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Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer: Dylan Townley’s Blog

January 25th, 2024

I started my role as the Octagon Theatre, Bolton’s Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer in October 2023, and it’s been a brilliant and busy experience so far. I was given a warm Bolton welcome and feel like one of the team. Getting to take part in activities across the whole building is a g...



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Cameron Mackintosh Residencies at MAST Mayflower Studios & National Theatre of Scotland

January 11th, 2024

Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network have been awarded funding from the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation to support four placements as part of The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme over 2023-2025.  We are delighted to announce the next two placements: MAST Mayflower Stud...



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STILES + DREWE BEST NEW SONG PRIZE 2023 WINNERS

November 23rd, 2023

BEST NEW SONG 2023 WINNER: RACHEL WALKER MASON & NINA SUNDSTROMfor ‘Drowning Without Water’ from The CirclePerformed by Renee Lamb Rachel Walker Mason (music and lyrics) is a GRAMMY member, recipient of a prestigious British Citizen Award for contribution to the arts and hailed ...



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STILES + DREWE BEST NEW SONG PRIZE 2023 PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED

October 11th, 2023

Host ROB MADGE will be joined by ZIZI STRALLEN, RENEE LAMB, ALEX YOUNG, HANNAH LOWTHER, CAROLINE SHEEN, LEWIS CORNAY, CLAIRE MOORE, LISA DAVINA PHILLIP, BEN MORRIS, RUMI SUTTON and more in a one-night-only concert  “A glorious celebration of original musical theatre writing… performed ...



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Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Announced: Octagon Theatre Bolton

September 15th, 2023

Mercury Musical Developments, Musical Theatre Network & Octagon Theatre, Bolton are delighted to announce that Dylan Townley will be the next Cameron Mackintosh Resident Musical Theatre Composer on placement at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton commencing in October 2023.  Mercury Musical Develop...



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STILES + DREWE BEST NEW SONG 2023 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

August 22nd, 2023

We are absolutely delighted to announce the finalists for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize 2023. Huge congratulations to all the writers finalists and thanks to all those who submitted songs for consideration. The twelve songs were selected by forty judges from 176 song applications. The g...



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MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award 2023-4 Winner Announced

June 2nd, 2023

Mercury Musical Developments and Stiles + Drewe are delighted to announce the winner of the 2023/2024 MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award is Maz O’Connor with her new musical The Wife of Michael Cleary.   The MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award was launched in 2016 by the multi award-win...



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Stiles & Drewe Best New Song 2023 Applications Open

May 5th, 2023

The Best New Song is awarded on an annual basis recognising an outstanding song from a new musical written by a member of MMD. Between 2008 and 2020, this was presented in conjunction with the Stephen Sondheim Society’s Student Performer of the Year. Since 2020, we now run the Song Prize as a stan...



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