Having completed the first year of workshops, Second Year Composers/Lyricists are paired into teams (or work alone, at the discretion of the facilitators) to work on a single project of their choice, focusing on the challenges of building an entire score. They must balance the dramatic and rhythmic needs of the story with musical structure, shaping the score to offer the audience an experience that is theatrically satisfying.
Second Year Composers/Lyricists develop a musical voice that is uniquely their own but also serves the individual project and the various characters within it. Members address specific problems as they arise and find creative answers for them. Great emphasis is placed on the specificity and intention of each song. Eight songs will be written and rewritten.
At the end of the year, each team presents a section of their piece in an internal showcase. The focus is on skill development and creating a professionally useful portfolio of songs.
The Second Year Composer/Lyricist Workshop meets on Monday evenings at the Actors Centre, Tower Street, London.
Loserville (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Garrick, West End). Olivier Nominated for Best New Musical, Soho Cinders (co-book with Anthony Drewe) music by George Stiles, Peter Pan (revised book) with Stiles & Drewe, Out There (Riverside Studios, Union), Best Friends & Butterflies (book & music) TicketMaster Composer Award / Best New Musical Vivian Ellis Award, What I Go To School For - The Busted Musical (Brighton Theatre Royal), Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (new adaptation for Stratford East) dir by Terry Johnson.
Current Projects: Becoming Nancy (book) music by Stiles & Drewe, directed by Jerry Mitchell. Rehab The Musical (book) music by Grant Black, lyrics by Murray Luchlan Young.
Radio: In another career strand Elliot is a prolific music documentary maker for the BBC. His celebration of Tommy Steele’s life presented by Bill Kenwright was broadcast for Xmas 2016. He has written the life stories of Joan Littlewood, The Bee Gees, Gloria Estefan, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, James Last(!), Paul Anka and Freddie Mercury’s 60 Commemoration; all for the BBC.
Film: He is the inaugural recipient of the JJ Screenwriting Bursary in association with BAFTA. His first feature film screenplay Consider Yourself was commissioned by BBC films and shoots later 2017 starring Geoffrey Rush. He has just completed his second feature film also for the BBC.
Musical Direction: Elliot has developed a close musical collaboration with Burt Bacharach. He was musical director for the BBC / Senbla’s televised A Life In Song With Burt Bacharach at the Festival Hall (2015) and musical director for Mr Bacharach’s Palladium and Festival Hall concerts in 2016.
In 2016 Elliot conducted A Rogers & Hammerstein Celebration with the London Symphony Orchestra and a Judy Garland Live Experience at the London Palladium. 2017 will see him musically supervise and conduct a fully orchestrated live concert of the Moody Blues’ seminal work Days Of Future Passed at the Hollywood Bowl and the Sony Centre in Toronto. Over his career he has musically supervised and conducted many musicals!
David Firman is an orchestral conductor, TV and theatre musical director, composer, arranger and orchestrator. He conducted the original West End productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Singin’ in the Rain, La Cage Aux Folles, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Pirates Of Penzance, and the recent revival of Carousel.
David was arranger/orchestrator on the West End productions of My One And Only, Metropolis, Enter the Guardsman, and Good Fun at the Sheffield Crucible, where he first met that show’s playwright and composer, Victoria Wood. For her he arranged and musically directed 3 BAFTA award-winning series: Victoria Wood as Seen on T.V., Dinner Ladies and Christmas with All the Trimmings. He developed studio experience as a session recording keyboard player, performing on the soundtracks of Return Of The Jedi, the Superman series and Basic Instinct, along with television recordings for Carl Davis, Nigel Hess and Jim Parker.
He conducts orchestras worldwide, including the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic, and further afield the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the Royal Kapel Copenhagen, the Chinese Philharmonic, Danish Sinfonietta, Aarhus Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Aalborg Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife,Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, and Bangkok Symphony.
David has a growing portfolio of commissions as composer in his own right, including a specially composed piece for Royal Danish Ballet. Recently he has conducted performances of soundtracks live to big screen film presentations - Fantasia (which includes the Firebird, Beethoven 5th and 6th Symphonies, and the Sorcerer's Apprentice), Pirates of the Caribbean, Titanic, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and the world premiere of Frozen at the Royal Albert Hall - with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and orchestras in Barcelona and Antwerp. He studied at Trinity College London, and graduated in English and Music from Magdalene College Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar, and Musical Director of Footlights.