Our Team

Aston Dobson | Company Director & Singer

Aston Dobson | Company Director & Singer

Company Director & Singer. Based in Hampshire, Aston has worked in the entertainment industry for nearly 20 years, and knows how to please a crowd! His experience in the industry has seen him perform on stages worldwide, From London’s West End to New York City.

“As company director, I am here to work with you to make sure you get nothing but the best for your event!. I have been a performer all my life, in everything from large scale theatre productions to huge corporate events and weddings parties”

Over the last decade, Aston has built a sterling reputation within the industry as a hard working professional. His vocal talents have seen him share a stage with the likes of Craig David, Taio Cruise, Josh Groban, Snow Patrol, Andy Williams, The Saturdays, Biffy Clyro and even Chaz & Dave! Aston was also once the opening act for Nelly Furtado at the Sao Carlos Opera House in Lisbon!

Singing Surprise have also had the privilege of performing at events for many house hold names! Such as TV star  Bradley Walsh,  Hollywood actress – Kate Winslet,  Pop sensation – Sophie Ellis Bextor, Professional footballing legend Kenny Dalglish and Eastenders own Mr Richard Blackwood to name just a few!

We use a variety of different, quality professionals. Here are just some of the top class acts in the team at Singing Surprise:

Tamsin - Singing Surprise!

Tamsin - Singing Surprise!

“Tamsin is a true singing sensation! And an all round showgirl” – (The Scotsman)

Tamsin was once the sole support act for Dionne Warwick at the Tower of London music festival, and she has since gained quite a following through her performances as ‘Resident Diva’ in the variety show ‘Scarlet Fever’ , the highlight being duetting with Mr Lionel Ritchie!

Her other credits include leading roles in ‘Don’t stop believing’ ‘That’s Amore’ (at the London Palladium) and Tamsin once starred in a UK tour of ‘Dancing Queen’

Tamsin loves being part of Singing Surprises, she is known to take her secret character acting very seriously!

“The look on everyone’s faces is just priceless once we reveal who we really are! And seeing the crowd having such an incredible time, knowing that we helped to make that happen is very special” – Tamsin

 

 

Oliver - Singing Surprise & Acoustic Guitarist!

Oliver - Singing Surprise & Acoustic Guitarist!

Oliver is not only a fantastic vocalist, but he is also one of our Singing Surprise acoustic guitarists! Want to add as extra pinch of WOW factor to your Singing Surprise? Then a live acoustic guitarist is the extra special touch you are looking for!

Oliver has been involved in live music from an early age, and has worked as a professional guitarist since the age of just 17. Oliver has toured all over the UK performing his own songs alongside chart topping artists, but loves nothing more than performing ‘The Classics’.

Oliver has also performed as a singer in many touring musicals around the UK.

“A Singing Surprise is my favourite way to perform, as its great being up close and personal with an audience, no matter how big or small! My favourite part is always the reveal, where we let the cat out of the bag and surprise everyone! The look on peoples faces is priceless and the atmosphere is always fantastic!” – Oliver

 

Claire - Singing Surprise!

Claire - Singing Surprise!

Since graduating from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Claire has gained over 8 years experience  internationally as a professional singer.
Working for Disney, Claire joined symphony orchestras all across Europe for their ‘Disney in Concert’ tour and also played a range of iconic characters in their musical shows aboard the Disney Magic ship.
Claire has also enjoyed sharing a stage with stars such as Josh Groban, Idina Menzal and Marti Pellow in ‘Chess in Concert’ at the Royal Albert Hall.
Most recently she can be seen entertaining theatre audiences across Europe as Frida in ‘ABBA Gold the Concert.’
“I love performing with ‘Singing Surprise’ it’s always such a great buzz! Its amazing to see peoples reactions when we show them that we are not in fact just waiters at all, but we are their “Singing Surprise Waiters!” Ive been a part of some priceless moments at some beautiful weddings. Its always fantastic fun!” – Claire
Paul - Singing Surprise & Acoustic Guitarist!

Paul - Singing Surprise & Acoustic Guitarist!

Paul has recently returned after a year away with Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, playing ‘Commander Khashoggi’ in West End & Broadway smash hit We Will Rock You.  Whilst on-board, Paul developed a solo show called Allow Me To Be Frank.  The show is a tribute to the great man himself Frank Sinatra and a love letter to all swing music.

Paul loves being a part of a Singing Surprise!

“I always really enjoy it because seeing the shock and then joy on the faces of our clients and their guests is so rewarding. That… And it’s immense fun!” – Paul 

Louise - Singing Surprise!

Louise - Singing Surprise!

Louise Olley is an English actress and singer who grew up in Suffolk and currently resides in Oxfordshire. Following a degree at the University of Birmingham, Louise was offered a place on the MA Musical Theatre course at the Guildford School of Acting.

Since finishing her training, Louise has enjoyed a successful and varied career in theatre. Most notably, she played the role of Sue in the No. 1 UK Tour of ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’. She was later invited to create the role in the original cast of the shows sequel, ‘Dreamboats and Miniskirts’.

Louise has appeared in many concerts at some very prestigious theatres including Cadogan Hall, home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, where she was invited to perform at the ‘2011 Inspiration Awards’. She is also no stranger to pantomime, and last year played Belle in Beauty and the Beast at the Derby Arena, sharing the stage with Singing Surprise Company Director, Aston!

“Singing Surprise gigs are such good fun! I love singing songs that have been hand picked by the clients as it gives the occasion a personal touch. I also just LOVE a good party, and ‘Singing Surprises’ never disappoint” – Louise

Lauren - Saxophone & Singing Surprise!

