Rebecca Applin studied Music at Cambridge University, followed by a Masters degree in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music, and has been composing for theatre, dance, radio and screen ever since. She is currently the holder of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme award, and resident composer at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, and the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.
She has written many new musicals, including The 45th Marvellous Chatterley Village Fete, licensed by Perfect Pitch, Jabberwocky (Highly Commended in the 2014 S&S Award), and The Devil's Disciple (commissioned by the George Bernard Shaw Estate). As well as composing musicals, Rebecca also does a lot of commissioned work composing music for plays and regularly composes scores for White Horse Theatre Company in Germany, and for Forest Forge Theatre Company. She composed the score for Sandi Toksvig's play Bully Boy which opened the newly renovated Mercury Theatre Studio.
Outreach work includes creating theatre music for, and with, casts of young people all over the country, including with Youth Music Theatre, and with Scottish, Hampshire and Hertfordshire Youth Theatres, and has run workshops on song writing, musical theatre, and singing with many different groups and ages, including a large community project at Watford Palace Theatre - Milestones. Rebecca is a practitioner for the International Schools Theatre Association, who run festivals all over the world. She has also held the position of Composer in Residence at both Wellington College in Berkshire, and at Hills Road SIxth Form College in Cambridge.