Carol Donaldson Composer & Musical Director

Carol Donaldson is a composer of bespoke music for theatre, television and radio with many years experience. She is also a popular choir and singing workshop leader.



Carol composed the songs and played the shows for the hugely popular new  musical 'Meat Pie Sausage Roll' at The Oldham Coliseum. Written by Cathy Crabb and Lindsay Williams., Dir Kevin Shaw, designed by Alison Heffernan.  


Northern Soul:  'lovingly drawn and the songs are a canny mix of musical fare that decorates most big venue musical hits with rousing, football chants. '


Manchester Theatre Awards: 'Donaldson mixes original compositions with existing tunes and chants and with a large community chorus to belt them out there are plenty of uplifting stage-filling moments.'



Attitude: 'football chants and new songs composed by Carol Donaldson.. one stands out,  ‘Just The Light’, a beautiful duet about two people struggling to admit a mutual attraction.'


The Reviews hub: 'Inventive, comical and full of heart… Carol Donaldson’s original compositions combine popular Oldham Athletic football chants such as Oh Lanky, Lanky  into the songs to portray the passion of the fans'



Carol is  set to reprise her Duke's production of Debbie Oates's 'Treasure Island' in Williamson Park in Lancaster for Summer '17



Last year Carol composed for  'Dreamer's - a new musical written by Cathy Crabb and Lindsay Williams, set in the nightclub of the same name in Oldham. Great 4 star review from the Guardian

Produced by Oldham Coliseum, directed by Kevin Shaw and ran June/July '15.

With an all female cast, including Sally Carman ('Shameless'), Olivier nominee Rachel Leskovac, and all female community chorus the show has original songs by Carol and a host of anthemic 90's Indie Classics. There was a real buzz about 'Dreamers', large groups of women, hen nights etc went and it became 'The Dreamers Phenomen' - it sold out many nights and broke the records for bar sales! ! See 'Theatre ' page for excerpt. 


Carol was Choir Director on the much talked about Sainsbury's Christmas  advert , showing the Christmas truce of 1914. (Woodwork Music.  See video above. 


On 12th July Carol  conducted 1,000 singers for the 2014 National Street Choirs Festival - see youtube below of Nkosi Sikel i'Africa, the South African national Anthem


Carol's choir 'Open Voice' from Whalley Range, M/cr  recently performed in a sell-out show of David Grieg's award winning innovative play 'The Events' at HOME



Carol was composer and MD for  'Cinderella' written by Ian Kershaw ('Shameless') Dir: Joe Sumsion and produced by the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster Christmas'14 . It's a feministy reworking of the tale and has original folky & bluegrass influenced songs in! See theatre page for an excerpt.

Great article about it here:




Composing for TV

Theatre work

See 'Theatre' page for songs, clips and reviews

 Currently working on a new original musical for Oldham Coliseum for Spring '17, I have composed and M.D'd for the last 3 Dukes' Xmas shows - much  acclaimed productions of 'Cinderella' (Adapted. by Ian Kershaw) 'A Christmas Carol' and  'Treasure Island'. Adapted by Debbie Oates (Coronation St), all directed by Joe Sumsion and designed by Alison Heffernan.

Over the last 25 years I have also done productions for the Library Theatre, Manchester,The Octagon Theatre, Bolton, Manchester Youth Theatre; two children's shows for the West End and for Feelgood's award winning 'Slave, a Question of Freedom.'

Last year I wrote JBShorts's first mini-musical ('Ballad of Valentino Rivas' by Lindsay Williams), wrtten madrigals and canons for  'Shakespeare's' Deadly Sins' (Dir. Wylie Longmore, Adapted by Conor McKee) and this year will also be writing another new musical 'Mary' by Jane McNulty.


Singing workshops and choirs

Singing workshops and choirs

I use  the Natural Voice approach -we all have a voice but are often too scared to use it. I helps free the natural voice bursting to get out of all of us, using a variety of fun techniques. Singing in a group is uplifting emotionally & physically.

I run several community choirs including OPEN VOICE in South Manchester, for 15 years,the Melody Macs for MacMillans,  and Calder Valley Voices in Hebden Bridge

Me and Wendy Paintsil launched Wrexham Community Choir in Jan 2012 which now has over 100 people coming every week! 

I have run many singing workshops all over the country including 'From discord to harmony' workshops at Manchester Buddhist centre and I have run the singing workshops at One World Camp for 14 years every summer

I led  500 singers in Manchester City Centre for the 25th Street CHoir Festival in 2007.

Please click on the top left hand  'Choirs' & Singing Workshop'  tab for more info about the choirs.

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