Lauren - Saxophone & Singing Surprise!

Lauren works as both a professional musician and as a singer. Her love for live music and playing sax came from her Dad playing with a Big Band when she was growing up, and has progressed from there! She loves playing rock ‘n’ roll, swing, jazz, and funky pop- or anything with a wailing sax part!

Lauren has been lucky enough to play instruments throughout her career in touring productions including Dreamboats and Petticoats, Miss Nightingale and Gatsby!

With a fantastic voice, Lauren also sings with big bands, function bands and on stage in production shows.

Lauren can offer something really special to any Singing Surprise. If you would like an additional set of live music played during the afternoon of your event, or as your guests are arriving. Then booking a Singer who also plays saxophone is the perfect solution! Lauren can perform a live saxophone set during the day and later, join a team of singers on stage for another impressive live show!

What better way to double the wow factor, and ensure your guests are having an amazing time! 

 

Ellen - Violinist & Singing Surprise!

Ellen - Violinist & Singing Surprise!

Ellen has been a professional musician & singer for over 10 years.  She is a Grade 8 violinist and began playing at the age of 7.  She played with various orchestral groups whilst training, including performing at The Proms at The Royal Albert Hall and at the Royal Festival Hall.

Not only a talented Violinist, Ellen is also a gifted singer and as such she is the perfect addition to any Singing Surprise!

Ellen is a superb touch of elegance for your special event, if you are looking to add some WOW factor with an extra pinch of class!

She is available as a stand alone act, or as part of a group with singers etc, and can impress your guests with a beautiful rendition of a violin classic or two that will amaze your guests, and be the talking point of your big day!

 

 

Chez - Saxophone Surprise!

Chez - Saxophone Surprise!

Chez has an addiction to jazz, funk and soul. Doubling sax with flute, and clarinet has led her to play such main stages as Wembley Stadium (London), The NIA (Birmingham), Newton’s Nation (Australia), Alliance Francaise (Zambia) and many more. Her performances have been acclaimed by the likes of The British Arts Council and The BBC.

“As a busy saxophonist, many of the events I perform at merge into one, Singing Surprise’s are so unique though! – it’s a real highlight in my diary. I look forward to these gigs which are always high energy, high impact, and high levels of fun for both the performers and the audience. Singing surprise is such an incredible act! I love the concept and people seem to be really drawn to immersive performances at the moment, at Singing Surprise we have nailed it! – the electric energy in the room is palpable as soon as we begin our surprise performance. A memorable experience for both the audience and the performers. I always look forward to these shows – particularly that key moment where we pop up as musicians, I never tire of the surprise, the look on peoples faces is priceless!” – Chez 

Elkie - Singing Surprise!

Elkie - Singing Surprise!

Elkie is a versatile vocalist with many years experience gigging as a soloist, fronting live bands and performing in tribute acts and themed shows. She has sung at a range of high-end events and venues including Klosters Snow Polo Tournament, Goodwood Revival, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, The Dorchester, Claridges Hotel, The Royal Albert Hall, Silverstone Racecourse and Windsor Castle. She has performed for celebrities including Chris Evans, Richard Branson, Ralph Lauren and even The King of Sweden!

Elkie is an adaptable performer, who can sing all genres of music. But enjoys pop, rock, soul, country and jazz. She loves entertaining people and always gives a high energy performance to get the crowd going!

“I love the sharp burst of energy that a Singing Surprise brings to any party or event – it’s a moment of pure fun for all the guests, and for us singers too!” – Elkie

Steph - Saxophone Surprise!

Steph - Saxophone Surprise!

Stephanie trained as an actress and musician at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Since graduating, Stephanie has toured as a saxophonist in musicals, including the 10th Anniversary UK Tour of ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ and it’s sequel, ‘Dreamboats and Miniskirts’. Stephanie also regularly plays with the award-winning, vintage 1950s band The Bluejays, and has accompanied them on their ‘Rock and Roll Revolution’ UK tour.

“I love the excitement of playing with Singing Surprise, knowing that the guests have no idea what’s about to happen! The reaction when the surprise saxophone is revealed is amazing – Singing Surprise certainly know how to start the party.” – Steph

Jojo - Singing Surprise!

Jojo - Singing Surprise!

Jojo is a classically trained singer. She graduated from ‘Central School of Ballet’ and performed in the West-end in Sir Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ as a principle dancer. She’s been lead vocalist for the BBC’s ‘Dr Who Live’ (Arena) Tours around the United Kingdom singing with a 16 piece band.

She cut her teeth singing jazz with an array of incredible musicians on the London circuit. She’s supported The Three Degrees on their 2015-16 UK Tours, performing original songs off her debut album, ‘Studio 54’.

She has also produced, written and performed a ‘one woman show’, ‘The Marilyn Monroe Story’ which ran at The Edinburgh Festival’s ‘The Assembly Rooms’ 2018- combining song, dance and dialogue and those iconic costumes.

“Getting to perform so up close with a crowd, singing and dancing with everyone and creating a magical atmosphere. Its just so much fun and i always enjoy a Singing Surprise!”

Ed - Saxophone Surprise!

Ed - Saxophone Surprise!

Another member of the Singing Surprise team with an impressive background in music and live performance!

Ed is an musician who trained at Rose Bruford College. He has played saxophone all over the world including an annual residency at ‘European Gay Ski Week’ at Les Arcs in France. 2019 also saw Ed’s saxophone debut at The Ministry of Sound!