As Talent Buyer and Artist Relations Manager it is my job to book national and international STARS and SHOWS. It is one thing to book the best & most suitable Live Entertainment within the budget of my clients. I love to do that, it is a great pleasure to work such amazing artists.
But what happens if there is no suitable, flexible, unique Live Entertainment available within the budget? From my point of view there are 3 possibilities: Raise your budget, Lower your expectations or GO CREATIVE.
When the Hessischer Rundfunk called me to help them to program the Day of German Reunification „Tag der Deutschen Einheit“ in Frankfurt their expectations were really high. The onair program of Radio HR1 is 80’s music. They needed to stage a great program of 3-4 hours with international 80’s stars to compete with the other stages. But the budget was much smaller.
One solution could have been to find just one suitable artist from the 80’s within the budget and to fill the rest of the time with local coverbands. But that was not what I thought is the best solution for this kind of event. So I asked the radio station if they would like to work together to create a unique show for them. Never done before. First time ever!
Combine the best musicians from Berlin with 3 well known 80’s stars. 3-4 hours high quality program with stars and showacts.
A question of trust:
I remember the day when Tim Wirth of Hessischer Rundfunk finally called me, just a few weeks before the event: „Stefan we know each other for a long time now. You know that I trust you in full – no problem – but I have to convince many people and they do not know you. Your idea is to create something totally new for us without any proof of the quality. There is no video nothing you can send us. You also have to convince the stars to be involved in this totally new project. And the stars won’t get well paid for it because the budget is not high enough. Meanwhile you do not have he time someone would usually need for such a project. You know that the Hessischer Rundfunk expect highest quality. Additionally we want to fill the place in front of stage with minimum 5000 people or more. Well like I said – I trust you and I was able to convince the other to trust in you and your service. Do it and don’t fuck it up!“
Berlin Show Orchestra:
That was the day I founded the Berlin Show Orchestra togehter with Legrain Productions in Berlin. I was sure about the quality of Musical Director Felix Neumann and the musicians they work with. We worked together several times on other projects.
My biggest challenge was to find the right stars suitable to the program who understand the importance of the event and also accept that this unique show was more work than the shows they usually do, but it won’t be paid better. I was able to convice Jimmy Somerville, Nik Kershaw and Howard Jones to be part of the project. As soon as they were in contact with MD Felix Neumann everything was easy. Artists and managers understood the importance of the event and the quality of Felix very quick.
Togehter with Tim Wirth and Rajko Marjanovic from Hessischer Rundfunk we worked on the program and songs. Felix Neumann arranged all Songs of the program. What he did in this short time is mindblowing, crazy ….. just unbelievable.
We did it:
To make it short: It was a huge success. Tim, Rajko and all partners were really happy and we had more than 10.000 people in front of stage. We received congrats from all sides.
The stars were really happy:
Jimmy Somerville: „What a great bunch of musicians. I had a wonderful time on stage. They brought a great energy to the songs. Hope to meet and perform again sometime guys. We rocked !!! Best wishes, Jimmy“
Howard Jones: „Just wanted to say that I had a great experience working with the Berlin Show Orchestra celebrating 25years of German unification on stage in the heart of Frankfurt. I’m really looking forward to working with them again soon!“
Nik Kershaw: „I truly loved performing with the Berlin Show Orchestra. Quality musicians under the leadership of Felix Neumann, whose attention to detail was impressive. Their onstage energy was infectious and i look forward to sharing a stage with them again“.
„The Berlin Show Orchestra gave the hits of Somerville, Jones and Kershaw a unique character. Combined with a fine light show, their costumes and special performances the songs of Nik Kershaw, Jimmy Somerville and Howard Jones reached with the support of this modern orchestra a new level. “
Berlin Show Orchestra:
By the way: we were able to place the Berlin Show Orchestra successfully in the event industry. They already played the Live Entertainment Award, the German Sustainability Award together with Ute Lemper, Marlon Roudette, Art Garfunkel, 800 anniversary of Oranienburg togehter with Roachford, and many more.
Next Shows: Leipziger Opernball with Jimmy Somerville, Sustainability Award, IGA Opening Ceremony, ….
Follow Berlin Show Orchestra – great news announced very soon. http://www.berlin-show-orchestra.de/
All artists and clients are more than happy with the shows:
Ute Lemper: „The Berlin Show Orchestra is simple fantastic. First class musicians, young and on the edge, contemporary and challenging, entertaining and versatile. It was a super inspiring collaboration. “
Andrew Roachford: “ thoroughly enjoyed working with this fine band. great musicianship, great people, the show was fun. we had a ball! “
If you are looking for the best suitable Entertainment: Go Creative with Stefan Lohmann
Thanks to everybody involved in this fantastic experience. It was a big challenge – we did it – alltogehter!!!
Specials thanks to Tim Wirth & Rajko Marjanovic from the Berlin Show Orchestra and me !!! Let’s do it again!
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