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Joby Talbot

Composer

Biography

English composer Joby Talbot made his Royal Ballet debut in 2006, creating the score for Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor's Chroma. Talbot has since written two full-length ballet scores for the Company, in collaboration with Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2011), the Company's first full-length commission for more than twenty years, and The Winter's Tale (2014).

Talbot was born in Wimbledon in 1971 and studied under Brian Elias, at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College and with Simon Bainbridge at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Works include the trumpet concerto Desolation Wilderness (2006), first performed by Alison Balsom and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; the choral piece Path of Miracles (2005), written for Tenebrae; and the madrigal The Wishing Tree (2002), commissioned by The King’s Singers. Other works include Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity, first performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen at Royal Festival Hall in 2012, and Meniscus for Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts 2013 World Environment Day celebrations. Talbot has also worked extensively in film and television, major credits including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Son of Rambow (2007), Franklyn (2008) and The League of Gentlemen (BBC2 series, 1999–2002).

Talbot has written widely for dance, collaborations including Wheeldon's Fool’s Paradise (Morphoses, 2007), McGregor's Entity (Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, 2008) and Genus (Paris Opera Ballet, 2007), and Chamber Symphony for Medhi Walerski's Chamber (Residentie Orkest/Nederlands Dans Theater and Norwegian Opera and Ballet, 2012).

Videos

News and features

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on The Winter’s Tale

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on The Winter’s Tale

28 April 2014

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale 2014

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale 2014

3 April 2014

Christopher Wheeldon's new work is The Royal Ballet’s first full-length Shakespeare adaptation for almost 50 years.



Ballet Essentials: The Winter's Tale

Ballet Essentials: The Winter's Tale

31 March 2014

A quick guide to Christopher Wheeldon's captivating Shakespeare adaptation.

Joby Talbot on depicting jealousy through music in his score for The Winter's Tale

Joby Talbot on depicting jealousy through music in his score for The Winter's Tale

27 March 2014

The composer on his score for Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet and how you depict drastically different settings in one cohesive score.



Ballet Essentials: Chroma/The Human Seasons/The Rite of Spring

Ballet Essentials: Chroma/The Human Seasons/The Rite of Spring

4 November 2013

A guide to The Royal Ballet’s exhilarating mixed programme.

Your reaction: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Your reaction: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

16 March 2013

Audience tweets about the return of Christopher Wheeldon's fantastical ballet.

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