"the stand out element, however, is Aaron King’s score, accompanied by Sam Norman’s lyrics... the score is truly a gift that keeps on giving"
Cherwell (student newspaper), on new musical Nice Guy
"...a delightful original score... bursting with a sense of power and antiquated splendour, all the while betraying a slightly sombre, melancholic tone.... including a variety of stunning ballads..."
OxStu (student newspaper), on new musical Cyrano de Bergerac
Aaron’s first foray into composing for musical theatre was the short musical Pawn, written in collaboration with lyricist Sam Norman. Pawn was a great success at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe festival. Aaron was later privileged to be selected to participate in a series of composition workshops with Claude-Michel Schönberg, the highly celebrated composer of musicals including Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.
In 2017, Aaron and Sam wrote a large scale musical based on the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, which was performed in Oxford to overwhelmingly positive reviews (see above). Their next project, Nice Guy, was performed at the Oxford Playhouse's Burton Taylor Studio, with the intent of increasing awareness of abusive relationships. To this end they are grateful for the support of the charity Clean Slate. Nice Guy was the only show to receive a 5 star review from The Cherwell in 2018.
Aaron has also been involved in many other musical theatre performances, acting as Assistant Music Director in student productions of Spring Awakening and Richard II, and taking lead roles in several productions including The Sound of Music, Dido and Aeneas, and in the premiere of This World Lousy by Peter Shepherd (Oxford, 2016).
Top: trailers for musical Cyrano de Bergerac.
Below: Trailer for Nice Guy and excerpts from Pawn. Pawn tells the bitter and bizarre true story of the 1978 World Chess Championship final.