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People ask me all the time why i like music? Well I suppose the answer would be doesn't every one!
I first started singing in junior school when my then music teacher roped me in to the school choir, from then on music quickly became my passion and is now a big part of my life.
My uncle encouraged me to learn the Guitar and with the help Jim Miles the most amazing guitar teacher ever, I have progressed to Grade 6. I love being on stage and have performed in lots of musicals.
This page will be dedicated to what I have being doing so far
A TEENAGE OPERA by YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE UK
"Wow" what a summer! after a three-week rehearsal schedule, I played the part of a transgender male called Maxine, this has probably been my most challenging roles yet. I enjoyed playing the part and even managed to dance in 6" heals.
The songs were written by Mark Wirtz in 1967 as part of a show to have been called A Teenage Youth Music Theatre UK staged the world premiere of the show after a half-century pause. Wirtz has collaborated with West to finish the rock opera ready for its golden anniversary. Additional lyrics have been written by Pete Gallagher and directed by the very talented Julie Atherton
THE OTHER SCHOOL BOA YEAR 11
In February I played the role of Kester, a confident 13-year-old in The Other School for BOA year 11 production. Adapted from the book by Dominic Marsh, Music and Lyrics were cleverly written By Dougal Irvine
Songs include Boring, How I Got To School, If It Were There, Am I Ready, My Fault, When you are dead, It’s ok to be you, Mr Mortens interesting facts about death and many more.
I found the role to be somewhat challenging and out of my normal comfort zone, The story line is emotional and follows the main characters Kester (13) and Polly (15) Parish between the realms, unbeknown to them Kester is run over by a bus and somehow both the children are transported to “The Other School” after appearing in a class room full of dead students who one by one, start to recount tragic accidents which resulted in their deaths and subsequent enrolment them at The Other School. Polly and Kester are horrified. As far as they know they don’t have a reason;
This Musical takes the audience through a confusing and emotional journey where the children have to come to terms with the afterlife, while dealing with class Bullies and the loss of a living family.
BILSTON OPERATIC COMPANY
In April 2017, I played the role of Ren in Bilston Youth Theatre's explosive rock ‘n’ roll musical sensation Footloose, performed at the 350 seater Dormston Mill Theatre in Sedgley.
Based on the 1980s-hit film that took the world by storm, Footloose the musical sizzles with the same spirit of youth, rebellion and romance. City boy Ren thinks his life is over when he is forced to move to Bomont, But things are far worse than he could have ever imagined, as the town bans dancing. Ren can’t resist breaking the rules, and he’s not alone. I am proud to have worked alongside this very talented young cast. The show was a great success and had very favourable reviews.
"Joe Riley leads the piece with strength and ease, producing some nice moments vocally, and clear dance capabilities"
At the end of each night all the audience stood and dance to the finally medley of the unforgettable title track Footloose creating an electric atmosphere
WHAT I GO TO SCHOOL FOR
Wow what a summer, yet again I was lucky enough to be offered a place on a Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT) show this summer I performed in a new musical called "What i go to school for" it was staged at the beautiful Theatre Royal, Brighton
I was chosen to play the lead of James Bourne. the whole experience was incredible and I was privileged to work with the most amazing cast and crew, I even got to work with Busted’s very own James Bourne.
The show featuring some of Busted’s biggest hits Air Hostess, Crashed the Wedding and Year 3000 plus a host of brand new songs, What I Go To School For followed a group of teenagers living in a world that just doesn’t understand them. Desperate to escape their humdrum hometown, they soon discover the need to break the rules to found out who they really are.
James Bourne and award-winning writer Elliot Davis teamed up with Youth Music Theatre UK for a third time to present this electrifying new show WHAT I GO TO SCHOOL FOR – the BUSTED musical!
The show was Directed by Olivier nominated Steve Dexter and Musical Director Michael Bradley Choreographer Ewan Jones
and finally Lighting Designer Derek Anderson
YMT GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
This summer I was involved in a spectacular YMT musical adaptation of Gulliver's Travels at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast,
I had the most amazing time and was lucky enough to work with some extremely talented people within YMT, the musical was written by Andrew Doyle with music from the critically-acclaimed Belfast-born musician Duke Special. Dynamic, musically ambitious & bracingly eccentric, directed by Des Kennedy and choreographed by Jennifer Rooney, who both come from Northern Ireland?
The story is a voyage through unknown lands with mythical creatures of Jonathan Swift’s classic satirical tale magically brought to life on stage. It follows Lemuel Gulliver on his whirlwind expedition as he finds himself washed ashore after a devastating shipwreck. Captured by the miniature beings of Lilliput and exploited by the giants of Brobdingnag, Gulliver journeys through wild lands encountering new civilizations, experiencing all things weird and wonderful.
Our performance was awarded a star rating of: ★ ★ ★ ★ Review by Michael Quinn from Onstage,
It was a privilege to work with such a talented cast and be a member of a well organised and exciting theatre company.
