Rob’s whole life is Musical Theatre. He is involved in just about every aspect of it from the creative to the technical. His first paid job as Musical Director was at the tender age of fourteen! Since then he’s clocked up nearly 200 productions, which have taken him to the West End and beyond. With scholarship to music school aged 11 and a degree in Performing Arts/Music, there was never any doubt his career would be in music. Rob’s skill on the piano has lead to him performing with many stars of stage, television and music including Sir Cliff Richard, Freddie Starr, and in musicals like Les Misérables. In addition to piano, he also plays accordion, bass, drums and guitar.
As an ex member of the band Sailor (makers of hits like Girls Girls Girls and A Glass Of Champagne), Rob has performed all over Europe to crowds in the tens of thousands. Sailor’s latest album, Buried Treasure, includes one of Rob’s compositions Harbour Bar Bell.
The Amus-ical Tales of Robin Hood is his second collaboration with Ian Gower, the first being NOAH THE MUSICAL he has also written his own full scale show FAST FOOD THE MUSICAL that premiered at The Wycombe Swan in July 2006.
Rob also owns and runs Crescendo, a theatre sound company dedicated to providing theatre companies with specialized theatre and concert sound systems, recording and sound design.
Ian has been involved in all aspects of the theatre from an early age, it was as a young follow spot operator that he got the bug for the stage. As a keyboard, bass player and songwriter most of his writing and playing experience has come from playing in bands - both cover versions and original material. In recent years writing and adaptation for the theatre has become a large part of his life and he has been fortunate enough to work with some of the greats of British comedy while adapting the first ever Stage Play of DAD'S ARMY (now published by French's) by kind permission of Jimmy Perry and David Croft, since then, with the help and support of colleague Paul Carpenter he has adapted a second "Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes" and a new stage play of "It Ain't Half Hot Mum" which had it's premiere in July 2005.
Recently (June 2006) he premiered the first ever stage version of PORRIDGE at The Court Theatre, Tring, written once again with Paul Carpenter and with kind permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
As an actor he loves to play the villain, particular favourites are Bill Sykes from OLIVER! and Abanazar in ALADDIN
THE AMUSE-ICAL TALES OF ROBIN HOOD is his second major musical collaboration with Rob Alderton, the first being NOAH THE MUSICAL which is now playing across the uk and has had performances as far away as Australia. If you like what you see and hear Rob and Ian have three more projects in the pipe line.