Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award winning composer Grant Olding has been writing music for film, television, theatre and dance for the last sixteen years. Grant has composed and orchestrated animated feature films, sitcoms, documentaries, rom-coms, Shakespearean productions, contemporary plays and commercial musical theatre. A multi-instrumentalist, now working from his studio between the Black Mountains and the Golden Valley, Grant is often brought on board projects early to help shape the narrative as well as craft the music.
Grant has a longstanding relationship with director Nicholas Hytner, dating back to productions at the National Theatre including ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, ‘Great Britain’, and ‘Timon of Athens’. This relationship has continued with Nicholas’s move to the Bridge Theatre, where they collaborated on debut production ‘Young Marx’ by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, ‘Alys Always’ starring Joanne Froggatt and ‘Two Ladies’ starring Zoe Wanamaker, and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, starring Gwendoline Christie. Grant also wrote the original score and songs for the RSC production of ‘The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich’ in 2018, and their 2016 production Cervantes’ ‘Don Quixote’, which transferred to the Garrick Theatre, London, in December 2018.
Film highlights include composing 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. Grant has also had the pleasure of scoring television comedies ‘I Want My Wife Back’ and two series of ‘Marley’s Ghosts’ for UKTV Gold and three series of ‘Upstart Crow’ starring David Mitchell.
Other recent play scores include ‘Oppenheimer’ (RSC and West End), ‘The Hypocrite’ (Hull Truck Theatre and RSC), ‘Travelling Light’, ‘The Alchemist’, and ‘The Man of Mode’ (NT).
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 hour’s worth of music from the score. They will collaborate again in 2019/2020 for the Northern Ballet production of ‘Merlin’.
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.