won Live and Unsigned 2010 and we got to perform at the Bristol Colston Hall and Glastonbury Festival 2010. We performed on the BBC Introducing Stage alongside Dry the River and Laura Marling. Emily Eavis, daughter of the festivals’ founder, Michael Eavis, listed Two in a Boat as one of her top 10 recommended acts to listen to that year.

By the age of 17, I performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the REMIX Creative Orchestra and performed in various other prestigious Bristol venues including St George’s Concert Hall. It was at that age that I began teaching and running music workshops on behalf of Bristol REMIX. Two in a Boat gained interest from an American record label which I chose to turn down due to my desire to read BA Music at the University of Southampton.

At university I was Vice President of the Music Society for 2 years, I co-presented a radio show, was Assistant Music Director for the University Pop and Gospel Choir (Jazzmanix) and starred in the Showstoppers musical productions of Little Shop of Horrors and A Chorus Line. I was also the bassist for band, Glass Canyons. I received a First Class Honours degree.

At 21 years of age, I created an album as a solo singer/songwriter (Questions and Answers). The album was performed and recorded by myself and features the collaboration of many guest musicians.
All of the material in the bands I have been in is original.
For my MMus in Composition, I wrote an original musical 'The Craft of the Cooper' which in under a year was composed, taught, recorded and performed at Edinburgh Festival 2015. The book/script was written by an old friend, Alec Sleigh.
Since graduating, I have been employed by the University of Southampton as Composer/Arranger for 'Fidel: The Musical', I have worked on music for short films (Victory Dance Productions) and I have been learning about Sound Design and Video Game Composition.

I am in an Folk Pop band called Tenderlore alongside Hayley McDonnell, Rob Kitney, Ross Gordon and David Phillips. We have had plenty of success with touring, festival appearances, album releases and radio play.
Performance opportunities have taken me as far as Ireland, France, Belgium and Germany.

In the last year I have begun writing the original soundtrack to a Indie video game called Helios.

I now work as a Community Music Practitioner on behalf of SoCo Music Project. I teach choirs, music technology and deliver singing and songwriting workshops to particularly vulnerable adults and children. I also work on several other freelance projects and in September 2019, I will begin teaching Music Performance, Musical Theatre and Music Technology at Itchen Sixth Form College. I have a fairly flexible timetable which allows me to do some peripatetic teaching.

Contact Oliver

Address: 117 High Street
Southampton
SO14 2EA
Hampshire
SO14 2EA
Phone: 07740493679
Mobile: 07740493679
Fee (45 minutes): £20.00
Fee (60 minutes): £25.00

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