B i o g r a p h y
Award winning composer Paul Englishby is prolific and versatile, producing critically acclaimed scores for Film, Theatre, TV, Dance and the Concert Hall. He is best known for his thrillingly tense scores for BBC's LUTHER series starring IDRIS ELBA, which earned him a BAFTA nomination; his EMMY AWARD-winning jazz inflected music to David Hare's PAGE EIGHT; his heart pounding music for BBC's THE MUSKETEERS; his beautiful orchestral score to the OSCAR-nominated AN EDUCATION starring Carey Mulligan; as well as his many scores for the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY with whom Paul is an Associate Artist.
Recent scores include the smash hit, two part play, THE INHERITANCE for the Young Vic, directed by Stephen Daldry; THE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (Ivor Novello Nominee) and Decline and Fall for BBC1; Pinocchio, a ballet commission from National Ballet of Canada, choreographed by Will Tuckett; IMPERIUM and THE TEMPEST for the RSC; The Feature film A ROYAL NIGHT OUT directed by Julian Jarrold and the plays THE AUDIENCE and SKYLIGHT, which were sell out successes in the West End and on Broadway.
Forthcoming scores includes Series 5 of LUTHER, a new version of Zadie Smiths WHITE TEETH for KILN Theatre, MEASURE FOR MEASURE for the RSC and a new commission for BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET
Paul studied composition at both Goldsmiths' College and at The Royal Academy of Music where he received the coveted Charles Lucas Prize for composition. He was recently made an Associate of The Royal Academy (ARAM) in the 2018 honours. His broad concert repertoire includes Orchestral and Chamber works, a Violin Concerto, String Quartet, an Oratorio, and pieces for community and school performance. Highlights of Paul’s work in Opera and Dance are PLEASURE’S PROGRESS and THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD both for the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE.
As an orchestrator, conductor and pianist, Paul has worked with some of the country's leading ensembles; London Symphony Orchestra, The London Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, London Musici, Tallis Chamber Choir, Fibonacci Sequence and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Paul received back-to-back ASCAP Awards (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) for his scores to AN EDUCATION and MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY starring Amy Adams and Frances McDormand, which received critical acclaim for both the film and the soundtrack.
Paul's talent at successfully delivering a broad and exciting range of scores is also demonstrated in his previous film and television work, which includes HAMLET a movie adaptation of the RSC's hugely successful stage production starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart; AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW, YORK, starring John Hurt and directed by Richard Laxton; For the BBC; The Great Train Robbery, dir. Julian Jarrold, Bad Cop dir. Sam Miller and Inside Men, dir. James Kent; The PEEP SHOW team's MAGICIANS; Brit comedy CONFETTI, starring Martin Freeman and Jessica Stevenson for 20TH CENTURY FOX; and the film TEN MINUTES OLDER featuring works from award winning directors Spike Lee, Werner Herzog, Bernardo Bertolucci, Claire Denis, Mike Figgis, Jean-Luc Goddard and more.