Olly Fox has composed a huge range of music for theatre, radio, television and film, collaborating with the National Theatre, RSC, Royal Court, Shakespeare’s Globe, Young Vic, Channel 4, BBC and Irresistible Films, among others.
Olly is a composer, musician and teacher.
He took piano lessons from an American music student and her Old English sheepdog for 50p a time. After 8 years of Rudolf Steiner in Bristol he studied Drama at Manchester University, sang and played for many years in an award-winning American swing & rockabilly band, The Railtown Bottlers, and took an MA in Music Design for Film & TV.
Olly has performed and taught in far-flung places such as post-war Asmara, Eritrea, with ex-fighters and students; with an itinerant East-European folk band, to packed houses, in a barely independent Ukraine; music festivals in Seattle; busked all over the place – Venice Beach, Barcelona (the Olimpiada Cultural), Covent Garden; played (with The Railtown Bottlers) on a Saturday Night chat-show with Suggs, Amy Mann, Squeeze, Lloyd Cole, Alison Moyet and Nanci Griffith.
Olly has composed for around fifteen productions at Shakespeare’s Globe in the last 8 years, collaborating with some of the best multi-instrumentalists in London. A few of his other credits include: Richard Bean’s The Nap (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); No Ball Games (Irresistible Films); Shakespeare In Silent Cinema (BFI/Globe); Wendy & Peter Pan (RSC); Frayed (Irresistible Films); Pillars Of The Community and Thérèse Raquin (National Theatre); Novecento (Donmar Warehouse); Pinnochio, The Midnight Cry Of The Deathbird: Nosferatu and Caligari (BBC Radio 3, featuring a contemporary Song Cycle composed for internationally-acclaimed Countertenor, Robin Blaze); Mr Kolpert (Royal Court); Macbeth and The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Life And Times Of Vivienne Vyle (BBC/Saunders And French); Much Ado About Nothing (RSC/West End).
As a composer/animateur/teacher for Glyndebourne, English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, National Theatre, National Youth Music Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Central School Of Speech & Drama, National Association of Youth Theatres and Royal College of Music. I was a founder-practitioner on the Eritrea Community Theatre Project, Asmara, in 1995. I live in Northwest London with my family and have a studio in nearby Harlesden.