Last summer I was asked to perform at several charity events, I really enjoyed all of them and hopefully I entertained and helped to raise some money. Here are just a few
1940's Family Fun Day
On Saturday 27th June I performing 2 sets of 7 songs at the Pelsall common 1940's Family Fun Day, I managed to learn a few of the well-known oldies and sang "We'll meet again" during the very moving veterans parade.
Rosie's Helping Hands
I performed at The Longhorn pub in Aldridge for Rosie's walkers on the 5th July. The charity was set up in the memory of Rosie's Ross and donates money to helps local children in the Walsall area to have better and healthier lives
On 3rd July in Aldridge, West Midlands I sang 5 songs at the BENefit Gig 2015, The event was inspired by Ben Sambrook who tragically died of a brain tumour. The Gig was a great success and raised lots of money for the well-deserved brain tumour support charity, the event was compared by the voice over actor MC Marc Silk.
YMT HARVEST FIRE
I had a truly amazing time and meet some awesomely talented people while taking part in the YMT summer 2014 production of Harvest Fire
Harvest Fire is a bold, exciting, energetic and emotional new piece of theatre created by the 32 teenage cast members of YMT and director Lewis Barfoot
Basic plot, a new festival called harvest fire is beginning and once you've entered, you will never be the same again. A mix of the Burning Man festival and Burns Night, candlelight and fire.
We based the play around five festival tents each giving a different experience and emotion. The king/queen tent, the magician’s tent, the warrior tent, the lover’s tent and finally the tent of truth.
We performed the paly at the Lemon Tree Theatre as part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival
October 27th I decided to audition for the 9th series of Britain’s Got Talent, I had the most fantastic day at the Birmingham ICC. The auditions were open to all age groups and acts, I got to meet some of the most extraordinary characters from all walks of life.
The whole day from start to finish was extremely enjoyable, unfortunately I didn’t make it to the next round but the judges were more than complimentary and encouraged me to continue with my singing and to re-apply next year.
It’s not too late to audition just go to the BGT website I would definitely recommend the experience.
INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL EISTEDDFOD
It is more than a renowned choral music festival. It is a celebration of music, dance, costume and culture from nations around the world. It embraces talent and is bringing it to the world stage for Llangollen 2014.
On the 8th July I had an amazing day at the Llangollen 2014 Eisteddfod.
I performed on one of the open air stages completing a 12 songs set, 5 of which were my own and 7 covers.
I performed on children's day- rhythms of the world In front of many schools and family's but any one was welcome. I meet lots of very interesting people from all over wales, they made me feel extremely welcome and I enjoyed it immensely.
ALDRIDGE DOES VERIETY
Busking in Aldridge
On Saturday I spent a cold but enjoyable afternoon in Aldridge busking to promote this year’s Aldridge Does variety. As last year’s Winner I was kindly invited to perform as a guest at this year’s Final on May 3rd 2014 of Aldridge Does variety.
Yet again the extremely high standard of performances left the judges with a very difficult decision.
I particularly liked the 4 guitar playing singers, but wining spot was awarded to Amie Faulkner for her knock out performance.
If you would like to see one my performance's Not While I'm Around its posted on my video page.
YMT GREAT EXPECTAITONS 2013
In May 2013 I was offered a place in the cast of Youth Music Theatre
UK an adaptation of Great Expectations at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.
I stayed at Kingston University for 2 weeks prior to the Show with all the other cast members. It was a fantastic experience and I would recommend YMT to any young
actor, singer or dancer
The 900 seat Rose Theatre in Kingston was a fantastic venue and once the scene was set it was like diving in to the Dickensian era
Summer 2013 I was chosen to take part in a brand new CBBC show called Turbo Boost. The programs aim was to take a talent and make it better. I asked for help playing the guitar and singing at the same time.
Firstly, I meet Nina Nesbitt who helped with my timing, I drove a tank to help with my coordination. I busked in Birmingham with the amazing Robbie Boyd who gave me great advice on engaging the crowd.
To help with my stage performance I sang a duet with Gabriel Aplin at Camp Bestival.
After receiving some last minuet advice from Brian Briggs (Stornaway) and Aston Merrygold (JLS). My final challenge was to performed solo on the Mountain stage at the Green Man Festival playing to over 12,000 people.
I made it in to the regional finals that were held in Manchester on 5th October 2014,
The Royal Northern College of Music was an amazing venue with it tiered seating and fantastic acoustics, all the college staff were extremely helpful and made my experience an enjoyable one.
I received some very positive feedback from the Open Mic judges
* Feedback Manchester Under 16’s Regional Finalists*
Joe Riley – Good performance. Well done for acknowledging your audience! Confident. Has huge potential.
STAR YOUTH TALENT
May 2014 at the Goldmine Centre in Walsall, I came runner up in the Star Youth Talent competition.
The competition is the brain child of Jeannette Lewis and is open to any teenager from within the community of the West Midlands.
STAR held the regional heats in Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
The 3 categories were Music, Dance & Fashion and were judged by
Jenny Taylor fashion Designer &Artist, BBC contestant from ‘Great British Sewing Bee 2014’
Mel Harris a choreographer and director of the Fountain of Youth performance company.
Mark Anthony a record label owner & producer, owner of A&R consultant for rising artists.
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