Zeb Soanes is a familiar and trusted voice across the BBC.

He is a Radio 4 Newsreader for those who wake up to The Today Programme and puts the nation to bed with The Shipping Forecast; he read the forecast to a worldwide audience at the Olympics and has broadcast it from the top of a lighthouse.  He is a regular on Radio 4’s The News Quiz, reports for From Our Own Correspondent and has presented Radio 3’s Saturday Classics.  On television his voice launched BBC FOUR, where he appeared in-vision as a regular presenter for the BBC Proms; he has also presented TV films for The Culture Show, Newsnight and Songs of Praise.  The children's author Francesca Simon featured Zeb as the newsreader in her book The Lost Gods and he has made vocal cameos in comedies and dramas including Christmas specials of Sherlock and The League of Gentlemen.  Sunday Times readers voted him their favourite male voice on UK radio.  

Documentary narration includes 50 years of Doctor Who for BBC Worldwide and Unlocking Sherlock for PBS in the United States.  He was the brand voice of the BBC Store.

He has hosted major live public events in Trafalgar Square for the Royal Opera House, relayed to screens around the UK and introduced concerts at London’s Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, King's Place and venues across the country.  He also presents the Royal Opera House's live Insight events broadcast worldwide on social media.

Concert work narrating with orchestra includes Peter and the Wolf, Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and The Snowman; he was the Voice of God in the Aldeburgh Festival production of Noye’s Fludde to conclude the 2013 Benjamin Britten Centenary and has performed Walton's Façade three times, including a new recording conducted by John Wilson.  He is the narrator for the choral ensemble Opus Anglicanum, performing sequences of words and music commissioned from some of Britain's leading contemporary composers.  In October he performed the world premiere of Ben Palmer's Eggs or Anarchy based on William SItwell's award-winning book about the wartime Minister for Food, Lord Woolton and in November gave the first full performance in 30 years of Banana BlushJohn Betjeman's verse set to music, specially re-scored by its composer Jim Parker.

Zeb trained as an actor and has performed in BBC radio dramas with Simon Russell-Beale and Toby Jones.  In the short film Mayday, starring Juliet Stevenson, he relays the unfolding chaos of an earthquake in London.  He played Derek Nimmo in a drama about the classic BBC comedy series All Gas and Gaiters and was the sinister librarian in a Doctor Who audio adventure with David Warner.

He has a three book deal with the Welsh publisher Graffeg to write a series of children's stories based on the urban fox that visits him in Islington, illustrated by the award-winning James Mayhew.  The first Gaspard the Fox book will be published in May.

Zeb is an active patron of the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine and Awards for Young Musicians.  Early this year he hosted a gala auction of theatrical portraits of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, raising over a hundred thousand pounds for the work of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

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Endorsements

Many people have commented on how warm and distinctive the channel feels and that’s a real tribute to Zeb’s instinctive understanding of its values. He should feel very proud of what he has achieved here.
— Roly Keating, Controller BBC FOUR
Zeb contributed greatly to the success of the Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra family concert in the Wimbledon International Music Festival on Sunday 20.11.16. He is a true professional and was thoroughly committed to the event, planning the programme with the conductor Leo Geyer, writing links between the works and attending a full rehearsal prior to the day.
Zeb is an engaging presenter and the audience from pre-school to grandparents responded with enthusiasm to his narration of Peter and the Wolf and Red Riding Hood. We felt fortunate to work with him.
— Marion Friend, MBE - Chairman, Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra
Zeb moderated the Construction Equipment Association 2014 conference. He was thoroughly professional and did a lot of background reading to learn about our industry. Zeb’s role at the conference comprised: moderating individual speaker presentations, panels sessions and an interview with a leading industry representative. I thoroughly recommend Zeb to anyone wanting a familiar voice and a competent, professional and friendly moderator at their conference.
— Joanna Oliver MBE, Director of Global Programmes, Construction Equipment Association
Zeb gave a great after dinner speech to the Chartered Institute of Tax Branches Conference which was very funny, but also interesting as well. We have received lots of very positive feedback regarding our conference and in particular Zeb’s involvement in it. All of the delegates were delighted that he remained chatting after the dinner finished and that he was so approachable and friendly. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an after dinner speaker or for any other similar event.
— Andrew McKenzie-Smart, Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Tax Branches Networks

New Recording of Walton Façade out now

New Recording of Walton Façade out now



Recording Walton's Façade, conducted by John Wilson at Henry Wood Hall