Martin is a composer of music for screen, dance, theatre and the concert stage. He studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music under Buxton Orr and Robert Saxton, with specialist studies in film and electronic techniques. After college he worked in the music departments of the Royal Opera House and the BBC. During this time Martin continued to compose, reaching the final of the IBM Prize with the orchestral concerto ‘Threaded Dances’, and scoring a number of films, including the feature ‘Offending Angels’ and TV series, including ‘War Stories’ for the Discovery Channel.
In 2002 Martin wrote his first ballet ‘The Wind in the Willows’ for ROH2. It’s success lead to further dance commissions from the Royal Ballet (‘Timecode’ 2005), the English National Ballet (‘The Canterville Ghost’ 2006) and ROH2 (‘Pinocchio’ 2005 and ‘Faeries’ 2008). Together, these ballets display an eclectically creative voice, with styles ranging from electro-acoustic minimalism; to gypsy/folk; to an irreverent romp through 20th century orchestral ballet genres.‘Pinocchio’ was filmed and broadcast on BBC4 in 2006.
Alongside these stylistic adventures, Martin continues to define his personal artistic voice with works such as ‘North Sea Stones’, ‘trajectories’ and ‘Brass Symphony’. In 2009 he completed two theatrical commissions, ‘The Whale Savers’ an opera for W11 Youth Opera and ‘Cinderella’, a musical for the Unicorn Theatre and 2010 has seen the immense success of his puppet opera ‘Skitterbang Island’ for the Polka Theatre. All three in collaboration with the prize-winning playwright Phil Porter.
Martin has recently been re-engaging with writing for the screen, working on the short film ‘Wideboy’ and the mini-feature ‘The Woman and the Machine’.
As an arranger and orchestrator, Martin has worked with a broad range of international companies and individuals including the BBC and the Royal Opera House.