Andy Frost has lived in Galleywood for most of his life. He is a professional Drummer and Vocal Percussionist. Andy performed with Acappella band the Magnets for almost 20 years, with recording deals and performances all over the world including Edinburgh, Glastonbury & Adelaide festivals. He now appears as a guest artist on cruise ships and events with acappella group We3. Alongside his ‘beatbox’ career, he also regularly performs as a drummer for Paul da Vinci, gives regular workshops and masterclasses and has a busy drum teaching schedule. Find out more on his website https://www.andyfrostdrumsandbeatbox.com
Samantha Hay has been performing as a professional Opera Singer for over 20 years and has performed solo roles for some of the UK’s leading companies including Welsh National Opera, Opera North and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Sam has become renowned for singing the iconic Queen of the Night from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and you can watch her singing this on her website https://www.samanthahay.co.uk Sam has lived in Galleywood for 3 years and now also teaches singing from home.
1. ‘We’re Going Slightly Mad” Our lockdown song and video.
We have both been huge Queen and Freddie Mercury fans all our lives and have been searching for the right song we can perform in our own unique style as a tribute to the music we grew up with. Lockdown proved the perfect opportunity to give our take on this classic song. We hope you enjoy our version!.
This beautiful song written by Leonard Cohen has been performed by many, many performers across genres and was one of the 1st we collaborated on as OperaBeatz, fusing our two different styles for this beautiful and emotional song. Recorded in our garden in Galleywood in summer 2018.
OperaBeatz is a collaboration of the operatic voice of Samantha Hay and the Vocal Percussion and Drum skills of Andy Frost in a unique fusion of Classical Crossover and Jazz music.
We will shortly be launching our new venture of 'Doorstep Singing', when you will be able to book us to come to your house and perform a socially distanced set for you and your loved ones. Please get in touch on our website www.operabeatz.co.uk if you would like any further information about us.