The Chamber Musical Sessions

 

 A concert to celebrate the Chamber Musical Project will take place on Monday 4th October at 7:30pm at the Garrick Theatre in the West End.

 

Audiences will join the selected fifteen writing teams from across the UK to hear an array of new songs from the chamber musicals that they are writing. This concert celebration of the Aria-ALP Chamber Musical Project will give audiences a chance to hear extracts from all of the longlisted shows and get to know a new generation of musical theatre artists. The writers will be joined by some of the West End’s biggest stars, new faces and a house band to share an evening of unexpected, exhilarating and extraordinary new musical theatre. 

 

The two newly commissioned shows which have been selected as the winners by the Aria ALP Chamber Musical Project for further development, mentorship and financial support are:

 


EARTHA, EDDIE, AND THE UPSIDE-DOWN TREE 

by Leo Munby & Annabel Mutale Reed.

A contemporary fairy tale about wishing for love in a world of missed connections. 

 

AND

 

ECHOES 

by Freya Smith & Jack Williams 

A new musical about a queer relationship told from two perspectives, in two parts. Agnes and Bea meet unexpectedly and become entangled in a web of lies and deception, while falling in love. Two complex, flawed and relatable young women explore themselves and each other in this new piece which examines themes including sexuality, class and the unreliability of memory. 


 

The concert will also include work from the writers Christina Bloom (Detached), Cordelia O’Driscoll (Bitter/Sweet), Emelie Odukwe and Lily Vincent-Frankland (At The Centre), Guy Woolf and Isla Van Tricht (How To Save The World), Tommy Antonio and Robert Casey (Harder Baby), Hilmi Jaidin (Clickbait), Jen Green and Caroline Wigmore (Elizabeth Holmes: How to bleed dry in Silicon Valley), Michelle Payne & Craig Webb (Enthusiastically, Yes!), Natalie Pound, Sam Young and Sam Hoppen (Thanks I’m Cured), Jonathan O’Neill and Isaac Savage (Letting Go), Poppy Burton-Morgan and Robin Simões da Silva (Treehouse), Sarah-Louise Young, Richard Link and Paul Chronnell (Escape Room) and Eden Tredwell (Open Mic 1803). 

 

The commissioning fund was set up as a response to the lack of established British chamber musicals within mainstream publishing and licensing houses and would like to help support UK-based writers in creating content which in the long term could fill these gaps.

 

Both companies are hugely committed to new musical theatre, evidenced by Aria’s FROM PAGE TO STAGE festival and full-time literary department, and Lenson’s regular SIGNAL concerts. There were over 200 entries for this opportunity with each writing team submitting a pitch and a sample of previous work.

DETACHED

by Christina Bloom

Amid a global pandemic and without her wife by her side, a young woman comes close to death when she suffers a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and finds herself reflecting back at events that led to this moment, as her life flashes before her eyes.

 

BITTER/SWEET

by Cordelia O’Driscoll
A soulful musical exploration of a complex female friendship, shifting in time between the golden optimism of endless teenage summers and the reality of where they find themselves now, and everything that happened in between.

 

AT THE CENTRE
by Emelie Odukwe & Lily Vincent-Frankland

A heartfelt, contemporary and dynamic piece which, at its core, is an uplifting tale of life, identity and community; set inside a high-rise building in south London and told with a refreshingly unique and vibrant sound

 

ECHOES

by Freya Smith & Jack Williams

One relationship. Two women. A contemporary song cycle exploring identity, memory and deception.

 

HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD
by Guy Woolf & Isla Van Tricht

Based on the true story of the first-generation immigrant creators of Superman, this inspirational new musical shows what happens when two young minds imagine how to save the world.

 

HARDER BABY
by Tommy Antonio and Robert Casey

In this anti-fairytale orgy two best friends searching for meaning amidst endless hook ups and parties emerge from London’s underbelly to have a baby with an electronic score played by a DJ.

 

CLICKBAIT
by Hilmi Jaidin

A dark, original musical about algorithms, stochastic terrorism and cat videos.

 

ELIZABETH HOLMES: HOW TO BLEED DRY IN SILICON VALLEY

by Jen Green & Caroline Wigmore

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of the now disgraced medical startup Theranos, and once the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire, tells her side of the story

 

EARTHA, EDDIE, AND THE UPSIDE DOWN TREE

by Leo Munby & Annabel Mutale Reed
A contemporary fairy tale about wishing for love in a world of missed connections”.

 

ENTHUSIASTICALLY, YES!
by Michelle Payne & Craig Webb

The sex education you never had to a pop soundtrack.

 

THANKS I’M CURED

by Natalie Pound, Sam Young, Sam Hoppen

A black comedy that explores and satirises commonplace and backhanded approaches to mental health crises, family relationships, and duties of care, all wrapped up in a completely absurd quest to solve a murder mystery

 

LETTING GO

by Jonathan O’Neill & Isaac Savage

A two-hander chamber musical with a genderless cast and writing format. The show centres around a couple dealing with grief, and their decision whether to move on or remain comfortable in their denial.

 

TREEHOUSE
by P Burton-Morgan and Robin Simões da Silva

Three best friends, who we meet aged 11, 21 and 31, grow together and grow apart in this knotty, complex branching tale of family, friendship and compromise.

 

ESCAPE ROOM

by Sarah-Louise Young, Richard Link, Paul Chronnell

Locked in an escape room a dysfunctional family must confront some of life’s biggest questions and their own personal fears before they can be released

 

OPEN MIC 1803

by Eden Tredwell

Female classical composers take on the modern music industry in this new genre-bending piece.