Deborah Mollison is an award-winning songwriter and film composer who is best known for her score to BAFTA nominated ‘East is East’, one of the most commercially successful independent British movies of all time.
She began composing at the age of seven when it was discovered that she was gifted with an acute sense of perfect pitch. At the age of 13, Deborah was accepted to study composition, pianoforte and flute at the Royal Academy of Music, and continued on there until the age of 21. She won the Else Cross prize for Pianoforte and gained her LRAM, ARAM and BMus. Deborah then went on to complete her Master’s degree, studying with Elisabeth Lutyens, a pioneering female serial composer who’s film scores gave Deborah an interest and insight into the art of film composition.
Deborah became bitten by the film scoring bug and continued her education across the Atlantic, studying Film Scoring at the University of California in Los Angeles. While in the US, Deborah scored the US feature ‘The Boys of Sunset Ridge’, the Carlton drama series ‘The Thing About Vince’ with Timothy Spall, and ‘No Tears’ featuring Brenda Fricker, which won the award for Best Mini-Series at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in 2002. It was also around this time that Deborah completed her PHD in music which focused specifically on the cognitive thought patterning involved when musical composition is created.
As a songwriter, Deborah has worked with an impressive roster of writers including Nick Kershaw, Marti Pellow and Brian Kennedy. She has also arranged album music for artists such as Montserrat Caballé and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. In addition Deborah won ‘Song UK’ for her first ever rock song.
Deborah has worked extensively for the BBC and Channel 4 on documentary series including ‘Wild Weather’, ‘Better Designs’ and ‘Secrets of the Ancients’. Since then, Deborah has revisited her comedy writing to complete two series of ‘Uncle Max’ and the action comedy, ‘Tied to a Chair’. She has also composed music for a variety of adverts including Virgin, Levis, Signal and Vodafone, and recently composed a bespoke wedding march for the marriage of a Saudi Arabian princess.
Most recently Deborah scored the short film ‘Sipped’ directed by Freddie Connor for which she won the ‘Award of Merit for Individual Achievement in Music’. Prior to this Deborah composed for the short films ‘Luna Park’ directed by Freddie Connor, and ‘Heather’s painting’, which won the best score in a short award in the Portsmouth International Film Festival 2016. In addition to being a skilled and versatile composer, Deborah is equally versed in orchestration, arranging and conducting. She regularly conducts her own work and has enjoyed conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Irish Film Orchestra.