Our Headliners

- In alphabetical order- 

BOOTHBY GRAFFOE

Boothby is an English comedian, singer, songwriter and playwright. He is particularly known for his surreal sense of humour and work with Canadian band Barenaked Ladies. He has won several awards, including the 2002 Adelaide Fringe Award for Excellence, and the Time Out Comedy Award. He has been nominated for British comedy’s prestigious Perrier Award.

‘Should have his own TV show. He writes great gags, improvises as well as anyone, plays the guitar and sings songs that are both beautiful and funny’' The Guardian

‘Rare among singer-songwriters in that he’s not intensively twee and annoying.’  The Sunday Times, Culture Section

‘An enigma wrapped in a riddle. May not yet carry the same kudos as Ross Noble or Johnny Vegas but, at his best, Boothby can leave them stumbling on the starting block. He plucks comedy from confusion and brilliance from thin air.’  The Scotsman

BLAKE - 'Last Wight of the Proms'
Blake are a Classical Brit Award-winning vocal group, who have just released their 10th anniversary album in collaboration with the RAF to celebrate their 100th anniversary, which went straight to No.1 in the Official Classical Charts. After an unusual encounter with Kiera Knightley during the making of their first album, the band has gone on to collect a legion of celebrity fans, including Will Smith, Ewan McGregor and even Dame Shirley Bassey, who they have recorded with and performed with her on a number of occasions, including live on TV on Strictly Come Dancing, The Graham Norton Show and The One Show. In addition to their worldwide touring schedule, Blake also find time to perform and work as ambassadors for their many selected charities, which include amongst others, Cancer Research, The War Widows Association, The World Wildlife Fund, Clic Sargent, The Prince’s Trust, Variety (The Children’s Charity), MIND, Starlight, The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes. With over a million albums sold, and having performed on nearly 150 TV shows around the world, Blake continue to build their reputation as one of the most eclectic and exciting harmony groups in the world.

DANIEL BOYS - 'WIGHT AT THE MUSICALS'

Daniel Boys is an award winning performer whose career encompasses TV, Movies, West End musicals and national tours, as well as numerous recordings and concerts worldwide. West End credits include RENT, Grease, Avenue Q, Spamalot and The Boys In The

Band, and regionally Sunset Boulevard, West Side Story, The War Of The Worlds, High Society, Little Shop Of Horrors and most recently Nativity! which led to him filming Nativity Rocks! out in cinema’s this Christmas. Concert work has taken Daniel to Los Angeles, Bangkok, Sydney, Adelaide, Chicago, Al Ain, Xiamen and Ljubljana performing with some of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, and he’s supported the likes of Hayley Westenra, John Barrowman and Bryn Terfyl. Daniel is also a regular guest on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. As well releasing his own album So Close and being heard on several cast recordings, Daniel also recorded and released a track for Disney, The World is Something You Imagine, which is currently being played in all their stores worldwide. Between 2013 and 2015 he could be heard singing the iconic theme tune for the Australian soap Neighbours.

EARL CARPENTER -– 'Wight at the Musicals'
Earl Carpenter has played the title role in Phantom of the Opera in the West End, and has played Javert in Les Misérables in both the West End and Broadway, as well as on the 25th Anniversary European Tour, then Toronto, Singapore and Manila. Other theatre credits include Father in Ragtime, Morrison in Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress, Khassoggi in We Will Rock You, the title role in Zorro, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, both the Beast and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Daryl van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick, the title roles in Robin Prince of Sherwood and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Joe Gillis in the original UK tour of Sunset Boulevard and Peron in Evita throughout Europe and the UK. He's also a former resident of Ryde!

KERRY ELLIS -– 'Wight at the Musicals'
Kerry Ellis has fast become recognised as the 'Leading Lady of Musical Theatre' from her many starring roles in the West End and on Broadway. She was the first British Elphaba in both the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked which won her three awards. Her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! and Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon, and Fantine in Les Misérables. Kerry also originated the role of Meat, in Queen’s We Will Rock You in the West End. She has also achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album Anthems. And last year, she released her latest hit album on Sony Music, Golden Days, with longtime friend and Queen guitarist Brian May, with whom she has recorded and toured numerous times. Earlier this year, Kerry completed her first role in a straight play ‘The Importance of being Earnest” playing Gwendolen Fairfax and has just embarked on her 20th Anniversary Solo Tour.


MARY-JESS - 'Last Wight of the Proms'
The Downton Abbey Songstress, who is currently G4's Guest Soprano on their 40-date UK tour, having toured with Russell Watson and performed with the likes of Sir Tim Rice and Don Black. She has won the Chinese 'X Factor' with a viewing audience of over 70 million people, has performed at the FA Cup Final in Wembley Stadium to a worldwide television audience of 300 million people, and she released a new EP album 'Inspire' on 20th April, which included duets with Kyle Tomlinson, Ffion Rebecca, Beth Ford and Tazmin Barnes.

