JMusic Ltd is a music production company specialising in the theatre and leisure market. We have many years of experience in the writing, arranging and production of scores and soundtracks to accompany a variety of stage shows and events.
We can supply fully orchestrated soundtracks to be used with or without live musicians, and also clear and accurate band parts.
JMusic's Director and Principal Producer, Joe O'Connor is committed to maintaining the company's exemplary reputation for both creativity and reliability. We are based near Guildford, Surrey and are easily accessible from the A3 with good train links to London Waterloo.
Joe is Owner, Director & Principal Producer for JMusic LTD.
He attended the Chichester Cathedral Choir School, Bedales School and Kingston University where he studied and was heavily involved in music, playing Piano, Trumpet, Euphonium and Cello. Joe started producing music professionally at the age of 15, and went on to work as a keyboard player in many productions in provincial theatres and also in the West End.
As a musical director he has worked on many shows including Little Shop of Horrors, Charlotte’s Web, The Adventures of Mr Toad and Peter Pan at the prestigious Watermill Theatre Newbury, and Pinocchio and Jack & The Beanstalk both at the Paul Robeson Theatre and most recently the UK national tour of Wizard Of Oz – Beyond The Rainbow, and Snow White at the Theatre Royal Nottingham. Joe has been producing music full time for over 20 years, and has produced the music for over 500 shows destined for cruise ships, leisure parks and theatres.
As a writer Joe has written & produced original scores for the Circ Ballet Eclipse, Forbidden, the Russian production of Mirage, Peter Pan, Dick Whittington, Cinderella, and The Young Ones on Summer Holiday and in 2005 Wizard Of Oz – Beyond The Rainbow in 2008 ‘Cry Of The Celts’ and 2009 for Alton Towers ‘The Wonderful World Of Cloud Cuckoo Land’ along with many other themes, jingles and songs including tracks for the Pop Combo ‘D4’ at Disney Channel UK. Joe moved from his home town of Chichester to Witley in Surrey in 2003 where he built a new recording studio. Joe continues to produce for some of the UK’s biggest entertainment groups and companies. His company JMusic LTD has become the principle music producer for Carnival UK servicing in total 7 ships.
JMusic LTD now has it’s very own full scale production which premiered at Guildford Cathedral in June 2012. Starring Richard E.Grant, the orchestral work and stage event ‘Avalon’ received a standing ovation.
The JMusic studio has a fully air-conditoned control room and live room, supporting Logic and Protools as its main music creation and recording software, controlled by Yamaha 02R96, and Mackie Universal Control, through Digidesign Hardware. Outboards effects include Yamaha and Lexicon units. Roland Keyboards & Modules and a good selection of microphones including Neumann U87 x2, Beyer, AKG, Electrovoice, SE Electronics, Audio Techinica and Shure (SM57 & SM58). We have a TLA analogue desk ‘M4’ and 5032 valve master stereo compressor. Voice channel units are Focusrite Pro units x2. Main Monitors are Genelec 1032A’s.
Disney Channel UK
Park Resorts LTD
Chessington World Of Adventures
Stageworks Worldwide Productions
International Theatre & Music
Squires & Johns Productions
Hammond - Feel The Magic
Butlins Family Enterntainment Resorts
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Current P & O Fleet (7 Ships)
Cambridge Theatre, London
Talk of London, Drury Lane
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Theatre Royal, Brighton
The Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbleldon
Watermill Theatre, Newbury
The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
The Central Theatre, Chatham
The Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
The Victoria Theatre, Halifax Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Europa Park, Germany
Mushriff Park, Dubai
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Royal Carribean Cruise Lines
"I have worked with Joe O’Connor in the capacity of music production and musical direction over a period of 13 years. He is one of the most talented and professional people that I have had the pleasure to work with and it is always a joy to work with him."
Dougie Squires – Legendary Theatre & TV director & producer
"Over the years I've enjoyed a fantastic professional relationship with Joe. His music is not only outstanding, but his ability to work under extremely tight deadlines and deliver a first-rate product is un-paralleled. I have no hesitation in recommending his services. (As long as my deadlines come first)."
