Cruise Ship Speakers

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Ken Baldry
Classical Music Historian
Hon Prof. of Composition, MBCS
Coming from: Islington,  London  UK
Ken was educated at Wellington Primary School, Isleworth Grammar School & London University (Chelsea College). Following a long career in Industrial Chemistry and then in the computer industry, he set up his own computer consultancy. Ken's music teacher from 1954-1983 was Emile Spira, a pupil of Anton Webern & who fled the Nazi Anschluss in 1938. He has written approx. 21 hours of music and is an Honorary Professor of Composition in Vienna. As a an enrichment speaker, Ken talks on music and composers.

Danielle Barnett
The Music Industry
Coming from: Gidea Park,  Essex  UK
Danielle is currently the lead singer for the world famous number 1 chart act Urban Cookie Collective who had a big hit with "The Key The Secret" in 1993 - and has fronted the act for 15 years. She was, and still currently is, lucky enough to tour the world doing this. "I love my job!" There’s never a dull experience for Danielle. She has performed in front of audiences 100,000 strong, is an accomplished songwriter with 20 top 40 hits and 3 major publishing deals. As a singer Danielle has had 4 major record deals. Danielle is a regular speaker on cruises with a series of talks about the Music Industry and its Stars.

Roy Bilham
Music & Music History
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Coming from: Bexleyheath,  Kent  UK
Roy joined the Royal Artillery Band as a trumpet player when he was 20 and served 22 years finishing with the rank of Band Sergeant Major and Deputy Bandmaster. Since retiring from the Army he has worked as a busy freelance player playing with many leading London Orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra and most notably the Philharmonia. In the eighties Roy started his own company Thames Fanfare Brass. Roy's talks also include him playing his trumpet from classical to modern day music with many amusing and interesting anecdotes featuring many famous names from music and show business.

Pip Burley
Showbiz, Celebrity, Television and Music
Coming from: Headley,  Surrey  UK
Destined to spend life as an engineer, Pip took on the world of music and the media instead. His colourful, jack-of-all-trades career has included performing with The Beatles, working in cabaret in the West End and on cruise ships with Joe Loss, followed by a spell in publishing and advertising. Based on his book ‘Briefest Encounters’, this series of lectures, lavishly accompanied with slides and video clips (and occasionally on the piano), celebrates the stars and celebrities Pip has met and worked with, as well as providing a fascinating insight into the nature of ‘celebrity’ itself.

Sam and Candy Caponegro
Movie and Broadway Musicals
Coming from: Somerset,  New Jersey  USA
Sam and Candy have directed and acted in theater for over 30 years. Their main goal now is to keep the movie musical alive. They have over 15 lectures dealing with the History of the Movie and Broadway Musical. They teach these courses at Rutger's University School of Continuing Education and various libraries and centers in NJ... "We promise you will leave our lectures with your toes tapping and a song in your heart."

Dr Mike Gibson
Music & Destinations
Coming from: Southampton,  Hants  UK
An RAF medical air commodore, CEO of an occupational health company & a member of the Tribunal service, Mike was Honorary Surgeon to HM the Queen for 5 years. He has published widely with passions including history, bagpipes and travel.

Stuart Gustafson
Destinations; Classical Music Composers
Coming from: Boise,  Idaho  USA
Stuart Gustafson took early retirement from his high-technology career so that he could spend more time with his family. He's been sharing his knowledge and his experiences with cruise ship passengers since 2012, and the rave reviews he's received from guests and staff have continued to encourage him. His formal education of a B.A. in Mathematics and an MBA surprise some guests who think he was a history professor. It's just that his keen interest in helping passengers enjoy their cruise has enabled him to develop interesting talks on Destinations, the specific Ports, a few general Travel subjects, and even Classical Music Composers.

