MMD AGM & Lionel Bart Memorial Masterclass with Howard Goodall & Jeremy Sams

December 4th, 2018

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Date(s) - 04/12/2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Diorama Arts Centre


Notification of Annual General Meeting

Dear MMD Members,

We are hereby notifying you, in accordance with legal requirements, that the Mercury Musical Developments Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 4th December 2018 at 6.30pm at Diorama Arts Centre, 201 Drummond Street, Regents Place, London, NW1 3FE.

The official business of the AGM, will take place beforehand at a Board Meeting to be held at Clintons Solicitors, 55 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5RZ, and will include:
To receive and adopt the report of the trustees of the Company and the accounts for the Company for the year ended 31 March 2017 and 31 March 2018.
To re-appoint any Board members who are retiring by rotation in accordance with the Company’s Articles of Association and have confirmed their willingness to be re-appointed as trustees of the Company.
At the members’ AGM meeting there will be reports on the organisation’s activities over the past year by Chair, Frances Matthews and Executive Director, Victoria Saxton and a summary of MMD’s accounts and current financial position by accountant and MMD Trustee, Roger Fairhead.

All fully paid-up members of MMD are welcome to attend the AGM. If you have any questions about it, please email

Lionel Bart Memorial Masterclass with Howard Goodall & Jeremy Sams

Immediately following the members’ AGM meeting, we are delighted to announce that distinguished composer Howard Goodall and writer, director, translator and musical director Jeremy Sams will be joining us for our next Lionel Bart Memorial Masterclass. We’re thrilled they have kindly agreed to take time out of their busy schedules to share their skills and experience with MMD members.

We are fortunate to receive funding from the Lionel Bart Foundation to run a series of Lionel Bart Memorial Masterclasses which give writers the opportunity to try-out songs they are currently working on and receive feedback from established industry practitioners, in front of a supportive audience of MMD members. This will then be followed by a short Q&A where Howard and Jeremy will talk about their careers and processes and answer members’ questions.

The Lionel Bart Memorial Masterclass will also take place on Tuesday 4th December from 7.00pm until 9.00pm, at Diorama Arts Centre, 201 Drummond Street, Regents Place, London, NW1 3FE.

Submissions are now open to present a song at the Lionel Bart Memorial Masterclass with Howard Goodall and Jeremy Sams.

To submit a song/s for consideration: We are inviting MMD members to submit up to two songs and we will select the writer/s to share their work and receive critique from the panel. Please note we may only choose one song from each writer or writing team.

Please email with up to two songs, including an mp3 demo, piano vocal sheet music and a brief synopsis/context for the song (no longer than 400 words). If selected, you will be expected to perform the song yourself or provide a performer if you’re not comfortable performing your own work. Please quote: ‘Submission – Lionel Bart Memorial Memorial Masterclass’ as your email subject line.

Submissions will close on Monday 5th November at 5pm and we will aim to let applicants know by Monday 12th November.

To attend as an audience member: The event is free for MMD members however spaces are limited and therefore available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your place as an audience member, please click on this Eventbrite link and book.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and hope to see lots of you there to take part in another wonderful Lionel Bart Memorial Masterclass event.

Best wishes,

Team MMD

Howard Goodall CBE is one of Britain’s best-known composers of choral music, stage musicals, TV and film scores. He is also a distinguished music historian and broadcaster.
His choral music has been commissioned to mark many national ceremonies and memorials; his settings of Psalm 23 and Love divine are amongst the most performed of all sacred music, featuring on several platinum-selling CDs. Eternal Light: A Requiem has had over 550 live performances throughout the world since its première in 2008 and won him a Classical BRIT Award for Composer of the Year. His 2009 Enchanted Voices, a setting of the Beatitudes, was no.1 in the Specialist Classical CD chart for six months, winning him a Gramophone award. In June 2012 his Rigaudon accompanied Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee Regatta and he was musically responsible for Rowan Atkinson’s memorable performance at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. On 4th August 2014 his anthem Sure of the Sky-Des Himmels sicher, especially commissioned for the occasion, was performed at the St Symphorien Military Cemetery, Mons, to mark the start of the First World War, in the presence of heads of state of all combatant nations. He conducted the première of his oratorio Every Purpose Under The Heaven, commissioned to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, in Westminster Abbey in November 2011. His recent Invictus: A Passion was commissioned by and premièred at St Luke’s Methodist Church Houston in March 2018, followed by a European and broadcast première in London, and released on CD.
Howard’s first West End musical The Hired Man, opened in 1984 and has since been performed all over the world, winning many international awards. Other West End musicals include Girlfriends, The Kissing-Dance, the dreaming, Love Story and Bend it Like Beckham which is due to tour India, the USA and Canada in 2019-20. Love Story has also been premièred in the USA, The Russian Federation, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, South Korea and Brazil, where it was produced in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympiad.
As well as writing musicals, Howard has composed some of the best-known British TV theme tunes of the last 30 years, including Mr Bean, Blackadder, Red Dwarf, Q.I. and The Vicar of Dibley. The animated Mr Bean series, for which he writes all the music, is the most followed entertainment product on earth, with over 80 million Facebook followers and 10 million YouTube subscribers. His score for the HBO film Into the Storm won him a Primetime EMMY for Original Dramatic Score and newly released this month is Johnny English Strikes Back which he has scored.
For the past 30 years he has written and presented his own TV documentary series on the theory and history of music. His books, Big Bangs: The Story of Five Discoveries That Changed Musical History and Howard Goodall’s Story of Music have been translated and published in over 20 countries. His most recent TV film, Sergeant Pepper’s Musical Revolution was shown on BBC2 and PBS, and simultaneously worldwide on June 3rd 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic Beatles album. For his TV series he has been honoured with a BAFTA, an RTS Judges’ Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Education in Broadcasting and over a dozen other international broadcast awards. He was England’s first ever National Ambassador for Singing and Classic fm’s Composer-in-Residence for many years. He was appointed CBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to music education.

Jeremy Sams is the ultimate polymath. Born in 1957, he studied Music, French and German at Magdalene College, Cambridge and Piano at the Guildhall School of Music. Early on he worked as a freelance pianist and coach, giving frequent recitals and tours and doing stints as a repetiteur at opera houses in Brussels and Ankara.
Directorial credits include Michael Frayn’s Noises Off (West End and Broadway); Spend Spend Spend (West End and national tour); Two Pianos, Four Hands (Birmingham Rep and West End); The Wind in the Willows (Old Vic); Maria Friedman – By Special Arrangement (Donmar Warehouse and West End); and Wild Oats and Marat Sade (Royal National Theatre).
Jeremy’s many translations include Mozart’s Figaro’s Wedding, La Boheme, The Magic Flute and Wagner’s The Ring Cycle (ENO); The Merry Widow (Covent Garden); and Les Parents Terribles, The Miser and Mary Stuart (Royal National Theatre).
Jeremy Sams created the stage adaptation of the successful production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, at the London Palladium. More recently he adapted the hugely successful TV series Little Britain for the stage.
Jeremy’s composing credits include the BBC film of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, for which he won a BAFTA award for ‘Best Music’. He composed the score for Roger Michell’s screen adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love – winning the 2005 Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Score for a Feature Film’. In 2002 he created a jazz-style score for the same director’s highly acclaimed feature The Mother, scripted by Hanif Kureishi and starring Anne Reid and Daniel Craig, which won the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes the following year. Jeremy’s television credits include Initial Film & TV’s Have Your Cake and Eat It.
Aside from film, television and radio credits, Jeremy has written, arranged and directed music for around 50 theatre productions, including The Wind in the Willows, Arcadia (RNT) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC).