Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning composer Grant Olding has made a name for himself as a versatile and prolific composer. He is equally at home writing for film or theatre, orchestra or rock band, action sequences, sweeping emotional themes or delicate underscore, as well as being a sought-after songwriter and lyricist. A multi-instrumentalist, working out of his studio in Wales, Grant has composed and orchestrated animated feature films, sitcoms, documentaries, rom-coms, Shakespearean productions, contemporary plays and commercial musical theatre. He is known for his holistic understanding of drama and ability to flit between many musical styles, as well as his huge talent as a songwriter.
Grant has a longstanding relationship with director Sir Nicholas Hytner, dating back to productions at the National Theatre including ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, ‘Great Britain’, and ‘Timon of Athens’. This relationship has continued with Nicholas’s move to the Bridge Theatre, where they collaborated on debut production ‘Young Marx’ by Richard Bean and Clive Colemanore, ‘Alys Always’ starring Joanne Froggatt and most recently ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, starring Gwendoline Christie. Grant also wrote the original score and songs for RSC production of ‘The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich’ in 2018, and their 2016 production Shakespeare’s ‘Don Quioxte’, which transferred to the Garrick Theatre, London, in December 2018.
Film highlights include composing the score and songs for the animated film ‘Saving Santa’ starring Martin Freeman, Tim Curry, Joan Collins and Ashley Tisdale. Directed by Leon Joosen, ‘Saving Santa’ was produced by the studio behind Disney’s Planes and was Grant’s first feature film score. Grant has also had the pleasure of scoring television comedies ‘I Want My Wife Back’ and two series of ‘Marley’s Ghosts’ for UKTV Gold and three series of ‘Upstart Crow’ starring David Mitchell.
Other recent play scores include ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Curve and West End), ‘Timon of Athens’, ‘Travelling Light’, ‘The Alchemist’, ‘The Man of Mode’ (NT), ‘Sherlock Holmes – The Best Kept Secret’ (WYP), and Arthur Miller’s ‘Broken Glass’ (Tricycle and Vaudeville Theatre).
In 2016, Grant’s full-length dance piece ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ was produced by The McOnie Company at The Old Vic Theatre. Olivier award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie created a thrilling, sexy and terrifying night at the theatre, taking narrative dance to new places with Grant’s ‘split personality’ score. The soundtrack, entirely composed by Grant, was released on Air Edel Records and is now available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify featuring over an hours worth of music from the score. They will collaborate again in 2019/2020 for the Northern Ballet production of ‘Merlin’.
Recent musical theatre scores include ‘The Rover’ (RSC), ‘Drunk’ (Curve), ‘Simply Cinderella’ (Curve), ‘Tracy Beaker Gets Real’ (UK tour), and the contemporary chamber musical ‘Three Sides’ (Finborough and 45th Street Theatre NYC) for which Grant won the NYMF award for best score in 2006 and is published by Josef Weinberger.
Grant was resident composer 2003-04 at the Bridewell Theatre and is an Associate Artist at Curve Theatre.