Rupert Cross


Rupert studied music composition at the University of Southampton with Michael Finnissy where he won the Lytell Prize, 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’s remix of ‘Manureva’ by Alain Chamfort with Ivan Smagghe was used in the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/ Summer 2016 show at Paris Fashion Week by Karl Lagerfeld. He has also composed for films and collections of the designer Brooke Roberts and most recently for London Technology Week 2016.

In 2016, Rupert composed original music for the Donmar Warehouse’s production of ‘Faith Healer’ directed by Lyndsey Turner. In 2017, Rupert collaborated with Lyndsey again, this time at the Almeida Theatre with an original score for ‘The Treatment’ by Martin Crimp. Rupert also collaborated with the Donmar again in 2017 in their production of ‘Limehouse’ directed by Polly Findlay. In November 2017, Rupert composed the original score to Kenneth Branagh’s production of ‘Hamlet’ starring Tom Hiddleston. Most recently, Rupert composed the scores for ‘Frozen’ at Theatre Royal Haymarket, starring Surrane Jones, and the RSC production of ‘Macbeth’ which was broadcast live across UK cinemas.

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’.

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. He is also Composer-In-Residence for Sketty Theatre.

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.

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, EP’s, singles and remixes. His first album with Tim Paris, entitled Music for Film, TV & Radio was released on Magnetic Records in 2016, while a second album ‘Mechanism’ was released as Soft Error on Village Green Recordings. His ongoing partnership with Ivan Smagghe, as Smagghe & Cross, has led to the albums ‘Ma’ on Offen Music, ‘Timothy Dalton’ on Idle Press Records, and the EP’s ‘Talking to Katz’ on Ransom Note records and ‘Mmmmmmm’ on Huntley + Palmers.

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 currently co-composing the original score and songs for upcoming Disney series ‘101 Dalmatian Street’.