Since the time of the Ancient Greeks, composers have written for theatre, and yet their visibility as artists is noticeably less than that of their counterparts in cinema and television. We want to change that. This was the first gathering – as far as we know – of composers who specialise in contributing to theatre. This one-off symposium brought together established practitioners and emerging artists, as well as representatives of commissioning organisations and agencies.
The exciting line-up of panellists included: Bruce O’Neil (Head of Music at the RSC), Michael Bruce (Composer-in-residence at the Donmar Warehouse), Richard Paine (Director of Commercial Rights and Business Affairs, Faber Music), Rachel Daniels (Agent at Berlin Associates) and freelance composers Tayo Akinbode (King Lear at Royal Exchange Manchester), Alex Baranowski (Fanny & Alexander at The Old Vic) and Ruth Chan (Snow in Midsummer). The event was chaired by Gary Yershon (Associate Artist of The Old Vic and RSC).