A brief rundown of my professional career:
I have been very fortunate in my career, working with many different artists. Most of my early experiences were gigging with different bands, one of which I stayed with for five years and absolutely loved, named 'Jody Street', a hard jazz/rock outfit.
I was living in America after this, for 18 months with a new band in Miami. I got into studio/session work at an early stage and by chance really; my father was a very busy drummer working with a lot of artists that I was lucky enough to grow up with, hence my introduction to sessions. Some of the people I have worked with on albums and tracks are listed:
Jon Anderson [Yes], Uriah Heep, Joni Mitchell, Emma Bunton, Westlife, S Club 7, Freddie Mercury, Cliff Richard, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Atomic Rooster, Dave Grusin, Jerry Goldsmith, George Harrison, Paul Carrack, Lisa Stansfield, Elton John, and Sting.
My father, Barry Morgan, introduced me to the business. He is also a drummer and owned Morgan Studios. He is well known throughout the business and is still my greatest influence, although Stevie Wonder may be another!
I suppose my roots are mainly rock based, although I play and appreciate many different types and styles of music.
Parallel careers, writing/arranging & playing piano/keyboards
Some of the recent artists worked with include:
Westlife, Geri Halliwell, Delta Goodrem, Brian McFadden, Il Divo, Ronan Keating, S Club 7, Gareth Gates, Robbie Williams, Five, Nick Carter, Bon Jovi, Chris de Burgh, Samantha Mumba, Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Eurythmics, Lulu, Joni Mitchell, Andrea Bocelli, Philip Glass, Jose Carreras, Russell Watson, Charlotte Church, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Cliff Richard, Donny Osmond, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Steve Brookstein, Clay Aiken, Spice Girls, Graham Coxon, Sheryl Crow, Madeline Bell, Dionne Warwick, Cilla Black, Alanis Morisette, Natalie Cole, Sasha, Jakarta, Girls Aloud, Robson & Jerome, Vanessa Mae, Michael Ball, Shirley Bassey, Martine McCutcheon, Bellefire, Republica, Freddie Mercury, Ronnie Wood, American Idol Winners (2 albums), Lemar, Vienna Boys Choir.
Recent films worked on include:
Revenge of the Sith, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones Diary, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Around the World in 80 Days, De-Lovely, Sahara, Shall We Dance, Unfinished Life, Mickey Blue Eyes, Goldeneye, Basic Instinct, The Shipping News, The Beach, Leon, The Return of the Jedi, The Saint, Enemy at the Gates, Monkey Bone, Chocolat, Rat Race, Crossroads, Red Planet, The Avengers, In Love and War, The Bachelor, My Dog Skip, The Truth about Charlie, An Ideal Husband, Copycat, 101 Dalmatians 2, Jungle Book 2, Calendar Girls, The Wild Thornberrys, Crossroads, Harts War, The Hours, Unbreakable, Stargate, I'll Be There, Beloved, Ever After, Carla's Song, Last Man Standing, Flipper, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Guest House Paradiso, Below, High Fidelity, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl with the Pearl Earring, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Recent commercials composed include:
British Airways, Fanta, Walkers, Philadelphia, Somerfield, Rimmel, Kelloggs, Argos, Vauxhall, Oxo, Peugeot, Persil, Huggies, Nescafe, Braun, Ford, Coca Cola, Vodafone, Dr Pepper, Dove, Airwick, Malibu, British Gas, Bassets, Nectar, Finish, American Express, Nat West, Flora, Tango, Virgin, Rexona, Heinz, Argos, Camelot, Orange.
Recent TV composed/arranged includes:
Night & Day, GMTV, Celebrity Poker, Emmerdale, Strange but True, Airline, LWT Logos, HSBC ITV Drama bumpers, Bafta awards, CITV Awards, Blind Date.
Recent TV worked on includes:
Strictly Dance Fever (MD), Bergerac, Grafters, Stars in Their Eyes, Olympic Torch Concert, Miss Marple, Children in Need, Royal Variety Performance, CD-UK, Foyles War, Dalziel & Pascoe, Middlemarch, Poirot, Tipping the Velvet, Dinner Ladies, Station Jim, Generation Game, Wondrous Oblivion, Dinotopia, Top of the Pops, Ground Force, Hetty Wainthrop.
Florian Opahle was born in Gladbeck (NRW), Germany on February 1, 1983. At the age of 5 he started his musical education at the school of music in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany.
From 1988 - 2002 Florian is taught classical guitar, electric guitar and piano by reputed music teachers from Salzburg, Austria; Munich, Germany and Rosenheim, Germany. He participated in many international guitar weeks and master class workshops in Germany and the USA led by artists such as Al di Meola and Frank Wallace.
