|Jae, who was born in Port Talbot, South Wales, began his musical career at the age of 14. Since leaving college, Jae's love for musical theatre has made him one of the top musical directors in the West End and conducting credits include: "West Side Story" (1984 at Her Majesty's); "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (1987 at The Savoy, with Ernie Wise and Lulu); "Follies" (1988 at the Shaftesbury, with Julia McKenzie and Eartha Kitt); "Cats" (1989 at the New London); "The Hunting of the Snark" (1991 at The Prince Edward, with Kenny Everett and David McCallum), "Crazy For You" (1993 at The Prince Edward, starring Ruthie Henshall); "Oliver!" (1995 at The Palladium, with various Fagins including Jonathon Price, Jim Dale, Russ
Abbot and Robert Lindsay); Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at The Dominion, and more recently Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse), Guys & Dolls & Fiddler On The Roof.
Whilst consistently working in the West End, Jae has also recorded many television programmes for BBC Wales and S4C, including three series of "Raise The Roof", two series of "Peter Karrie Unmasked" and "Mardi Gras". For the BBC Jae has recorded "The Magic of the Musicals" with Mark Rattray and Marti Webb; "The Gershwin Centennial Concert" at The Royal Albert Hall and has appeared many times on "Blue Peter", the most notable as a rock and roll banana!!
Over the past seven years Jae has had the opportunity to combine his passion for classical music with his love of live entertainment, working as Musical Director on an ever-increasing number of outdoor spectacular classical concerts.
These have seen him conducting across the country and working with some of the most famous orchestras in the world, including The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia, The English National Symphony and The Wren Orchestra. Attracting audiences in excess of six thousand to each concert, these events have seen Jae accompanying many international stars such as Sarah Brightman, Sarah Walker, Julian Lloyd Webber and Charlotte Church on numerous occasions.
Over the last couple of years Jae's work has taken him across the globe, setting up productions in Florida, Holland, Taiwan, South Africa and Australia. On behalf of Cameron Mackintosh Jae supervises all overseas productions of the hit musical "Oliver!" and is currently casting the show in preparation for a national tour of the USA. Jae recently conducted a series of concerts in both St. Petersburg and at the National Concert Hall in Moscow.