An award winning songwriter, John has been involved in music all his life both as a solo singer and songwriter and in acoustic bands. An accomplished guitarist, he also finds his way around most of the other instruments found in the studios as well as providing voiceovers for adverts, jingles and film narrative. John has performed throughout the UK and abroad from the smallest of venues to football stadia. His credits as a producer even include the legendary songwriter and singer Jackie Trent.
As a former Radio presenter John also produces radio adverts and other commercial production as well as leading the Commercial Team Building work at the studios.
After honing his sound engineering skills on London’s South Bank, Dan has been at Orchard for over 10 years. He has engineered for a vast range of artists and producers (such as Nigel Stonier, Sam Hollyman, Jackie Trent, Thea Gilmore and Mike Cave) and has recorded everything from jazz bands to the sound of flushing toilets!
As a session musician Dan has played in a number of different lineups including with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and with Mike Heron and Rod Clements (of The Incredible String Band and Lindisfarne). Dan’s credits include sessions on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4, Sky TV and many festivals and concerts. Dan plays regularly for Thea Gilmore and can be heard on her latest album out on Island Records.
Dan, who has also worked in Commercial radio, engineers and produces radio adverts and other content.
As co-owner Alma has been a director and studio manager since opening. Like John, she has an extensive background at senior level in a number of blue chip companies and her successful corporate background and experiences are invaluable on our team building events. Having participated in many over the years both her and John know what works, and equally importantly, what doesn’t.
With an uncanny ability to get things done whilst the rest of us are thinking about starting, her range and capacity for work is almost boundless.
Within the many ‘hats’ she wears here at Orchard, she it responsible for the IT infrastructure and for production of the CD covers and cases for all our clients.
Alma, as the font of most knowledge, is able to help with all non-musical issues within the studios. Please though, for all of us, never ever ask her to sing!
Greg is the former principal trombonist for the championship section Robert Bakery Band and has been a featured soloist on several CD’s and at numerous music festivals in the UK and Europe. After gaining a First Class Hons Degree in Music Production at Huddersfield University Greg has worked as Assistant Engineer at Orchard since 2010.
Dayve is a singer, songwriter and sound engineer. Having worked with us for around 6 years and regularly presenting on a local radio station, he still finds time to read the studios software manuals cover to cover (No.. really! …he should get out more!).
We are envious of Jo. She is one of those lucky few people who have a naturally beautiful voice. Add to that formal training from Stoke College, North Cheshire Theatre School and Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and it’s a recipe for success.
Jo was the first person ever to sing at the opening night of Manchesters Bridgewater Hall.
As our main vocal coach Jo can turn nerves into enthusiasm and bring out the very best from individuals and teams in an incredibly short time. We’re still not quite sure how she manages this but we think it’s something to do with the fact that she is absolutely and utterly barking mad!