James Frewer

Composer/Sound Designer/Musical Director

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Assistant: Charlotte Edwards

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James graduated with a Masters degree in Music from the University of Hull in 2011.  He works as a Composer, Musical Director, Sound Designer and Performer. He is an Associate Artist of Middle Child, Boundless Theatre and Hull Truck.

Owen Crouch’s sound design and James Frewer’s music bend time and genre, with the blend of live and recorded music shifting from velvet Latin chants to pulsing techno
The Guardian on Joan of Leeds (New Diorama)

The score does more than show the passage of time. It taps into the rhythms of British life. You feel the beat beneath the story’s surface; the sound of a nation at each point in time
Matt Trueman (Fest Mag) on All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Weekend Rockstars was awarded the Musical Theatre Network's Development Award for 2015.

In Development

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2020

Middle Child Theatre/Summerhall/Arcola Theatre

Dir. Paul Smith
Co-Composer (with Prez 96)/Musical Director

Theatre

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2019

New Diorama

Dir. Billy Barrett
Composer and Musical Director

2019

Bolton Octagon

Dir. Lotte Wakeham
Musical Director

2019

Birmingham Rep

Dir. Alex Brown
Sound Designer

2019

MIddle Child Theatre/Hull Truck/Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Musical Director

2019

Silent Uproar

Dir. Alex Mitchell
Musical Supervisor

2018

Bush Theatre

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Musical Director

2018

Wilton's Music Hall

Dir. Thomas Hescott
Composer/Sound Designer

2018

Sheffield Crucible

Dir. Rebecca Frecknall
Composer/Sound Designer

2018

Middle Child

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer (with Honeyblood)

2018

Royal Exchange

Dir. Matt Hassall
Composer/Musical Director

2017 - 2018

Birmingham Rep

Dir. Tessa Walker
Composer/Musical Director/Musician

2017

Middle Child

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Musical Director

2017

Middle Child/Paines Plough/Roundabout @ Summerhall

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Musical Director

2017

Orange Tree Theatre

Dir. Alex Thorpe
Composer/Sound Designer

2016 - 2017

New Vic Theatre

Dir. Theresa Heskins
Assistant MD/Performer
Nominated for Best Show for Children and Young People, 2017 UK Theatre Awards

2016

Pilot Theatre

Dir. Katie Posner
Composer/Sound Designer

2016

Birmingham Rep/Watford Palace/Hull Truck

Dir. Tessa Walker
Composer/Musical Director

2016

Pentabus Theatre

Dir. Jo Newman
Sound Designer

2016

Northern Stage/UK Tour

Dir. Lorne Campbell
Sound Design, Additional Composition and Musical Supervision

2015

Hull Truck

Dir. Mark Babych
Composer/Musical Director

2015

Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

Dir. Caitlin McLeod
Sound Designer

2015

Middle Child Theatre

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Sound Designer

2015

Cast Doncaster

Dir. Esther Richardson and Lucy Hind
Musical Director/Performer

2015

Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe/New Diorama

Dir. Paul Smith
Co-written with Luke Barnes
Musical Theatre Network Development Award 2015

2015

Pentabus Theatre

Dir. Tinuke Craig
Sound Designer

2015

Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

Dir. Anna Ledwich
Sound Designer

2014

Middle Child Theatre

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Musical Director

2014

Hull Truck

Dir. Mark Babych
Composer/Musical Director

2014

Middle Child Theatre

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Musical Director

2014

Paines Plough/Tour

Dir. Stef O'Driscoll
Musical Director

2014

Watford Palace Theatre

Dir. Brigid Larmour & Shona Morris
Composer/Sound Designer

2014

Hull Truck

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Musical Director

2014

Park Theatre/Big Bear

Dir. James Bounds
Composer

2014

Hull Truck

Dir. Mark Babych
Composer/Sound Designer

2013

Soho Theatre

Dir. Steve Marmion
Musical Director/Performer

THE UGLY SISTERS

2013

Rash Dash/UK Tour

Dir. Kyle Davies/Rash Dash
Sound Designer

2013

National Theatre

Dir.Jeremy Herrin
Assistant Composer to Stephen Warbeck/Dep Performer

SATURDAY NIGHT, SUNDAY MORNING

2013

Middle Child Theatre

Dir. Paul Smith
Musical Director/Performer

2013

Red Ladder/UK Tour

Dir. Rod Dixon
Composer/Sound Designer