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 30th anniversary in 2015. 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.
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 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.
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 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.