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Martin is extremely happy to announce that, as of January 2015, he is now published by Faber Music Ltd.
Click on the link here to access Martin's page on the Faber Music website.


 
Martin Ward is a composer of music for opera, dance, theatre and the screen. He has worked with companies and individuals including The Royal Opera House, The English National Ballet, the BBC, ITV, the Unicorn Theatre, the Polka Theatre, the Sofia National Opera and W11 Opera. 

Martin is currently composing and sound designing the premiere British production of Only A Day, a play for children by Martin Baltsheit, for the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. He is delighted to be working with director Tony Graham again, following the success of Cinderella at the Unicorn theatre in 2009. Previews begin on February 7th and tickets are available here... Belgrade Theatre Box Office


Martin's much-acclaimed dance-theatre work The Wind in the Willows, which is directed and choreographed by Will Tuckett and stars Tony Robinson enjoyed much-acclaimed West End Christmas runs at the Duchess Theatre in 2013/41 and the Vaudeville Theatre in 2014/15. The production won the Olivier Award for Best Family Show in 2014.

Following the great success of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (directed by Rosamunde Hutt) at the Polka Theatre over Christmas and New Year 2013-14, Martin has written the music for the theatre's new production of Peter Pan, written and directed by the theatre's Artistic Director Pete Glanville. The show opened in November 2014 and it runs until mid-February 2015. Tickets are available here... Polka Theatre Box Office

Martin has spent the year developing a new opera project - Clocks - in conjunction with Brolly Productions and the Hackney Empire. In June 2014 an exciting team created a detailed 35-minute scene for a sharing with local community and arts professionals. You can watch a video of that performance and find more information about the opera here... Clocks video .

In July 2014 Martin showcased a 25-minute scene from a new opera entitled They Came Back, at the Tete a Tete Opera Festival. That work continues to develop into 2015, expanding into a production that will feature four singers accompanied by an entirely electronic score. Details of further developments will be posted here and in the mean time you can watch a video of the Tete a Tete Festival performance here... they came back video

Martin is currently composing and recording an album entitled Escape Routes. Watch this space for more information and sharing of music as the project progresses.

 

Recent reviews...

"I sat in utter awe of Martin Ward's music which is a dream. The detail within the score is phenomenal and the band are beyond incredible. I would happily listen to the music for the rest of time." for The Wind in the Willows, West End Frame, December 2013


"...a soaring collection of songs, composed by the supremely talented Martin Ward... ***** " for Dr Quimpugh, The Scotsman, August 2012

"...with superb music by Martin Ward and a sparkling libretto by Phil Porter it is a delightfully quirky, humorous and touching piece of musical theatre..." for Dr Quimpugh, Sunday Herald, August 2012

"If you thought that opera was only for grown-ups, think again. This 45-minute, sung-through opera by librettist Phil Porter and composer Martin Ward combines music, singing and puppetry with an engaging, junkshop aesthetic to terrific effect... the piece has genuine emotional muscle, underlined by a score that is musically playful, and which slyly slips in every operatic convention, from arias to trios." for Skitterbang Island, The Guardian, July 2010