MICKY P KERR

Leeds-based comedian, musician and social commentator Micky P Kerr is a breath of fresh air on the live comedy circuit. Fusing together music, spoken word and comedy, with his tongue often planted firmly in his cheek, Kerr has been described as “the bastard spawn of John Cooper Clarke”.

Already a familiar face on the live music circuit, Micky turned his hand to stand-up comedy in 2013 and quickly became “one to watch”. In 2018 Micky entered Britain’s Got Talent, where he proved to be a massive hit with both the public and the judges, making it all the way to the final, which was watched by almost 11 million people.

Micky now performs, for all the top clubs including The Comedy Store, Glee Clubs, Just the Tonic and Off The Kerb, as well as being a firm favourite at music festivals such as Latitude, Leeds, Festival 41, 2000 Trees and Kendall Calling. He has recorded a live set for BBC Radio 1, has been working on a new sitcom about his previous life as a primary school teacher, and has released his latest triple album of music and comedy entitled ‘Kerr in the Kerrmunity’.

2017 saw Micky take his debut solo show, ‘Micky P Kerr is Lay-Z’ to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he received rave reviews.

OMID DJALILI

Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili has gained international acclaim for his stand-up as well as comedic and dramatic acting roles on stage, film and TV.

British-Iranian Omid has twice won the Edinburgh Spirit of the Fringe and Time Out’s Best Stand-Up awards, and has been nominated for the Perrier. His energetic, full-on cabaret routine mixes observations, caricatures and stories which mock stereotypes and play on preconceptions. Described by the Guardian as “one of the most subversive, let alone funniest, comedians around" he often sneaks thought-provoking ideas into gag-filled routines.

As an actor Omid has appeared on the big screen in everything from The Mummy and Casanova to Mean Machine and Pirates of the Caribbean - At World’s End. He’s made appearances in Gladiator, Sex and The City 2, Notting Hill and The World Is Not Enough. Other film credits include Shaun the Sheep Movie, Jason & The Argonauts and Spy Game. He starred in the David Baddiel-penned film The Infidel playing a Muslim who discovers his Jewish heritage, and was Fagin in Oliver! in the West End. He also provided the voice of Yusuf Amir in the Grand Theft Auto series of games and was a Executive Producer of the Iraq war protest documentary We Are Many.

On television Omid has appeared in comedies on both sides of the Atlantic, cropping up in Black Books and Lead Balloon, and co-starring with Whoopi Goldberg in her sitcom Whoopi. He starred in two series of his own sketch and stand-up show on BBC One, and was only the second British comic (after Eddie Izzard) to be given his own HBO special. His exhaustive TV credits also take in Live at the Apollo, Question Time, The One Show, This Week, and most of the panel shows.

Omid’s energetic, charismatic presence has won over audiences around the world performing across Europe, America, Australia and the Middle East. His mixture of characterisations, cultural observations and gags mark him out as one of the best, most natural live performers around.


ISLE OF WIGHT PROMENADE ORCHESTRA - 'Last Wight of the Proms' - Conducted by Jonathan Butcher
A 50-piece live orchestra created especially for The Wight Proms, conducted by the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra's Jonathan Butcher. Jonathan is an experienced and sought-after conductor, who has appeared at all the major London concert venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, South Bank and St. John's Smith Square. He has conducted orchestras including the London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Bach Orchestra, working with international soloists including Dame Moira Lympany, Steven Isserlis, Marisa Robles, Julian Lloyd Webber and Peter Katin.

Abroad he has worked with the Promenade Orchestra of Radio Hilversum, Holland, the National Orchestra of Malta and the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. He has conducted two Hoffnung Concerts in Munich, as well as six New Year Concerts in and around Ludvigshaven, Germany, where he has also conducted a concert of film music with the renowned jazz singer Jocelyn B. Smith.

Equally at home with the symphonic, operatic, choral and music theatre repertoire, Jonathan conducted and presented the Family Concerts at Polesden Lacey since their inception and regularly conducted their open-air evening Promenade Concerts. He was for many years Conductor and Musical Director of both the National Symphony and National Chamber Orchestras of the Independent Association of Prep Schools - the former giving their concerts in the celebrated Snape Maltings in Suffolk.

Jonathan is Musical Director/Conductor of the Havant Symphony Orchestra, Isle of Wight Symphony and Westminster Philharmonic Orchestras. He has been Artistic Director of Surrey Opera for some thirty-seven years, and is also co-founder and Artistic Director of The North Downs Music Group. In the last few years he conducted, amongst numerous other things, performances of Donald Swann's rarely heard masterpiece Perelandra, an opera based on the book by C.S. Lewis. He is conductor of the Bromley Youth Symphony Orchestra.

As Artistic Director of Surrey Opera Jonathan has conducted all the major operatic repertoire, including two World Premières! He has conducted New Sussex Opera, Court Opera and Opera 80 - now English Touring Opera.

Jonathan is an established theatre director in his own right, a role he has fulfilled many times for Surrey Opera. He is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians and teaches Choral Singing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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