Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award winning composer Grant Olding has over the last fifteen years made a name for himself as a versatile and prolific composer and lyricist who is equally at home writing for film or theatre, orchestra or rock band, acoustic or electronica. A multi-instrumentalist, working out of his studio in the Welsh Marches, Grant has composed for animated feature films, TV sitcoms, documentaries, romantic comedies, ballets, musicals and plays for both the National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He is known for his holistic understanding of drama and ability to write in any number of musical idioms.
Career highlights include writing the score and songs for the animated feature 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 A CHRISTMAS CAROL GOES WRONG, UPSTART CROW and I WANT MY WIFE BACK 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 Nicholas Hytner. At the beginning of 2017 Grant worked again with Richard Bean, providing music and lyrics for THE HYPOCRITE, a co-production between The RSC and Hull Truck Theatre where the play opened as part of the 2017 City of Culture, before transferring to the RSC's Swan Theatre. Grant's latest collaboration with Bean was on YOUNG MARX at the end of 2017w, hich was the inaugural production of Nick Hytner and Nick Starr's brand new 900 seat theatre in the shadow of Tower Bridge - THE BRIDGE THEATRE and reunited the whole One Man Two Guvnor's creative team.
Other recent play scores include THE FANTASTIC FOLLIES OF MRS RICH, THE ROVER, 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 AND 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 hour's 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.
Grant Olding's music delights, wittily incorporated into the action.
Nicholas Hytner's masterstroke is the music by Grant Olding, which wraps all this lunacy into an irresistible package.
Driving, joyous interludes help turn a well-made play into an entertainment with the lift of an exhilarating musical.
The production is punctuated by an onstage cellist, playing a score by Grant Olding reminiscent of Elgar’s turbulent, grief-filled cello concerto. It greatly adds to the power of the production.
Grant Olding's infectiously sunny skiffle songs lift the audience from mere happiness to eye-watering, comic hysteria.
Grant Olding's Simply Cinderella christens Leicester's imposing theatre with a champagne sparkle.
Infectious music by Grant Olding, bubbles over with humour. A surefire hit.
The infectious charm of Grant Olding's original musical numbers keep toes tapping along.