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:

Natalie - Singing Surprise!

Natalie - Singing Surprise!

Natalie is currently Lead vocalist at ‘The London Cabaret Club’

Since graduating from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, Natalie has enjoyed singing and performing all over the world. International credits include for Disney, as well as performing as Lead vocalist onboard Seabourn, Queen Mary II, Royal Caribbean and Azamara.

Other Theatre credits include The Celtic Ladies alongside UK opera star Jonathon Ansell (International/UK Tour), Rock Around the Clock (International/UK Tour), sharing the stage with Sir Tim Rice in the Debut performance of An evening With Sir Tim Rice, Lead vocalist for all-female harmony group, The Bondellas (UK Tour), Puttin’ on the Ritz (UK/Australian Tour), Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK/US Tour), ‘Conga’ (Canadian Tour)

Natalie has recently returned from Dubai where she performed as Christine in Phantom of the Opera & Eponine in Les Miserables.

“I love the surprise element of a ‘Singing Surprise’. Seeing the audience faces change from ‘What is going on?’, to jumping up and joining in with the fun is such an awesome moment” – Natalie 

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

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! 

 

Dayle - Singing Surprise!

Dayle - Singing Surprise!

Dayle has recently finished playing the role of Frankie Valli in the hit West End and Broadway musical Jersey Boys. He spent 5 years with the show in the West End and touring around the UK and Ireland.

Theatre Credits include: Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre & UK Tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (Barbican Theatre), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre); Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse); A Christmas Carol (Lichfield Garrick); The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Union Theatre); Cinderella (Beck Theatre); Broadway to West End(Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Young Fred in Fred Astaire: His Daughter’s TributeChitty Chitty Bang Bang(original London cast) and Scrooge (all at the London Palladium); Peter Pan (Richmond Theatre); Harry’s Webb(original cast – Theatre Royal Windsor) and Chip in Beauty and the Beast (original London cast – Dominion Theatre).

Television includes: Les Misérables on The 2014 Olivier Awards (ITV); The Fun Song Factory and The Making of Beauty and the Beast.

“A Singing Surprise is always great fun. Seeing the guests faces when we burst into song is always a treat. It certainly gets the party started and by the end of it everyone is up singing and dancing with us. It’s what entertainment is all about!” – Dayle 

 

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

Shannon - Singing Surprise!

Shannon - Singing Surprise!

Shannon Grace has been performing for well over a decade in shows and tours in prestigious venues across all 7 continents and is also a session vocalist. She spent 2 years playing the lead role of “Oz/Meatloaf” in the Queen & Ben Elton musical “We will rock you”.
“My favourite part of singing surprise is the big reveal and seeing the surprise on the guests faces! It’s great to be so involved in people’s special days and gives you a buzz like no other!” – Shannon

 

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

 

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 

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
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!”