Lucy Hallman Russell
Cultural, General and Music History
Coming from: Aub,  Bavaria  Germany
Sharing her passion for cross-cultural insights is central to the presentations by Lucy Hallman Russell. She holds four diplomas in piano, music history and harpsichord, with further studies in Italian, art history, pre-history and archaeology. As a performer and scholar, she has long taught at the University of Music Würzburg. Since 2006 lecturer on European culture (with her husband Ray) for National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions, etc. Travels to 45 countries and fluency in several languages have given this charming, captivating speaker a special knowledge of all of Europe.

Ronald Largent
Modern History and World Affairs
Coming from: Anderson,  CA  USA
Ron has over 50 years travel experience where he has either worked, lived, or traveled in over 60 countries. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara; attended the Air Command & Staff College and the Air War University in international relations, retiring as a reserve Colonel. He has also taught college courses in international business and travel. Currently, he is a professional travel speaker, motivational speaker and an international travel consultant-advisor to travel interest groups. His specialty is international travel destinations, international business, culture, history, and world current events.

Nick Montague
Musician, Choir Master & Conductor
Lecturer on Stage and Film Musicals
Coming from: Knutsford,  Cheshire  UK
Nick Montague has spent over 30 years in music, conducting, teaching and playing piano and arranging music for different types of choirs. He is passionate about the power of music and specialises in teaching groups to sing and work together and enjoy fantastic music and sense of achievement which this brings. His choirs have appeared on both television and radio and raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes.

Ivy Partridge
Enrichment Speaker - Music Destination related
Coming from: North Queensferry,  Fife  UK
Ivy studied Bassoon at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland & was awarded The Euing Prize. She is an experienced performer, lecturer & adjudicator. Presently, Ivy is engaged in programmes for ukulele & has presented at The Scottish Music Education Conferences. She is founder & conductor of the Fife Ukulele Orchestra. Happiness with only 4 strings! As Music Speaker her Classical topics include Baroque & French Piano music. Popular Music titles include Beatles & How to conduct an Orchestra! Her presentations have enthused others - delivering material with fun.

Bill Powell
Travel & Music
South East Asia, the USA and contemporary music.
Coming from: Chester,  Cheshire  UK
Bill was an accountant with BT and joined Marks and Spencer to head their Customer Services Division. He subsequently became Chairman of the Consumer Credit Trade Association. He took early retirement and embarked on a completely different career path as a Tour Manager, escorting groups of travellers to worldwide destinations. He specialises in the USA, Borneo and China. Bill's talks largely reflect his experiences during his ten years as a Tour Manager, mixing personal high (and low!) lights with amusing anecdotes about his journeys around the world.

Angela Schneider
Music, History & Culture
Coming from: Vancouver,  British Columbia  Canada
Angela Schneider holds Masters degrees in Music and Medieval History from Aachen University and is currently a violist with the Vancouver Symphony. Since 1995, she has been involved in the popular, new field of culinary history, which studies the ways in which food has shaped social, cultural and political history. Angela is much in demand as a speaker thanks to presentations that are entertaining, informative and visually rich. She is a popular Destination and Enrichment speaker on cruise ships because she brings history alive by humanizing the subjects and examining what motivates the larger processes of historical change.

David Sibbald
British & American Entertainment
Coming from: 2 Leeds Road,  Harrogate  UK
A Scot from Edinburgh, David started his career in the Newsroom at Radio Clyde in Glasgow after university, but the lure of teaching Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and French was too great to resist. He later owned his own restaurant in Harrogate, but returned to teaching until his retirement. Since then David has worked on local radio and the internet, providing programmes on music from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and a recent interest – country music. David loves meeting people from all walks of life and is frequently invited to talk to groups locally and on cruises.

William Sterling
Cultural History
MA, PhD, Cert Ed
Coming from: Eltham,  London  UK
William took early retirement from the Civil Service in 2008 with a generous redundancy package. He was educated at Colfe’s Grammar School, Lee and Keele University. His BA in 1980 was in History and Geography. He specialised in Mediaeval History (Anglo-Saxons and Hundred Years War) winning the Wedgwood Prize for an essay on King Athelstan. He has a wide range of talks on Composers, Music of the Sea, Vikings & Anglo Saxons and Classical History.