The wizard team

The team behind A Wizard in the Kitchen

Phil Watkins – Composer & Author

Phil graduated from The Royal Academy of Music, London before embarking on a varied career as a piano teacher, free-lance pianist, cellist and composer.  After completing a Masters Degree in ‘The Composition of Music for Film, Television and Theatre’ at Bristol University he joined The Royal Ballet School, London where he worked as a full-time pianist for six years. He has composed the scores for several short films and travelled extensively as a keyboard player on cruise ships. He currently lives in the historic market town of Tring in Hertfordshire where he works as a ballet pianist at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.  Phil is the director of Hamelin Music.

Gill Vines – Artist & Illustrator

Gill studied art and design at Liverpool’s John Moores University and went on to teach in Lincolnshire primary schools for twelve years.  Since then, after deciding to focus on her work as an artist, her lively linear drawing style and the vibrant colours of her paintings have earned her a fast-growing reputation in the East Midlands and beyond. She lives with her husband and daughter in the beautiful city of Lincoln and in her spare time does a lot of digging, planting and pondering on her allotment. For more information, please visit

Tony Fielding-Raby – Narrator

Tony trained in Drama and Theatre Arts and has appeared in many poetry readings and plays including farce, Shakespeare, the Lincoln Mystery Plays and musicals.  He has provided voiceovers for corporate videos (making the manufacture of piping seem interesting on one occasion!) and he has also written and directed a number of plays and musicals for folk with learning difficulties. The proud father of two grown-up daughters, and with five grandchildren, Tony is now enjoying his retirement by keeping busier than when he worked. Contact:

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