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Composer & Lyricist YEAR TWO

Having completed the first year of workshops, composers and lyricists form a year-long partnership in their second year, to work on a single project of their choice. This challenge is focusing on building an entire score, usually from an existing source (e.g. romantic comedy, play). 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.


In their second year, composers and lyricists develop a musical voice that is uniquely their own but also serves the individual project. Members address specific problems as they arise and find creative answers to offer a rich and realistic collaborative experience. Great emphasis is placed on the specificity and intention of each song within the framework of a musical book. Eight song types are discussed and assigned, to broaden members' experience of musical theatre conventions and expectations.


At the end of the year, each team presents a section of their piece within a showcase to an invited audience. 

Workshop faciltators



Caroline is the musical supervisor for the new Stiles and Drewe musical Identical, directed by Trevor Nunn.


In collaboration with Tim Firth, she arranged and orchestrated his musical This Is My Family for Chichester Festival Theatre in 2019.


For the Menier Chocolate Factory, Caroline music-directed Take Flight, Tick Tick... Boom!, and its award-winning production of Sunday in the Park with George (West End / New York).


She music-supervised Little Shop of Horrors, Aspects of Love, and A Little Night Music (West End / Broadway).


Caroline is on the teaching staff at the Royal Academy

of Music.


David is best known for his extensive theatre work and regularly composes for the National Theatre. He studied music at Trinity College of Music before beginning his career as a Composer, Lyricist, Arranger/ Orchestrator and MD.


His work at the National Theatre includes productions of My Country, Table and the feature film London Road.


David has written music and lyrics for The Friendship of Town Mouse & Country Mouse, Pinocchio, The Great Wall (Singapore) and So, This Then Is Life (59E59, New York).


David was recently awarded a Drama Desk Award as a director for his piece Conversations with Coward.

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