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 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