Music for TV & Film with Anne Dudley, Nainita Desai and Anne Nikitin hosted by Emily Richardson

Music for TV & Film with Anne Dudley, Nainita Desai and Anne Nikitin hosted by Emily Richardson

17th February 2022

Hosted by female industry leaders and rising talent, get ready for a day of free talks and masterclasses at Angel Studios on Saturday 5 March.

Providing masterclasses with a number of the music industries’ leading women and panel talks with some of the UK’s most exciting rising female talent, the festival will shine a light on both the artist and production career paths available in the music industry. The Abbey Road Equalise IWD Festival will also provide multiple one to one mentoring sessions with the Abbey Road team.

Find out how you can be there on the day.


Music for TV & Film with Anne Dudley, Nainita Desai and Anne Nikitin hosted by Emily Richardson.

Saturday 5 March from 5:00 - 6:00 PM GMT

Canadian composer Anne Nikitin (The Imposter), Ivor Novello nominated composer Nainita Desai (14 Peaks) and composer and pop musician Anne Dudley (The Full Monty / ABC’s The Lexicon of Love) explore their journeys, lead an overview on composition, and discuss their approach to scoring for visual media.


Meet Anne Dudley

"Anne has been writing music for films for over twenty years. Her scores include Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again, Elle, The Crying Game, Pushing Tin and the long-running TV series Jeeves and Wooster. Anne won an Oscar in 1998 for The Full Monty.

Her music was a major part of the BBC drama Poldark which ran for five series. The soundtrack entered the Classical charts at number two.

Other scores Anne has completed include the animated feature for the BBC/S4C entitled The Miracle Maker (the story of the New Testament with Ralph Fiennes as the voice of Jesus), and a ten part drama for HBO - The Tenth Kingdom. Anne scored Tony Kaye’s first feature for New Line Cinema, American History X. Her long working relationship with Tony has resulted in many award-winning commercials such as Volvo (Twister) Vauxhall Astra (Hundreds of Babies), Reebok (Field of Dreams) and Guinness (Fishing). In addition she has been scoring the outstanding Stella Artois commercials for several years.

She scored Stephen Fry’s acclaimed debut feature Bright Young Things. In December 2007 the Old Vic production of Cinderella, adapted by Stephen Fry, included songs and incidental music composed by Anne. The show was a sell out for its entire run and may be revived very soon.

Her score for the BBC drama The Key was nominated for an Ivor Novello award as was her music for Trial and Retribution. Both series one and two of Poldark were nominated for a **BAFTA*8.

She also scored the acclaimed and controversial Elle (a César award winner for best film) for director Paul Verhoeven. The score was awarded the prestigious French SACEM award in 2017.

Anne was the recipient of an Ivor Novello Award for outstanding contribution to British music in 2017."

Meet Nainita Desai

Royal Television Society award winning composer, Nainita Desai, is an Ivor Novello 2020 nominee and World Soundtrack Awards 2021 winner for Discovery of the Year. She is a trailblazer in the world of film & TV who has brought her unique voice to the scores of hundreds of acclaimed films. She is also a double BIFA nominee and BAFTA Breakthrough.

Amongst various BAFTA, Oscar and Emmy acclaimed productions, Nainita’s recent projects include Oscar nominated and BAFTA, BIFA & Cannes winning feature doc For Sama, Sundance and BIFA winning feature The Reason I Jump, Bafta nominated American Murder [Netflix’s most watched documentary], ITV crime drama series The Tower (Gemma Whelan), BBC dramas Unprecedented, (James Norton, Olivia Williams) and Maryland as well as Interactive game / video game Telling Lies, the acclaimed release by Annapurna Interactive.

Current scores include Amazon and Apple TV feature: The Wall – Climb For Gold, Netflix: 14 Peaks (exec: Jimmy Chinn) as well as upcoming drama series for BBC1, SKY, NBC and other forthcoming shows for ITV, C4, Apple TV+, Netflix including a video game for Electronic Arts.

Following a degree in Maths and studying sound for film at the NFTS in the UK, Nainita began her career as a sound designer on feature films for directors including Werner Herzog and Bertolucci, as well as assistant music engineering for Peter Gabriel.

She moves seamlessly between working with orchestras, to creating scores that incorporate electronics, world music elements, sound design and found sound, all of which has informed her experimental and deeply immersive approach to composition.

Meet Anne Nikitin

Anne Nikitin is an Ivor Novello and Emmy-nominated composer who uses a creative and versatile approach to amplify suspense and emotion in award-winning films and television series. She is best known for her work on Bart Layton’s critically acclaimed heist movie, American Animals, recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Contemporary Orchestra and nominated for an Ivor Novello Award; and his BAFTA-winning film The Imposter. Recent projects include the Hulu Original series The Dropout starring Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes from Theranos; as well as the Starz period drama Dangerous Liaisons, releasing in the Fall.

Other recent projects include Fate: The Winx Saga Season 1 and 2, a young adult fantasy series for Netflix created by Brian Young (The Vampire Diaries), also recorded at Abbey Road Studios; the family fantasy movie Four Kids And It based on Jacqueline Wilson's novel starring Sir Michael Caine and Russell Brand; Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse for BBC/Amazon Prime; and Little Birds, a Sky Drama series based on the erotic stories of Anaïs Nin starring Juno Temple and Hugh Skinner, for which she won a Music+Sound Award.
Anne enjoys writing in a variety of styles but has an affinity for dark, moody, atmospheric music, growing up on heavy doses of goth, indie rock, and 90s electronica, as well as classical avant-garde composers.  From sweeping orchestral scores to dirty guitars, mesmeric synths and delicate piano refrains, she creates unique sound worlds spanning a wide range of genres.

Anne was born in Canada to Romanian and Polish parents and grew up in various countries around the world.  She immersed herself in books, films, and contemporary music while studying Composition and English Literature at McGill University in Montreal, and was awarded a SOCAN prize for Young Composers of Canada.​ She completed her Master’s in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music in London where she studied with Dario Marianelli, Gabriel Yared, and assisted George Fenton.​ Her lucky break came in 2006, when she won the BBC New Talent, New TV Composers scheme and went on to compose scores for major UK and US broadcasters. She was named Classic FM 2018 “Composer to Watch” and a “composer who should be on your radar” by Film4.

Anne is a voting member of BAFTA, The Ivors, and The Academy of Motion Pictures. 

Meet Emily Richardson

Emily is the Senior Music Supervisor at Sister Music - a music agency with a focus on increasing female and minority representation in the composition space, working with a diverse roster of talent.

Having worked in sync and licensing across labels and publishers for over ten years, Emily and has most recently provided music consultancy on The Batman (2022), Tom and Jerry (2021), and Netflix’s Rebel Cheer Squad (2022). She provided score supervision for The Matrix: Resurrections (2021) and Blacksite (2022), and was the music supervisor on a range of well-known brand advertisements.

As well as working for Sister Music, Emily represents a roster of film composers including Anne Nikitin, Sister Bliss, Marcelo Trevino, Christian Heschl and Erran Barron Cohen. as an agent on behalf of DNA Music.

Emily is a strong advocate for women in music, having previously headed-up the London chapter of the international music industry network, she continues to support and promote female and minority talent in all areas of her work.

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