Antony Johns – Creative Director & Choreographer - ‘Stageworks’, ‘Trends’ & ‘Squires & Johns’ productions.
"Whenever we need new show arrangements and click tracks we always call Joe and the J Music team. The end product is always of an exceptionally high standard and just as importantly, we’re confident that Joe understands exactly what we want, will hit our deadlines and complete the commission in style. The fact that they/he are charming with it too is a bonus. Why look anywhere else!"
Simon Skinner - Managing Director - Boogie Management
"Bob-On Matey, Happy Days!"
Steve Bee - Entertainment Production Show Manager, P & O Cruises Carnival UK
"Joe & his studio had been highly recommended to me on several occasions so I decided to put him to the test. Arriving to a lovely equipped studio and welcomed with an excellent brew, Joe instantly puts you at ease and ready for what can be some very long days ahead. He is exceptionally professional & knowledgeable and embraces my many zany ideas & concepts ensuring I get the very best out of my session singers and tracks production. I have recorded everything from children's character shows to adverts at the studio and every finished product has been great. Thanks Joe!"
Natalie Dawson, Creative Producer - Park Resorts
"Joe O'Connor is an amazingly talented music producer and technical wizard. He has produced all 3 of my albums of children's hits and my originals, listening carefully to my ideas and interpreting with great imagination and originality. I am an absolute perfectionist and there aren't many others around, but Joe is one of them. Entrust Joe with a project and be assured of an amazing final result!"
Annie Houseago - (founder and director of Tin Pan Annie Music, London's leading children's music company)
"For sheer professionalism, courtesy, speed and talent, you can't beat the services of Joe O'Connor and his studio. This guy is an engineer, producer, and composer all rolled into one. And a thoroughly nice man to boot. I Look forward to our next recording project together."
Piers Chater Robinson - Managing Director, IT&M Ltd
"What can one say about Joe O'Connor? It’s always been fab collaborating with him - He's one of life's true talented souls - a professional, a mentor and a friend. Thanks for being you Joe!"
Simon Daniels – Bourne Leisure, Haven Entertainments
"At the end of 20th century I hear about the music of Joe O'Connor. It was in Butlins where I got to know with him. This composer and his music was liked for me. At once I offered him to work with me during the creation of the new show and in 2000 we begun to do the musical "Trance" (on the theme "The Little Prince"). The work was interesting. In 2001 the premiere of this show was take place which had success in three parks of Butlins: Bognor Regis, Skegness and Minehead. But we didn't stop this creative process and already later we make new version of this project. At the present we have very poetic musical show "Mirage" which is ready for the serious staging. We are friends with Joe more than 10 years and i consider that he is very talented musician. I hope our cooperation will continue in further."
Alexandre Grimailo, Moscow, Russia. Director of AG Studios, Division of Art Vision Production
"I have worked with Joe over many years and many varied projects, from fully orchestrated shows to animated character voice tracks the production process has always been an easy one due to Joe's fastidious attention to detail and great musical talent. Deadlines are never missed, delivery is on time and most of all, all rehearsal and show master media matches!! I hope to work with Joe many years to come!"
Sarah Dakin – Bourne Leisure, Warner & Butlins Entertainments
"Part of Hammond Productions continued success is our reliant on great scores and arrangements, in JMusic LTD we have found the perfect musical partnership. Joe O’Connor is the music. In no time at all Joe was on our wavelength and his company continues to produce quality arrangements, original and creative scores, on time and always with in budget. Here’s to the next ten years."
Paul Hammond – Hammagination LTD, Purple HD, Hammond Productions
"I have been working with Joe for some years now on the production of my tracks for ‘The Brian Conley Show’ live stage events. I have always been very impressed with the product and service from Joe & JMusic. Tracks are always delivered on time and within budget."
Brian Conley - Britain’s Best Loved Entertainer!