During these years Florian plays in several bands in the Bavarian and Austrian area, covering different styles of music from blues to jazz and rock as well as playing in classical orchestras.
In spring 2002 he graduates from the European musical Ignaz-Günther-Gymnasium (grammar school) in Rosenheim, Germany. Already during this time he works as a live and studio musician in recording studios in Germany; for example, the Park Studios in Tutzing, Germany. That is where he meets the artists Masha and Curly.
From 2002 – 2003, Florian works as lead guitarist for these artists in music videos, concerts and TV shows in Germany, like WDR Rockpalast, THE DOME, VIVA Interactive, Tränenpalast ARTE, Mc. Chartshow.
In 2003 Florian goes on tour with Masha through Germany. After this engagement he gets the offer to tour with Masha in Europe as a support act for the rock legend Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull). During this tour he plays Montreaux Jazz Festival, being the youngest guitarist to perform there in the last 20 years. In the same period Florian plays as a session musician for the group "Soulmates," together with artists like Ian Anderson, Chris Thompson, Bill Evans and others.
In December 2003 he gets the offer to play for Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) as lead guitarist.
In January 2004 the first concert in this formation takes place as part of a TV concert in Napoli, Italy that will be broadcast all over the world. This event is followed by different recording sessions, for example, the Masha-single "Right Here" (Top 50 in the German music charts) and many concerts and TV shows with Masha during the first half of 2004.
From July 2004 on Florian goes on tour as lead guitarist for the act "Ian Anderson Plays Orchestral Jethro Tull", which takes him to Italy, Greece, Scotland, France and Germany. During this tour a DVD is recorded of the concerts in Germany.
In autumn 2004 Florian does some recording sessions for the latest album of the Italian artist Alessia D`Andrea in Calabria, Italy.
In 2005 Florian produces music for the TV series "Arme Millionäre" that will be broadcast on RTL in the autumn of 2005. The successful work with Ian Anderson goes on in 2005 playing concerts and touring in the Czech Republic, Scotland and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile).
Bass Player: Born in Holloway road in 1962 and brought up to the sounds of the Beatles. Got my first guitar at the age of 13. From the age of 14 played in bands - all sorts of function and dance bands. Performed for the first time at Ronnie Scott's Club at the age of 15. From 15 years old studied music at Kingsway College for 2 years before leaving to travel to Norway with a rock group playing mainly covers. When we returned we were resident at a club in Wembley where we backed 3 different artists a night for 3 years.
During this time I started doing sessions where one thing led to another, and in no particular order the following list is another…
Recording: David Essex, Right Said Fred, Celine Dion, Phil Collins, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, George Benson, Patti Austin, Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Nail, Everything But the Girl, Elaine Page, The Hollies, Elvis Costello, The Dave Clark 5, Carole King, George Martin, Geoff Wayne, S Club 7, Russell Watson, Sarah Brightman, Mel C and more…
Live performances: Shirley Bassey, Freddie Mercury (Barcelona), Right Said Fred (MTV), Rod Stewart (TV), Jose Carrera, Montserrat Cabella, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach (live DVD). House Band for songwriters club where backed Seal, Simon Climie, Jocelyn Brown, Chris Thompson. Robbie Williams (live TOTP), Hamish Stuart, Brian May, Live 8 (Murryfield), Guy Chambers, Annie Lennox, Ronan Keyton, Brian McFadden, Beverly Knight, Neil Hannon, Jamie Cullen and others.
TV/Films: BAFTA Awards for both LWT and BBC, Taggart, Noels House Party, Bergerac, TOTP, Wogan, Miami 7, Twin Towns, Notting Hill, Generation Game, GMTV, Richard & Judy, Hale and Pace, Reborn in the USA, Mission Impossible, Pop Idols, Pop Stars, Strictly Dance Fever and Hit Me Baby One More Time and more.
Shows: Time, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph, Rocky Horror Show, Whistle Down the Wind, Soul Train. 1999 – 2001 Sarah Brightman (Eden & La Luna world tours), We Will Rock You, Mama Mia, Tonight's the Night.
Trevor is also a very close friend of Madam Shoal and was also a member of the influential Morrissey/Mullen Band for 10 years, recording the albums "This Must Be the Place" and "Happy Hour".
Writing Credits: Everybody Loves Raymond, JAG, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, As the World
Turns, Becker, Bold and the Beautiful, Young and the Restless, Survivor (USA), King of
Queens, Late Late Show, My Big fat Greek Life, Price is Right.
Wrote and produced The Album Madeline (Madeline Bell) plus a bunch of library albums for Cavendish, Boosey & Hawks.