Darren Clark, the multi-award winning composer & lyricist of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Wicker Husband has announced the launch of New UK Musicals, an online platform where performers and fans can purchase sheet music from some of the best new musical theatre writers working in the UK today.
New UK Musicals is a store of digital sheet music from a new generation of UK musical theatre writers. Where performers and fans can purchase fresh, new songs and connect with the writers who create them.
Clark said, “Through conversations with my colleagues it became clear that there was something missing in UK musical theatre. There wasn’t a home where performers, students and fans could get sheet music from the new musical theatre work being written in the UK. So I decided to build one.”
Designed and built during lockdown, the site will launch on the 1st June with a competition for performers who will be able to buy and download selected songs from the site and upload videos of themselves performing to New UK Musicals. First prize includes a number of free downloads from the site as well as the opportunity to perform alongside West End Stars in a special edition of Adam Lenson’s SIGNAL Online Concert Series celebrating the work of these writers on the 16th June.
The concert, produced by ALPmusicals (ALPmusicals.com) will include performances by West End stars of some of the new songs available on the site. SIGNAL was created by award winning theatre director and producer Adam Lenson to promote the work of new musical theatre artists in the UK. Adam said “Darren is an incredible advocate for other writers and for artist driven new musicals and it’s a great privilege to work with him to ensure more people can sing and get to hear these incredible songs.”
Writers represented on the site include:
Finn Anderson (Islander), Rebecca Applin (Jabberwocky), Bateman & Conley (The Sorrows of Satan), Ed Bell (My 80 Year Old Boyfriend), Darren Clark (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Elliot Davis (Loserville), Gus Gowland (Pieces of String), Teresa Howard (I Capture the Castle), Richy Hughes (The Superhero), Carl Miller (Wasted), Noisemaker (My Left Right Foot), Eamonn O’Dwyer (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), Susannah Pearse (Jabberwocky), Victoria Saxton (Marriage a la Mode), Amir Shoenfeld (Benny in Beta), Emily Rose Simons (Confessions of a Rabbi’s Daughter), Tim Sutton (The Secret Garden), Stiles & Drewe (The Wind in the Willows), Webborn & Finn (The Clockmaker’s Daughter) and Wigmore and Green (Van Winkle).