As a freelance composer and sound designer for theatre, Emily enjoys moving up and down the country on tour with shows as well as leaving commissions to other Musical Directors.
‘THANK YOU FOR DOING NOTHING’ – SILENT UPROAR PRODUCTIONS – MD/Keys/Cast/Co-Composer
“Award-winning Silent Uproar are back with a new comedy musical about climate change and the people who will profit from it.
It’s 2099: clean drinking water is more valuable than gold; the sea turtle is among a cavalcade of pesky critters consigned to books of history; and the great grandchildren of 20th/21st century oil barons run the entire world.
Utter. Blissful. Wonderful. Paradise.”
2020 postponed due to COVID-19
‘PARTY EMPIRE’ – THE CRUCIBLE STUDIO (SHEFFIELD) JAN 2020 – SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER
Written by David Jarman, Directed by Elin-Schofield
Performed at The Crucible Studio, Sheffield
A couple of tracks can be heard here.
‘TWELFTH NIGHT’ – STAR WING BREWERY [11/12/13/14 JULY 2019]
Arranger/Composer/MD/Pianist – Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night set after WWII. 7 arrangements of existing songs and 1 original composition. Worked with a community band in Redgrave, and a professional cast from Sheffield.
‘FAUX’ – THE WARREN: THE HAT [17/25/26 MAY 2019] / ETCETERA THEATRE [AUGUST 2018]
Composer/Sound Designer/MD/Pianist – A show highlighting the horrors of the fur trade industry through puppetry and song. Demos can be listened to here.
WINNER of the Broadway Baby Brighton Fringe Bobby Award 2019
“Basically, it’s a beautifully performed musical, with puppets. Emily Compton’s score is superb, offering songs ranging from Fox’s old-time number, to a great (if lyrically chilling) ensemble number from a trio of singing shoes.”★★★★★ – Broadway Baby
“Along the lines of Avenue Q, the animal puppets have a way of talking about darker issues in a cheery upbeat manner, which was delightful to watch. Emily Compton composes lyrically brilliant songs about animals being skinned alive and being torn apart from their family whilst also making you tap your foot along to the beat.”Caroline James, North West End Review
‘HANSEL & GRETEL: FAIRYTALE DETECTIVES’ – THEATR CLWYD – 14 DEC 2018 – 06 JAN 2019
Composer/Keys/Trumpet – A number of nursery rhymes reharmonized and composed for the pre-show, with the score inspired by Jazz Noir. Large 18 minute opening number for the entire company that set the scene and introduced characters. Scored for voices, trumpet, saxophone, violin, keys, guitar, double bass and kit
‘THE ICONOCLASTS’ – NSDF 2017, EDINBURGH FRINGE 2017, GREENWICH THEATRE 2018, INCOMING FESTIVAL 2018
Runner up for the NSDF Edinburgh Fringe Award 2017
Composer/MD/Keys/Synth/Trumpet – Cabaret show with actor musicians about a dysfunctional family. Written for voices, keys, electric guitar, bass, kit. The original soundtrack can be heard here.
“The original compositions by Emily Compton are extraordinary, giving the performers great opportunities to show off their skills… despite the band’s skills, the most beautiful “act” of the show came in an a cappella quartet which – perhaps because it was so unexpected after the razzmatazz of the other performances – took my breath away.”★★★★ Broadway Baby
‘CLUB BAZAAR’ – DINA 2018
Composer/MD/Prepared Piano – In a dystopian future, theatre is banned. An illegal theatre group create sketches without having an inspiration for what theatre or music is. Scored for prepared piano, prepared (salted) snare drum and detuned violin. A write up of each scene can be found in the THEATRE BLOGS section of this website.
‘THE GRIMM TALES’ – THE DRAMA STUDIO, SHEFFIELD 2018
Composer/MD/Keys – New folk inspired score written for violin, flute, keys, guitar, double bass, djembe.
‘MUNCHKIN LAND’ – THE CRUCIBLE, SHEFFIELD 2017
Composer/MD – Child-friendly piano underscore to stories written and read by Joe Bunce.
‘THE SNOW QUEEN’ – STUDIO RECORDINGS USED FOR LIVE SHOW IN SHEFFIELD, 2015
Composer/Sound Designer/Arranger – Arranged existing Motown songs in a folk-influenced style. Parts were written for voices, violin, tin whistle, accordion, guitar, double bass and drums. Recordings can be heard here.
‘THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS’ – THEATRE DELI, SHEFFIELD 2015
Composer/Arranger/MD – Arranged the existing piano score for voices, violin, tin whistle, accordion, double bass, banjo, guitar and drum kit. Parts were composed with simplicity in mind.