Press & Awards


Vivian Ellis Prize (with Kit Hesketh-Harvey) for their musical Orlando.


“The music has a hypnotic quality that makes one long to hear it again. McConnel is clearly a composer to watch”
The Guardian

“A stirringly adult score, Orlando proves one of the most exotically ambitious British musicals since Valmouth”
The Listener

“The score is very strong indeed”
Sheridan Morley

Killing Rasputin
“A gripping tale of good versus evil”
Daily Mail

“ . . . the result is a musical with romance, intrigue, humour, catchy tunes and moving moments”
The Times

“The music is delightfully powerful”
Sunday Times

“The writers have created a gripping tale”
The Stage

‘Yarico is a rare gem!”
Financial Times

‘Exceptional first outing for a promising new British musical.”
The Stage

‘Under the direction of Emily Gray, this musical has it all. It’s a powerful story of forbidden love, betrayal and redemption which will have you in tears – of sadness and laughter. .”
UK Theatre Network

Another Life
. . . the opening reels, driven by James McConnel’s lively chamber score, succinctly sketch the atmosphere of Edwardian London.