Behind the mask: Cast & creatives
PAUL WALDEN and DEREK NICOL for FLYING MUSIC and FLYING ENTERTAINMENT
In the early seventies, Paul Walden promoted virtually all of the major touring artistes at the time, from Supertramp to Arthur Brown, David Bowie and The Who. In 1976 he expanded into Artist Management and Agency with various solo artistes and groups including Voyager, Leo Sayer, Springwater and Paul Nicholas. The establishment of a successful music publishing company followed and in 1982 he set up Flying Music and Flying Records.
In his native Scotland Derek Nicol promoted almost all of the major touring acts to visit Scotland during the Sixties, such names as The Searchers, The Troggs, The Kinks, Otis Redding, Deep Purple, The Who, Elton John, Marc Bolan and Fleetwood Mac. In 1971 he moved to London where he set up Mountain Management and managed Nazareth and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band throughout the seventies. During this time he also established Mountain Records and Mountain Publishing. In 1983 Derek took the decision to join Paul at Flying Music.
Entertaining the nation for more than 35 years, Flying Music and sister company Flying Entertainment have produced numerous nationwide tours and have presented a wide variety of artists including Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Little Richard, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Dionne Warwick, Glen Campbell, The Four Tops and major arena events including Born To Rock ‘n’ Roll with Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino as well as reuniting the four original Monkees for the first time in 30 years and the global sensation Abba The Show.
The company are also renowned for their concert tours such as The Solid Silver 60s Show, The Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll Show, its American counterpart The All American Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll Show and Maximum Rhythm N’ Blues all of which continue to enjoy regular touring and national success.
An innovative approach to creating conceptual brands has seamlessly moved into the world of theatre. Original shows created by the company include Hollywood and Broadway, The Magic of the Musicals, Salute to Sinatra, What A Feeling – The Rock ‘n’ Pop Musicals – In Concert, Sweet Soul Music, A Night at The Opera, Dancing in the Streets – Motown’s Greatest Hits which ran continuously for two years in London’s West End and the Olivier Award nominated The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas which enjoyed a three and a half year non-stop run in London as well as touring all over the UK, Europe and the USA.
Flying Music’s global hit show Thriller Live is a mainstay in London’s West End having celebrated its 10th birthday in January 2019 and has played to over five million fans worldwide. The show has become the longest running show at the Lyric Theatre and the 13th longest running West End musical ever. A second production of the show continues to travel the world, taking in more than 30 countries across the globe.
Flying Entertainment have partnered with many leading forces in UK Entertainment including SJM with whom they launched the European premier of Green Day’s hit Broadway musical American Idiot and UK Productions on the tour and West End transfer of the critically acclaimed play, The Kite Runner based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel and film . In 2015, they teamed up with Canadian producers Annerin to general manage and later co-produce the west end hit Let It Be, a celebration of the music of The Beatles. 2017 saw Flying Entertainment team up with Aria Entertainment for an Edinburgh Festival run and west end debut of cult classic musical The Toxic Avenger and AES for the fringe production of the comedy farce musical Adam, Eve…and Steve.
More recently Flying Entertainment have added a host of incredibly talented artists and shows to their roster including The Greatest Love of All – a celebration of Whitney Houston starring the sensational Belinda Davids; A Beautiful Noise featuring award winning Fisher Stevens paying homage to Neil Diamond, one of the world’s greatest ever singer songwriters; All You Need is Love a concert spectacular celebrating the music and immeasurable talents of The Beatles; The Simon & Garfunkel Story a critically acclaimed concert style theatre show about the world’s most successful music duo and George honouring the songs and music of George Michael featuring Rob Lamberti.
Flying Entertainment recently announced a collaboration with Rebel Vision to launch a unique immersive screening of The Rolling Stones iconic concert Havana Moon. Fusing music, culture and immersive performance, Havana Moon promises to thrill audiences across the UK and around the world.
Aside from its successful theatre production and touring business, Flying Music also has a flourishing merchandising, theatre ticketing, video/TV production, general management and corporate event division. Past corporate and private clients include Simon Cowell, Philip Green, Barclays Capital Bank, British Airways, The Evening Standard, Prudential Insurance, Anthony Nolan Trust, The Rainbow Trust, Make A Wish Foundation, Chivas Regal, The National Trust, Serco Group, IMG, Lady Taverners, Hyatt Hotels, Ford Motor Company, The World Travel Awards, Sporting Club Monte Carlo, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Morrison’s Supermarket, The Variety Club of Great Britain and the Jockey Club