Paul Walden Joint Managing Director
Derek Nicol Joint Managing Director
From a base in the South of England Paul Walden promoted virtually all of the major touring acts in the seventies, 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 taken on board 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 30 years, Flying Music 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 many, many more. Flying Music have produced and promoted 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. Flying Music are also renowned for their numerous concert tours including The Solid Silver 60s Show commonly referred to as a British institution, which celebrates its 34th anniversary in 2019. Keeping with this winning formula, Flying Music devised 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 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 Fridge 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 will be one of the must-see experiences this autumn and promises to thrill audiences across the UK.

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.

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

Andy Jennings Director of Finance and HR
Andy joined Flying Music in 2007 and has responsibility for finance, human resources, IT and Office administration. Andy qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1994 and has spent the majority of his career in the media and entertainment industries. Andy has held senior finance roles at Touche Ross, Hertz Europe, IRR Conference and Exhibitions and Omnicom subsidiary The Beanstalk Group among others. Andy is a Fellow of the institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a degree in Accounting.
Mark Strange General Manager
Mark joined FMG in 2000 as Associate Promoter, booking/programming and promoting production and touring rock and roll shows for 5 years. After a short break he rejoined FMG in 2009 as General Manager and is responsible for theatrical productions. He has been 25 years in the entertainment business where as Entertainment’s Manager at Butlins he was responsible for a £4m entertainment budget, a 100 strong team, providing entertainment to 6000 guests daily. He has also worked for Pontins and Thomson Gold Holidays.
Ginette Sinnott Head of Marketing
Ginette Joined Flying Music Group in July 1998 and has over 15 years experience in marketing commercial theatre. She has worked on West End, UK touring and international touring productions. Most recently as Head of marketing for Flying Music, she has worked on shows including The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, Dancing in the Streets and the record breaking Thriller Live. In addition she has overseen high profile marketing campaigns for artists such as winners of The Voice, X Factor and BGT, as well as long established artists of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Nicholas Fincher Bookings Manager
Nicholas joined FMG in 2006 and heads sales and has broad experience of the UK and international venue markets built through his time at Flying Music and also as Radio producer with both Global Radio and Talksport.
David Drury Head of Legal and Business Affairs
David joined Flying Music in 2016 and is the Head of Legal and Business Affairs. David holds a degree in Law from the University of Warwick and qualified as a solicitor with Collyer Bristow in 2016. He is responsible for all contractual and legal aspects of the business.
Carlo Tozzi Finance Manager
Carlo joined FMG in 2006 in the Accounts Department dealing with artist, musician and crew payroll. After briefly leaving to work for a start up in 2011 he returned permanently in 2015 as the Finance Manager. Carlo deals with FM Management Accounts but also oversees all day to day aspects of the Accounts team including bank reconciliations, payroll, VAT and credit control. Carlo has over 20 years’ experience of working within Finance for varying business sectors.