who we are

Parasol Music Productions

Keith Hale
Composer

Songwriter, composer, record producer, performer and educator. Recorded, toured and performed with Toyah Willcox, Hawkwind and Ginger Baker.  Co-produced Toyah’s first album and wrote her hit single ‘It’s a Mystery’. Composes music for school productions, teaches contemporary music and leads songwriting workshops.

Matthew McDowall
Director

Teacher, director and examiner. Performer since the age of eight in TV, film and theatre. Twenty-five years’ experience as teacher and director in all ranges of performing arts, from schools to professional theatre. Currently teaches at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and examines for both LAMDA and AQA exam boards.

Gem Howard-Kemp
Business Advisor

Music business professional with over forty-five years’ experience, working with acts as diverse as Frank Zappa, Metallica and Shakatak, as a record company executive and consultant, in the fields of A&R, artist management, business affairs, tour management, studio recording, sales and marketing, publishing and royalties.

William Dashwood
Writer

Performer, teacher and writer. Studied mime and dramatic movement with Etienne Decroux, the father of modern mime, masks with John Wright, storytelling with Mike Alfreds, and play with Phillipe Gaulier. Performed and taught in Europe, Asia and North America. Wrote the book on mime, This Precious Jewel, publishes poetry and writes for theatre.

Julie Stanning
Music Advisor

Assistant Principal of Bird College, responsible for the Music Service and Bexley Music Education Hub. Consultant for Trinity College, ensemble performer and experienced musical director. Arts Council England mentor, music lead practitioner for Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. Leader on more than 20 music tours, mainly to Europe. 

Geoffrey Holland
Public Relations

Charity director, trustee and publisher. Formerly executive director and CEO of Orbis International, a top-100 US charity, dedicated to saving sight worldwide. Served as director of public affairs, Flying Eye Hospital director, and director of Orbis Hong Kong. Prior business career in property. Rice Harvest patron and fundraiser.