The Orchestra and the Creative Team
The Picture House Orchestra is a professional orchestra comprising some of the country’s top musicians, drawn from orchestras including the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert and LSO amongst others.
Our players have been chosen not only for their incredible musical skills but also for their fun, friendly nature; important when performing to a young audience who may have never seen or heard a live orchestra before.
Musical Director | Composer and Arranger
Daniel Whibley is a professional double bass player, composer and arranger, working with many of the UK’s leading orchestras. In the 1990s, whilst living and working in Dublin, Daniel worked with film composers including Elmer Bernstein, Randy Newman and George Fenton.
As a writer and arranger, Daniel’s music is heard live by around 30,000-60,000 people each year as part of Carrot Productions’ Snowman Tour and Wallace & Gromit In Concert. He is regularly commissioned by the BBC – including music for family concerts, documentaries and Cbeebies – and is often featured on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, 5Live and 6Music.
Daniel’s arranging skills music have been in great demand during the recent lockdown, notably for the BBC Philharmonic’s #BBCPhilAtHome initiative. These include orchestral arrangements of Easter Parade, We’ll Meet Again, David Bowie’s Sound and Vision, and Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca reimagined as a Tango, along with music for CBeebies, plus many more projects in the pipeline.
Visit www.giantscores.com for more information and to discuss projects and commissions.
Alongside a successful career as a teacher and professional bassoonist, Rachel co-founded Carrot Productions in 2014 following 5 sell-out performances of The Snowman with live orchestra in her home town of Glossop. Subsequently, she has built the business to such an extent that Carrot Productions is now the world’s leading performers of both The Snowman and Wallace & Gromit with live orchestra, and is at the forefront of family orchestral entertainment.
She is passionate about creating opportunities for the highest quality music to be heard by people of all ages, particularly those new to classical music, and to foster collaborations between artists of different mediums to create new and exciting pieces, resulting in highly acclaimed and popular new works.
Rachel constantly strives to produce the best possible experiences, both for audience members and our superb musicians. Relishing a challenge, she has dynamic plans for Carrot Productions’ future, developing compelling new shows for families and children.
Presenter – Wallace & Gromit: In Concert
Wallace & Gromit: In Concert is presented by the charismatic and multi-talented Matthew Sharp. An internationally renowned musician, actor, director and performer, Matthew is recognised as both a compelling classical artist and a fearless pioneer, with his adventures in music and across disciplines described as ‘unrivalled’ and ‘unprecedented’. He performs at major venues and festivals worldwide as solo cellist, baritone, actor and director.
Visit www.matthewsharp.net for more information
Steven Magee conducts and coaches many UK orchestras and ensembles and has conducted the majority of The Snowman for Carrot Productions, and recently 39 performances of Wallace & Gromit: In Concert across the UK. He enjoys the variety of his many musical activities, encompassing performing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducting, tutoring, adjudicating and recording.