Theatre Music

I have composed music for theatre, dance and opera since the early-2000s and over that time, writing in a wide range of genres and styles, and collaborating with some talented individuals, I've gained a great deal of knowledge of the nuts and bolts of creating music and sound design for the stage. I've written live classical scores and created fully electronic sound designs and I've spent a lot of time exploring what lies between. 

My work in the theatre began with three shows for the Royal Opera House and director/choreographer Will Tuckett - The Wind in the Willows in 2002 - a dance/theatre work with a verse script by Sir Andrew Motion, and songs and a musical score in the style of English Edwardian pastoral music - this show transferred to the West End and won an Olivier Award in 2014; Pinocchio, in 2005, was another mix of music, songs, script (by Phil Porter) and dance, which was broadcast on BBC4 in 2006; and Faeries, in 2008, contained songs, script and dance once again but this time also with puppets thrown into the mix. All of these were end-to-end through-composed scores and creating such all-encompassing sound worlds required a subtlety and sensitivity which I continue to strive for in all my work.

I have written music for a number of highly-acclaimed children's productions, working with theatres such as the Unicorn Theatre (Cinderella 2009); the Polka Theatre (Skitterbang Island 2010 & 2014; Ugly Duckling 2011; The Wind in the Willows 2013; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 2014; and Peter Pan 2015. Peter Pan won the Off-West End Best Family Show Award); the Little Angel Theatre (Skitterbang Island 2010 & 2014); and the Belgrade Theatre (Only A Day 2016). I don't just compose for family or children's theatre however - my opera's frequently explore complex adult themes and last year I wrote the music for Phil Porter's The Man With The Hammer at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. I have also created for and in collaboration with youth performers in the two operas I have written for W11 Opera; I have led education workshops and masterclasses; and I teach both composition and songwriting.

Theatre Music playlist...

Songs for theatre and music theatre...