Photograph by Giulietta Verdon-Roe

About Ella Spira

Ella Spira is a London-based composer. She has created film scores, dance compositions for The Royal Ballet and arranged remixes for many contemporary musicians including Bruno Mars and Nelly. She recently collaborated with South African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Her most recent work is for Mark Baldwin, artistic director of Rambert Dance Company, for a new dance work, Inala, to be premiered at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, in September 2014.

In 2008 Ella was nominated for the Channel 4 Talented Newcomers Award for Production Music, partly as a result of her achievements as a UK delegate for a European Arts Initiative sponsored by the British Council. One year later she was commissioned to write a series of pieces for the prestigious BAFTA/Rocliffe New Writers’ Forum for the 2009 International Screenwriters Festival.

In the same year Ella co-founded Sisters Grimm Ltd alongside Royal Ballet dancer Pietra Mello-Pittman. This is an increasingly successful production company, promoting major new dance and ballet projects.

Ella is privileged to have been mentored at an early stage in her career by David Arnold, composer of the recent James Bond movies.

Key works



2012-current, co-composer with Joseph Shabalala; Sisters Grimm production with dancers from Rambert Dance Company and The Royal Ballet, and with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Music recorded at the Durban Playhouse, South Africa and Abbey Road Studios, London.

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The Final Chapter (2009, Sisters Grimm ballet film; co-production with the Royal Opera House/The Royal Ballet. Music recorded at Air Lyndhurst Studios).

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Reves au Chemin

2008, created for The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. Music recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

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2011. A Film London short film. Screened at the 2011 BFI Film Festival.

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2009. Uncut is the first British feature film shot in one take and was screened at BAFTA. Music recorded at Dean St. Studios.

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In 2010 Ella began an association with Steve Smart and West Funk and worked as arranger on club remixes for the following Top 20 UK hits.

Bruno Mars

Just the way you are


Just a Dream

Jay Sean ft Nicki Minaj


Alicia Dixon ft Jay Sean

Every Little Part of Me


Shine a Light

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Sisters Grimm – official website

Sisters Grimm – videos

Sisters Grimm – honours and awards

Rapunzel – The Final Chapter – finished film

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – official website

Rambert Dance Company – official website

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