The Magnificent Bublé band
James Billington is widely regarded as being one of the top swing and jazz vocalists in the UK with years of experience performing with professional acts both in the theatre and for private or public events.
It was Robbie Williams' Swing When You're Winning Album that drew James towards this fabulous genre of music and his style is now heavily influenced by the likes of Sinatra, Nat King Cole and of course, Michael Bublé.
It is often said that James and Michael's voices are very similar but the real comparisons will be drawn on the style of performance and stage charisma.
James is thrilled to have a fantastic team working on this project with him including his amazing Musical Director, Alfie, incredible band and the stage tech team who have helped create a show which looks and sounds just how a Bublé show should.
Enjoy the show, wherever you find us!
Alfie Pugh - Musical Director and Pianist
Alfie graduated from Bath Spa University in 2012 with a first class degree in Music and is an award winning composer, Alfie's work has been performed around the world and he is equally at home writing for symphony orchestra, military bands, big band, small groups and choirs.
His works for woodwind ensembles are published by Wonderful Winds, and his band arrangements of Barry Gray's music (Thunderbirds, Stingray, etc.) are endorsed by the Gerry Anderson estate. Recent works include Exeter Cityscapes, a 45-minute work for large symphony orchestra that was performed to critical acclaim in Exeter Cathedral; Around The World in 20 duets, for several different woodwind, which has received excellent reviews; The Treasure Map, his latest composition for orchestra, which is due to be performed by the Isca Orchestra.
Alfie is a prolific arranger and composer of big band/jazz ensemble music, citing Nelson Riddle, Frank DeVol, Johnny Mandel, Billy May, Billy Byers, Quincy Jones and Harry Connick Jr. among his many influences. He is an experienced musical director, leading a big band for many years, and is now at the helm of the Magnificent Bublé band, comprising the cream of Devon's jazz musicians.
He is also an accomplished pianist, in both classical and jazz disciplines, drummer and percussionist (he is principal percussionist with Devon Philharmonic Orchestra) and bassoonist and contrabassoonist. He teaches piano privately and in schools, and occasionally gives recitals of piano and tuned percussion music. On top of all of this, he works as a musical director for multiple choir groups and local musical theatre companies.
Jim Rintoul - Bass