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Rob Manning

Rob Manning

Rob Manning is a film/television composer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work on BAFTA-nominated feature documentaries Maiden (Sony Picture Classics) and One Deadly Weekend in America (BBC).

In 2019 he scored Climate Change: The Facts (BBC) presented by Sir David Attenborough and recently finished the follow up film – Extinction: The Facts (BBC).

He recently completed series five of the Emmy-nominated drama Jamie Johnson (CBBC), as well as additional music for Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse (BBC) and Soulmates (AMC) directed by William Bridges (Black Mirror, Stranger Things) .

Other credits include Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail (BBC); Chuck Norris vs Communism (Netflix), which premiered at Sundance 2015; the BAFTA-winning observational film The Last Chance School (Channel 4); the BAFTA-winning comedy series Fonejacker (Channel 4); the award-winning documentary series Love & Hate Crime (BBC); and more than 70 other productions spanning 16 years for broadcasters including Netflix, HBO, Discovery, National Geographic, Disney, SKY, BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

Rob has worked in the television industry for over 25 years. He studied music at Brunel University in London and toured with various bands before training as a sound recordist, moving into full time composing in 2005.

Born and raised in London, he now lives in Brighton with his wife, two children and a goldfish called Clem Fandango.

Now Playing: One Life by Rob Manning




1 One Life
Gentle carefree guitars build to a euphoric climax with elated ‘woah’ vocals and rousing beats
2 Crossing Frontiers
Gentle awe and wonderment where purposeful strings meet exploratory synths for an investigation into new worlds
3 Raising The Bar
A strong sense of purpose with confident strings at striding pace and victorious brass in a rallying call to arms
4 Spanish Serenade
Virtuoso intro leads to gentle Spanish guitar serenade in 3/4 time
5 Gentle Waltz
Delicate waltz with Spanish guitar and beautiful cello accompaniment
6 Rock The Party
Rebellious indie rock anthem with fast-paced grunge guitar and a retro 60s feel
7 Live It Up
Funky indie guitar hook with synthy electropop beats
8 Resolution
Soft and still acoustic guitar atmospheres with optimistic resolution. Quietly reflective.
9 Dispatch
Sparse guitar atmospheres with a sense of movement and energy. Abstract and minimal.
10 Wondrous World
Gentle harp and bells with subtle intertwined orchestral melodies
11 Our Time
Jovial guitar melody with upbeat percussion and sparkles
12 Gardener's Delight
Melodious ukuleles and sparkles with cheery humming
13 Gypsy Boulevard
Funky street gypsy ensemble with playful violin melody
14 Midnight Tango
Classic French tango with virtuoso gypsy guitar and violin
15 Duty Bound
Menacing double bass and unsettling violins with subtle beats and driving military percussion
16 Task Force
Purposeful military-style theme with driving brass and percussion
17 Camouflage
Atmospheric sound design with foreboding brass and percussion
18 Cumulus
Cool holiday vibe. Chilled out percussive beats with marimba and piano.
19 Fated Love
Soothing piano with delicate chamber orchestra accompaniment