• Gloria Onitiri and Anderson & Petty release Alzheimer’s Society charity single, ‘Dignity’

    Thursday 28th January 2016 – Auburn Jam Records are delighted to announce the release today of Alzheimer’s Society charity single ‘Dignity’, written by trans-Atlantic writing duo Anderson & Petty, and featuring the vocals of West End leading lady Gloria Onitiri (The Bodyguard, The Lion King, Avenue Q).

     

    The single is available to download via all major online stores including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, and the official video can be found on YouTube. A JustGiving page has also been set up to collect donations from anyone who enjoys the song and would like to give more to support the important work of Alzheimer’s Society.

     

    All donations and profits from the single will go to Alzheimer’s Society, the leading UK care and research charity for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their families and carers. Dementia can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021. Alzheimer’s Society believe passionately that life doesn’t end when dementia begins. They are there for anyone affected by dementia, and do everything they can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.

     

    “The new charity single, ‘Dignity’ is special for a whole host of reasons, but with a lot stigma still surrounding dementia, this song is a really fantastic way of raising awareness and vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society. We are so very grateful to Anderson & Petty for supporting us and helping us to continue to raise awareness of dementia. We also want to thank music fans for any donations to Alzheimer’s Society. The funds raised will help us support people to live well with dementia today and fund vital research to find a cure for tomorrow.” –Alzheimer’s Society
    “Barry and I have been working on a song-cycle based on true stories, be they personal, from friends, family, news or historical events. Barry lost his Grandpa a few years ago to Alzheimer’s and we wanted to write a piece from the standpoint of the caregiver, rather than the person with the disease. Sort of a ‘caregiver’s promise’ to the patient/loved one, something to honour the tireless people who step up to the plate when Alzheimer’s happens to someone they love. Barry’s personal inspiration for this tune came much more from watching his Grandma having to deal with everything as his Grandpa started declining. We’re thrilled to have found the perfect artist in Gloria to debut the song, and delighted that Alzheimer’s Society are supporting us with the release as we wanted to be able to give something back to them.” – Anderson & Petty


  • “Snappy Title: Making History” – Announcing the successful songwriters

    We’d like to send hearty congratulations to all the composers and writers whose work has been selected for performance at our forthcoming showcase of new musical theatre songs, Snappy Title: Making History.
    There were some fantastic songs sent in, and the selection wasn’t easy!
    The successful composers are:
    Kara Taylor Alberts, Mark Allcorn, Alexander Bermange, Charles Bloom, Mark Bunyan, Ian Cook and Ian Newton, Dan Furman, Mark Goldthorp, Bob Gould and Chris Orton, Alan Lewis, Annemarie Lewis-Thomas, Eamonn O’Dwyer and Tim Thomas.
    Snappy Title: Making History will be at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, London SW3 4UT for one night only – Sunday 21st February 2016 at 8.00pm. The concert will feature an array of West End artists, including Kirsty Hoiles, Martin Neely, Alice Fearn, Jess Singer and Jordan Langford, plus a live 4-piece band. The programme will combine the new songs with well-known songs from established musicals, so there really will be something for all  tastes!
    All proceeds from the concert are being donated to MyAware, a very deserving charity supporting those with the rare, debilitating and sometimes life-threatening condition Myasthenia Gravis, and their families. For more details about the charity, please visit their website at www.myaware.org
    Tickets for the concert are £15, and are on sale now from the Pheasantry (phone 0845 6027 017  ) or from http://bit.ly/1Q1WwIH


  • Update on song submissions for “Snappy Title: Making History”

    The closing date for submitting songs for consideration to be included in next February’s showcase, Snappy Title: Making History, was Friday 18th December.

    We have had an impressively large number of excellent songs, which is brilliant news – but, allowing for the Christmas break, we’re not yet in a position to make any announcements about which songs will make it onto the programme. It will be a few more days until we will reach that stage, so if you are a composer who has entered a song (or songs) please bear with us for a little while longer.

    Please be assured that it is our policy to contact everyone who entered songs with news of the outcome of their submission, whether or not it was successful, although we regret we cannot offer any feedback on this occasion.


