LSW  proudly presented the launch of two new incentives for 2009
on 21st June 2009 at the Above the Stag Theatre, 15 Bessenden Place, London SW1E 5DD, 6.00 pm - 8.10 pm
This marked the official start of LSW's
'Just Do It' Regime & Tim Williams Award Scheme



From Older Words - New Theatre Music
A Celebration of the Art and Craft of Theatrical Song
& Launch of The Tim Williams Award Scheme


First Time

(photographs by Mark Flanagan & Vitaly Leschenko)

8 Vibrant New Composers
offered 15 New Songs
filled with 10 Original Lyrics
as Inspired by Classical Texts
& 5 Others Drawn from the same
Performed by 18 Professional West End Singers


plus the Inaugural Presentation
of 3 Tim Williams Awards -
adding up - All in All - to
1 Very Exciting Evening





Craig Adams, Sarah Bodalbhai, Alfie Granger-Howell,
David Hewson, Rachel Lyske, Tarek Merchant,
Nick Pegden, Ross Wall

1st Recipient of the
Tim Williams Award for Best Composition

for 'We Wear the Mask'


Rebecca Applin, Clare Barstow, Michael Conley,
Arthur Conan Doyle, Paul Laurence Dunbar,
Elizabeth I, Robert Frost, Oliver Gatten,
'Jane',William Shakespeare, Justin TerVeer,
Herbert Wells, Robert Wilkins, Gary Willson

1st Recipient of the
Tim Williams Award for Best Original Lyric
Inspired by a Classical Text

'JANE' - a 14 year old girl from
a juvenile criminal justice estate
for 'I Know'


Phillip Browne

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

Ian Carlyle

(of We Will Rock You, Lion King, Miss Saigon, etc.)

Jonathan Eiø

(of 'the space in between', Half a Sixpence, Fiddler, Whorehouse, etc.)

Jonathan D. Ellis

(of Chicago, Blood Brothers, Les Miserables, etc.)

Julian Littman

(of We Will Rock You, Forbidden Planet & noted MD, etc.)

  Leon Lopez

(Tick Tock .. Boom, Piaf, Rent, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, etc.)

Harveen Mann

(of Beauty & the Beast, Little Night Music, Election Idol, etc.)

Sally Mates

(Original Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables, etc.)

Michael Peavoy

(of RADA, Winner, 2009 Sondheim Student Performer of Year)

Laura Pitt-Pulford

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

David Ricardo-Pearce

(of Saturday Night, Sweeney Todd & TV's Extras, etc.)

Anthony Shuster
(of RSC's Histories & Kneehigh's Tristan in Tristan & Yseult, etc.)

Sarah-Louise Young

(of Money to Burn & Manchester Royal Exchange, etc.)

Marc Akinfolarin

(New Graduate, Arts Educational)

Callum Mcardle

(New Graduate, Royal Academy of Music)
Matthew Neageli

(New Graduate, Central School of Music & Drama)

Peter Huntley

(of Austentacious, etc.)

1st Recipient of the
Tim Williams Award for
Best Interpretation of Song

for 'On Tamil Hill'

with a very special additional appearance in the evening's16th New Composition:
The World Premiere of a setting of Shakespearean Sonnet 29
by Tony Award Winner, Frank Lazarus


as performed by

Stephen Carlile

 (of Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, My Fair Lady, etc.)

Inaugural TWA Judges

Frank Lazarus, Hugh Fraser, Chris Grady, Tom Attwood

Sunday, 21st June 2009
6.00 pm - 8.10 pm

Above the Stag Theatre
15 Bressenden Place, London  SW1E 5DD
2 mins from Victoria Tube
Just Behind Billy Elliott (in his Victoria Palace Theatre)

 Entrance was by Pay-What-You-Can Donation 

After seeing the TWA launch show the playwright/lyricist John Timperley wrote:- 

What a wonderful evening. Quality oosing out of every pore.

I want to mirror the remarks made by Frank Lazarus. Like him I have been to many such events. Like him, I create my own markings to enable me to form critical judgements. The works, as he mentioned, were all up there near the pinnacle and difficult to separate in terms of quality. 

Like him, I felt that I have NEVER been to such an event where the performances were so consistently high.