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Ian Arber is a film and television composer, known for his work on The BBC Proms Theme (2019), BBC One Thriller "The Capture" (2019), Netflix series "Medici" (2018), BBC Two comedy "Quacks" (2017), "My Name Is Lenny" (2017) starring John Hurt, award-winning documentaries on Bros "After The Screaming Stops" & Usain Bolt "I Am Bolt" (2016), and "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" (2015). Ian is an emerging talent in the film music world. With a growing portfolio of work across a variety of genres, Ian is bringing a fresh and unique compositional style to each project.


In 2019, Ian scored the theme for ‘The Proms’ on the BBC. It is the first time a composer has been officially commissioned to write the theme. It was recorded at Maida Vale Studios with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Ian also co-scored BBC One 6-part Thriller ‘The Capture’ with Blur’s Dave Rowntree, and the drama feature ‘Break’ starring Rutger Hauer and Jamie Foreman. Earlier in the year he scored an episode of the hit-series ‘Urban Myths’, ‘The Trial of Joan Collins’ written and starring David Walliams.

In 2018, Ian scored series 2 of Netflix's 'Medici', in addition to Paolo Buonvino's themes from series 1. He also scored 'Sisters of the Wilderness' which won 'Best Feature' at the Durban Film Festival qualifying the doc for Academy Award contention - the score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. Earlier in the year Ian scored theatrical-release, coming-of-age drama 'Scott & Sid' and zombie-horror 'Redcon-1', which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival. He ended 2018 scoring documentaries ‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ produced by Fulwell 73 and Berry Gordy, and ‘Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall’ which premiered at SXSW and won the audience choice award at SFFF.

Ian has a rare skill – he is both inventive and creative with a musical knowledge well above the fray. Ian is a pleasure to work with and he's quick. He makes every project significantly better with his contributions

In 2017, Ian scored feature-biopic 'My Name is Lenny' starring John Hurt and Chanel Cresswell, BBC comedy-drama 'Quacks', and co-scored the award-winning documentary 'After the Screaming Stops' with Blur's Dave Rowntree. The latter premiered at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival to rave reviews.

Ian Arber is an excellent composer, a thoroughly professional musician who keeps things organized and lighthearted, even in the most tense of situations. It was my pleasure, and an honor, to have him on the team for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Previous works include feature documentaries for Olympic legends Usain Bolt ('I Am Bolt'), and Sir Mo Farah ('Mo Farah: No Easy Mile'). He collaborated with Hip-Hop legend Nas on the opening titles to 'I Am Bolt', and co-scored 'Mo Farah: No Easy Mile' with Blur drummer Dave Rowntree.

In 2015, Ian assisted Hollywood composer Joe Kraemer on his score for Christopher McQuarrie's 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'. He assisted Joe throughout writing, preparation and recording of the score at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Ian is a classically trained cello and piano player with a reputation for pushing the boundaries by experimenting with these, as well as other rare and exotic instruments. Not only is he known for using his cello for melodic phrases throughout his scores, but also unique, intricate percussive and atmospheric elements.