Ollie Kaiper-Leach is an actor, songwriter, and award-nominated musical director from South Yorkshire, in the north of England. Having obtained a BA(Hons) in Music and Drama from the University of Manchester, he went on to study at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with a Distinction from the MA Music Theatre programme.
Most recently, Ollie opened the UK branch of Nashville 'Pindrop Songwriters Series' at the Bedford in Balham, London. Before that, he appeared in the internationally acclaimed hit, The Choir of Man, at West End Live and in South Korea, where he portrayed the 'Barman' and won the DIMF Grand Prize Award for Best Musical. He was also featured as the ‘Pianoman/Maestro’ in several productions of The Choir of Man worldwide. Additional performance credits include 'Benny' in the West End show Mania! The ABBA Tribute Show, Antic Disposition’s UK Tour of Shakespeare’s Henry V, Sondheim’s Assassins at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the feature film Is Anybody There? starring Sir Michael Caine.
Ollie’s work as a Musical Director earned him a nomination in the 2019 Great British Pantomime Awards for ‘Musical Achievement’ for his work on Sevenoaks Panto Ltd.’s Dick Whittington.
As a songwriter, Ollie's style bridges genres, with funk and soul at its core, wrapped in complex arrangements with thick vocal harmonies. His first single, ‘Telescopic Girl’, was released in January 2022 to high acclaim and climbing streams on Spotify. The next single, ‘Barely Living’, dropped this April, and 'Read 'Em & Leap' came out in October. Ollie just released 'Peace of Mind' in late November, showcasing his smooth vocals against a moving and intimate piano melody.
As a singer, Ollie has sung with some of the world's most revered choirs (inc. NYCC, CBSO Male Chorus, Cambridge’s St John’s Voices), singing at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, and as far afield as Cathedrals in Hong Kong and Singapore. His reputation as a jazz pianist earned him a place in big bands and function bands across Manchester, and his compositions have been performed by ensembles across the UK. His London solo concert debut will be February 15th, 2023, at Piano Smithfield.
Praise for Ollie...
“A joy to watch. Ollie is a wiz on the keys, and his energy immediately takes the crowd with him.”
- The Phoenix Arts Club; Soho, London
“His talent is extraordinary! He is an exceptionally great talent and destined for fame - his voice, his powerful songs!” - Rattlesnake Annie (Singer/Songwriter)