Twelve finalists from top drama schools across the UK
competed for the title of this year's Stephen Sondheim Society Student
Performer of the Year on Sunday 17th May at the Garrick
Theatre, Each student sung a song by Stephen
Sondheim and, a new musical
theatre song at his personal request, written by members of Mercury Musical Developments and
shortlisted for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize.
was this year's winner, performing "Broadway
Baby" from Follies as her Stephen Sondheim Song and New Song "Angel at
the Top of the Tree" written by Darren Clarke. The runner up of the 2015
competition was Leah West
who sung "I Read" from Passion as her
Sondheim Song and "Love Me" by Laura Kaye Thomson as her New Song.
The award for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize 2015 went to
Richy Hughes and Joseph Finlay
for "Don't Look Down from The
Superhero", which was sung by finalist Grant McConvey
. The runner up for
The Best New Song Prize went to Darren Clark
for "The Angel at the Top
of the Tree", performed by 2015's winner Erin Doherty.
Patron of the Stephen Sondheim
Society, Julia McKenzie
presented the award at the afternoon which was T hosted by Michael Xavier,
with a line
up of judges including Elaine Paige, Laura Pitt-Pulford, director Jamie
Lloyd, conductor and BBC Proms favourite John Wilson and writer and
broadcaster Edward Seckerson. Composers and lyricists George Stiles and
Anthony Drewe, and Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger (writers of The Secret
Diary of Adrian Mole at Curve Leicester) judged the Best New Song Prize.
The competition is now in its ninth year with a top prize of £1,000 for
both the Student Performer and the writer of the Best New Song. The
student runner-up will also receive a prize of £500. The event is
produced by Martin Jackson and Victoria Saxton for Mercury Musical
Developments and Craig Glenday for The Stephen Sondheim Society.
Labels: Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year