  • “Snappy Title: Making History” – our showcase of new (and old!) songs

    Join us for Snappy Title: Making History, the latest in a series of concerts of new songs for musical theatre presented by New Musicals Network.

    For the first time, the programme will intersperse new material (including several world premieres) with established, well-known songs from musicals such as Les Miserables, Cabaret, and lots more. The show features a great cast of West End artists, including Kirsty Hoiles, Gemma Sutton, Martin Neely, Gemma O’Duffy, Craig Rhys Barlow, Jordan Langford, Jessica Singer and Howard Jenkins (all subject to availability). The live 4 piece band is directed from the piano by Peter Auker. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to MyAware (formerly the Myasthenia Gravis Association).

    The concert will be held at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, on Sunday 21st February 2016


  • Tim Connor’s song cycle “Heart of Winter” available from 30th November

    Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year winner, Corrine Priest, and Stiles & Drewe Best New Song finalist, Tim Connor, join forces for the studio recording of new song-cycle, Heart of Winter

     

    Auburn Jam Records is pleased to be releasing the premiere recording of new one-woman song cycle, Heart of Winter. With music and lyrics by Tim Connor, and story and dramaturgy by Lia Buddle, the songs tell the funny, heart-warming and down-to-earth story of Kate, a primary schoolteacher in her mid-twenties, living up North. Her relationship of three years is over, and she is trying to adjust to her new life without Adam. With the help of her mum, her close friends and a large tub of Ben & Jerry’s, she is battling the harsh reality of winter to find the new hope of spring.

     

    Originating the role of Kate for this premiere recording is Corrine Priest. Corrine won the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Award at the Garrick Theatre in May 2014. She made her professional debut in GOD at London Theatre Workshop to rave reviews, and has just made her West End debut as Lucy in USHERS: The Front of House Musical at The Arts Theatre.

     

    “Occasionally, very occasionally, you see a newcomer perform to a standard that you could not imagine being improved upon even by a major star, such was the case with Priest.”

    – Sondheim Magazine (Review of GOD, London Theatre Workshop)

     

    “Corrine Priest gives every indication of being a talent bound for very high rank. This young lady is in contact with every nuance of every line she sings… she is an actress first and singer second… the Janie Dee of the next generation.”

    – Musical Theatre Review (Review of SSSPOTY, Garrick Theatre)

     

    “Corrine Priest stands out a mile with vocals and personality… she then absolutely brings the house down and stops the show as Priest absolutely nails every comedic moment.”

    – The Stage (Review of SSSPOTY, Garrick Theatre)

     

    The recording will be released on November 30th, and will be available to download via all major online retailers including iTunes and Amazon MP3. A limited run of physical CD copies, an ideal Christmas gift for fans of new musicals, can be ordered now via the website Heart of Winter, where links can also be found to purchase sheet music and backing tracks to the songs (available from November 30th), perfect for performers looking for new audition material.

     

    Tim Connor and Lia Buddle say of Heart of Winter:

    “We started to dream up Kate’s story nearly ten years ago, as friends fresh out of university. We worked away in our shared flat, with Tim constantly asking Lia questions about what it was like from a girl’s point of view at different stages of a relationship. He’d then turn his scribbles into songs, after which we’d tweak lyrics and narrative points together. As we both recently reached the milestone age of 30, we felt it was time to share our song cycle with the wider world. Listening back, it captures an important – and joyous – time in our lives. We’re beyond thrilled that Corrine Priest agreed to record the piece with us. Her enormous talent and great sense of humour have brought a fresh perspective to our work”

     

    Further Information:

     

    About Corrine Priest (Kate):

    Corrine is originally from Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset. Before attending London School of Musical Theatre Corrine gained a 1st Class Degree in Musical Theatre from Bath Spa University. Whilst training, Corrine’s credits included Viv Nicholson in Spend Spend Spend, Ophelia in Hamlet (Excerpt), Girl 5 / Whore in Les Miserables (Workshop), Ru / ensemble in Merrily We Roll Along (Workshop), The Kolokolo bird in Just So (Musical), From Page To Stage at The Landor.

