"One of today's most exciting young composers, a household name in years to come"
- Classic FM
"Music I have found helpful and wonderful: the Paradisum Interlude by Rebecca Dale"
- Chris Martin, Coldplay
"Extraordinary. A wonderful composer"
- The Archbishop of Canterbury
After her self-release for choir and orchestra, "I'll Sing", reached No.1 in the iTunes Classical Single Charts, British composer Rebecca Dale made history in 2018 when she became the first female composer to sign to Universal Music's Decca Classics label, and the first woman to sign to Decca Publishing. Her debut album, Requiem For My Mother, featuring her requiem and symphony, went to No.1 in the specialist Classical charts.
As a concert composer her work has been performed by ensembles including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the London Mozart Players, the Scottish Festival Orchestra, Voces8, Tenebrae, soloists Steven Isserlis, Mari & Hakon Samuelson, Angele Dubeau, Joby Burgess, Richard Harwood, Oliver Coates and Louise Alder, as well as musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra and British opera houses. Her requiem was premiered by the Welsh National Opera's community chorus; she writes regularly for choirs and is current composer in residence for the Opus Foundation at the Councertgebouw in Amsterdam. Rebecca is a fellow of the famous MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, and her music broadcast regularly on classical radio. In 2021 she was commissioned to write the Church of England and Classic FM's first Christmas single, and in 2023 her orchestral reimagining of a Scottish folk melody was selected by HRH King Charles to be performed by violinst Nicola Benedetti at the Scottish service for his coronation.
Rebecca composes extensively across screen, involved in projects for 20th Century Fox, Disney, Working Title, Sky and the BBC. Most recently she scored the BBC's Write Around The World series with Richard E Grant, contributed music for BBC One's three part Christmas adaption of Little Women, starring Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon and Maya Hawke, and scored for Sky's Urban Myths series starring Stephen Mangan as Charles Dickens. Her score to feature Crossing The Line was nominated for best original music in feature film at the international Music & Sound Awards. She is a fellow of the Sundance Composers Lab and alumna of the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Hollywood, which select some of the top emerging film composers internationally, as well as Berlinale Talents, and judged on the panel for the Royal Television Society Awards and the Ivor Novellos.
She also conducts, orchestrates and assists other composers, recently on Steve McQueen's Small Axe, the BBC's adaption of A Suitable Boy, famous US miniseries remake Roots, Disney's Queen of Katwe and the BBC's Frozen Planet Live. Her orchestral work has been recorded and conducted by her at Abbey Road, Air Studios, George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch and Fox Studios, Hollywood.
Born in London in 1985, Rebecca was composing from very young, completing her first musical aged 10 and piano concerto at 15. She studied at New College, Oxford and the National Film & Television School, and she likes odd socks.