During the first Covid-19 lockdown, with performace and live music making at an all time low, George had the idea along with Tom Powell, to create an ensemble that would record musical theatre overtures. This idea seems similar to goups such as The John Wilson Orchestra, and The West End Theatre Orchestra. However, This group would be recording remotely at home and be pieced together by Tom Powell in his home studio. 

The group is formed of, (but not exclusively), of between 15-25 players and this depends on the scoring for each piece of music. Since its inception in April 2020, The Entr'actes have released 3 virtual collaborations. Firstly, the overture and opening tap sequence to 42nd Street, then followed Hairspray's You Cant Stop The Beat and Exit Music, and finally, Chicago's Overture and All That Jazz.

The Entr'actes are available for bookings and can be catered to fit your requirements. Whether you need a small cabaret style band of between 5 - 7 players, or 'the full works' of a full theatre orchestra, we are a flexible ensemble, and able to offer you the right instrumentation for your needs.

To enquire about a booking for The Entr'actes, please press the 'ENQUIRE' button.

Who's who?


George Shrapnell

Jack Reddick

Clarie Shaw

Richard Lines-Davies

Patrick Davis

Jamie Fathers

Mikey (Mike) Davis

Sophie Creaner


Billy Fisher

Connor Smither

Zoë Perkins


Simon Chorley

James Thomas


Hannah Key

Rhythm section

Rachel Murphy (keys)

Lewis Bell (Keys)

Harry Haden-Brown (Keys)

Ralph Porrett (Guitar/Banjo)

Connor Baxter (Guitar)

Josh Haylock (Bass)

Cameron Barnett (Bass)

Jordan Murray (Percussion)

Luke Hinchliffe (Drums)


Corey Wickens (Violin)

Izzy Baker (Violin)

Madeline Ashman (Cello)


Tom Powell