Ella Spira Composer / Executive Producer
Ella Spira is a London-based composer and pianist working predominantly with classical music, whilst having an intimate knowledge of, and regular engagement with, projects across the spectrum of contemporary popular culture. She works with companies as diverse as The Royal Ballet, BAFTA, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Ministry of Sound and on pop chart remixes with Steve Smart & Westfunk. With a few notable exceptions, she has concentrated on writing specifically for film, including adverts, animations and narrative shorts across a range of genres from horror to romantic drama.
In 2008 Ella was one of the UK delegates to a European arts project sponsored by the British Council, where she co-wrote the score for an international music theatre production called Roots & Routes, and staged in Cologne. Also in 2008 she was nominated for the Channel 4 Talented Newcomers Award for Production Music.
That same year, she began writing music for dance and working with members of The Royal Ballet, and Reves Au Chemin was performed as part of ‘Draft Works’ in the Clore Studio Upstairs at the Royal Opera House in December 2008. Subsequently her association with Pietra Mello-Pittman has continued with the forming of the company Sisters Grimm, and its completion of the ballet film Rapunzel – The Final Chapter – a project part funded by the Royal Opera House.
This short film, based on the well-known folk story, was created for screening, with live ensemble accompaniment.
During 2009, Ella worked as composer on a film project, Uncut, the first British feature to be shot as a single, continuous take. As BAFTA/Rocliffe New Writers Forum regional composer Ella has composed for the International Screenwriters’ Festival (2009) and the ScreenLit Festival (2010). Also in 2010 she began her continuing association with Steve Smart & West Funk, working on remixes of tracks including Bruno Mars’ ‘Just The Way You Are’, McFly’s ‘Shine A Light’, Jay Sean’s (ft Nicki Minag) ‘2012’, Alicia Dixon’s (ft Jay Sean) ‘Every Little Part Of Me’ and Nelly’s ‘Just A Dream’, on labels including Universal. All five of these reached the top 20 in the UK charts.
Ella has received support and encouragement from Nik Powell, co-founder of Virgin Records, Palace Pictures and Producer of films such as Calendar Girls; Barry Wordsworth, Music Director of The Royal Ballet; Adrian Rhodes (Sound Designer on Wallace & Gromit, The Full Monty).