Elspeth

Collard

Composer / Orchestrator / Musician

UK born & raised, NYC based

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Bio

Elspeth Collard (she/her) is an award-winning British-born composer, orchestrator/arranger, music director, and educator. Theatrical works include: Like The Wind (with Sam Rosenblatt, The Brick Theatre 2021); The Girl With The Rose-Colored Eyes (with Sam Rosenblatt and Amber Delaluz, NYU 2021); A Princess Story (with Sam Rosenblatt, Marymount Manhattan College 2020); Twenty-Six Percent (with Sam Rosenblatt, EAT Festival 2021); Miroir (with Deniz Demirkurt, NYU 2020); Easier To Die (with Alex Higgin-Houser, NYU 2019); and Don’t Ever Change (with Rebecca Rebis, Edinburgh Fringe and Brickhouse Theatre, Cambridge, 2017). Short films include That Little Moment When (2022; Best Composer Award and Official Selection, Amsterdam International Film Festival), Roomies (2021), New Year’s Eve (2021), and Nice To Meet You Again (2020; Official Selection, Venice Shorts Festival, New York Movie Awards). Her songs and orchestrations have been featured at cabaret venues including Feinstein’s/54 Below, The Green Room 42, Dixon Place, The Duplex, and Don’t Tell Mama; and on various online streaming platforms, including YouTube web series Is This Art Now?, and musical theatre podcast The Latest Draft, for which she was also a founder and programming manager. Elspeth has also worked as a percussionist and music director on a number of concerts and productions based in Cambridge, Edinburgh, and New York, including the original Edinburgh Fringe run of Six.  She is a graduate of NYU Tisch (MFA, Musical Theatre Writing) and Newnham College, University of Cambridge (BA, Music), and a proud member of Maestra, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild.

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News and Updates

That Little Moment When

Elspeth was thrilled to reunite with frequent collaborator Jenna Beressi and the team at The Seed Collective to write some music for the short film That Little Moment When. The film won several awards at at the Amsterdam International Film Festival - including a Best Composer award for Elspeth - and is an official selection of several more film festivals already. Check it out here!

Collisions @ New Musicals Lab

Elspeth and writing partner Sam Rosenblatt had a wonderful time returning to the New Musicals Lab this summer to record their upcoming concept album Collisions. Stay tuned for more information on this one!

For A Million Miles @ Feinstein's/54 Below

Following a sold-out debut in March, Elspeth and Sam returned to Feinstein's/54 Below with another show, For a Million Miles, centering queer and women+ stories. Check out the full playlist from the concert here!

Twenty-Six Percent @ EAT

Originally written in 2020 as a podcast musical, Twenty-Six Percent by Collard & Rosenblatt made its live debut at the Emerging Artists' Theatre Festival in NYC. More information available here!

Quarter Note Crisis @ Feinstein's/54 Below

Elspeth and Sam made their Feinstein's/54 Below debut at this sold-out event, which featured an all-star cast of performers from Christopher Newport University, and an incredible four-piece band. Check out the full concert playlist here!

Album

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On March 14th 2021, Elspeth and writing partner Sam Rosenblatt released their first full-length album, Little Love Notes from Collard & Rosenblatt! Stream it on Spotify below, and check out their website for more information on the 29 incredible performers featured on these songs!

 

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