six and a half years in RAF Central Band, in the Middle East (Western
Desert and Palestine) he was the leader of the RAF No 1 Band of the MEF.
He was known in the RAF as Roland Shaw Tomkins (Sergeant). Roland has
since changed his name to Roland Shaw.
Arranger: The BBC Show Band, Pianist
and Arranger: Nat Temple BBC series. The Geraldo OrchestraArranger
and Conductor (Recording after demise.) The Ted Heath Orchestra.
Decca Records and London Records Inc.
Conductor and Arranger for:
Dame Vera Lynn. David Whitfield, Tommy Steele, Lita Rosa, The Beverley
Sisters, Dickie Valentine, Lee Lawrence, Caterina Valente, The Odd Couple,
Baker, Acker Bilk , Frank Chacksfield, Stanley Black, Cyril Stapleton,
Sammy Davis Jnr., Sir Cliff Richard, (Summer Holiday), The
Mantovani Orchestra (& Conductor BBC and Festival Hall.) Edmundo Ross,
Gracie Fields, Roger Whittaker. (The Last Farewell) Sir Harry
Secombe, (The Lost Chord), The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.
The Royal Variety Show, The Children's Royal Variety
Show, Show Stoppers and other TV Awards shows.
The RPO & LSO & BBC Concert Orchestra & The BBC Big Band.
Arranger/Conductor of winning Album Grand Prix du disc. Maurice Larcange.
The French Touch
Musical director, arranger, conductor of first British No 1 in USA. (Dame
Vera Lynn) Auf Wiedersehn.
Films and Musicals
Musical director, arranger and conductor of two major Hollywood musicals
The Great Waltz and The Song of Norway and films,
Straight On til' Morning, The Secret Of My Success
and The Duke Wore Jeans amongst many others.