Hailed by Classic FM as "one of today's most exciting young composers" and "a household name in years to come", Rebecca Dale made history when in 2018 she became the first female composer to sign to Universal Music's Decca Classics label, and the first woman to sign to Decca Publishing. In September her debut album recorded with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Requiem For My Mother, smashed into the UK album charts at No.1 in Specialist Classical.
Rebecca's concert work first came to public attention when BBC Radio 3 premiered her choral symphony WHEN MUSIC SOUNDS in 2014. Her 2015 debut self-release for choir and orchestra, I'LL SING, reached No.1 in the iTunes Classical Single Charts and was Classic FM's Choral Classic of the Week. Her next release, SOAY, on Decca Records album THE LOST SONGS OF ST KILDA, was a reimagining for violin and orchestra of a forgotten melody from the furthest corner of the British Isles. The album spent five weeks at Classical No.1 and was named Classic FM 2016 album of the year. Bestselling vocal group Voces8 then commissioned her to write the title track for their album WINTER, with her piece described by Gramophone magazine as a 'masterpiece'.
A fellow of the famous Sundance Composers Lab and alumna of the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Hollywood, which select some of the top emerging film composers internationally, Rebecca works extensively across screen. Her score to CROSSING THE LINE was nominated for best original music in feature film at the 2017 international Music & Sound Awards, and she has been involved in projects for 20th Century Fox, Disney, Working Title, The Weinstein Co. and the BBC. Most recently she contributed music for BBC One's three part Christmas adaption of LITTLE WOMEN, starring Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon and Emily Watson, and scored for Sky's URBAN MYTHS series starring Stephen Mangan. Her orchestral work has been recorded and conducted by her at Abbey Road, Air Studios, George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch and Fox Studios, Hollywood.
Originally mentored by Golden Globe-nominated Alex Heffes (LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) and EMMY-nominated Maurizio Malagnini (CALL THE MIDWIFE), Rebecca has worked on films like MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, director Stephen Frears' THE PROGRAM, action film THE TAKE starring Idris Elba, BBC period drama series THE PARADISE and THE SECRET AGENT, famous US Miniseries remake ROOTS, TOUCHING THE VOID LIVE and BBC's FROZEN PLANET LIVE and Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE directed by Mira Nair. She was a judge for Northern Ireland's inaugural Royal Television Society Programme Awards, is a Berlinale Talents alumna and BAFTA Crew participant, and has been a regular interview guest on BBC Radio 3.
As a concert composer Rebecca has written for numerous classical artists and ensembles including Mari & Hakon Samuelson, the Scottish Festival Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Latvian Opera Orchestra, percussionst Joby Burgess and cellists Richard Harwood, Benjamin Hughes and Oliver Coates. She is a fellow of the prestigious MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire (notable alumni include Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland), and has been an associate composer with the London Symphony Orchestra on its Soundhub programme. She also directs and writes extensively for choral groups, was commissioned by Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir for their debut album, and was 2017-18 Composer in Residence for the London Oriana Choir as part of its five15 project.
Additional nominations and awards include the Jerry Goldsmith Awards (2017), Best Score/Soundtrack (Global Music Awards 2015), Best Composer (Underwire Festival for Women in Film & TV 2014; also Global Music Awards 2015), Best Music (Corona Fastnet Film Festival 2014), Best Arrangement (Voice Festival 2013), Best Musical (The Online Film Festival 2015), Oticons International Film Music Competition (2015), Adopt A Composer (PRS/Making Music/Sound & Music in association with BBC Radio 3 2012), and the Book, Music & Lyrics musical theatre workshop (Arts Council/Mercury Musical Developments 2014).
Born in London in 1985, Rebecca was composing from very young, writing her first full musical aged 10 and piano concerto at 15. After school music scholarships she studied at Oxford University (New College), Bristol University and the National Film and Television School, and holds an MA with distinction in Composing for Film & Television. She plays the violin and piano, and likes odd socks.