Composer Howard Goodall CBE becomes a patron of Arion Productions.

Composer and broadcaster Howard Goodall (The Hired Man, Bend it Like Beckham, Love Story) has become a patron of theatre company Arion Productions.  He joins playwright Martin Sherman (Bent, When She Danced, Passing By) as a supporter of this exciting company who first staged the professional world premiere of his A Winter’s Tale at the Landor Theatre in 2012, winning Best New Musical in the Awards.

Arion Productions was formed in 2012 by its current Artistic Director, Andrew Keates and co-founder Andrew Harmer. Arion productions have included Rooms: A Rock Romance (European Premiere – Finborough Theatre), Dessa Rose (European Premiere – Trafalgar Studios), As Is (Finborough Theatre and Trafalgar Studios) and Passing By (Finborough Theatre and Tristan Bates Theatre).  In 2016 they launched Portfolio Masterclasses, giving opportunities for theatre-makers to learn with artists such as Jenny Galloway, Danielle Tarento, Anna Jane Casey, Annette Badland, Mark Gatiss, Julie Atherton and Abigail Matthews.

Howard Goodall comments,

Arion Productions is committed to producing brave, highly artistic productions of great quality and creating opportunities for theatre-makers of all abilities. They have championed my work and given many artists (both on-stage and off) their first opportunities in professional theatre. I am delighted to be a patron of Arion Productions and I encourage others to support this dynamic theatre company in any way they can.

Howard Goodall’s first West End musical, The Hired Man, based on Melvyn Bragg’s book, opened in 1984, when he was only 24. It has since been performed all over the world, winning many international awards.  It was followed in by Girlfriends (1987), Days of Hope (1990), Silas Marner (1993), The Kissing-Dance (1998), the dreaming (2001) (both written with Charles Hart for the NYMT), A Winter’s Tale (2005), Two Cities (2006), Love Story (2010), and Bend it Like Beckham (2015).  As well as writing musicals, Howard has composed some of the best-known TV theme tunes of the last 30 years, including Mr. Bean, Blackadder, Red Dwarf, Q.I. and The Vicar of Dibley. His score for the HBO film Into the Storm won him a Primetime EMMY award for Original Dramatic Score in 2009.

For the past 15 years he has written and presented his own TV documentary series on the theory and history of music. For these he has been honoured with a BAFTA, an RTS Judges’ Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Education in Broadcasting and over a dozen other international broadcast awards. In recent years he has been England’s first ever National Ambassador for Singing and Classic FM’s Composer-in-Residence.  He was appointed CBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to music education.

Artistic Director of Arion Productions, Andrew Keates comments,

We feel very honoured to welcome Howard Goodall as one of our patrons. In many ways we share similar goals in that Howard and Arion are committed to the development of Musical Theatre as an art form and historically we have both used many means to inspire and offer opportunities for artists to grow. He is a very bright light in our industry and we hope having his patronage will attract other patrons and supporters who are passionate about our work and the artists we work with.

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