"The Alton Towers Resort have engaged Joe O'Connor, and JMusic for music composition, arrangement, and production services for several of their live theatre shows, most recently having a full musical score composed and produced for their new production - "The Wonderful World of Cloud Cuckoo Land". Joe has previously composed and produced exceptionally high quality music for the various types of entertainment on offer at the Alton Towers Resort, which made JMusic the natural choice for their new production. Speaking of the appointment, Simon Horsley of the Alton Towers Resort Entertainment team said: 'The audio production quality and arrangements are a very important factor in the overall atmosphere of the show, and Joe worked very closely with our in house script writer and lyricist Adam Baylis to develop ideas in keeping with the overall feel of the show, producing initial piano/vocal arrangements before final production, to ensure that the style and tempo of the music was suitable for each scene, making any modifications where appropriate. The final music production was recorded using live instruments, and was supplied in 24 track digital format enabling us to playback, mix, and EQ individual instrument tracks in the venue, providing a much better audio quality than a standard stereo mix. The overall quality and production standards of the final tracks are outstanding and provide a real "live" music feel within the venue, and because of the two way creative process fit in exactly with the theme of the show. We have also found Joe extremely easy to discuss ideas with, and he interpreted our requirements precisely, making modifications and changes where required right the way through from concept to production. We are extremely pleased with the end result and hope to be able to work with Joe again on future projects'.
Simon Horsley - Alton Towers Resort Entertainment
"We have found JMusic to consistently deliver superb product which always fulfils, and indeed exceeds, the brief."
Richard Cadell & Barrie Stead, Directors, Duo Entertainment Ltd
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The jewel in Amanda Thompson’s crown, however, is Eclipse, described as a ‘circballet’ and one of the most exciting and beautiful shows I have ever seen. The whole show is a knock-out. The design features real waterfalls, there’s a loud, driving score by Joe O’Connor, it’s influences ranging from the 1812 Overture to Saturday Night Fever, and a sensational laser and light design. As special effect succeeds special effect, look out for those great whooshes of flame. You are transported into a thrilling world of pure sensation. It’s showbiz heaven!
- ‘Daily Telegraph’ July 8th, 1999 | Charles Spencer
Eclipse is a seamless production, each traditional speciality act given a 21st century spin to gain a mystique of its own! The theme is the four seasons complete with walls of flame and rain, and the score by Joe O’Connor combines perfectly with Antony Johns’ exciting choreography and Paul Lee’s stunning laser and other visual effects.
- ‘The Stage’ July 15th, 1999 | Reviewed by Robin Duke
Eclipse isn’t a case of giving people what they want, it’s giving them more than they can ever dream of.
- ‘The Guardian’ June 26th, 1999 | Arts Section
Eclipse has won ‘Best Production’ at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions’ Big E Awards in Georgia, USA, defeating opposition from 125 entrants in 12 countries. Stageworks creative director and and Eclipse choreographer Antony Johns said: “This award is a fabulous acknowledgement of all involved – from the very talented performers to the hard-woking backstage and technical crew”
- ‘The Stage’ December 8th, 2005 | Alistair Smith
Wizard Of Oz
Any memories of the Oscar winning film starring Judy Garland are obliterated by what is best described as a rock musical! Paul Hammond, who also takes a central role, has done a remarkable job in writing and producing what is a highly polished and entertaining show and Joe O’Connor’s music has some catchy songs! The Choreography is superb, the costumes lavish and the lighting is some of the most effective I have seen.
- ‘The Stage’, 18th August, 2005 | Sheila Tracy
As a big fan of the original 1939 film, I was expecting much the same on the live stage, but this was not to be! Paul Hammond and Joe O’Connor, to their credit bravely went for a different angle, and I found myself enjoying every minute! This production was very brave and well done, different but still wonderful!!
- ‘The Chronicle’, 21st August, 2005 | Charlie Bramley
This spell binding show is weaving it’s magic in a new take on life ‘Beyond The Rainbow’. Paul Hammond and Joe O’Connor’s new family musical explodes onto the stage with a fresh and funky feel! Our two daughters aged six and nine, were captivated from the opening! Wizard and it’s got real attitude!
- ‘The Journal', 26th August, 2005 | Reviewed by Katharine Capocci.
