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Dear Hutton Players,
I am emailing in regard to a handbook I have recently published about Musical Direction. As there is very little published on the subject and formal training is a relatively new thing I decided to write a handbook for MDs, consolidating the techniques I have learned, developed and picked up working in youth, amateur and professional theatre.
I fully appreciate that your Musical Director(s) already know all about this unique art from, but they may nonetheless be interested in reading my own take on it – or may know less experienced, aspiring MDs who may find this handbook interesting. I’ve have an overwhelming positive response from musicians of all ages and experience who’ve read the handbook (including several working professionally in the West End) and so I’m currently trying to spread the word and let people know it’s available.
I’d be grateful if you’d be able to forward this to The Hutton Players’ Musical Director in case it is of interest to them (the official info and amazon link are copied below).
“The Musical Director’s Handbook” is available on Amazon.co.uk, amazon.com, Samuel French Theatre Bookstore or Chappell of Bond Street.
“The Musical Director’s Handbook is a comprehensive guide for musicians who want to learn more about Musical Direction in Theatre. Chapter by chapter, this handbook explores the different skills required of the Musical Director, from the early stages of score learning and pre-production, through auditions and rehearsals, right up to opening night and beyond. As well as offering help and advice, based on the writer’s own experience working in amateur, youth and professional theatre, each chapter contains exercises and suggestions for further study. Whether you are approaching this as a keen amateur, a school or college music teacher, or a professional musician, the Musical Director’s handbook with help to ensure that your journey to opening night is a happy and fulfilling one.”
“As a professional musician approaching Musical Direction for the first time, this handbook was an invaluable aid to me, and one which I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about MDing.”
Steve Holness, Assistant Musical Director – Rock of Ages (London)
“The first time I worked closely with Stuart Morley has made me hope it won’t be the last. His marshalling of enormous forces to produce a marvellous vocal sound was an essential contribution to my concert production of ‘Chess’ at the Royal Albert Hall working so well”
Sir Tim Rice, Lyricist and Author
“I have known Stuart from student to maestro, a brilliant musician whether as player, arranger or conductor. This book shows his dedication and high standards.”
Clive Swift, Actor
Stuart Morley is currently Musical Director of the Olivier Award winning production of “We Will Rock You” Other theatre credits include “Cabaret” (Lyric, West End), “Tommy” and “This is Elvis” (No. 1 UK tours), Ray Cooney’s “Times Up” (Yvonne Arnaud), “Release the Beat” (Arcola), Brian May and Kerry Ellis’ “Anthems” (Royal Albert Hall and UK Tour). Stuart is Musical Director of Millfield Youth Theatre, based in North London and a Musical Theatre Vocal Coach at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was made an honorary Associate in 2011. He recently re-orchestrated and produced the re-issue of Freddie Mercury & Monserrat Caballe’s “Barcelona” Album for Island Records/Mercury Songs and also conducted former Royal harpist Claire Jones’ new album “The Girl with the Golden Harp” for Classic FM with the English Chamber Orchestra.
I have approved your comment. However, it is not relevant to Hutton Players as we do not produce any musical theatre.
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