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AGM 2018 – Executive Director’s Report

January 4th, 2019

By Victoria Saxton As Francis has said, it’s been an incredible year – and I just want to add how much I admire each and every single member of MMD. I am in awe of every single person who pitched for BEAM – sharing new work with your own collaborator can be nerve wracking enough, […]...



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AGM 2018 – Chair’s Report

January 4th, 2019

By Francis Matthews A few years ago, members of the MMD board set out to write a mission statement. What in a few neat words was Mercury all about? Where – as Stephen Fry might have said – did it place its dainty foot on the ascent of creative heights? There was much discussion, and […]...



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MMD & MTN launch BEAM Follow-Spot Programme

September 19th, 2018

MMD and MTN are delighted to announce that they have again been awarded status as a PRS Talent Development Partner. With the award funds they have launched a regional professional career and craft development programme taking place in Scotland and Manchester for emerging musical theatre writers. MMD...



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Stiles + Drewe Prize 2018 – Winners Announced

May 4th, 2018

We are absolutely delighted to announce the winners of the Stiles + Drewe Prize 2018. They are: MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award 2018 THE SEASON by Jim Barne & Kit Buchan Jim Barne is a composer and pop producer. He won the London Chamber Orchestra’s young composer prize, and was the runner...



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Collaborating Across The Pond: Lori Mannette

April 20th, 2017

“How does it work? What comes first, the music or the lyrics?” is the age old question all of us musical writers hear at least occasionally, if not every time we mention what we do. For those of us – like me – who have long distance partnerships, the question comes even from those familiar [...



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MMD & MTN announced as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner

March 9th, 2017

Mercury Musical Developments, in partnership with Musical Theatre Network, is absolutely delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of PRS Foundations’  Talent Development Partners (TDP). We look forward to working with the other TDP organisations to diversify and increase the range...



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I’ve Written A Musical! Now What? – Course Leaders

February 1st, 2017

Elliot Davis Writing Credits: LOSERVILLE (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Garrick, West End). Olivier Nominated for Best New Musical. SOHO CINDERS (co-book with Anthony Drewe) music by Goerge Stiles. PETER PAN (revised book) with Stiles & Drewe, OUT THERE (Riverside Studios, Union), BEST FRIENDS &...



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Royal Shakespeare Company to host next Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Placement

September 21st, 2016

  We are thrilled to announce the next Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer placement will take place at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Straford upon Avon. The placement will begin in March 2017. The all-inclusive fee is £11,000 and calculated to cover 6 months of your time, and this pa...



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Rebecca Applin: Resident Composer 2015, Mercury Colchester & New Wolsey Ipswich

September 16th, 2016

As I write this I am in the midst of preparing for The Wind in the Willows, one of the projects that I’m working on as part of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Award. Writing from ‘in the thick of it’, and three-quarters of the way through my residency, so far I can say it ...



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Stiles + Drewe Prize 2016 – Prizewinners

May 16th, 2016

The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments have announced the winners of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize. The winners were revealed at the tenth anniversary West End Gala held at the Novello Theatre which was hosted by...



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