Tara Creme is a composer for concert, film and television, theatre and art installations.
Many of the films she has scored — drama, documentary and animation — have won awards and been broadcast on major television networks. Recent film work includes feature documentaries Seahorse, the Man who Gave Birth (2019) and March for Dignity (2020) feature fiction My Friend the Polish Girl, (2019) and short Phyllida (2019). Last year BIFA named her in their Top Five Female Composers. Tara specialises in recording with live musicians, but has also written many electronic and sample-based scores, and often combines the two. She also created, performed and conducted a live ensemble score for Lotte Reiniger’s Cinderella animation, for an event in Nunhead Cemetery for Nunhead Film Festival in 2012.
Tara has had her music played on Radio 3, Mark Kermode’s Scala Radio show, and Soho Radio. She recently contributed several pieces for SATB choir for Cinematic Choir — First Contact, Rituals, and Odyssey, new production albums for Cavendish Music and recorded by Latvian Radio Choir and Shards.
As a concert composer, Tara has written for small and large-scale ensembles. As well as an oboe concerto written for John Anderson of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, she has had concert works performed by Hackney Singers at the Union Chapel, Assembly at New Works Festival, Kamilla Arku at Borough New Music and London COMA. Her piano suite Approach (2019) was recently performed by Charles Owen at New Walk Museum, in a commission for Leicester International Festival of Music Lunchtime Concert Series. In June 2021 her string trio Green Deva will be premiered by Hebrides Ensemble in St Magnus Church, for St Magnus International Festival. She is currently composing a long-term project, a major oratorio based on the life of Joan of Arc; in August 2019 she was selected by Wild Plum Arts for a Made at the Red House residency at the Britten-Pears Foundation to work on this.
Her theatre work includes the music and sound design for Something Somatic, written by Simon Turley and directed by Jeff Teare for TheatreScience, People are Messy by Theatre of Debate as co-composer, and King Charles III for Tower Theatre. She has also created several music/visual art crossover pieces.
Read Tara’s full credits and list of commissions here.
Tara grew up and lives in London and plays the piano and accordion, with which she has contributed to the albums of dance producer Cantoma.
She specialised in music composition on her Contemporary Arts degree at Nottingham Trent University, studying with Jeremy Peyton-Jones. On leaving she co-formed Nottingham Composers with several fellow music graduates, working with local orchestras and obtaining Arts Council Funding to produce several large-scale concerts . She wrote The Open Door and Resurface, Concerto for Oboe for these concerts. She returned to London to study Screen Music at the National Film and Television School, where she scored a large number of fiction, documentary and animated films.
Tara has worked extensively in music education, teaching music to children and adults. She is now concentrating almost solely on composing, while still being the Musical Director of the north London community choir she founded, The Boiler House Singers.
Tara is member of the Ivors, Women in Film and TV and BAFTA Crew. She is an SMA affiliated composer and is represented by Carolynne Wyper.