ROSIE / AGNETHA
A graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music, Rosie has a plethora of musical talents including vocals, woodwind, bass guitar and composition. Rosie launched herself as a professional singer at the age of sixteen and has played and sang in a number of different music projects including function bands, jazz ensembles, original bands and tribute acts.
Rosie is thrilled to be channelling the role of Agnetha with for Thank ABBA For The Music and is elated to be sharing the stage with such a high calibre of performers.
AMANDA / FRIDA
Amanda started dance lessons at the age of four and it was not long after she discovered she had a talent for singing. Amanda has been performing professionally as a singer and actress for a number of years and has worked on several cruise ships and throughout Europe during this time. She has many TV, theatre and film credits and is also an accomplished pantomime performer.
In 2009 Amanda joined Voulez Vous as principal Frida and has also worked with various ABBA tribute acts. Amanda continually strives to perfect her portrayal of Frida in all of her performances and is delighted to be part of Thank ABBA For The Music.
Amanda's favourite ABBA tracks are Chiquitita, Summer Night City and Hole In Your Soul.
RAY / BJORN
Ray is the founding member and director of the show. His knowledge of ABBA knows no bounds and this has manifested itself into Thank ABBA For The Music being one of the most authentic ABBA shows today. His love of ABBA has led to his involvement and contributions to several ABBA books, radio interviews and actually meeting Benny, Bjorn and Frida. Only the elusive Agnetha evades him!
In 2013 Ray launched Waterloo Radio, an online radio station dedicated to the music of ABBA. Waterloo Radio would eventually be personally endorsed by ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and even Agnetha Faltskog via her official Twitter page.
Ray's favourite ABBA tracks are The Day Before You Came, When All Is Said And Done and The Visitors.
NICK / BENNY
Nick has played piano since he was three years old. He has played many different styles of popular music in various bands over the years throughout the UK and Europe and on TV. As well as playing, Nick is obsessed with the technology behind music production and the sounds that the keyboards make. This adds to the true authenticity of the Thank ABBA For The Music show.
ABBA’s Benny Andersson is one of Nicks heroes and he loves the chance to play him on stage.
Under Studies & Backing Vocalists (Selected Shows)
Beth joined the show in 2016. Her favourite song is Hole In Your Soul.
Beth also supplies backing vocals (on selected shows).
Tricia joined the show in 2017. Her favourite songs are Chiquitita and Tiger.
Tricia also supplies backing vocals (on selected shows).
JAMES / DRUMS
James has been a professional musician for thirty years.
He was introduced to the music of ABBA as a child through his mum’s love of the band citing Gimme Gimme Gimme as his favourite song.
PAUL / BASS GUITAR
Paul is a busy musician. Credits include everything from cruise ships to arenas and everything in between.
He has played in some of the most prestigious UK venues including the London Palladium and Wembley Stadium.
LEIGH / GUITAR
Leigh has a wealth of experience and also enjoys modifying guitars. Occasionally does a bit of sound engineering.
Leigh's favourite ABBA song is Does Your Mother Know.
JON / GUITAR
Jon has worked with some of the UK's top celebrities and entertainers including Cliff Richard, Tony Hadley and Bobby Davro.
He is in constant demand from many touring artists.
Sound, Lighting & Video Projection
ITSL SOUND & LIGHTING
We work alongside ITSL Sound & Lighting who oversees our production sound, lighting and video projection requirements. The technical team are always the first to arrive at a venue and usually the last to leave.
We look forward to working with ITSL Sound & Lighting on our 2018-2019 UK theatre show tour dates.
Please note Thank ABBA For The Music Limited reserves the right to change cast and band members at any time and without prior notice.
It may sometimes be necessary to reduce backing band numbers to accommodate smaller venues.
The Creative Team
- Producer: Thank ABBA For The Music Limited
- Director: Ray Sharkey
- Company Manager: Ken White
- Sound Designer: Peter White
- Sound, Lighting & Video Projection: ITSL Sound & Lighting
- Video Design: Purple Videos Limited
- Photography: Mike Norman Photography
- Graphic Design: E W Commercial Publications
- Web Design: Kierweb Web Design
- Bookings & Marketing: Derek Block Concerts Limited
- Press & Public Relations: Thank ABBA For The Music Limited