Paul Englishby

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 the 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 the 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 new murder mystery drama Queens of Mystery, for Acorn, Series 5 of Luther, The Witness for the Prosecution and Decline and Fall for BBC1; The Tempest  for the RSC; the film A Royal Night Out directed by Julian Jarrold; and the plays The Inheritance, for which Paul was nominated for Outstanding Achievement In Music at The Oliviers, and directed by Stephen Daldry, The Audience and Skylight, which were smash hits in the West End and on Broadway.


Paul studied composition at both Goldsmiths' College and at The Royal Academy of Music where he received the coveted Charles Lucas Prize for composition. 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. Paul’s new Ballet Pinocchio for the National Ballet of Canada opened to critical acclaim in March 2017.


As an orchestrator, conductor and pianist, Paul has worked with some of the country's leading ensembles: the 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 Lee Pace, 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; 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 Godard and more.

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