    Corrine won the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Award at the Garrick Theatre in May 2014 and made her professional debut in GOD at London Theatre Workshop and since then has appeared as Amy in Girlfriends, Union Theatre and most recently has been playing Lucy in USHERS: The Front of House Musical, at The Arts Theatre after a transfer from its successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe. She is soon to be appearing in A Christmas Carol as The Ghost of Christmas Past at Blackpool Winter Gardens Opera House this Christmas alongside Paul Nicholas as Scrooge. www.corrinepriest.com  |  www.twitter.com/CorrinePriest

     

    About Tim Connor (Composer/Lyricist):

    Training: The Bridewell Theatre, AMOS and MMD Lab. Shows: Music and lyrics for  The Stationmaster with librettist Susannah Pearse (receiving its London premiere at Tristan Bates Theatre in November 2015); Heart of Winter with story, dramaturgy and direction by Lia Buddle (Leicester Square Theatre and Union Theatre). Tim’s songs have been performed by various West End singers in cabarets and concerts at established London venues including St James Theatre, Crazy Coqs, The Pheasantry, Soho Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall. His ballad,  The Little Match Girl, was recorded by Janie Dee and was broadcast on Loose Ends for BBC Radio, and included in the 2014 MAD for Christmas album in aid of the Make A Difference Trust. Tim’s song ‘The 6:59’ from The Stationmaster was performed at the Garrick Theatre as a finalist in the Stiles & Drew Best New Song competition 2014.

     

    About Lia Buddle (Story/Dramaturgy):

    Alongside writing with Tim, Lia works in theatre production and administration. Currently Artistic Assistant at English National Ballet, previous roles include Company Manager for the ENB 2015 tour to China and Singapore; Assistant to producer Michael McCabe at MMP and Joe Public Ltd (Wicked, Million Dollar Quartet, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory); Administrator at Battersea Arts Centre. Lia took part in the Stage One Workshop for New Producers in 2011. Production experience includes: Producer for Amo Theatre’s Tartuffe at The Space; Assistant Director for Pact Imagination Theatre’s Little Fish by Sarah-Lisa Wilkinson at The Space; Producer for Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at the European Student Drama Festival Acthea in France; Director/Choreographer of The Musical of Musicals, the Musical! for Throwaway Theatre, winner of an Edinburgh Fringe Sell-Out Award.

     

     


  • Songs of Rob Eyles and Bob Gould Showcase at the Pheasantry in October

    I Wasn’t Thinking At All, a cabaret showcase of new writing performed by a stellar cast of West End and Off-West End vocalists, featuring songs by song-writing team Eyles & Gould, will be presented at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea on the evening of Sunday October 11. The show will include songs from the score of Eyles and Gould’s musical A Pebble For Aaron.

    Rob Eyles is an actor/singer/songwriter whose stage credits include roles in Dreamboats And Petticoats and the epic World War 1 musical 14-18. Robert Gould is the librettist/lyricist of musicals My Land’s Shore, Grace Notes and Based On A True Story (all written with composer Christopher J. Orton), whose album of songs with his lyrics, Words Shared With Friends, was nominated for a Broadwayworld Album Award in 2014 as Best Compilation Album. Eyles and Gould began collaborating in July 2014 and some of their songs were performed at the “Writers’ Playground” concert of new writing at the Union Theatre in September 2014 and some of their work was featured in the concert New Words Shared With Friends at The Battersea Barge in May 2015.

