Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer

Since 2011, Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network have been awarded funding from the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation to support resident composer placements across the UK as part of The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme. In 2021 a joint composer and librettist placement is planned.

Through this scheme emerging professional musical theatre composers are paired with a venue, and given the opportunity to be involved in a range of work which could include underscoring plays, setting text to music or working on development of their own musical theatre material. Recent host venues have included Dundee Rep, Lyric Hammersmith, Curve Leicester, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Leeds Playhouse and New Wolsey and Mercury Theatres.

The newest Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer is Finn Anderson who is due to take up his placement at The Lowry, Salford and Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester in 2021.


Resident Composer Blogs:

Resident composers, Becky Applin and Dougal Irvine reflected on their experiences following the completion of their respective placements. For any composers considering applying for future residencies this is essential reading. As you will see, the residencies have had a profound impact on both Becky and Dougal’s careers.

“Through the Resident Composer Scheme I have worked on an amazing variety of shows and platforms.  Meeting and working with lots of different directors and creatives has been incredibly valuable and I hope has been the start of collaborations that will carry on into the future”. Rebecca Applin, Mercury Colchester & New Wolsey Ipswich

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“I owe a huge amount to the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme. It pretty much kept me in the business”. Dougal Irvine, Royal & Derngate, Northampton

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