Kevin Purcell

Composer

Kevin is one of Australia’s most distinguished conductors & musical directors, having conducted all over the world for the past thirty years.   He is also an award-winning musical theatre composer and an arranger much sought after for his American Songbook orchestrations for the National Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops, Boston Pops and for artists including, Kristin Chenoweth, Ann Hampton Callaway, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, and Stephen Schwartz.   With a life-long passion for musical theatre in all forms, Kevin’s introduction to West End theatre came courtesy of Cameron Mackintosh and the Really Useful Group, when invited to take over musical direction of the long-running production of CATS at the New London Theatre in the mid-90s. In July 2003, Kevin renewed his association for RUG, as musical director for the South Korean premiere of this show. More recently, Kevin has conducted WICKED at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre and was the initial musical director for the first national UK/Eire tour (2013).  In November 2020 he will conduct the premiere concert version of SCHIKANEDER (in English) by Stephen Schwartz with the Australian Discovery Orchestra.