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G E O F F   W E S T L E Y

A Brief History

Geoff Westley was awarded a Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London,  

Where he studied Flute,  Piano and Composition.


At age 23 he was already conducting musicals in the West End of London,  including Jesus Christ Superstar.  

In the same year he was invited to join the Bee Gees, 

and was for 7 years their Musical Director on all world tours,  

performing in prestigious locations such as,  

Madison Square Garden,  Budokan Tokyo, Maple Leaf Stadium Toronto, 

Central Park New York,  and Sydney Opera House.


As keyboard player/arranger,  collaborations include:

Carpenters / Peter Gabriel / Phil Collins
Leo Sayer / Andrew Lloyd-Webber / Everly Bros / Vangelis / Gerry Goldsmith 

Hans Zimmer / Marvin Hamlish / Henry Mancini ......


At the age of 30, he began a long and successful collaboration 

with a number of Italian artists,  that continues to this day.

He was producer/arranger on:
LUCIO BATTISTI - “Una Donna per Amico” / “Una Giornata Uggiosa” 

CLAUDIO BAGLIONI - “Strada Facendo” / “Avrai”
RENATO ZERO - “Voyeur” / “Cattura” / “Spalle al Muro” (Vecchio) 

RICCARDO COCCIANTE - “La Grande Avventura”

FABRIZIO de ANDRÉ - "Sogno Nº1"

MANGO - “Sirtaki”

LUCIO DALLA,  FIORELLA MANNOIA …. and many others.


For the Latin-American market he has produced/arranged for:




In 2008 he won the Critics’Prize at the Sanremo Festival

for his group FRANK HEAD with the song "ParaPara’ PaRaRa"


He has worked on 2 James Bond films:

As keyboard player and conductor on the soundtrack of

“The Spy Who Loved Me” ..... 

And was the hot-air balloon pilot in “Octopussy”



As arranger and Conductor he has worked with:
London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 

Philharmonia, Pro Arte,  London Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini di Catania, 

Roma Sinfonietta, Brno Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, 

Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Verdi di Salerno, Orchestra laVerdi di Milano .... 

as well as many wonderful London session orchestras.


He has also written much Contemporary Classical music: 

Travels in the Arctic Circle,  a Chamber Opera 

Commissioned by the Royal Opera House, 

Various Song Cycles and many works for Solo Piano.



In the last 20 years he has devoted himself mainly 


to large-scale orchestral projects,  including:



Sogno Nº1 - with the London Symphony Orchestra,

New orchestral versions of the works of Fabrizio de André,

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London.


For an American Ballet Company, an adaptation of Humperdinck's Opera 

Hansel & Gretel as a full-length 2-Act Ballet.

Storia di Una Capinera,

a new Opera in 2 Acts for 8 soloists,  chorus and orchestra, 

recorded with the Brno Philharmonic in Czechoslovakia, Parma and Rome.


Un Piccolo Natale in Più,

an album of Christmas Music with

Claudio Baglioni and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra


A project based on songs of The Beatles 

re-arranged for a simple rhythm section and strings

Recorded with the London Chamber Orchestra,  led by Vasko Vassilev


A project for Tenor, Violin and Orchestra. Re-workings of well-know pieces by Rachmaninov, Poulenc, Tchaikowsky, Kreisler, Schumann, Saint-Saens

…… as duets for Tenor, Solo Violin and Orchestra.


New orchestral versions of songs, originally written for Voice & Piano

by Grieg (Op.48), Sibelius (Op.37) & Nielsen (Op.6 & 10) 

Created for,  and recorded with the Soprano 

Janice Watson and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra




A new version for Chamber Orchestra of the Opera, 


by Astor Piazzolla & Horacio Ferrer.



Created, arranged and conducted a medley for Eros Ramazzotti - 

Special Guest at Festival di Sanremo 2016



Geoff was invited by Claudio Baglioni to be Musical Director

For the Festival di Sanremo 2018 e 2019

In which he arranged and conducted for guests including

James Taylor,  Sting, Andrea Bocelli

…… and many Italian artists including: 

Laura Pausini,  Andrea Bocelli,  Eros Ramazzotti, 

Il Volo,  Antonello Venditi,  Riccardo Cocciante,  Gianni Morandi,

Biagio Antonacci,  Ligabue,  Gianna Nannini,  Elisa,  Giorgia, 

Nek,  Renga,  Pezzali,  Mengoni 



He also composed the Signature tune - Sanremo 2018/19



"Sogno Nº1 ed Oltre”

A live concert version of the album Sogno Nº1,  performed with 

full Symphony Orchestra, Choir, and the voices of Peppe Servillo e Pilar.



A Music Theatre project based on "Favole al Telefono" by Gianni Rodari,

Original music by Geoff Westley - Narration by Peppe Servillo. 

performed in Theatres and Piazze throughout Italy during summer 2021



May 2019 saw the release of the album



A project of original compositions for solo piano,  

born out of a series of improvisations.  



A 2nd album of compositions for Solo Piano


Was published in September 2021

…….. and he regularly performs music from both albums in concert.  

September 2022 saw him conduct 4 concerts from 3 different projects 

at the prestigious Festival at Reggia di Caserta 

all with the Orchestra & Coro del Teatro Verdi di Salerno 



Sogno Nº1 - project on the music of Fabrizio de André

Claudio Baglioni - an orchestral version of their celebrated album from 1982

- Strada Facendo

and ……

La Nouvelle Vague - a concert of music centred around French Cinema of the 1950s/60s,  by composers such as Georges Delerue, Michel Legrand, Leo Ferré 


Orchestrations for all three projects were his own.





When not making music,  Geoff sails and walks dogs in Sussex and the Pyrenees.

He has flown Hot-Air Balloons competitively for Great Britain 

in World and European Championships.


He speaks fluent Italian,  reasonable French,  adequate Spanish …..

and very rusty German!


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