Stiles + Drewe Best New Song Prize Finalists

July 23rd, 2021


Stiles and Drewe and Mercury Musical Developments are delighted to announce the finalists of this year’s Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize, which will be celebrated in concert at Hackney Empire on Friday 10 September from 7.30pm, and streamed on

The Best New Song Prize is awarded on an annual basis recognising an outstanding song from a new musical, written by a member of Mercury Musical Developments, the UK’s largest membership organisation dedicated to developing new musical theatre writing.

12 finalists selected from 175 applicants will have their songs showcased by West End performers at this celebration concert of new musical theatre writing.

A panel of industry judges, including composer George Stiles, will award the prize and the winner receives £1,000 towards developing their work.

Following 175 submissions for this year’s prize, a huge industry panel of judges and a lot of listening parties, we are pleased to congratulate:

A Letter at a Time’ from Lever
by Sam Norman & Eliza Randall
performed by Gemma Sutton

An Eden’ from Pigeons
by Celia Cruwys-Finnigan & Lucy Keirl
performed by Shirley Jameson

Be Kind’ from Employees Must Wash Hands by Hilmi Jaidin
performed by Maria Coyne

Everything to Me’ from The Funeral Lady
by Emily Rose Simons
performed by Sally Ann Triplett

Infinity’ from Galileo: An A Capella Musical
by Leo Mercer & Dan Mawson
performed by Jacob Fowler

In Places Like This’ from My Dog Has Fleas by Vikki Stone
performed by Hal Fowler

Our Fight is Not Over (The Ballad of Lexa)’ from Triangularity
by Flora Leo

Pulling the Strings’ from Jocasta
by Louis Barabbas
performed by David Bedella

The Choice’ from Home Free
by Adam Wachter
performed by Gabriela Garcia

The Road’ from Now or Never
by Matthew Harvey
performed by Nathan Amzi

Those Stars’ from Galaxy Train
by Eden Tredwell
performed by Jack Ofrecio

Whatsername’ from F You Future Alice
by Sophie Boyce & Fred Feeney
performed by Natalie Paris

Watch this space for more details about who will be performing these stellar new songs. During the day of the Song Prize concert, BEAM2021 will be taking place, the UK’s biggest showcase of new musical theatre.

Thanks to all the writers who submitted their work for consideration. It was an extremely difficult decision, but it is our great pleasure to announce this year’s finalists.