A few words from Sir Cameron Mackintosh...
Life without music would be unbearably dull, so I am delighted that the Lochaber Music
School is encouraging new generations of children to appreciate all kinds of music.
I have been lucky enough to work with many theatre composers of very different styles
from Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersen (ABBA) to Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story)
and Sweeney Todd), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Cats and The Phantom of the Opera) to
Rodgers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music), Lerner and Loewe (My
Fair Lady and Camelot) to Boubil and Schonberg (Les Miserables and Miss Saigon), and
many others beside.
What I have learned from this is that being the best only comes from originality. Of course,
we all have a lot to learn from the great composers of the past but if you are lucky enough
to have an original talent, try and create something new rather than copying something
that has already been successful. If you don't have the gift of creativity, music is still a
source of enormous enjoyment and the art of listening is of enormous value.
Above all, have fun!