Resident Composer Scheme




Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer – CURVE Leicester Composer Brief


The Cameron Mackintosh Foundation generously funds Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network to place five musical theatre composers in producing theatres around the country over 2015-18, each for a six month resident composer placement.

We are thrilled that the next placement will take place at Curve, Leicester. The placement will begin in October 2017. The fee is calculated to cover 6 months of your time. The exact timetable and the projects to be worked on will be agreed in consultation between the selected composer and the venue’s artistic planning team, but it’s expected the successful applicant would be based in Leicester for a significant portion of the six months.

Key opportunities are likely to include:

–       Creating incidental music for the children’s Christmas production ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ in the 300 seat space.

–       Assisting the Composer, and also Orchestrator Sarah Travis, on the Christmas musical production ‘Scrooge’ in the 900 seat space.

–       Assisting within the development process for a major new musical currently in development at Curve.

–       Period of R&D on own musical theatre work.

–       Pitching a project to the Artistic Director / programming team.

–       Composing incidental music for a production in early 2018.

The successful applicant will receive an all-inclusive fee of £11,000.

To be eligible to apply: you must be a composer who has already had at least one professionally produced musical theatre show (which can include paid work for a drama college or other training institute) – along with other work. Ideally the successful applicant will be based in Leicester for the duration of the placement period, although there is some flexibility. Applicants must be resident in the UK to be eligible. We encourage applicants from the broadest diversity of cultural heritages.

Overall, the applicant will need to be self-sufficient, adaptable, and able to take the initiative to make the most of working within a large staff in a busy producing theatre.

How to apply:

Applications will be via an online form here which will go live on Wednesday 12th. Please check back to this page.

You will also be asked to upload examples of your work via SoundCloud (maximum of three songs, excerpts from wider musical theatre productions or instrumental pieces – no more than 6 minutes each) that reflect the diversity of your work, and your abilities as a musical theatre composer. If you have any questions about your application you can email or he can be reached on 020 7395 5461.

Timetable & Process

All applications must be received by midday on Tuesday 2nd May. If you have been shortlisted we will aim to let you know by Monday 5th June 2017.

All shortlisted candidates will then be required to write two short pieces of music/song to a specific brief which will need to be submitted by midday on Monday 26th June 2017. From this process a final shortlist of candidates will be selected for interview; you will be notified by Wednesday 12th July whether or not you have been shortlisted further.

A final interview with representatives of Curve, MMD & MTN will take place on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at Curve, Leicester. Please note the above is subject to change but we will keep you updated at all times.

The successful recipient will need to be a member of Mercury Musical Developments in order to receive the award; however, you do not need to be a member to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Current Composers in Residence



Harry BlakeCurrently Resident Composer at West Yorkshire Playhouse




 Sarah Llewellyn – Currently Resident Composer at Royal Shakespeare Company



Previous Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composers…..


 Rebecca Applin

Rebecca Applin (Mercury Theatre, Colchester and New Wolsey, Ipswich 2015)

“Through the Resident Composer Scheme I have worked on an amazing variety of types 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 

Read Becky’s blog about her Resident Composer placement HERE



Dougal Irvine (Royal and Derngate, Northampton 2012)

“I owe a huge amount to the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme. It pretty much kept me in the business”. 

Read Dougal’s blog about his Resident Composer placement HERE




Greg HarradineSoho Theatre






Kieran Buckeridge Bristol Old Vic





Paul HerbertThe Watermill Theatre







Michael Bruce Bush Theatre


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