The Team

James Russell

James Russell

Composer, arranger, songwriter and saxophonist.
James is a graduate of Leeds College of Music and a founder member of JHRMusics. Dividing his time between teaching,composing,arranging and playing, James is in demand as a performer appearing with many bands both in the U.K. and Europe. Touring with Roy Wood , Michael Roach, The Rat Pack and the Cat Pack who recently fronted the legendary Chuck Berry and Little Richard. A published songwriter James has worked extensively with Jason Donovan. Passionate about his new venture A TRIBUTE TO ATLANTIC JAZZ and proud of his recent, jointly produced, CD album ONE ON ONE.
James continues to have an open mind about collaborative ventures.


Marie Lawrence.

Choreographer, Dancer, Actress.
Marie graduated with a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance before continuing her professional training in London and New York. She has toured internationally as a professional Dancer, Lead Dancer, Rehearsal Assistant, Dance Captain and workshop Leader for 10 years and now lives and works in London as a Dance Artist ( Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company), Choreographer (London and Berlin) and Performer.
Marie has worked extensively in the North East, not only with JHRMusics, but as Lead Dancer with Bode Lawal’s Sakoba Dance.

Marie Lawrence
Gordon Russell

Gordon Russell

Producer, Director, Actor.
Gordon was introduced to theatre by a wonderful woman called Greta Veitch who ran Gateshead Children’s Theatre. In the enlightened years of Gordon’s young days he remembers being hauled in to the headmasters office to be told in no uncertain terms ‘Stop wasting your time on theatre!’, an interesting comment given that both Greta Veitch and the headmaster were employed by the same authority. Gordon stumbled out of the education system when jobs were easy to get and has continued to ‘waste time’ and have his education constantly updated in the theatre..


Tim Swinton

LX. Production, Design.

Tim has a long association with JHRMusics and Esra Taf, providing technical design and creative input for all combined productions.

As an independent Lighting and Production Designer, his professional experience includes work for a wide range of regional and national companies in theatre, music and dance, ranging from community projects to the Royal Shakespeare Company ……and all ‘stages’ in between… He is inordinately fond of sausage and mash and has an un-holy propensity for malt whisky. He worries that one day, if he ever grows up, he may well find himself with a proper job……but meanwhile………..

Tim Swinton