Composer/ Sound Designer
Jon Nicholls studied composition at the London College of Music and electro-acoustic music at Dartington.
Recent music and sound scores for the Royal & Derngate include: Spring Storm, Beyond the Horizon (also National Theatre), Humble Boy, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and In Praise of Love.
Other credits include: The Holy Rosenbergs (National Theatre); Blue Remembered Hills, Art, The Changeling, Silas Marner (Theatr Clwyd); Danny, King of the Basement and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Sheffield Crucible); Rutherford and Son (Northern Stage); Katherine Desouza, The Mothership, Linda and Longshore Drift (Birmingham Rep); Private Lives, Much Ado About Nothing, If I Were You, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Arcadia (Library Theatre, Manchester); Amadeus, Master Class, Be My Baby (Derby Playhouse); Oz (Unicorn); The Picture (Salisbury Playhouse).
Screen work includes scores for numerous TV documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, and music/sound design for over 30 short films. Extensive music and sound design for radio drama (Radio 3, Radio 4 and BBC7) includes: In Memoriam, At the Mountains of Madness, Between Friends, Babel’s Tower, Faust, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Caesar Price Our Lord, It’s Better With Animals, The Quest, My Word Is My Bond, The Histories of Herodotus and The Time Machine. He also received a Jury Special Mention at the 2008 Prix Italia for his music and sound score for Radio 4’s drama-documentary What I Heard About Iraq.
Music-theatre projects include: The Seamstress’ Revenge (commissioned by Birmingham Rep); Blunderbuss (Theatre, Chipping Norton/Latitude); and his first opera, Falling Across (commissioned by the Birmingham Collide Festival). He is currently developing a series of live performance pieces for voice and sound score; recent collaborators include novelist Patrick Gale and poet Jackie Kay. He is also a regular composer, performer and teacher of Javanese gamelan.
For more information, visit www.jonnicholls.com.