A born and bred Londoner, Kate grew up singing in choirs, which, with her Welsh blood, was more or less obligatory at birth.
Kate then studied Music with a Composition major at King’s College London, under the mentorship of classical composers Robert Keeley and Silvina Milstein, having previously studied under tuition of composer-in-residence Bernard Hughes at the Lady Eleanor Holles School. Whilst at university, her works were performed by several classical instrumentalists, including oboist Chris Redgate, and conducted by award-winning Odaline de la Martinez. She also trained as a classical singer at King’s, singing with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the Bach Choir, then later gained a postgraduate degree in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music.
Kate is currently the Cameron Mackintosh RESIDENT COMPOSER at Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
Recently, Kate was Music Assistant to composer/producers Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Matthew Herbert on Frantic Assembly’s FATHERLAND (created by Scott Graham, Simon Stephens and Karl Hyde – commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT.
Performing credits include: WAR HORSE (New London Theatre, West End), THE HUMAN COMEDY (Young Vic), EXTRA YARN (Orange Tree), THE IMMORTAL HOUR (Finborough Theatre) and THE BUSY BODY (Southwark Playhouse).
Alex was born and raised in Northampton where she considered herself quite a celebrity.
She moved to London just as soon as she could to study Music at King’s College London, before graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2010; whilst there she was awarded the John Thaw Bursary, the Toni V Fell Prize for Performance, and won the nationwide Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year Competition, held at the Queen’s Theatre, London.
As performer, she is currently playing Young Sally in FOLLIES (National Theatre). Other recent credits include Carrie in CAROUSEL (English National Opera), PROMISES, PROMISES (Southwark Playhouse), SHOW BOAT (Sheffield Crucible; New London Theatre, West End), ANYTHING GOES (Sheffield Crucible and UK Tour), I CAN'T SING (London Palladium), HIGH SOCIETY (UK Tour), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Kilworth House Theatre) and THE SOUND OF MUSIC (UK Tour).
Alex performs regularly in the London concert and cabaret circuit, including spots at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the O2, Wilton's Music Hall, Crazy Coqs and The Pheasantry. She is also a host at Show Off piano bar.
Kate Marlais and Alex Young
We met studying music at King's College London. Having locked eyes across a courtyard buzzing with eager freshers, and both wearing garish (but achingly cool) 70s-throwback floral shirts, a beautiful friendship was born.
At King's, Kate wore berets & churned out incomprehensibly cutting-edge compositions ("If you understand it, I'll have to start again"), whilst Alex studiously delved in to the depths of Beethoven & bottles of wine. But we soon found shared musical heroes in Britten, Vaughan Williams, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bernstein, Guettel, Bach, Copland, Byrd…
Life for us was always going to be about music and theatre. After university, we both went on to train as performers, and are still performing now. Yet, writing has always been, and will always be, important to us. And, after all those years of talking about it, we finally sat down and started writing our first musical, 'HERE'.
Currently, we are also in development with our second musical, 'FUCKED IN MARRAKECH'.