Martin Ward - Composer

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 Belgrade Theatre, the Sofia National Opera and W11 Opera. He is published by Faber Music and represented by Berlin Associates.

His major credits include the music for Will Tuckett's The Wind in the Willows which was commissioned by the Royal Opera House in 2002 and enjoyed revivals in 2003, 2006 and 2012 before transferring to the West End in 2013 and 2014. It won the Olivier Award for Best Family Show in 2014. He also worked with Will Tuckett to create Pinocchio and Faeries (both for the Royal Opera House) and The Canterville Ghost (for English National Ballet). Martin's operas include the Polka Theatre/Little Angel co-production Skitterbang Island, a chamber opera for 2 to 5 year-olds, which has been performed over 150 times since 2010 and Dr Quimpugh's Compendium of Peculiar Afflictions, which was nominated for a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2012. He has written the musical scores for five other Polka Theatre productions, including 2014's Peter Pan which won the Off-West End Award for best Young Audience Production.

 
"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
 
Contact...

Martin Ward directly : martin@martinwardmusic.com
Berlin Associates (Agents) : racheld@berlinassociates.com
Faber Music (Publishers) : tim.brooke@fabermusic.com
Faber Music website : http://www.fabermusic.com/composers/music-for-now/list