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, as well as the 2019 Bridge Theatre production of ‘Alys, Always’, starring Joanne Froggatt and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ starring Gwendoline Christie.
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 two series of ‘Marley’s Ghosts’ for UKTV Gold.
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.
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.