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Copyright 2019 Ricky Whaites
Ricky studied music & composition at Leeds University, and has since worked as a sound designer, composer and arranger writing for film, television, and theatre. Having spent over 12 years as a chorister in Cathedral choirs, he draws musical inspiration from choral music, and has written commissioned pieces sung by choirs in both England and Canada.
Recent theatrical credits include the scoring of original music & sound design for St John Hankin’s play The Last of The De Mullins (Jermyn St Theatre), and sound supervisor for a concert performance of Facing East the Musical (Lyric Theatre, Shafesbury Avenue). Ricky also sings and arranges for acclaimed London based a cappella group The Buzztones.
In 2018, Ricky composed the music for Meet the Teaspoons, inspired by Lotte Moore’s children’s book The Teaspoon Family. This brand-new play was written by Nick Bromley and played from 8 – 26 August 2018 at the Tabard Theatre, Chiswick.
Ricky has also composed music for television including television magazine and chat show The One Show (BBC), & comedy-drama Loaded (C4)
Ricky’s experience as a creative producer comes from his involvement with London based a cappella group The Buzztones. Having produced 2 of their shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Never Mind The Buzztones, 2013, Buzzology, 2015), and most recently their 2019 show Retro at Vault Festival, Waterloo. Since 2011, he has also worked at the production office for Mamma Mia!, dealing with West End and worldwide productions. In 2019, Ricky attended the Stage One New Producers’ workshop.
Composer & Sound Designer,'Last of The De Mullins' by St John Hankin (Jermyn St. Theatre)
Produced by by Stephen McGill and Joel Marvin, in association with Jermyn St. Theatre, Directed by Joshua Stamp-Simon.
Composer, 'Meet the Teaspoons', by Nick Bromley (Tabard Theatre)
Produced by Simon Reilly,
Directed by Nick Bromley.
Additional Composer, 'Loaded', (Channel 4) - view on IMDB.
Creative Producer for London based a cappella group The Buzztones.
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Ricky provided sound design for The Last of the De Mullins (by St John Hankin), produced by Stephen McGill and Joel Marvin, in association with Jermyn St. Theatre, 3rd – 28th February 2015, at Jermyn Street Theatre.
Ricky was sound designer for The Buzztones 'Buzzology' (by The Buzztones), in association with The Guilded Balloon, 7th – 23rd August 2015, at The Guilded Balloon, Edinburgh.
Recent Theatre Projects (Sound Designer):
Buzzology (by The Buzztones), in association with The Guilded Balloon,
7th – 23rd August 2015, at The Guilded Balloon, Edinburgh.
Facing East The Musical (written by David Rigano andMark-Eugene Garcia), produced by Nathan Gardner,
22nd June 2015, at The Lyric Theatre, London.
The Last of the De Mullins (by St John Hankin), produced by Stephen McGill and Joel Marvin,
in association with Jermyn St. Theatre,
3rd – 28th February 2015, at Jermyn Street Theatre.
Other TV Credits include: BBC's The One Show (BBC Production), C4 The Last Leg (Open Mic Productions), Academy Films.