Lead vocals, Lead/Rythmn guitars
Joel was born in London but moved to South Wales at age fourteen. He started on electric guitar and then learned bass guitar a couple of years later.
He went on to study Popular Music at the University of South Wales. At the same time pushing his musical ability in various function bands, performing music from early twenties jazz all the way to the music of today and now teaches guitar professionally.
Joel's love for Electric Light Orchestra comes from influences of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and other bands that came just before them in the sixties. His vocal influences come's from rock singers such as Paul McCartney, James Hetfield and the complete opposite styles of R&B and pop such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.
He joined ELO Again as frontman, lead vocalist and guitarist in September 2018. He is constantly developing his performance's of Jeff Lynne'd lead role, to ensure he gives his best performance on every show!.
Keyboards, Synths and vocals
Andy studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Before entering the world of music, he worked for a while in radio and eventually joined the music profession in 1989. He freelanced as a viola player in many orchestras including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Dolye Carte Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra but was very loyal to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's for over 20 years. It was here that Andy first met ELO's Louis Clark when playing the many Hooked on Classics gigs throughout the years, including backing strings in ELO concerts. Andy also played on many albums, films and tv recordings over the years. In 1996 he played and recorded for Gwyneth Paltrow's Hollywood hit film 'Emma' which included an unexpected cameo appearance as part of a string quartet in one of the party scenes!
Andy fell in love with the rock side of string playing with the music of ELO and Louis Clark being a huge influence. In the 1990s he formed the English Pops Orchestra which in 2011 took on KTel's Hooked on Classics when he bought back this legendary show 'live' at the Bournemouth International Centre to celebrate 30 years of the Hooked album releases. The EPO now promotes this timeless music under the baton of maestro Louis Clark. The EPO always manages to sneak in some ELO songs at their Hooked on Classics gigs including the Eldorado Overture and Mr Blue Sky. When Andy isn't playing he produces live music videos but still loves the buzz of being on stage. "It's a privilege to play for ELO Again. The band is true to the sound of ELO and is keeping the legacy alive"
Bass and Vocals
Born in Belfast, and now based in the South-East, Mike is an in-demand electric and double bassist playing all over the country. As well as managing his own functions and jazz band ‘
Red Shift’, he can be found playing with ‘ELO Again’, the UK’s premier ELO tribute band, ‘Crocodile Mock’, an 8-piece Elton John tribute band, as well as many other function bands, musical-theatre orchestras, jazz ensembles and recording sessions.
He is the electric bassist for the nationally-renowned English Pops Orchestra, and has toured with them performing the multi-million selling ‘Hooked on Classics’ with Louis Clark (ELO). He has performed aboard the unique international ship ‘The World’ twice, playing double bass with the Joy Ellis trio. He can also be found with various ensembles in prestigious London venues such as the Dorchester hotel and the Kensington Roof Gardens.
As well as having a busy playing schedule, Mike is also a highly sought-after teacher at several schools, academies and further education colleges. He delivers Music and Music Technology A-Levels, BTECS and diplomas as well as GCSE composition lessons and instrumental tuition in electric bass, guitar, piano and musical theory. He also teaches privately from his home studio in Essex, as well as playing on remote recording sessions, engineering live recording dates, mixing, sound-design and composing.
Drums and Percussion
Since graduating from Salford University having studied music, Matt has been playing and teaching professionally for over 15 years, working in various genres of music from Irish Rock to Jazz, Salsa to Funk, Drum’n’bass to Pop/Soul and Folk to Country Rock.
For nearly half his playing career he ran a touring covers show band, which gigged up to 7 nights a week, up and down the country as well as in Germany and Israel. The freelance portion of his playing career included supporting a variety of artists including Dina Carrol, Incognito, 2 Unlimited and The Grumbleweeds. He has toured Ireland and the UK and played on local Irish radio stations and BBC radio. Matt also performed at the Manchester Jazz Festival, Electric Picnic Festival (Ireland), Beachdown Festival (Brighton), Birmingham’s NEC, London’s O2 IndigO2, 100 Club and worked with renowned producer Richard Flack (Queens Of The Stone Age, Robbie Williams, Take That).
He runs his own private teaching practice from his home studio and teaches in various schools around Essex.
Isabella Dembinska is a young British cellist based in Manchester, who has recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with renowned cellists Emma Ferrand and Jennifer Langridge.
She maintains an active performance schedule throughout UK and abroad, regularly performing for various orchestras, chamber ensembles and as a soloist for concerts, festivals, private weddings,
corporate events and filming/ recording for TV and radio. Isabella has recently enjoyed touring with ELO Again, performing on a Yamaha SVC-110 electric cello.
Violin and Vocals
Ruth Rose (b.1994) has recently begun her postgraduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is specialising in violin performance and studying with Lucy Gould. At RWCMD she has performed as part of The Royal Welsh String Soloists and has co-lead the RWCMD Symphony Orchestra. She has also participated in a side-by-side with Welsh National Opera and has won a place on the BBC National Orchestra of Wales placement scheme. Ruth previously studied at The University of Aberdeen where she achieved a BMus with upper second class honours. Under the guidance of her violin teacher Guera Maunder, she won the Chris Cadwur James Concerto Competition (2014) and was a finalist in The Ogston Music Prize (2014). She led The University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra (2013/14), the Marischal Chamber Orchestra (2013/14/15) and the Opera Society Orchestra (2014). Ruth was principal second violin of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (2015) and has played as a part of NYOS Futures (2015) and Aberdeen Sinfonietta. (2013/14/15).
Ruth is also a librettist and singer. She began writing libretti after winning Scottish Opera's 'Encouraging New Opera' scholarship, where she was commissioned to write a libretto for a fifteen-minute opera. She won the award twice and both of her operas, 'Solace' (2014) and 'The Angel Maker' (2015) were premiered at The Sound Festival in Aberdeen. She is currently working on her third opera and on a series of poems for vocal works. Ruth also enjoys choral singing and was a choral scholar at Aberdeen’s Kings College Chapel Choir and of the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir.
Piano Keyboard and vocals
Pete started playing piano at age 7 and has been playing and writing music in various forms ever since. During his studies at Bangor University he gained regular gigging experience with the reggae group Salomé, as well as playing weddings and functions with the student jazz orchestra.
Since graduating with a BMus + international experience in 2015 he has returned home to the south-west of England, during which time he has enjoyed the challenge of replicating Richard Tandy's sounds and performances as a part of the ELO Again production, as well as continuing to pursue his long-held interest in songwriting.
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