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 presented the BBC Proms and he has made films for The Culture Show, Newsnight and Songs of Praise. The childrens' author Francesca Simon featured Zeb as the newsreader in her book The Lost Gods and 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 is the brand voice of the BBC Store.
He has hosted major live public events for the Royal Opera House and introduced concerts at London’s Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, King's Place and venues around the UK.
Concert work with orchestra includes Peter and the Wolf and Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood; he was the Voice of God in the Aldeburgh Festival production of Noye’s Fludde to conclude the 2013 Benjamin Britten Centenary and has made a new recording of William Walton's Façade, conducted by John Wilson and his orchestra, to be released in April 2017. He is the narrator for the choral ensemble Opus Anglicanum, touring the UK with sequences of words and music commissioned from some of Britain's leading contemporary composers.
Zeb trained as an actor and has performed in 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. This year he played Derek Nimmo in a drama about the making of the classic BBC comedy series All Gas and Gaiters and was the sinister librarian in a Doctor Who audio adventure with David Warner.
- November, 2016
Recording Façade with John Wilson and Carole Boyd at the Henry Wood Hall, October 2015