Whether scat swing singing or lingering over a leisurely ballad, the heart of Lou’s work is a love of music, her passion for jazz and collaborative music-making, and delight in performing for audiences.
From a family of professional musicians, and a musician herself for over thirty years, influences range from classical, jazz and folk to world music. Her career has included television and radio, and two acclaimed albums, most recently ‘Into the Blue’ - a collection of jazz-infused compositions (available on Amazon or from www.loubeckermanjazz.com).
She has played in venues across the UK and in the USA, her music sitting as comfortably in a large concert venue as it does in an intimate jazz club. Lou’s voice has been described as 'a stairway to heaven' and 'like being rolled in honey'!
She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in recognition of her work with music in therapeutic settings and leads community jazz choirs and workshops alongside a busy performance schedule with some of the finest musicians on today’s scene.
Having completed a BA (Hons) in Drama and Post-Graduate Diploma in Acting, Sarah's career has included Royal Shakespeare Company, West End, repertory and touring theatre (UK, Europe and with the RSC in Japan). Television includes Casualty, Inspector Morse, The Bill, Eastenders, Pie in the Sky, Turnaround with Clive Owen, Milner with Mel Smith, and a liberal peppering of commercials and corporate films.
She studied classical Indian singing with maestro Pandit Baluji Shrivastav OBE and later worked with him in the London production 'Across the Black Waters'. She enjoys working both in front of the camera and live; happy before a large crowd or intimate audience.
Sarah also presents her one-woman shows with an invented character, Daisy Pipperage, bringing a wide variety of story and song from the first half of the last century. She has always found a reason to sing: earlier in an acapella group and a jazz-styled duo in chic London venues, to currently studying jazz and performing in Swing Sensation, a six-piece band for swing dancers’ events, and other jazz combos.
Carol is a composer, instrumentalist, MD and actor, nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Actress in a Musical for her role in 'Lennon' at the Sheffield Crucible and Astoria Theatre, London.
After working at Chichester Festival Theatre and London's Royal Court, she returned to the West End in 'The Buddy Holly Story' becoming onstage MD. At Queens Theatre Hornchurch she was Head of Music for seventeen years and played the Brass Upstairs in 'Fings Ain’t Wot They Us’d T’ Be', Titania in 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', Yvonne in 'Perfect Pitch' and the eponymous heroine in 'Shirley Valentine'.
She composed music in various styles for dozens of shows, including seventeen pantomimes. At Ludlow Festival, she was MD for 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' and 'A Comedy of Errors', Associated Artist at the Octagon Bolton where she was MD/ composer for 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', 'A Streetcar Named Desire' 'The Hired Man' (winning a TMA award) and recently 'The Threepenny Opera'.
Her album, ‘Ordinary Pleasure’ is available on iTunes.