Cinematic, orchestral pop is a phrase not used frequently by bands to describe their sound, yet for The Ollie West Band this fits perfectly. Formed in 2014 by singer, songwriter and pianist Ollie West, this Manchester based ensemble are creating unique music that transcends genre and the generic ideas of the pop band. With influences as far spread as Elbow and Billy Joel to the Cinematic Orchestra to Claude Debussy, the band’s instantly recognisable sound has been praised by the likes of Neil McCormick and Dean Friedman.

 

Having toured the south of England for a year, a desire to expand the band was realised in 2015 when Ollie enrolled at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Having always been a keen composer of classical music, he took the influences from the wealth of classical and pop talent around him and started to incorporate this into his own music, eventually culminating in a performance with a 24 piece outfit supporting the RNCM Session Orchestra in the summer of 2017. Off the back of this, the band released their debut EP “We Watch The World Turning” and took the record on a 14 date UK wide tour organised by Ollie himself, visiting arts centres as far north as John O Groats and far south as Lands End.

 

Their latest single, ‘Home’, takes the ensemble further into genre blending territory as it draws influences from the impressionist composers Debussy and Ravel, using elements of the iconic impressionist sound and incorporating it into a popular music setting. Critical acclaim for ‘Home’ has described the piece as as “cinematic and epic” and “creating a sense of beauty that is elegant and authentic”. It truly sees the beginning of a new era for The Ollie West Band, who continue to surprise and challenge the ideas of what an unsigned artist can achieve.

THE BAND
 
"The tracks of Ollie West and his band are excellent examples of pop/fusion; sophisticated changes, literate lyrics layered upon a fine groove."

We are incredibly fortunate that a great deal of people have given up their time to come and perform with us, and make the music what it is today. Without these guys, The Ollie West Band wouldn't be possible, so it's only right they get named in full! All the following people have played for us at some point across the past three years, and we highly recommend all of them! Check them out below:

 

VIOLINS: Jody Smith, Raye Harvey, Cleo Annandale, Tom Balch, Izzy Baker, Matthew Chadbond, Serena Whitmarsh, John Hutchinson, Lu Liu, Katie Payn, Will McGahon, Tammy Liang, Elyena Clapperton.

VIOLA: Natalaia Senior-Brown, Anthony Jones, Elizabeth Lister, Peter Hartley, Ruth Owens, Karl Egeland.

CELLO: Alice Luddington, Elliott Bayley, Brooks Lyon Griffith, Malcolm Goodare, Rachel Newbold, Lucy-Rose Graham, Neil Sild, Ollie Clark, Lucy-Rose Graham, Sophie Nash, Lucy Neil.

FLUTE: Emily Revill, Caitlin Laing

CLARINET: Freya Chambers

TROMBONE: Joel Knee, Bryan Corbett, Joe Sharples

EUPHONIUM: Ethan McKnight

TRUMPET/FLUGEL/CORNET: Alex Huxley, Bryan Corbett

SAXOPHONE: Chris Bowden 

PERCUSSION: Phillip Williams, Alex Smith

BACKING VOCALS: Phoebe Taylor, Nicole Battick, Samantha Kok, Raye Harvey

 

UPCOMING SHOWS
THE ORCHESTRA
 
 
 

May 31, 2019

The Old Library, Mansfield

Jun 04, 2019

Fountain Road Church Hall, Golspie

Jun 05, 2019

Velocity Cafe, Inverness

Jun 06, 2019

St Margarets, Braemar

Jun 07, 2019

New Palace Theatre Organ Heritage Centre, Todholes

Jun 11, 2019

LLanwrtyd Heritage & Arts Centre, Llanwrtyd Wells

Jun 12, 2019

Theatr Fach, Dolgellau

Jun 13, 2019

Ucheldre Centre, Ucheldre

Jun 14, 2019

West Kirby Arts Centre, West Kirby

Jun 16, 2019

The Headgate Theatre, Colchester

Jun 17, 2019

Wessex Arts Centre, Alton

Jun 18, 2019

St Annes Arts Centre, Barnstaple

Jun 19, 2019

The Acorn, Penzance

Jun 28, 2019

Carnglaze Caverns, Liskeard

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"We could be seeing the next Stephen Sondheim unfolding before our eyes..."
 
 
 
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Ollie West - Vocals/Keyboards

Ollie West is the founder, songwriter, arranger, singer and keyboard player for 'The Ollie West Band'. Having formed the band 5 years ago, he has toured the country them and led them to their current success. Outside of the band, Ollie has worked as a keyboard player for artists such as New Order, Charlie Cooper and Watching Planes, various function bands and TV shows such as ITV's 'Cold Feet'.