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.
In 2017 Grant composed the original score for ‘Young Marx’, the debut show of the new Bridge Theatre, by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Following this, Grant scored and wrote the original songs for RSC production of ‘The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich’ and their production Shakespeare’s ‘Don Quioxte’ which is transferring to the Garrick Theatre in December 2018, as well as scoring ‘The Country Wife’ for the Minerva Theatre. Most recently, Grant composed the score for the third series of ‘Upstart Crow’ starring David Mitchell for BBC Two.
Career highlights include writing 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. Recently Grant had the pleasure of scoring comedies ‘I Want My Wife Back’ and ‘Upstart Crow’ for the BBC, as well as two series of ‘Marley’s Ghosts’ for UKTV Gold.