Segun Akinola

Segun Akinola – Composer Profile

Segun Akinola is a multi-talented composer with outstanding musical acumen. A 2017 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Segun’s work will be heard in the upcoming series of Doctor Who, which features the first female Doctor, portrayed by Jodie Whittaker.

Segun’s previous scores include BBC Two’s landmark four-part series Black and British: A Forgotten History, written and presented by Historian David Olusoga, and Shola Amoo’s debut feature film A Moving Image, which had its world premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival, won the Special Recognition in Narrative Directing award at BlackStar Film Festival 2016 and had its European premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival in 2016. His score for Dear Mr Shakespeare received an Honourable Mention for the 2017 BSO Jerry Goldsmith Award for ‘Best Original Score for a Short Film’. Recently, he completed the scores for the major three-part series The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed and two-part series Expedition Volcano, both for BBC Two and PBS.

Other credits include writing original music for the BBC Panorama special The VIP Paedophile Ring: What’s the Truth?, BHS: How Did It Happen? and the 3D documentary 1 Way Up, produced by Academy Award-winning American producers Shine Global, which aired in the UK and USA. Segun has worked on a number of short films, including scoring Radix Film’s The Trip starring Sope Dirisu and Gillian Saker. His work has screened at acclaimed festivals like Sundance, the London Film Festival, LA Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival and many others.

After initially learning the piano and drums at a young age, he later turned his attention to composition, graduating from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with first-class honours and the National Film and Television School with an MA in Composing for Film and Television. He currently resides in London.

Film and TV
DR WHO (series 11)BBC Studios Wales
Directors: Jamie Childs, Mark Tonderai, Sallie Aprahamian,
Producer: Alex Mercer
Starring: Jodie Whittaker
WONDERS OF THE MOONBBC Studios
Director: James Van Der Pool
Producer: James Van Der Pool
Starring: Maxine Peake
EXPEDITION VOLCANOBBC Studios / PBS
Directors: Simon Winchcombe, Ben Wilson
THE HUMAN BODY: SECRETS OF YOUR LIFE REVEALEDBBC Studios / PBS
Directors: Martin Johnson, Matthew Dyas, Jenny Palmer
BLACK AND BRITISH: A FORGOTTEN HISTORYBBC Studios
Directors: James Van Der Pool, Naomi Austin
Producer: Naomi Austin
Starring: David Olusoga
A MOVING IMAGEA Moving Image Productions
Director: Shola Amoo
Producers: Rienkje Attoh
1 WAY UP: THE STORY OF PECKHAM BMX
(additional music)
Jet set films / Shine Global Inc.
Director: Amy Matheison
Producers: Amy Matheison, Albie Hecht