About John Meirion Rea


John Meirion Rea is an award winning composer, whose varied work encompasses film and television scores, concert platform commissions, and music theatre.

John has received two BAFTA Awards for his orchestral scores for the BBC, and S4C.

Recent projects include original music for an outdoor theatrical experience to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Cardiff’s Welsh Millennium Centre, in collbaboration with Manchester based Theatre Company ‘Walk The Plank’.

In addition, John has composed numerous television documentaries, Adverts, Drama, Idents, and Theme Tunes.

As a musician and arranger, John has also played piano, and arranged & orchestrated for The Manic Street Preachers, Martin Carr (The Boo Radleys), InMe, Mel C, Charlotte Church and conducted live performances with the legendary John Cale (Velvet Underground).

Credits for John Rea


My Grandfather, The Spy – Composer (2016)

The Stand – Composer (2016)

The Institute – Composer (2016)

Fog Of Sex – Composer (2015). BAFTA Shorltisted.

One Of The Hollywood Ten – Composer (2009)

Crosscurrent – Composer (2008)

Five Fingers – Composer (2007)

The Big Picture – Composer (2000). BAFTA Award Winning Score


Just Call Me Martina – Composer – Documentary.

Let’s Call Him David – Composer – Drama. BAFTA nominated.

Young Dracula – Composer – 14 Episodes.

Jerry The Troublesome Tyke – Composer – 10 Silent Animated Short Films from 1925-1927. Commissioned by the BBC National Orchestra Of Wales

Y Glas – Composer – 2 Series of 8 Episodes. BAFTA nominated.

Cyrff Ystwyth – Composer – Documentary. BAFTA Award Winner

The Baas – Composer – 52 Episodes.

The Chosen – Composer – 6 Parts Series.

Snowdonia 1890 – Composer – 9 Part Series.

The Last Musketeer – Composer – Drama.

Sensitive Sharks – Composer – Wildlife On One.

The Real Macaw – Composer – Wildlife On One

Channel Idents

ON TV, Egypt – Channel Idents x 3

Al Emerat, Abu Dhabi – Channel Idents.

Al Oula, Abu Dhabi –  Channel idents

Star TV, India – Channel Idents.

Manorama, India – Channel Ident.

S4C – 2005 to present – Channel Idents.

BBC 2W – Channel Idents.

Kerala TV – Channel Idents.

Theatre & Performance works

Ar Waith Ar Daith’ – Composer – A Site specific outdoor theatrical event celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Welsh Millennium Centre. Walk The Plank, Sinfonia Cymru, Only Men Aloud.

Atgyfodi – Composer, designer –A Site specific Installation and musical perfomance work in collaboration with the sound archive of The National History Museum : St Fagans.

‘Crowds and Power’ – Composer, and Sound Designer – Theatrical show in collaboration with The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff.

Bore Oes’ – Song cycle commission in collaboration with poet Mererid Hopwood, for soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, commissioned by Pontio, and Bangor University. Part of Dylan Thomas 100th Anniversary ‘DT 100’.

‘Bedazzled, A Welshman In New York’ – Composer, sound designer – Installation, and site specific theatrical show, in collaboration with writer Ben Gwalchmai, and Ffotogallery.

Illuminare – Orchestral Overture commissioned by the BBC National Orchestra Of Wales to celebrate St David’s Day.

‘To Live, To Love, To Be’ – Composer – Theatrical score, commissioned by theatre director Phillip Mackenzie, and writer David Britten.

‘Hotting’ – Brass Quintet, commissioned by brass players of The Welsh National Opera.

‘Breakbeat’ – Composer – Original work for string Orchestra, Turntables, and Dub Delay, commissioned for series ‘The Composers’. S4C.

‘Bright Lights, Big City’ – A multi-media music theatre work for orchestra, electronics, turntables, voices and visuals, commissioned by, and shown on S4C.


Reputations, BBC – Titles Music

Make Do And Mend, Channel 4– Titles Music

Coal House – Titles Music

Coal House At War, BBC – Titles Music

A Welsh Summer, BBC – Titles Music

6 Nations Rugby, BBC – Titles Music

The Football League Show, BBC – Titles Music

John Meirion Rea

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