Ella Spira is a British composer who was born and raised in Gloucester. She feels a strong connection to, and is inspired by her musical and artistic family history. Both her British parents are fine artists, her father was Senior Lecturer at the University of Arts in Cheltenham and her grandfather Emile Spira, was a jewish refugee from Poland, a pianist and composer.
At 16 she started writing music for short films. Her professional career within the entertainment industry began when alongside writing, she chose to leave school in favour of employment by the BBC at age 17.
As a composer she has worked for companies including: BBC, BAFTA, the Royal Ballet, Arakan Creative and Universal Music with Steve Smart & Westfunk.
“It’s at once a high-end ballet production, a live concert and a tenderly affecting performance of stunning, contemporary South African vocal music.”
– David Pollock, The Independent on INALA