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From his studio between the Black Mountains and the Golden Valley, award winning composer and lyricist Grant Olding writes and produces music for television, stage, film and dance.


Highlights in theatre include his many collaborations with Nicholas Hytner both at the Bridge Theatre: LA BELLE SAUVAGE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, TWO LADIES, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, ALYS ALWAYS, YOUNG MARX and at the National Theatre: TIMON OF ATHENS, TRAVELLING LIGHT, GREAT BRITAIN, ENGLAND PEOPLE VERY NICE, THE ALCHEMIST, SOUTHWARK FAIR, THE MAN OF MODE and most notably writing and performing the songs in ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS, the National Theatre's smash hit comedy starring James Corden, which ran for over three years in the West End and Broadway where Grant was nominated for a Tony Award and  won the Drama Desk Award for best music in a play.



Grant has also written many scores for the Royal Shakespeare Company including THE ROVER, THE FANTASTIC FOLLIES OF MRS RICH, and THE HYPOCRITE as well as DON QUIXOTE and OPPENHEIMER which both transferred to the West End.


In 2013 Grant wrote the songs and score for the animated feature film SAVING SANTA starring Martin Freeman and Tim Curry, and for the same creative team in 2021/22 Grant scored the Warner Brother's animated TV series MOLEY starring Warwick Davis, Stanley Tucci, Gemma Arterton and Richard E Grant.


Other television highlights include scoring the film CHRISTMAS CAROLE starring Suranne Jones for Sky, three series' of UPSTART CROW for the BBC and two series of MARLEY'S GHOSTS for UKTV Gold. Also for the BBC he has scored sitcoms including I WANT MY WIFE BACK and THE BLEAK OLD SHOP OF STUFF, as well as one off films like A CHRISTMAS CAROL GOES WRONG and THE PACT.


In 2016 Grant's first full length dance piece JEKYLL & HYDE premiered at the Old Vic Theatre, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, and in 2021 the pair's first classical ballet MERLIN premiered with the Northern Ballet Company and in 2022 was broadcast in cinemas.

The Comedy of Errors - Shakespeare's Globe

The Globe's 2023 hit Comedy of Errors directed by Sean Holmes and with a score by Grant is returning to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre from 21st Aug to 27th Oct.

Setting the play in Shakespeare's London, with all the Elizabethan trappings and a live band made up of two shawms, a cornett, a sackbut, drum and recorders this early Shakespeare work manages still to feel completely contemporary, and very very funny.

"Olding's score is both jolly and menacing when it needs to be" **** Whatsonstage

"full of wit and pizazz" **** The Guardian

"daft, bawdy and boisterous" **** Evening Standard 

"Shakespeare's eccentric romp gets a glorious makeover" **** The Telegraph 

"Under the nonsense a glimpse of realism" **** The Times 

"raucously entertaining and joyously funny" **** Culturewhisper


Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare's Globe

Directed by The Globe's Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes and with a score by Grant, Much Ado About Nothing kicks off the Globe's 2024 season. Reuniting much of the team behind last year's hit Comedy of Errors the show has opened to rave reviews and is now playing to the 24th August. for more info and tickets click here.

"There is entrancing music, too, with instruments that unclude a mandolin alongside guitar, accordion and percussion. This musicality is prominent between scenes and adds a cheeky flourish to the comedy or action with arch sounds that inflate the moment (of tension, romance or intrigue) rather like a score accompanying a silent film." The Guardian

"Grant Olding's seductive music, jauntily performed by an itinerant band, never seems intrusive, which hasn't always been the case at this venue." The Times

The Hay Shantymen

Grant is excited to be the new musical director of the Hay Shantymen - a rollicking bunch of landlubbers from the east coast of Wales.

Singing rousing sea shanties and other sea songs the Hay Shantymen have a well earned reputation for their ambitious arrangements and spirited singing.

The Hay Shantymen have played festivals including Latitude, Hay festival, Falmouth and Bristol Shanty Festivals and have lots of gigs lined up in 2024, starting at the Port Isaac Shanty Festival on the 19th April.

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Moley on Boomerang/Pop/Peacock worldwide.

The 52 part animated TV series Moley, with music by Grant is currently playing daily on Warner Brothers' channel Boomerang as well as POP and Peacock in over 130 countries. With a star studded voice cast which includes Warwick Davis, Stanley Tucci, Gemma Arterton, Julie Walters, Richard E Grant and Charles Dance.

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