Adrian Sutton


Adrian Sutton’s scores cross orchestral, chamber and electronic genres, and have featured in a number of successful theatre productions, including the National Theatre’s productions of Angels in America and multiple Olivier and Tony award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, for which he received a joint Olivier Award in 2013. He also produced and released Curious Incidentals, the soundtrack album from the play. Further successes include Coram Boy and War Horse at the National Theatre for which he also received Olivier nominations; Coram Boy opened on Broadway in 2007. War Horse transferred to the West End in 2009 and opened on Broadway in 2011 before opening in multiple productions worldwide including Canada, the USA, Australia, Berlin, the Netherlands and China. His War Horse Suite, a 25-minute symphonic orchestral work derived from the score for the show, was premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) in June 2010 and, along with a new commission Some See Us from the BBC Proms, featured as the centrepiece of a ‘War Horse Prom’ in the 2014 Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall. His score for War Horse: The Story in Concert had its premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2016 and featured Michael Morpurgo and Joanna Lumley reading the book on-stage, accompanied by the RPO and singers. Adrian then produced the recording of this work with the RPO under David Angus at Abbey Road Studios for the BMG label in November 2017. Adrian Sutton’s children’s concert opera The Griffin and the Grail was premiered by the RPO, choirs, soloist and narrator Olivia Colman at Cadogan Hall in December 2013. Other work for theatre includes Husbands & Sons, Rules for Living, Nation and The Revenger’s Tragedy at the National. His work for TV and film includes Chris Morris’ Jam, Blue Jam and the BAFTA-winning short film My Wrongs. Orchestral works include A Fist Full of Fives, performed on BBC Radio 3 by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and a Sinfonietta. In 2013 the violinist Fenella Humphreys commissioned Sutton for Arpeggiare Variations, one of six new works as part of her Bach2TheFuture series for unaccompanied violin by British composers, released on the Champs Hill label. This disc won the BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award in 2018.