Webteam: October 2017
44 years ago, in a Comprehensive School in Epsom was a class of thirty boys. In that class was a young lad called Douglas Horley, who liked playing the guitar as he thought Miss Smith was a babe and was motivated to take lessons. In front of him sat a lad called Alan Green, who liked performing drama as it got him into the girl's school when it came to a joint production.
As a lead guitarist Doug went on to play with many bands over the years which culminated in playing at Wembley Stadium at a big Christian event called "Champions of the World"
Meanwhile through drama, Alan joined the Epsom Methodist music group, that produced a song & dance themed concert of AD 33. This production was recorded as an L.P. and performed at the MAYC weekend at the Methodist Central Hall. During this time, Alan met his soon to be wife, Judith, who happened to be the daughter of his church's minister, the Rev Michael Meech.
Doug left school and worked as a Paramedic for the London Ambulance Service, and then as a National Account Manager for BT. Whilst Alan left school and studied at L.A.M.D.A, before working in stage management at various repertory theatres around the country. Doug left BT in 1995, he never thought he would end up working with children as he wanted to be a 'rock musician' forever, but with his wife Belinda, he started writing songs for children and touring family shows that went down a storm. He has spent the last 22 years travelling the world, presenting over 2,000 shows in schools and churches in many different countries for children and families during that time.
Alan moved to Newbury to become Production Manager at the Watermill Theatre, working on Productions with many famous actors and producers such as Sir Cameron Mackintosh. He left in 1994 to work in the corporate world as a freelance Technical Production Manager, travelling the world for many different clients.
Doug is a recording artist signed to Capitol records and has written around 200 songs and produced 12 albums and 6 DVDs and a number of books. One of his songs, "We want to see Jesus lifted high" was chosen as the theme song for the Global March for Jesus some years back and sung by around 25 million people in 172 countries.
Alan is a Worship Leader and Steward at Newbury Methodist Church, and part of the Event Team that promoted the newly renovated church in Newbury. There have been, Flower Festivals, One Man Shows, Brass Bands, Choirs, Organ Recitals to name a few. A show for children was the next adventure, so Duggie Dug Dug's Family Circus Show was booked.
His shows are full of fun and laughter along with high energy pop songs, puppets, and some very cool circus tricks! Naomi Giffen is one of the aerial performers in the show and she was Mary Poppins in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics and flew into the Olympic stadium from 50m up! She and her sister Sara will be performing aerial silk and aerial hoop routines in Doug's show.
Doug is very excited to bring his Circus show to Newbury and to have the chance to work with his school friend, Alan from so many years ago, whilst Alan is excited to see Doug again, and hopes Doug brings his guitar, so he can hear Doug play some of those Led Zeppelin songs, he practiced at school!
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