Ross Leadbeater is a musical director, conductor, classical-crossover pianist, vocal coach and producer who works extensively in theatre, film, opera, television and radio.
After graduating from the University of Warwick, he studied piano, singing and conducting at Trinity College of Music, London.
Ross is a former member of the Classical Brit Award winning choir Only Men Aloud with whom he appeared on The Royal Variety Show, BBC Proms in the Park and in a USA PBS special. He has performed throughout the UK in some of the finest concert halls alongside artists such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins, Catherine Zeta Jones, Bonnie Tyler, Josh Groban, John Owen Jones and Bryn Terfel. Two albums were recorded with Decca Records, the second of which won Album of the Year at the Classical Brit Awards in 2010.
Theatre Credits: Musical Director; Crazy For You (Arts Ed), Ivor Novello – The Great British Musical (London Hippodrome), The Great British Musicals (St James Theatre),Call Me Madam (Union Theatre), Betwixt! (Trafalgar Studios), Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd (Finborough Theatre), Talent (Garrick Theatre), West End Eurovision (Dominion Theatre), A Good Night Out In The Valleys (National Theatre Wales).
Assistant MD; Crush (workshop) (Harold Pinter Theatre) The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Sorcerer,Trial By Jury, (Buxton International Opera Festival).
Piano/Keyboards; South Pacific (Barbican Centre), Legally Blonde (UK Tour), Cinderella, Aladdin (Bristol Hippodrome/ First Family Entertainment).
Television and Film: Get Your Act Together (ITV) The One Show, (BBC 1), BoomTown (BBC 3), Diva (pilot) (Endemol/Sony ATV), Pan (Warner Bros).
Radio: Keep the Home Fires Burning with Don Black (BBC Radio 2) and regular appearances on In Tune (BBC Radio 3) Gaby Roslin Show (BBC London), Welsh Arts Show (BBC Wales).
Recordings: This Land of Ours (EMI), Only Men Aloud (Decca), Band of Brothers (Decca) – No. 1 in the Classical Charts and 2010 Album of the Year.
Ross also works as an audition pianist, vocal coach and repertoire singing teacher at the UK’s top drama schools and music conservatoires including Arts Ed, GSA, LAMDA, Mountview, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Ross is the Artistic Director of The Great British Songbook.