Paul Clark

Award: Fusion Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Other/Various

Instrument/voice type: Composition

Location: London


Paul Clark is a leading composer on the British theatre scene and has written dozens of scores for theatre in the UK and internationally. Paul has written music for and with a hugely diverse range of artists, and has long-standing collaborations with acclaimed directors Katie Mitchell and Suzy Willson; the latter of whom he co-founded the pioneering performance company Clod Ensemble with in 1995. As co-artistic director of Clod Ensemble, Paul has written critically acclaimed original scores for all the company’s productions to date; ranging from totally acoustic works, to multi-speaker installations. Each score is a bespoke piece that is in a dialogue with the visual material; ‘Silver Swan’ is an acapella piece for seven classical singers; ‘Under Glass’ is an entirely recorded surround-sound installation; whilst ‘An Anatomie’ counterpoints electronics, live orchestral music and a rock band. With the theatre and opera director Katie Mitchell, Paul has written over twenty scores in theatres across Europe, including ‘La Maladie de la Mort’ (Bouffes du Nord, Paris), ‘Anatomy of a Suicide’ (Royal Court, London) and ‘Waves’ (Schauspiel, Cologne). Paul’s other composition credits for the stage include Gare St Lazare’s ‘Here All Night’; an acclaimed words and music piece with texts by Samuel Beckett (Lincoln Center, New York; The Abbey, Dublin). In Spring 2019, Paul composed the score for ‘Norma Jeane Baker of Troy’ featuring Renée Fleming and Ben Wishaw, as part the inaugural season at The Shed, New York. Over his 30-year career, Paul has written music for a broad range of musicians, from Manchester Camerata, Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik and the Welsh National Opera male chorus; to Dangermouse, Mark E Smith (The Fall) and trombonist Annie Whitehead. In TV and film, he has collaborated with Simon Amstell, French auteur Arnaud Desplechin, award-winning Anglo-Irish Director John Michael McDonagh, and written scores for David Sedaris audio books.