    The concert at the Pheasantry will feature 14 star soloists accompanied by Rob Eyles at the piano and a three piece string ensemble. The vocalists will include: David Brewis (Evita, A Winter’s Tale), Kieran Brown (The Phantom Of The Opera, Pipe Dream, Wicked, Love Never Dies), Michael Burgen (Pirates Of Penzance, Spamalot), Michael Colbourne (Les Miserables, A Little Night Music), Jordan Lee Davies (Les Miserables, Molly Wobbly, The Secret Garden, BBC’s The Voice), Lauren Ingram (Gypsy, From Here To Eternity, Joseph), Karl Loxley (Legally Blonde, BBC’s The Voice), Carolyn Maitland (Miss Saigon, Singing In The Rain, From Here To Eternity, Kiss Me Kate), Shaun McCourt (Warhorse, Joseph), Kayleigh McKnight (Bend It Like Beckham, The Mikado, The Dreaming), Sarah McNicholas (Carrie, Evita, Whistle Down the Wind), Katie Paine (Godspell, We Will Rock You), Oli Reynolds (Duncton Wood, Pacific Overtures), Michael Riseley (Les Miserables).

    “I WASN’T THINKING AT ALL: the songs of Eyles and Gould”

    The Pheasantry, 152-154 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4UT

    Sunday, October 11 at 8pm (doors open at 6pm)

    Tickets £12

    http://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/popBook.aspx?showId=11c3a1f8-673c-41e3-99d3-54ef637c752f&showDateId=8575


  • Paul Boyd’s “One Night Stand” launches on 21st September

    London, 4th September—pbm presents ONE NIGHT STAND, a collection of 20 exclusive tracks from over 20 years of Paul Boyd’s musicals, performed by original cast members, digitally re-mastered and remixed.  It features songs from internationally acclaimed musicals such as ALICE and RED, numbers from recent hit shows like HUNCHBACK and TINSELTOWN, remixed recordings from the award-nominated productions McCOOL and THE HAUNTING OF HELENA, rare tracks from Paul’s archive of scores, cabaret songs, and dance shows which show his varied range from stunning power ballads to high camp to haunting instrumentals.  The album includes special versions of songs from his cult hit MOLLY WOBBLY including the racy title track One Night Stand.

    Each of the 20 tracks on ONE NIGHT STAND has been carefully selected, re-orchestrated, and restored to create a truly unique collection performed by a Who’s Who of international musical theatre stars including; Olivier Award Winner Leanne Jones (Hairspray), Broadway and West End star Rachel Tucker (Wicked, The Last Ship), Cassie Compton (American Psycho, Wicked), Stephanie Fearon (Mamma Mia, BBC Over The Rainbow), Ashley Knight (I Can’t Sing, The Glenn Miller Story), and Jane Milligan (Mamma Mia, Mrs. Henderson Presents).  Other performers include some of London’s hottest musical theatre talent (Rhiannon Chesterman, Kate England, Christopher Finn, and Alan Richardson) plus a whole host of Ireland’s finest musical theatre stars.

    “It’s been an exciting process sifting through my archives of more than 20 shows,” says Paul Boyd. “There are some numbers I hadn’t listened to in years and I’ve really enjoyed re-mastering them, as well as putting a new twist on more recent ones,” he added.
    ONE NIGHT STAND featuring a full-colour pdf collectors’ booklet will be available to download on 21st September from iTunes and Google Play as well as dozens of other online retailers. A limited edition CD is priced at £10 and all tracks will also be available on streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify
    Full details and a list of tracks can be viewed at paulboydmusic.com


  • Website fully functional again!

    After several months of relying on a temporary website with limited functionality, we are now back with a new hosting solution which we are confident will be much more robust than the old one – this should see the end of those annoying “Account Suspended” notices which seemed to pop up regularly!

    We’d like to thank Jeff Pullinger of Existence (www.existenceltd.com) for his hard work in recovering the files and getting us up and running again.


  • The NMN “Donate” button

    A few people have been asking about the “Donate” button which we have added to the sidebar on the right hand side of the website.

    There are naturally a few costs involved in maintaining the website, and if anyone would like to help out with those costs by donating some money of course we’d be very grateful. This is why it was decided to add a (hopefully discreet) button to the site.

    However, we’re happy to confirm that everything on the NMN website is, and will remain, free of charge. The only exception is the music proof-reading service, which those who have used it  have found very useful and well worth the money!

    If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the contact form.


  • Deadline Approaching for MMD’s S&S Award

    Sarah Crook of Mercury Musical Developments has been in touch with the following message:

     

    This is just a gentle reminder that the deadline for this fantastic initiative is just around the corner. Midnight Sunday May 10th.

