Colin Ross Waterson


Colin Ross Waterson


Colin Ross Waterson is a composer, lyricist & music producer, working in TV, theatre, art and film; recent highlights include: sound design for an Arts Council project with contemporary artist, 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. He is currently writing both music and lyrics for forthcoming, full-length, theatre piece called ‘A Second Chance’; and a new song for upcoming short film ‘Paris Still Burns’.

He also performs as Waterson, singing on a wide array of recordings, including five million plus streaming club hit ‘Tell Me’; Grammy-nominated ‘Skylight’, written with Natasha Bedingfield, for film composer Kim Planert; a slew of underground classics including ‘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 get support from all the big hitters and he has collaborated with some the most seminal names in house music: Black Science Orchestra, Kenny Dope, Honey Dijon, Terry Farley, Severino and Nico de Ceglia and more…

​He trained in Performing Arts 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 a professional workshop with Michael Clark.

Colin was a member of Matthew Bourne’s dance theatre company for many years, dancing various roles in the now iconic ‘Swan Lake’, performing in both the Olivier-winning West End and TONY-winning Broadway runs. He also created, with Scott Ambler, the role of Brother 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 is also an educator, having helped create the first music apprenticeship scheme in England and leading an access music project for socio-economically challenged, NEET learners in east London. He is an Associate with Pearson (the world’s leading education company) where he wrote and reviewed the Performing Arts/Music curriculum at Higher National (BTEC) level, and visits centres internationally as part of their quality assurance team.

​His titles are published by Intrigue/Kobalt.


Writer Type

Lyricist, Composer