Marc Forde has participated in a wide variety of recordings and performances over the last few years. He started composing whilst running an educational song-writing project around the theme of drug awareness called It's Up 2 U. In addition to Orpheus, he has written other musical works including The Magick, The Story of the World (about an imaginary dictatorship) and a song cycle about adolescence.
Marc also directs the Balagan Theatre Company, situation in the London Borough of Lambeth, which aims to encourage young people to participate in music and drama, and to disseminate new musicals for schools.
Johnny Morris has been a familiar figure on radio and television since the mid-forties and, although best-known for programmes like Animal Magic and Johnny's Jaunts, he originally trained as a violinist and singer. These skills were later put to use in his live orchestral concerts when he would perform his own children's musicals, including Delilah - the sensitive cow, Huanita - the spanish lobster, Cooey Looey - the Pigeon and Lollopalong - the racehorse. In recent years Johnny was in great demand as a narrator for the productions such as Tales of the Riverbank and Peter and the Wolf. He had also just completed a silent film about a zoo-keeper and his animals, set to the music Boeuf sur le Toit by Darius Milhaud.