The inspiration and driving force behind many projects over the last twenty five years. I have been involved in over one
hundred separate theatre and TV productions with Jim. He was directly responsible for getting me the "Buddy" sound design job. That
job led to me designing "Jolson" , "Dusty", "Oh! What A Night", "Summer Holiday", "Great Balls Of Fire" and "Sinderella" to name
but a few. Thankfully, these very successful gigs paid the mortgage for many years.
The other side of that coin is that alongside
these projects, over a period of about ten years, a team of us tried to bring Jim's dream of a perfect pantomime to fruition. Panto
may look like childs play but it's a serious business. Trying to increase the production values - better sound - better lighting -
better special effects - without going broke, was an uphill battle. A battle that we eventually lost. I'd like to think that
we set values that others aspire to, but my guess is, no-one does.
I also enjoyed the odd tour playing bass in Jim's band, so
the work has been varied to say the least.
Most of Jim's Band
Top row: Colin Reece - Steve Vintner - Jim.
Yona Dunsford - Rick - Allan Rogers.
Smudger and Lisa are missing.
Jim has currently decamped to sunny Dubai, so we don't see
him as much as we'd like, but we still do the odd gig together and send each other daft emails. His current dates are on his site
The British Forces Foundation shows are a real joy to be involved in. The Foundation was Jim's creation
and is dedicated to entertaining our troops at home and abroad. We've had many memorable nights with all calibre of artist, but one
of the most moving for me was when Jim shared the bill with Katherine Jenkins.
When I do sound checks it is my habit to walk
the stage while the artists rehearse, just to make sure the monitors are ok and so on. Sometimes I'll wander around during three or
four songs just to get a feel for the stage.
Katherine was about thirty seconds in to the first song when I felt
myself filling up and had to leave the room. What an amazing voice from a tiny little china doll of a girl. Needless to say, she had
the same effect on the squaddies!