PHIL BATEMAN | Musical Director


Phil Bateman is a Musical Supervisor, MD and Arranger who has worked in Theatre, TV and film.

He specialises in helping to create new musicals and has worked with artists as diverse as Elton John, Madness, Mark Knopfler, David Arnold, Pet Shop Boys, Lily Allen, Harry Hill, Alan Parker, Lee Hall, Stephen Daldry and Kwame Kwei-Amah.

“Phil brought Bugsy Malone to life musically with great arrangements and wonderful music direction”


BUGSY MALONE - nominated Best Olivier Revival 2016

THE LORAX - nominated Family Entertainment Olivier 2016

HELLO DOLLY - Olivier Best Musical Revival 2010

BILLY ELLIOT - Olivier Best New Musical 2006

OUR HOUSE: THE MADNESS MUSICAL - Olivier Best New Musical 2003




Phil is a Music Supervisor / Musical Director / Arranger and Composer working in theatre, film and TV.

He grew up in Camberley, Surrey and trained at Birmingham University.

He was the original MD on Billy Elliot the Musical; he helped create the show and conducted the first year in the West End.

He was also Musical Supervisor/Vocal Arranger/Additional music for Our House: the Madness Musical at Cambridge Theatre / National Tour.

Other credits include:

The Man in the White Suit - Bath Theatre Royal/Wyndhams (Dir. Sean Foley / music. Charlie Fink) - MD / Arranger

Local Hero - Edinburgh Lyceum (Dir. John Crowley / music. Mark Knopfler) MD

As You Like It - Regentʼs Park Open Air Theatre (Dir. Max Webster / music: Charlie Fink/) - MD / Arranger

One Love - Birmingham Rep (Dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah / music: Bob Marley) - Music Supervisor / Vocal Arranger

Bugsy Malone - Lyric Hammersmith (Dir. Sean Holmes / music: Paul Williams) - MD / Arranger (nominated for Best Olivier Revival 2016)

The Lorax - The Old Vic / Toronto / Minneapolis / San Diego (Dir. Max Webster / music: Charlie Fink) MD / Arranger (nominated for Family Entertainment Olivier 2016)

Made in Dagenham - Adelphi (Dir. Rupert Goold / music: David Arnold) - Music Supervisor / Vocal Arranger

Harry Hillʼs X Factor Musical I Canʼt Sing! - Palladium (Dir. Sean Foley / music: Steve Brown) - Music Supervisor / MD / Vocal Arranger

Imagine This - New London (Dir. Tim Sheader / music: Shuki Levy) - Music Supervisor / Vocal Arranger

Hello Dolly - Regentʼs Park Open Air (Dir. Tim Sheader / music Jerry Herman) - MD

Extra MD credits include The Miser (Bath / Richmond / Garrick), Gigi (Regents Park), Present Laughter and She Loves Me (Chichester) , Human Comedy, My Dadʼs A Birdman (music by Pet Shop Boys), Vernon God Little, After Miss Julie and Three Sisters (all Young Vic), Piaf (Sheffield Crucible) and Return to the Forbidden Planet (UK Tour).

He was Singing Coach / Vocal Arranger on the movies Kinky Boots and Cemetery Junction and co-composer on Gareth Maloneʼs Big Performance and Extreme School, both for CBBC.


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Coaching the three original “Billies” in  Billy Elliott The Musical

Coaching the three original “Billies” in Billy Elliott The Musical

Phil works extensively as a singing coach on many reputable courses, including Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview, Arts Educational, Royal Academy of Music, London Studio Centre and Rose Bruford.

Since 2013, Phil has sat on the panel each year to find the Associate MD for Central School of Speech and Drama, sponsored by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

He has trained many established performers but also has great experience in coaching “non-singing” actors who need to deliver a song for film, TV or theatre. Phil concentrates on developing their technique, presentation and confidence to achieve an extremely professional performance.

Phil has spent much time working with children in theatre, TV, schools and workshops. He has also been a mentor for the charity Music for Youth for many years.

Working on Billy Elliot – The Musical, Phil helped to develop the original “Billies” Liam, James and George, leading to outstanding reviews and an unprecedented Olivier award for Best Actor, shared by the three boys, in 2006.




Although primarily an Arranger, Phil has often composed various sections of new musicals (often dance arrangements, underscore and scene change music), most notably on Our House .

Phil has more recently been working with pop songwriter / producer Tim Woodcock on theme tunes for the BBC series The Big Performance, with Gareth Malone, and Extreme School.

Phil’s credits as a composer include writing the songs for an episode of Wall to Wall’s ‘Body Story’ on Channel 4, based on a teenager’s musical of ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

Phil has also composed for La Maison Suspendue (RSC), Clandestine Marriage (Watermill, Newbury), Faithful Dealing (Soho Theatre), and 5 tours of Wheels on the Bus (based on ITV’s animation) and Polka Dot Shorts (based on BBC2’s children’s series).




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