David Ribi is probably best known for his current job as a children’s TV presenter on Channel 5’s ‘Milkshake!’, where he has worked for the last 4 years. However, prior to this he was ‘lucky enough to have a fantastic career in the West End and touring with some of the UK’s best-known and best-loved shows!‘
David’s credits include – Ensemble/Sky in Mamma Mia (UK Tour), Brad Majors in Rocky Horror Show (European tour), Sketch/Link Larkin Hairspray (UK Tour), Bobby in Dreamboats and Petticoats (West End & UK Tour), Zanna in Zanna Don’t (Off West End), Man 1 in I love you, you’re perfect, now change (Off West End).
With regard to The Duets, this is what David has to say…
To be honest it all started out as quite a selfish project. I’m one of those people who can’t sit still, and the moment we fell into the first Lockdown I really felt the effects of everything grinding to a halt, just like the rest of the world. I needed a creative outlet, something to get my teeth into, so I put a post out asking if anyone fancied singing a duet online. The response was mega, and loads of my friends/people I knew through other people started popping up. It was lovely to see some old faces, and even some new ones, saying they’d be up for a little creative outlet. So I got to work taking well known musical theatre/Pop songs, rearranging and re-orchestrating them into new duets, and sending them over for people to record and send back.
As the interest in them grew, so did my passion, and I really started to feel like I had some purpose in creating them. Offering a creative outlet for so many people who had had their careers whipped away from them thanks to the pandemic made them feel important, and the comments I was receiving from viewers really mirrored that. I made sure I released at least one a week and quickly saw their popularity start to rise.
A really big moment for me was securing a duet with the fantastic and beautiful Kerry Ellis. I’d had no real interaction with her before this and her excitement and passion for the project was just so humbling. I love all of my duets but that is one I will truly treasure forever. Thanks, Kezza!
As the lockdowns have passed, the duets have continued, and I can’t quite believe that we (myself and all my awesome duet partners) have now reached duet 40 and beyond! For me, this is no longer about filling my need for creativity, and more about showcasing incredible talent, whilst entertaining all of those who have missed theatre so much. On a personal note, my Grandma was diagnosed with Early-Onset Dementia earlier this year, which has been incredibly hard to come to terms with. However, she watches every single duet and the joy that they bring her is absolutely priceless. She even shed a tear at my duet with Louise Dearman as we sang one of her favourite Sinatra songs ‘All the Way’.
I am forever grateful to every single person who has contributed their talents to the series, and everyone who has watched, liked, commented and shared my videos. Our industry is such a community and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. There are still plenty more duets to come… I’m not slowing down yet, and I can already tell you that some of them are MIND-BLOWING. I’m a very lucky boy to be doing what I do with such talented duet partners. Feel free to get in touch if you want to jump on the duet train!
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My main goal when lockdown is over and theatres are full again is to bring this online duet series to life with a series of actual concerts… In-person…With real audiences! Wouldn’t that be nice! I’d plan on having a handful of duet partners at each concert, allowing them each a chance to sing a few of their favourite songs/fan favourites, whilst mixing in our duets along the way. I’d also love to use this as an opportunity to donate a portion of the ticket sales to Dementia UK – a charity very close to my heart at the moment. SO… if there are any producers out there who fancy getting in touch and getting involved, please do let me know!
Thanks for listening, thanks for reaching out, and mostly thanks for being such a beautiful creative and inspiring industry. Right… must dash… these arrangements don’t write themselves!
DUET SERIES PARTICIPANTS (So Far)
Kerry Ellis, Louise Dearman, Natalie Paris, Emma Hatton, Scott Alan, Zoe Birkett, Jenna Lee James, Sabrina Aloueche, Lauren Samuels, Gina Beck, Paul Wilkins, Dan Koek, Zoe Tyler, Grace Mouat, Natasha Barnes, Laura Baldwin, Steph Parry, Chris Barton, Michael Vincent, Lucy Kay, Lucy Bosher, Adam Bailey, Paul Ayres, Jacob Fisher, Hannah Ponting, Olivia Birchenough, Danielle Reales, Triptonic, Aaron Kavanah, Daniel Hope, Zoe Hearn, Rachel Grundy, Anna McGarahan, Calvin Hudson, Harriet Bunton, Lauren Varnham, Linda Holmgren, Becky Harrison, Sam Murphy, Simon Shorten, Richard Franks, Rhys Owen, Jen Harding,
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