Martin Yates founded West End International in 1995 to cross the boundaries between the classical and musical theatre disciplines. The first concert, West End The Concert, was performed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and due to its immediate success, the concert portfolio was rapidly expanded and now incorporates The Best of the West End, Broadway The Concert, Hollywood The Concert, New York! New York!, Fascinatin' Rhythm, The World of Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Musical World of Lerner & Loewe and Stars of the Musicals. In addition several popular concerts have been created to include Another Kind of Magic, Thank You for the Music, Beatlemania!, You Can't Stop the Music, MusicalsRock , Bond ... James Bond and Twist and Shout!.
For West End International and in co-operation with The Really Useful Group, Martin created the world concert premieres of the large scale arena productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Sunset Boulevard. This summer we will give the premiere of Grease the Musical In Concert.
In concert West End International has worked with some of the world's greatest artists to include Elaine Paige, Michael Ball, Petula Clark, Bryn Terfel, Montserrat Caballe, Barbara Hendricks, Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Sissel, Charlotte Nilsson, Tommy Korberg, Peter Joback, Russell Watson and Tony Hadley; the world's greatest symphony orchestras to include the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Halle, Royal Scottish National, Gothenburg Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Oslo Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber, Zurich Tonhalle, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders; and at some of the world's most prestigious music festivals to include Hampton Court Palace Festival, English Heritage Summer Festival, Chelmsford Spectacular, Rheingau, Ljubljana, Vilnius and Athens Festivals.
West End International has always had an interest in the creation of new musical productions and as theatre producers have produced Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Rags at the Bridewell Theatre and most recently Bat Boy The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre.