LSW  proudly presented RIA as part of two new incentives for 2009
& in fulfilment of the 2nd Programme in the 'Just Do It' / Tim Williams Award Scheme Regime


From Older Words - New Theatre Music
A Celebration of the Art of Theatrical Song
& 2nd Tranche of The Tim Williams Awards




"See the Music ; Hear the Dance"
George Balanchine

(Photographs by Mark Flanagan, Logan Riehl)

10 Vibrant Composers
offered the world premiere
of 16 new theatrical songs
filled with 7 Original Lyrics
as Inspired by Classical/Established Texts


(photo of Rachel Lyske by Georgia Oetker; Photo of David Hewson by Vitaly Leschenko)

PLUS 9 other verses from similar sources
set to song but not originally written as lyrics
PLUS a selection of 5 winning musical highlights from

by 5 of the 8 Inaugural
TWA Compositional Celebrants


EACH and ALL Performed by
23 West End Singers
plus the Presentation of 2 Tim Williams Awards -
Adds Up - All in All - to potentially
1 Exciting Evening








Composers ...

Mark Allcorn, Tim Arnold, Tom Attwood, Liam Dunachie,
Christopher Hamilton, Adam Langston, Richard Link, Conor Mitchell,
Ross Power, Nicholas Paul Simpson

with highlights from FIRST TIME by fellow TWA compositional celebrants:   

Craig Adams, Sarah Bodalbhai, David Hewson,
 Alfie Granger-Howell, Rachel Lyske, Nick Pegden

Recipient of 2nd Tim Williams Award
for Best Composition

Christopher Hamilton

for  I Am No Good At Love

To LISTEN to the Christopher Hamilton's composition I AM NO GOOD AT LOVE performed by Shimi Goodman
in a live podcast from Musical Talk & the live presentation of the TWA Award Best Composition Award
by Frank Lazarus please click HERE

(please scroll down to the end to LISTEN to a further eleven songs in a 2nd Tim Williams Awards Musical Sampling)

Lyricists ...

Rebecca Applin, Tim Arnold, Clare Barstow, 
Noel Coward, Charlie Chaplin, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz,
Michael Diamond, Paul Laurence Dunbar,
Elizabeth I, Fia Glahn, Langston Hughes,
Adam Meggido, Stephanie Kuypers, John McCrae,
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Snory Surlison,
William Shakespeare, Mary Stuart, Justin TerVeer,
Herbert Wells, Tennessee Williams, Gary Willson

Recipient of 2nd Tim Williams Award
for Best Original Lyric Inspired by a Classical/Established Text

Fia Glahn

for  She Above

To LISTEN to the Fia Glahn's lyric SHE ABOVE as performed by Magdalena Alberto
from the
Musical Talk podcast please click HERE

(please scroll down to the end to LISTEN to a further eleven songs in a 2nd Tim Williams Awards Musical Sampling)

This Award was proudly presented by Maria Friedman


TWA Performers included ...


John Addison

(of A Little Night Music, Phantom of the Opera, Phantom: Love Never Dies,
Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Titanic, etc.)

Madalena Alberto

(of Zorro, Chicago, Fame, Over the Threshold, etc.)

Ben Alyn-Francis

(of the MTM Award Winning Ed-The Musical, WNO Sweeney Todd, NT's Coram Boy,
Chess-in-Concert, Magic Flute, Closer Than Ever, Me & My Girl, etc.)

Tim Arnold

(SONY Artist @ 20, Frontman Jocasta, solo albums ranging from 'Secrets of Soho' to 'Oaky Dokey')
performing 'The Fall of a Sparrow' from Sonnet 155 LIVE during READINESS IS ALL)

Phillip Browne

(of Piaf, Porgy & Bess, Lion King, Show Boat, Carmen Jones,
Ragtime, Anything Goes, etc.)

Shimi Goodman

(of Chicago, Dirty Dancing, Evita, Cabaret, Bombay Dreams, Into the Woods,
Anyone Can Whistle, Camelot, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, etc.)

Rachel Izen

(of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Witches of Eastwick, Gypsy, Annie, The Boyfriend, Lautrec,
Urinetown, Bad Girls, Bless This Bride, See How They Run, etc.)

Devon Harrison

(of Showboat, Candide, Porgy and Bess, Paul Robson in Billie Holiday Story, Sweeney Todd,
The Silent Twins, Jazz Essence Band,
many operatic roles - upcoming Banquo in Verdi's Macbeth, etc.)

Michael Peavoy

(of RADA, 2009 Stephen Sondheim Student Singer of the Year Award Winner, etc.)

Helen Power

(of Sunset Boulevard, Blonde Bombshells of 1943, Beauty & the Beast,
Hot Mikado, Salad Days, Brassed Off, etc.)

Laura Pitt-Pulford

 (of Sunset Boulevard, Carousel, Follies, Lion Witch & Wardrobe, etc.)

Gina Respall

 (of The King & I, Jerry Springer - The Opera, Miss Saigon, Thriller Live, etc.)

Nigel Richards

 (of The Phantom of the Opera, Floyd Collins, Martin Guerre, Spend, Spend, Spend,
As You Like It, Carousel and the amazing new theatrical music CD, 'A Shining Truth', etc.)

Sévan Stephan
(of Guys and Dolls, Lord of the Rings, Martin Guerre, My Fair Lady,
Grand Hotel, Lautrec, The Rink, RSC's The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe, etc.)   

Giles Terera
(of Avenue Q, Rat Pack, Rent, NT veteran incl Honk!, Candide, Death & the King's Horseman,
Jailhouse Rock, Ariel in RSC Tempest, Jelly Roll Morton, 6 Degrees of Separation, etc.)   

Lucy Tregear
(of By Jeeves, Flora and the Red Menace-'Lucy Tregear takes on the Liza Minelli role and banishes comparison' - Independent
Multiple RSC Outings [Mistress Page in Merry Wives, etc,] & 2008's new Birtwhistle work for the Royal Opera, The Minator.)   

Sarah-Louise Young
(of Money to Burn, Showstoppers, National Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange,
Time Out Critics Choice for 'Cabaret Whore', etc.)   

Ryan Bernstein
(High School Musical, Chess in Concert, Lucky Stiff, Cinderella,
Recent Arts Educational Graduate)   

Chad Horton
(Recent Arts Educational Graduate)   

Gary Albert Hughes
(Recent Guildhall School of Music & Drama Graduate,
Currently recording lead in New Musical '1916')   

James Smoker
(Recent Royal Academy of Music Graduate)   


by Olivier Award Winner,


TWA Stage Managers ...

Adam Ottaway, Philip (Pip) Thurlow

TWA Associate Producers ...

Peter Huntley, Angela Hyde-Courtney

TWA Judges ...

Frank Lazarus, Lynn Farleigh, Simon Green,
Ed Seckerson, Mark Shenton, David Hewson


The 2nd TWA presentation took place on Sunday, 11th October 2009
Staring 6.07 pm; Finishing 8.32 pm

@ The Cochrane Theatre
Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AP
2 mins from Holburn Tube (turn right coming out)
Buses:  1, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 168, 171, 188, 242, 521
Map Here


 Entrance was by Pay-What-You-Can Donation
 Minimum Donation was £3 


(Please click on each title.  Each song is presented with title, composer, lyricist, original performer(s), dramatic scenario
& suggested musical style - the latter two are exactly as were originally presented to the original TWA composer)













The evening performance of READINESS IS ALL was
recorded live in preparation for a Musical Talk Podcast