And the winner is….


We are delighted to announce that the winner of our Musical Theatre Blind Date song writing competition was…

“London is Mine”
Music by Alice Morgan and lyrics by Ian Skelton.

The song based on Piccadilly Line station Kings Cross St Pancras was performed by Stiofan O’Doherty with Freddie Tapner on Piano, and followed the story of a young man arriving in London for the first time and making a huge change. The song was praised by our expert panel for it’s “clear sense of place, identity and journey and for the use of the chorus as a metaphor”.

Congratulations Alice & Ian! We hope this is the beginning of a great working relationship!

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The panel also Highly Commended “Piccadilly Circus” music by Stuart Barter & lyrics by Louise Ainsley. The song was performed by Ross William Wild with Freddie Tapner on piano and followed a young man spending a night on the streets on London around Piccadilly Circus. The panel said the song was “forward thinking with great tone and texture”.

So congratulations also to Stuart & Louise who have already promised us an entry into our Christmas song writing competition Xmas Factor!

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A huge thank you to all the writers that entered into Blind Date this time, particularly our finalists, we hope you found it a useful experience and that it leads to lots of other wonderful work.

Thank you also to all our performers, Stiofan O’Doherty, Stuart Turner, Jossie Brightwell, Tori Allen, Zac Hamilton, Oliver Mawdsley, Ross William Wild, Kirsty Malpass, Anya Hamilton, & Cameron Harle, to our Musical director Freddie Tapner, to our host Julie Atherton and to all the Iris Theatre staff and volunteers who made the night possible, to our industry panel, David James, Fadi Tavoukjian, Karen Rabinowitz, David Firman, James Hadley & Elliot Davis, and to everyone who came along to support the event.

Videos of all the Musical Theatre Blind Date 2015 songs can be found here.

Blind Date will be back!