     

    I know many of you are in the process of applying, and we look forward to receiving your entry – but we also ask you to forward the details far and wide so it reaches as many writers as possible.

     

    The S&S Award is searching for the most promising new unproduced musical of the year – Might that be your show?

     

    For everyone that has already submitted for this year, thank you and good luck.

     

     
    Here are some more details:
    2014/15 has proved a fantastic year for The S&S Award.  We were delighted to announce that we have linked up with Leicester Curve, the home of new British musicals, and that with new Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and Executive Producer Chris Stafford we are exploring ways of expanding the Award even further.  The Development Week of 2014’s winning show Stay Awake Jake,  took place at Curve in late February.  This – the first part of writer Tim Gilvin’s prize – was a retreat to work on his show with a team of top professional creatives, including director Matt Ryan and actor Jamie Muscato, both fresh from their recent hit with Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse, and musical director Jan Winstone.  Since the 2014 Gala, Stay Awake Jake has gathered a lot of attention and we hear that a West End producer is already interested in taking the show to the next stage.  Tim Gilvin says:

     
    “The Development Week at Leicester Curve was an incredibly invaluable, interesting, intense and inspiring five days.  Working with an absolute dream of a creative team, and being a part of the buzzing life of Curve, I was able to watch Stay Awake, Jake really come to life in a nurturing and supportive environment.  I believe that the show has been enriched and improved into something that is cleaner, fuller and better and I am enormously grateful for the experience, which I’m sure will stay with me for a long time to come.”

     
    So, what are we looking for?

     
    A musical that is in development or is finished that has not yet had a professional production and does not have a confirmed professional production in the future. If you are unsure as to what constitutes a “professional production” please contact us directly and we will be more than happy to help. There are no boundaries – we encourage everything from the traditional to the experimental; from musical comedy to opera; from hip-hop to formal adaptations; from shows that stick to the rules to shows that break them.

     
    The prize for the winning entry will be:

     
    A week’s development workshop at Leicester Curve to work on the material with a professional cast, musical director and director, without the pressure of a presentation.  The result of this development process will then be unveiled, in front of an audience of industry luminaries at…

     
    The S&S Award Gala at London’s St James Theatre.  The Gala is fast becoming a fixture in the West End theatre calendar.  The Award is formally presented at this event and previous Award presenters have been Michael Ball, Don Black and Nigel Harman.

     
    This year our judges will create a shortlist from which are selected three finalists.  From these finalists the winner will be picked.  A short extract from each of the finalists will be presented at the Gala and the winner announced on the night.

     
    A feature of last year’s Award which proved extremely popular was that each entrant received anonymous judges’ feedback.  We are pleased to say that we will be continuing with this process this year.

     
    Submission Details
    This year we’ve made it easier to enter.  Simply apply for an Application Form from me, Sarah, at sarah@mercurymusicals.com  and follow the easy step-by-step guide.
    Once your application form is completed please email back to me with your 4 songs (songs can be on separate emails if too large)

     
    The following will be required:

     
    Ø  A synopsis of the show – MAX 300 words
    Ø  4 songs – 4 lyric sheets – must be MP3s – preferably demonstrating different aspects of the show’s musical content, ie please do not submit four ballads or four up-tempo numbers.
    Ø  2 scenes – one of which must contain one of the submitted songs.  If the show is sung-through, please submit 20 pages of script which you feel best represents your show
    Ø  What makes your show special? – MAX 100 words

     
    Any one writing team or individual writer may submit a maximum of two shows.

     
    At least one member of the writing team (book/music/lyrics) must be a member of MMD or BML (Book Music Lyrics).

     
    If your show has been submitted once before but has undergone significant re-working (evidence will be required) you may submit again.

     
    If you have submitted your show twice previously you cannot unfortunately submit again, but please feel free to submit a different show.

     
    Timelines

     
    Deadline for submissions is Sunday 10th May (midnight)

     
    Following the shortlisting process, the three finalists will be announced towards the end of August.