Bella Barlow | British Youth Music Theatre

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Bella Barlow


Bella trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Musical Theatre obtaining a distinction in her MA having completed her BA (Hons) in Music at The University of Southampton and a DipLCM (Distinction) in Musical Theatre. A keen pianist from age seven and tutored by Reginald Thompson, she now largely works as a composer and vocalist across London. She is also the composer of the musical theatre writing duo Barlow & Smith.

As Composer for Barlow & Smith, with lyricist A.C. Smith the duo have been commissioned to write for two-time Olivier award winning actress Janie Dee for her show Dream Queen (as part of the the London Festival of Cabaret), were heard on Graham Norton's BBC Radio 2 show, Guest for Kerry Ellis, wrote for One Night In Chelsea (site-specific show, directed by Alastair Knights), and recorded their debut album Christmas In The City with producer Ian Shaw (now available on iTunes), and had their brand new musical Lock & Key (directed by Adam Lenson) produced at Vault Festival in 2018. 

​Barlow & Smith together with London Playwrights Blog have launched a brand new writing initiative WMTI - Woman in Musical Theatre Initiative - which has been set up to help support female writers in all stages of their careers. Their first fundraising cabaret took place February 2018. They have also been commissioned by the Canales Project for Hear Her Song, a fantastic project honouring incredible female leaders from the United Nations, with songs from 10 female composers. The songs will be heard in Concert in Wolverhampton, Washington and New York in 2019. 

Professional stage credits include Dream Queen (The Globe Theatre), Guest singer for Kerry Ellis (The Pheasantry), On My Way EP Launch- Emma Ralston (ATA Cabaret Club), West End To The West Country (Sterts Theatre), Christmas In The City - Album launch (The Pheasantry), Side by Side by Sondheim (Edinburgh Fringe), Florinda in Into the Woods (Stoke Rep.), Model/Ensemble in WAG! The Musical (Rose and Crown), Edda/Witch Sigrun’s Fire (Embassy Theatre), Cindy in Love and Animosity (George Wood Theatre), Amore (South Coast UK Tour), Love and Facebook (Battersea Barge), and A New Horizon (Union Theatre).

Bella has worked as a Musical Director and Composer for BYMT on a number of projects including Shakespeare - The Whole Lot, The Frogs, Christmas In The CityThe Grand Budapest Hotel & Christmas In The City. 

Film Credits include: Bollocks (Polarity Films), Trading Models (Barr Productions), Valda (Gui Oliveira), Joan Armatrading’s music video Starlight (Directed by Joel Anderson) and directed Don’t Let Go (written by Jacob William) and appeared in it for a short cameo role as a dancing Devonshire lass, and show pianist.