Producers and Directors
Ken Laing AM is one of Australia’s leading producers and creative directors of concert and entertainment special events. He also coordinates Australia’s leading musicians working with both international touring and Australian performers and most of the major musical theatre productions in Australia. During his over 35 years in the industry, Ken’s experience covers the full spectrum of special event management, production and direction. His outstanding achievements were acknowledged in 1991 when he was awarded a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for his services to music and the community.
Ken has toured with Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford, Anthony Warlow and Shirley Bassey and was Music Producer for the Australian season of A Chorus Line, musical coordinator for the Australian seasons of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Anthony Warlow and Sarah Brightman. He has worked with many international and Australian star performers including Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Peter Allen, Anthony Warlow, George Benson, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Stars of the Australian Ballet and Opera, Michael Ball, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, Marina Prior, Ricky May, Randy Crawford, Dione Warwick, Engelbert Humperdink, Peter Allen, Sammy Davis Jnr, Neil Sedaka.
Ken has produced 7 Royal Command performances including The Premier of NSW Newcastle Earthquake Disaster Relief Concert in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Edward and a Royal Command Performance in the presence of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, both at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Ken also has produced and directed 8 Australian Entertainment ‘MO’ Awards Presentation Ceremonies and 17 Premier Gala Concerts at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. He has produced 7 Official Carnivale Opening concerts, the G.A.I.S.F. Congress and General Assembly Opening Ceremony Concert at the Sydney Opera House and was Musical Director for the NAFM Conference and the 1993 to 1996 Ethnic Business Awards on SBS Television.
He managed, produced and directed in 1988 the Sydney Football Stadium Opening Spectacular, the Gala Concert to Commemorate the Re-enactment Voyage of the First Fleet and produced and directed over 3,000 children for the Outback Children’s Musical Spectacular for the Australian Bicentennial Authority. In September 2000, Ken produced the Gymnastics competition for the Sydney Olympic Games.