Isobel Waller-Bridge

Isobel Waller-Bridge – Composer Profile

Isobel Waller-Bridge is an award-winning composer at the forefront of a new wave of emerging artists in film, television and theatre. Her composition for the screen includes Fleabag (BBC/ Amazon), additional music for War & Peace (BBC), True Appaloosa (BBC4), and the Frozen Planet: Making Of (BBC).

Isobel has created dramatic original scores for feature films, television drama, and narrative-driven entertainment. Lauded for her trademark electronic sound worlds and scoring sweeping melodies for large-scale orchestra, Isobel’s music can be heard alongside George Fenton’s in the BBC television series, Frozen Planet; and in the BBC’s War & Peace, which recently won the Ivor Novello for Best Original Television Score. Upcoming commissions include scoring, MakeUp, one of the 3 selected films for the prestigious BFI iFeatures scheme.

Working in a wide range of musical genres, Isobel moves seamlessly between orchestral music, electronic sound design, experimental and song writing. As a result, Isobel collaborates with a variety of artists including cellist and producer, Oliver Coates (Under the Skin), and the singer Lachie Chapman from the group, the Overtones. She has received a number of prestigious awards, including Best Composer at Underwire Film Festival and winner of Best Sound Designer at Off West End Theatre Awards, and has been performed across Europe, the USA and the UK in London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican and the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. For her work in theatre, Isobel has written original music for productions in the West End to New York, in addition to the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre, The Old Vic, Royal Exchange Theatre, The Young Vic and many more.

In 2015, Isobel released her debut album Music for Strings, a ‘symphonic album of works for string orchestra’. “sweeping harmonic splendour becomes the basis for fragile solo violin and cello lines that fade in and out like ghostlights… a beautifully crafted, meticulous and robust album from one of the UK’s most exciting young composers”.

As a performer, Isobel has played concerts in venues across London, including the St James Theatre and Union Chapel. In 2016, Isobel’s music appeared on albums alongside composers, Olafur Arnalds and Johann Johansson.

Isobel graduated with a First Class degree in Music from Edinburgh University and then received a Masters with Distinction from King’s College London. She was subsequently awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she received her diploma.

FILM & TELEVISION
WILLIAMS F1
(co-composed with Martin Phipps)
BBC Films / Artificial Eye / Netflix
Director: Morgan Matthews
Producers: Sarah Hamilton, Hayley Reynolds
FLEABAG (series 1 & 2)BBC 3 / Amazon
Directors: Harry Bradbeer, Tim Kirkby
Producer: Lydia Hampson
Starring: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
WAR & PEACE
(Additional Music)
BBC / Weinstein Company
Director: Tom Harper
Producer: Julia Stannard
Starring: Paul Dano, James Norton, Lilly James
*2016 Emmy Award Nomination: Outstanding Music Composition for series*
*Ivor Novello Award 2017: Best Original TV Music*
TRUE APPALOOSABBC Four
Director: Conor Woodman
Producer: Conor Woodman
THE FROZEN PLANET: MAKING OFBBC One
Producers: Miles Barton, Dan Rees, Kathryn Jeffs, Mark Linfield
ORCHESTRATING/ARRANGING
DARK HORSE – Composer Anne Nikitin – WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD, CANNES
THE IMPOSTER – Film4 – Composer Anne Nikitin – BAFTA WIN FOR BEST NEWCOMER
LIFE – BBC – Composer George Fenton – WINNER IVOR NOVELLO
FUNGUS THE BOGEY MAN – Sky – Composer Stephen Warbeck
THE DAY OF THE FLOWERS – Dir. John Roberts – Composer Stephen Warbeck
THEATRE
THE END OF BELONGINGWest End / New York
NEVILLE’S ENDWest End / New York
MYDIDAE West End / New York
KING LEARWest End / New York
WOYZECKOld Vic
SEVEN ACTS OF MERCYRoyal Shakespeare Company
HECUBARoyal Shakespeare Company
THE COUNTRY GIRLSChichester Festival Theatre
IF ONLYChichester Festival Theatre
BILLY LIARManchester Royal Exchange
ORLANDOManchester Royal Exchange
TOUCHSoho Theatre
LAMPEDUSASoho Theatre
FLEABAGSoho Theatre (OLIVIER AWARD NOMINATION)
BLINKSoho Theatre
FOREVER YOURS, MARY LOU, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, EXIT THE KINGUstinov Theatre
THREE SISTERSLyric Belfast
DUTCHMANYoung Vic
THE DAMNED UNITEDWest Yorkshire Playhouse / Liverpool Everyman
KITELondon International Mime Festival
BY THE BOG OF CATSAbbey Theatre
POSHNottingham Playhouse
THE HOOKRoyal & Derngate
HOPE PLACELiverpool Everyman
UNCLE VANYASt James Theatre
INCOGNITOBush Theatre (OFF WEST END AWARD)
YELLOW FACERoyal National Theatre
FOREVER HOUSETheatre Royal Plymouth
SLEUTHThe Watermill
GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIESThe Gate Theatre