Tristan Parkes

Category: Composers, MDs


Tristan has performed, composed, designed sound and musically directed material for film, theatre, major events and television for two decades. This includes over fifteen productions for Hull Truck Theatre, multiple productions for the Edinburgh Festival including ‘An Audience with…’ staring Alistair McGowan 2015, over a decade of productions for The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, most recently their 60th Anniversary Gala at the Shaftsbury Theatre in the West End.

Tristan was a musical director on the Beijing and London Olympic Games and a composer for the British Pavilion at the World Expo’ in Shanghai. Film work includes ‘To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before’ for Channel 4 Films, ‘When Romeo Met Juliet’ for the BBC and Anna Karenina for Working Title Films.

Recent work includes a national tour of ‘Dead Sheep’ by Johnathan Maitland, ‘Goat Song’ for London Contemporary Dance, ‘Frankenstein Revelations’ for York Theatre Royal and ‘#Hashtag Lightie’ for the Arcola Theatre, written and directed by Lynette Linton. Also, for Blackeyed Theatre a national UK tour of ‘Sherlock Holmes the Sign of Four’ which included dates in The Netherlands and China.

As an actor-musician current work includes ‘Wasteland’ for Garry Clarke Company at The Place Theatre, London, ‘Storm’ a new play by Juliet Knight for Vault Festival 2020 /National Theatre Studio and as musical director for soul star Beverly Knight MBE for ‘Baroque and Roll’, a charity event for Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex stage at Spencer House.

Tristan has won a UK Heritage Award 2020 for Best Exhibition/Event for ‘Our House’ an immersive tand site specific theatre show about the LGBTQ+ heritage and history of Eltham Palace for which he wrote the score and musically directed alongside the physical theatre company The Pappy Show.

Tristan is active academic and facilitator of music and theatre workshops across the country; as an Education Associate for the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, Associate Artist for National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and is Course Leader for Sound and Music for Theatre BA (Hons) and a senior lecturer on the Performing Arts BA (Hons) degrees at the University of East London.