With burlesque currently a showbusiness buzzword it’s hardly surprising that Stageworks Worldwide Productions has turned its attentions in that direction. Forbidden started out as an idea for a late night adults only showbar revue and has ended up as a naughty-ish but nice production that offers titillation and tease wrapped up in a confection of dance, song, circus skills, cabaret and more. Replacing previous Pleasure Beach shows Eclipse and Mystique, it is rather a fusion of the two - combining the Las Vegas lounge feel of the latter and the contemporary circus ring approach of the former. Choreographically it’s equally hybrid - from tango to flamenco, disco to bebop and beyond - all masterminded by Antony Johns and executed by the cream of previous crops and with too much to be taken in at one sitting!
- The ‘Stage’ July 2007
The successor to Eclipse, the curtain rose on Pleasure Beach’s much anticipated new show, Forbidden, on Friday, July 6. In this, the biggest and most lavish production ever staged at the UK park, audiences are treated to a feast of sumptuous song, dance and glorious style. “Glittering chandeliers and gilt framed mirrors hang from every angle over a beautifully designed set that is simply boudoir chic,” says a Pleasure Beach spokesperson. “Amazing choreography, spectacular lighting and stunning costumes combine to create an unexpected and fabulously exotic show full of grace and elegance.” An ensemble of 20 talented performers, a number of whom have performed in prestigious venues such as the Moulin Rouge and Les Folies Bergere, entertain the crowd in this latest show from Stageworks Worldwide Productions. In total Forbidden features an incredible 200 costumes made from over 10,000 metres of beautiful fabrics with over one million Swarovski crystals individually hand sewn.
- ‘Park World’ 25 July, 2007
After several years with ‘Eclipse’ being the Pleasure Beach’s headline show there was a real sense of anticipation in the air at what to expect from this new production. The show goers were not disappointed, with sensational costumes, a vibrant original musical score, stunning lighting effects, superbly choreographed dance routines and some excellent circus style performances. Original music by Joe O’Connor & James McCourt is fast paced, high beat and very entertaining. Amanda Thompson & Antony Johns should be immensely proud of this new creation!!
- ‘World’s Fair’ July 20 -26th, 2007
The invitation was tempting: “Can I offer you VIP passes for Avalon in Guildford Cathedral? It’s been described as War of the Worlds meets Riverdance, and Richard E.Grant will be the narrator.” I’ve never had a VIP pass before, so I thought I’d try it. It turned out to entitle me to a glass of agreeable white wine before the show and another in the interval, with a seat among the production’s backers and well-wishers near the front of Guildford’s imposing nave.
And the show? It would be very easy – and very wrong – to dismiss it as a vanity project. Composer-producer Joe O’Connor, with a long experience of putting together shows for cruise ships, is basically offering a showcase of his work. He has dared to stage it in a cathedral, where its pretentious narrative is delivered gamely by Mr Grant in front of a 40-piece orchestra and a chorus of two dozen, while solo singers, dancers, an acrobat and even a laser-wielding violinist intervene.
The sheer effort of rigging a stage and installing some highly professional lighting and sound kit in the not particularly welcoming surroundings of a cathedral, in order to present a two-hour song and dance show with a day for rehearsal and less than that for a get-out, is enormous, and O’Connor’s backstage team worked wonders to ensure that a technically complex evening went without a hitch.
What makes the show overall, in addition to a number of spectacular interventions from highly skilled Russian aerialist, Valerie Murzak, is O’Connor’s large orchestra and the excellent music they perform. Under the energetic direction of Richard Beadle, these talented musicians deliver a most attractive, driving score, rich in pounding rhythms that justify the comparison to Riverdance. Not only that but they are enjoyably interpreted by a competent dance ensemble. The choir, meanwhile, observe proceedings from a steep podium at the back of the nave and deliver capably when called upon.
A pretty full house obviously enjoyed this one-night stand, and so did I. It’s no exaggeration to suggest that in O’Connor we have found a composer of symphonic rock to be reckoned with, and it would be great if this project could be developed. With a bit of work, it could have a future on the arena circuit as stellar as that of Riverdance.
Ian Herbert – The ‘Stage’ July 2012
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