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”
“A stirringly adult score, Orlando proves one of the most exotically ambitious British musicals since Valmouth”
“The score is very strong indeed”
“A gripping tale of good versus evil”
“ . . . the result is a musical with romance, intrigue, humour, catchy tunes and moving moments”
“The music is delightfully powerful”
“The writers have created a gripping tale”
‘Yarico is a rare gem!”
‘Exceptional first outing for a promising new British musical.”
‘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
. . . the opening reels, driven by James McConnel’s lively chamber score, succinctly sketch the atmosphere of Edwardian London.