G E O F F   W E S T L E Y

A Brief History

Geoff Westley won a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London,  where he studied Flute,  Piano and Composition.

 

By age 23 he was conducting musicals in London's West End,  including Jesus Christ Superstar.  That same year he was invited to join the Bee Gees as their Musical Director and was present on all of their worldwide tours for a period of 7 years in prestigious venues such as Madison Square Garden, Budokan Tokyo, Maple Leaf Stadium Toronto, 

Central Park New York,  and Sydney Opera House.

 

As keyboard player and arranger he has collaborated with a wide range of artists including:  Carpenters, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Leo Sayer, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Everly Bros, Vangelis, Gerry Goldsmith, Hans Zimmer, Marvin Hamlish, Henry Mancini ......

 

At age 30, he began a long and successful collaboration with Italian artists. 

Arranging & Production credits include:
LUCIO BATTISTI - “Una Donna per Amico” / “Una Giornata Uggiosa” 

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

RICCARDO COCCIANTE - “La Grande Avventura”
LAURA PAUSINI,  SAFINA,  ANNA OXA,  EROS RAMAZZOTTI,  FABIO CONCATO,  

LUCIO DALLA,  FABRIZIO de ANDRÉ,  FIORELLA MANNOIA,

... e per il mondo Spagnolo

VICTOR MANUEL, ANA BELEN, PABLO MILANES, FITO PAEZ, CHICO BUARQUE, CHAVELA VARGAS,  ANTONIO BANDERAS  

Arranged and Conducted for Eros Ramazzotti - Special Guest Sanremo Festival 2016

 

Appointed Music Director for the Sanremo Festival 2018,  recently repeating the role at Sanremo Festival 2019 arranging and conducting for artists including James Taylor,  Sting,  Andrea Boccelli,  Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti, Ligabue, Fiorella Mannoia, Riccardo Cocciante, Antonello Venditti, Giorgia, Elisa, Gianna Nannini, Gianni Morandi, Biagio Antonacci,  Il Volo,  Nek,  Renga, Pezzali,  Mengoni.

 

In 2008 he won the Critics' Prize at the 58th Sanremo Song Festival for his group FRANK HEAD with the song ParaPara’ PaRaRa

 

He has collaborated on 2 James Bond films:

as Keyboard Player and Assistant Conductor on “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 .... as well as many marvellous London session orchestras.

 

In September 2010, he was invited by the Director of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome to establish, organise and teach a course in Arranging, Orchestration,

and Studio Recording.

 

He also writes his own contemporary classical music (just Art, no money!) including: Travels in the Arctic Circle - A Chamber Opera commissioned by the Royal Opera House,
as well as several song cycles and many works for solo piano

 

 

In the last 10 years he has devoted himself almost exclusively to large-scale orchestral projects, which include: 

 

 Sogno Nº1 - with the  London Symphony Orchestra, New Orchestral versions of works by Fabrizio de André

 

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, Choir and Orchestra,  recorded with Brno Philharmonic in Czechoslovakia, Parma and Rome.

 

Un Piccolo Natale in Più, an album of Christmas music with Claudio Baglioni

and Budapest Symphony Orchestra

 

Project of Beatles songs reworked for simple rhythm section and String Orchestra, recorded with London Chamber Orchestra led by Vasko Vassilev

 

Project for Tenor, Violin and Orchestra. Re-workings of known classical pieces by Rachmaninov, Poulenc, Tchaikowsky, Kreisler, Schumann, Saint-Saens …… as duets for Tenor and Solo Violin.

 

Created New Orchestral Versions of songs for Voice & Piano by Grieg (Op.48),

Sibelius (Op.37) & Nielsen (Op.6 & 10),

recorded with soprano Janice Watson and Budapest Symphony Orchestra

 

 

 

May 2019 Released his first Solo CD - "DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN", a Solo Piano Project of original compositions based on Improvisations.

 

 

When not making music,  he sails,  walks dogs in Sussex and the Pyrenees,  and flies Hot Air Balloons,  having competed for several years in the British National team.

 

He speaks fluent Italian,  reasonable French,  adequate Spanish .... and rather rusty German.