Tarek holds two degrees – a Starred First Class Degree in Music from York University, and a further First Class Degree in Actor-Musicianship from his training at Rose Bruford College. Since graduating in 2008, he has been working widely across the UK, Europe and North America as a much sought-after Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, and performing Actor-Musician. He holds a DipABRSM on piano, and is also an accomplished flautist, violinist and accordionist.
Tarek has worked in these various capacities with such prestigious companies as The RSC, Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange, BBC Radio 4, Northern Stage, Birmingham Rep, The Orange Tree, and in London’s West End, where he made his professional debut as Show MD of the multi-Olivier Award nominated production of Sunset Boulevard, directed by Craig Revel-Horwood.
He has collaborated with top level directors including Erica Whyman, Sam West, Tom Morris, Roxana Silbert, Sarah Frankcom, Jo Davies and Nikolai Foster, while developing ongoing creative relationships with a number of other theatres including The Watermill Theatre, Bolton Octagon, and Manchester’s former Library Theatre. As an MD and arranger, Tarek has worked with a number of acclaimed composers and musicians including Sarah Travis, Sam Kenyon, Alex Baranowski, Ben & Max Ringham, David Shrubsole, Duke Special, and Tom Deering.
Tarek was the MD for the prestigious RSC tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation in 2016, which was accompanied by the BBC Documentary series The Best Bottoms In The Land. He then returned to Bristol Old Vic to MD the World Premier of their much anticipated new musical, The Grinning Man, having previously arranged and MD’d their revival of Swallows and Amazons over Christmas 2014.
Performance roles have included playing the French fop servant Bagatelle in restoration comedy The Poor Soldier at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, and taking on the role of The Expert in Sam West’s acclaimed revival of Close the Coalhouse Door for Northern Stage/Live Theatre – a character that Tarek reprised when the production was recorded for BBC Radio 4.
Tarek’s work for Radio 4 extends into composition, having written the songs for Marcy Kahan’s play Big in Samoa. He has worked twice more for Revel-Horwood and Musical Supervisor Sarah Travis – as Assistant MD on Chess the Musical, including its 6-week residency at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre, and most recently as Show MD on the UK No 1 Tour of Fiddler on the Roof, starring Paul Michael Glaser.
In 2014, Tarek arranged and MD’d the first regional revival of Howard Goodall’s musical Love Story at Bolton Octagon, completed the commission of a new score for Youth Music Theatre UK and received an Arts Council International Funding Award to carry out musical research in Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Tarek has composed scores for The Watermill Theatre and has developed a long-standing relationship with Youth Music Theatre UK, composing a number of new scores for them over the past 7 years. Tarek is also a regular contributor to the work of the top UK Drama Schools, having coached, taught or MD’d for RADA, Guildhall, Mountview, Oxford School of Drama, Rose Bruford, GSA, and East 15. In other moments, he is a performer and composer for Arts in Healthcare environments, including for charity Music In Hospitals and for St George’s Hospital, Tooting.