Rupert Cross


Rupert studied music composition at the University of Southampton with Michael Finnissy where he won both the Lytell Prize and the Edward Wood Award and achieved first class honours. He received a scholarship from the Laurin and Arthur Glaze Trust and the AHRC for postgraduate composition study with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he achieved distinction.

Rupert has composed the music for the Donmar Warehouse production of ‘Faith Healer’ directed by Lyndsey Turner, which is running until the end of August 2016. He is also currently working on the score to the short film ‘The Wyrd’ directed by Chloe Wicks, which is being recorded and mixed at Air-Edel Recording Studios.

Rupert has written music for works at the Barbican, Pleasance Theatre, Arcola Theatre, National Theatre Studio, B.A.C., The Old Vic Tunnels, Silk Street Theatre, The Albany Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, New Wimbledon Theatre, Ovalhouse, The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, Resolution! festival, Latitude Festival, the New Music Festival and The City Of London Festival.

His work was also performed at the Festival Internazionale della Musica in Milan by Jarvis Cocker, Badly Drawn Boy, Marianne Faithfull and the London Sinfonietta. He orchestrated the song ‘Learn Me Right’ by Mumford & Sons for the closing credit sequence of Brave. In 2015 he orchestrated the entire Kanye West album 808s & Heartbreak for full orchestra with Rosie Danvers for a concert with Kanye at the Hollywood Bowl.

Between 2010 and 2015 Rupert worked as an Assistant and Music Programmer for Patrick Doyle at both Shepperton Studios and 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles for the films Cinderella, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Brave, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Thor, La Ligne Droite, Sarajevo and Sir Billi the Vet, the documentary Jig and the concert pieces Impressions of America and Tam O’Shanter.

Since 2013 Rupert has regularly collaborated with DJs Tim Paris [Marketing Records] and Ivan Smagghe [Kill The DJ/Les Disques de la Mort] on albums, singles and remixes. His upcoming album with Tim Paris, entitled Music for Film, TV & Radio will be released on Magnetic Records next year, along with a second album on the Village Green label.

He has written original scores to the films ‘Some Of Us’ directed by Toby Clarke, and ‘Calm’ directed by Kwame Lestrade, as well as recent collaborations with director Carolina Giammetta on ‘Medium of Exchange’ and ‘An Item’ for ArtsEd in London.

Rupert is Composer-In-Residence for Sketty Theatre and also one half of Smagghe & Cross.


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