Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award winning composer Grant Olding has over the last twelve years 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 Kent, 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.
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 I Want My Wife Back and Upstart Crow for the BBC as well as Marley’s Ghosts for UKTV Gold.
Grant was nominated for a Tony award and won the Drama Desk Award for best score for the National Theatre’s One Man Two Guvnors written by Richard Bean and directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner. The hit comedy ran for three years at the NT and in the West End as well as playing on Broadway, and on UK and International tours. Grant’s music and lyrics can be heard in countless productions of the play around the world. “Guvnors” saw Grant leading the four piece skiffle band The Craze and he can be heard playing and singing lead vocals on the original cast album. Richard Bean’s dangerously funny satirical follow up Great Britain (NT/Haymarket) was also scored by Grant and marked his eighth collaboration with director Sir Nicholas Hytner.
Other recent play scores include Don Quixote and Oppenheimer (RSC), 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 first 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 thrillng, sexy and terrifying night at the theatre, taking narrative dance to new places with Grant’s split personality score. The album of Jekyll and Hyde 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 Drunk (Curve), Simply Cinderella (Curve), Tracy Beaker Gets Real (UK tour), and the contemporary chamber musical Three Sides (Finborough and 45th Street Theatre NYC) which won Grant 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.