After nearly twenty years of accumulated industry experience, West End On-Sea Productions was founded by Simon Pickering in November 2014 following a series of successful events in Brighton, and subsequently London.
Simon is a musical director and piano player with musical experience that is as broad as it is deep. He has earned a trusted reputation among those he has worked with over the years, and as such is able to call upon some of the country’s greatest musical theatre talents. At most West End On-Sea events, Simon is to be found behind the piano, keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.
West End On Sea Productions has already gained an excellent reputation for the quality of it’s work, but still considers itself in it’s infancy - there’s just so much more that we want to bring you! We currently have three event formats that we produce and promote, but we’re also developing new show formats. We’re also always keen to hear what thoughts you have and can provide shows to order for all sorts of events.
Simon currently regularly performs at Billy Elliot The Musical and prior to this spent several years as Associate Conductor at We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre.
Other West-End shows he has worked on include: Hairspray, Never Forget, Mamma Mia!, Cabaret, Doctor Dolittle, Whistle Down The Wind and Grease!
Outside the world of musical theatre, further experience includes musical director jobs on holiday camps, cruise ships and for function bands. Simon is also an accomplished jazz pianist, an experienced vocal coach and an accomplished arranger.
The strength of his reputation lies in his sensitive and musical accompanying skills, making him one of the most in demand piano players around.