Band Profiles

Andy Louis

Andy Louis

Lead Vocals

Andy has had a successful solo career and always wanted to sing in a band covering the magic songs of the Electric Light Orchestra. When the chance came along, he didn't need to be asked twice. A fabulous Jeff Lynne "sound-alike", Andy strives to get the essence of ELO in his vocals.

Steve Hemsley

Steve Hemsley

Keyboards, Special Effects, Vocals

Steve is the Musical Director of the band.. A first class musician with a track record to show for it - working on cruise ships and touring the UK and Europe. Both in the studio and on stage, Steve is constantly critical in his quest for perfection.

Pete Smith

Pete Smith

Bass Guitar, Vocals

A professional musician for most of his life, Pete brings much experience to the stage. Forming the ‘engine room’ of the band with Tony on drums, Pete’s impeccable bass guitar playing and backing vocals are an integral part of the show.

Jan Christiansen

Jan Christiansen

Lead Guitar, Vocals

Jan studied guitar at the Musicians Institute in California. After returning to Europe he played in various bands both in his home country Denmark, and more recently in Germany. He worked for many years in the musical “Starlight Express” before moving to live in Hull. Jan’s good looks don’t deflect from his great guitar work and harmonies.

Tony Lawson

Tony Lawson

Drums And Percussion

Tony is a tremendous drummer who compliments the rest of the band with his attention to detail. A true professional who has played all over the world, Tony provides the backbone that is essential to any band.

Liz Stacey

Liz Stacey

Violin

Liz studied the violin in Sheffield, and has played with many of the leading chamber groups and ensembles in the North. She is also the founder of a very busy trio, Simply Strings, playing at many prestigious events throughout Yorkshire.

Francesca Mcdonald

Francesca Mcdonald

Cello

Francesca joined the band permanently in January 2018. She first learnt the cello at the age of 9 and went on to study music at York St John University. Now settled in York she shares her time between recording and teaching as well as performing with the ELO Experience.

Rachel Hoffman

Rachel Hoffman

Cello

Rachel lives in Cheshire and studies at the Royal Northen College of Music, receiving specialist music tuition at the college since the age of 6. Outside of her studies, she enjoys playing with various orchestras and also a quartet and Flute ensemble with her father.

Lana Mocharenko

Lana Mocharenko

Cello

Lana started to play cello at the age of five.  The following year she joined a specialist music school in Voronezh, Russia. In 2001, Lana received a full scholarship to study at The Purcell School, under Natalia Pavlutskaya. A scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music saw her studying with Hannah Roberts from 2006, and she graduated with first class honours prior to completing a Master of Music in Solo Performance with distinction.

Clare Laughton

Clare Laughton

Cello

Clare joined the line-up in January 2014. Playing the cello since she was 10 years old, she went on to study music at the University of Hull and is now kept busy with teaching, orchestral playing, solo work and recording.