Colin Ross Waterson is a composer and lyricist, working in theatre, art and film. Recent highlights include: sound design for an immersive, art-theatre piece with Arts Council and Bert Gilbert; a new song for short film 'Blood Out of a Stone' directed by Ben Allen; a classical crossover ident for RTL Nederlands; composing and producing a video project for Billie Ray Martin called 'Five Takes'; and score/song for multi award-winning short film 'Early Mourning' directed by Ben Hartley. Current projects include: writing original scores for forthcoming theatre piece 'A Second Chance' and short film 'Paris Still Burns'.
For many years, he performed as Waterson, singing on a wide array of recordings, including international club hit 'Tell Me' -- now considered a modern house classic; Grammy-nominated 'Skylight', for film composer Kim Planert; 'Scars' with KDA on the [PIAS] label; 'Strip Down' with Smokin' Jo on the Junior Boys Own label; and 'Ego' with Ashley Beedle on the Ramrock label. His music received support from all the big hitters and he collaborated with Black Science Orchestra, Kenny Dope, Terry Farley, and more...
As a child, Colin studied strings, pianoforte, and voice at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (junior programme) [now The Royal Conservatoire] and appeared in Scottish productions of 'Oliver', 'The Sound of Music', 'Bugsy Malone', 'Fiddler on the Roof', and 'Godspell'. He was a member of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (youth ensemble), Scottish Youth Theatre and performed with Scottish Opera in 'Death in Venice'. He was also the recipient of several prizes in piano playing, poetry reading and Scots singing from the Robert Burns Federation.
He trained full-time in dance, music & theatre at London Studio Centre and was a founder member of Intoto Dance, performing work by Siobhan Davies, Richard Alston, Ian Spink, Rafael Bonachela & Lea Anderson. He attended professional summer school at the Merce Cunningham Studios in NYC and participated in a choreographic workshop with Michael Clark.
Colin was a member of Matthew Bourne's dance theatre company for many years, in the iconic 'Swan Lake', performing in both the Olivier-winning West End and TONY-winning Broadway runs. He also co-created, with Scott Ambler, the role of Malcolm in 'Cinderella' and was a member of the education team on 'Highland Fling'. He has worked in film, opera, concert and company with: Janet Smith, Bunty Matthais, Quinny Sacks, Jacob Marley, Aletta Collins, Etta Murfitt, David Poultney, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Ben Craft, Stephen Mear, Bill Deamer, Andrew George, Les Arts Florrisants and Alex Reynolds.
He recently wrote and reviewed the Performing Arts/Music curriculum at Higher National (BTEC) level. His titles are published by Intrigue/Kobalt.