Ed Scolding - Composer
Ed Scolding - Composer
Ed Scolding - photo by Emile Holba

Ed Scolding - photo by Emile Holba

Ed is a versatile composer with a strong interest in collaboration and drama. 

Described as “subtle and polished” (Bachtrack) and “succinct, witty and apt” (Norwich Evening News), music by Ed Scolding has been performed by Exaudi, Music Theatre Wales, Ayre Flutes, London Sinfonietta and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with extracts broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Wales. Percussion solo Drawing won the first Nonclassical Composition Competition, and recent commissions include a work for La Nova Singers as part of the 'Adopt a Composer' project by Making Music, Sound And Music and PRS Foundation; Flock for Naomi Burrell; Inhabiting Sky for The Hermes Experiment; and Clifton Bridge commissioned by Liz Partridge for a collection of string quartets for beginners. 

As a film composer, Ed’s soundtrack for Mile End was nominated for Best Feature Film Score at the 2016 Music And Sound Awards, published by Warner Music Group’s W Songs, and will be released on Ffin Records. The film Mile End won Best Narrative Feature at the NYC Indie Film Festival. Ed’s film music has been described as ‘intense but under-stated... extraordinarily effective’ (Richard Paine, Faber Media Music). 

Ed is a keen collaborator, with projects including BRUT with choreographer Peter Groom for the Royal Philharmonic Society / Ideastap, short opera Adrift with librettist Shaun Gardiner produced by Gestalt Arts, original music for Anna Jordan’s play Freak, live music and animation work Bird Jolt with animator Carolina Aguirre for ANIMA ensemble at the Brunel Tunnel Shaft, work with rock band Screaming Maldini and electronic producer Hem (aka Geoim), and a Mozart flashmob arrangement for Welsh National Opera.

A committed teacher and leader, Ed is a founder and director of Greenwich Music School, a centre of excellence in music education which provides creative and practical courses, projects and training in the boroughs of Greenwich and Lewisham and beyond. 

Since 2014 Ed has been a Council Member of the professional body Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), with a particular interest in the Make Music Work professional development event and series of publications. Ed has judged for the BASCA British Composer Awards and is an examiner for Trinity College London Rock & Pop, with exam tours completed in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Spain, the UAE and throughout the UK. 

Whilst living in London Ed keeps close links to Wales through his work in communication and label management for award-winning composition company John Hardy Music, who created the music for all three series of TV drama Hinterland.

Born in 1985, Ed graduated in 2008 from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama with First Class Honours then completed MMus Composition (Distinction) and the LRAM teaching diploma at the Royal Academy of Music in 2011, with support from sources including Arts Council Wales, Seary Charitable Trust, Ismena Holland Award and Harvey Lohr Award.