A Song Cycle For Soho CD

A SONG CYCLE FOR SOHO Original Cast Recording

An original musical revue that reflects the full, rich tapestry of Soho life, history and the people that inhabit it. Created as a writing project for Mercury Musical Development members to practice the craft of songwriting, and was presented at London’s Soho Theatre in March 2012 to great acclaim. With a Book by

Andrew Brinded

, Musical Direction from Tony Winner

Sarah Travis

, Directed & Co-created by

Simon Greiff

; the cast album features 16 original songs from 24 writers including award winners

Stiles&Drewe, Stuart Matthew Price, Tim Suttton


Richard Thomas

, to the next generation



Barnaby Race

, to established writers

Craig Adams, Alexander S. Bermange, Hamilton&Pearse, Dougal Irvine

and more; sung by four leading West End actors:

Michael Cantwell

(‘Les Miserables’),

James Gillan


Claire Moore

(‘London Road’)


Niamh Perry

(‘Love Never Dies’).

Proceeds from sales go directly to Mercury Musical Developments to help fund future projects.


  1. Saturday Night In…
    by Tim Sutton
  2. Does Anybody Know My Name?
    by Christopher Hamilton & Susannah Pearse
  3. The Ballad Of The Horsley Brothers
    by Dougal Irvine
  4. Self Respect
    by Christopher Ash & Carl Miller
  5. Burn Old St James
    by Craig Adams & David McAlmont
  6. Do Not Linger
    by Rebecca Applin & Susannah Pearse
  7. Old Compton Street
    by Alexander Rudd & Jenifer Toksvig
  8. I Wish, I Wish
    by George Stiles & Anthony Drewe
  9. Fade To Black
    by Douglas Hodge
  10. Mummy Knows Better
    by Barnaby Race
  11. It’s Hard To Be An Artist
    by Alexander S. Bermange
  12. Sweet Sixteen
    by Richard Thomas & Alethea Wiles
  13. Tell You
    by Andrew Brinded
  14. It’s What He Would Have Wanted
    by Scott Dean & Richard Hughes
  15. Hey Beautiful People
    by Pippa Cleary & Jake Brunger
  16. If Nobody Knows Your Name
    by Stuart Matthew Price
  17. Saturday Night In… (Reprise)
    by Tim Sutton

Released 14th May 2012 - Catalogue Number: SimGR-CD012

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"beautifully assembled by director Simon Greiff & MD Sarah Travis with book by Andrew Brinded, is a beacon of hope … a seriously talented quartet of Cantwell, Gillan, Moore & Perry give heft and class."

Mark Shenton

"thoroughly entertaining, musical revue … the accompaniment on the piano by musical director Sarah Travis and guitarist John Gregson is sublime … hope for the future of British musical theatre."

Paul Vale, The Stage

"songs that blend seamlessly to form a coherent whole in a narrative, voiced, coloured and vivified by four established West End musical theatre performers … Lyrics are a revelation - witty, clever, the opposite of dumbed-down … you don’t have to be a Soho-ite - or even a Londoner - to love it: love it, you will."

Anita Butler, British Theatre Guide

"A set of edgy tunes that cleverly evoke both the grittiness of Soho and the humanity of its denizens."

Andy Propst, TheaterMania

"a great collection of writers … the vocal talents of the assembled cast are outstanding … a beacon of the positive future of British musical theatre."

Julie Robinson, Public Reviews

"some good work here, both in terms of performances and songwriting … an album that not only benefits from great production values, but also from four great performances."

Ian Gude, Review Graveyard

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