Natalie Holt

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Natalie Holt
Born Natalie Ann Holt
Nationality British
Occupation Composer
Known for Paddington
The Honourable Woman
About Time
The Impossible

Natalie Holt is a British television and film composer. She trained at the Royal Academy of Music and then the National Film and Television School and had a career as a classical violist before becoming a film composer. Holt was made an associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2017.


Holt scored the final series of Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh in 2016 and worked alongside Hans Zimmer on Woman in Gold. Working as part of Mearl Music with Martin Phipps she co-scored the BBC production of Great Expectations, which was nominated for a BAFTA award, and The Honourable Woman which won the 2015 Ivor Novello Award for best television soundtrack.[1] Holt has written music for the hit ITV drama Victoria starring Jenna Coleman, as well as the modernist score for the avant-garde Spanish feature film Animals (directed by Marcal Fores) and also composed additional music and orchestration for Heyday Film's Paddington.

Recent[when?] scores include Adrian Shergold's drama for BBC1, My Mother and Other Strangers, drama series Three Girls, and Irish drama Redwater, due to be broadcast in May 2017. In 2017 Holt is scoring Saul Dibb's adaptation of RC Sherriff's WW1 play Journey's End starring Sam Clafin and Asa Butterfield, and due to score BBC2 adaptation of Sathnam Sanghera's novel The Boy with the Topknot.


Holt has played with orchestras touring the world, as a soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.[citation needed] As a performer Holt has worked with artists Kasabian, Madness, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Libertines, Ed Sheeran, Alt-J, Nicola Benedetti, Ellie Goulding, Lady Sovereign, Gwen Stefani, Elbow, Andrea Bocelli, George Micheal, Echo and the Bunnymen, Take That, and with songwriter Guy Chambers.

In 2007, she formed RaVen Quartet, a London-based string quartet that performed arrangements of rock tracks.[2][3][4] The quartet performed with Madness during the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony.[5]

In the 2013 final of Britain's Got Talent, Holt was performing in the backing orchestra of finalists Richard and Adam. During their performance she walked on stage and threw eggs at the judge, Simon Cowell. She later claimed that it was a protest against what she said was Cowell's "dreadful" influence on the music business.[6]

Other works[edit]

Holt worked with Secret Cinema coordinating music for live film events. She is currently working with Nick Jenkins, founder of the greeting card company, on an app to help children learn about music. Previously Holt worked as an orchestrator and copyist whilst studying at NFTS on films such as Matthew Vaughn's Stardust and Hannibal Rising. She also worked alongside Goldie, Guy Chambers, Cerys Mathews, Lady Dynamite and Soweto Kinch to help talented youngsters write songs to be performed in front of Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace which was shown on BBC2.


  1. ^ Jonze, Tim (May 21, 2015). "Ivor Novello awards 2015: Clean Bandit and Hozier triumph". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Raven – The String Quartet That Rocks". Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Interview: RaVen Quartet, M Magazine, 31 October 2012
  4. ^ "Raven: 400 years of music in 40 minutes". BBC Breakfast. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Raven Quartet, Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall". Big Issue. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Simons, Jake Wallis (9 June 2013). "Violinist reveals motivation behind Simon Cowell egg attack". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 

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