HARRIET PETHERICK BUSHMAN - music director, pianist, composerHarriet Petherick Bushman was trained as a concert pianist at the Royal Academy of Music in London and in Europe. After several years as a soloist and chamber musician she began to compose work to include in her programmes. She has composed for BBC and Channel 4 documentaries as well as cathedral choral and organ work in the UK, Europe and the USA but is currently concentrating on musical theatre: "The Invisible Monkey”; (2003/4), "Discoveries"; (USA 2004), "1856: Long Walk Home" - a concert opera; (USA 2006), "The Dream Dealer"; (London 2002, Edinburgh Festival 2006), “The Rhythm Method”; (London 2006), "The Little Prince"; (Kuwait 2007) and "The Dream Dealer"; (Kuwait 2008). She has written songs and incidental music for inclusion in Shakespeare's; "A Comedy of Errors", "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Othello", (Kuwait 2008/9). Her most recent composition, with Raphael Bushman, is the jazz oratorio, "Gideon."
MARITA PHILLIPS - writer, lyricist
Marita has written the Book and Lyrics of the children's musical THE DREAM DEALER. Her novel of THE DREAM DEALER (9-13 year olds) was published last year. Her lyrics have been performed by artists such as Maria Friedman, Art Garfunkel, Demis Roussos and Peter Skellern. She has written the libretto for the opera “Poet and Tsar”, based on her forebear, the poet Alexander Pushkin. She has also written a play on Pushkin, entitled “Song from a Cage.” Marita Phillips studied acting at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and ballet at the Nesta Brooking School before training as a mime with Adam Darius, with whom she founded and ran The Mime Centre, London.