Composing unique music for film, brands, TV and other projects

Meet The Team




Benjamin Talbott

Born and raised in Mid Wales, and educated through the medium of the Welsh language, Benjie is a multi-instrumentalist with a special interest in piano and violin, producer of wide creative scope, and poet. He has been a lead composer at John Hardy Music since 2012, collaborating closely with John to create all the sound and music for the epic National Theatre Wales production of Coriolan/us, which was part of the World Shakespeare Festival in the Cultural Olympiad.

Since then, Benjie has been at the heart of almost every John Hardy Music project. He was joint-lead composer on Galesa, Mom & Me, as well as several episodes of Hinterland / Y Gwyll, and continues to take a prominent role in all aspects of the work of John Hardy Music.

Several of the big tunes in Hinterland / Y Gwyll were initiated by Benjie, including The World Keeps Turning, Worth Waiting and Phoenix Dance, which are featured on Hinterland / Y Gwyll Series 2 Album (available from Ffin Records).

Alongside this, Benjie undertakes a large number of separate collaborations under his own name in various mediums including theatre, film and dance, as well as managing Total Samples - a distribution label with a focus on EDM sample packs.


Ed Scolding

Ed was born in Wales, studied Composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, then took an MMus in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, in London, where he is now based.

Ed is busy composer for concert, opera and film, with his score for the UK-produced independent film Mile End (2015) winning Best Original Feature Score at the International Music & Sound Awards. Ed is deeply involved in advocacy for musicians and music through his work as a board member at the Incorporated Society of Musicians and has built a strong profile in music education, founding Greenwich Music School in 2015.

Ed is John's nephew and has been working for John Hardy Music since 2006, with a focus on marketing, development and visual design, and on the sister label Ffin Records.


John Hardy

John Hardy took a keen interest in music from birth. Before he could stand, he experimented with the sounds of the strings at the bottom of the family piano. At six he started piano lessons, composing onto manuscript paper and travelling alone on buses and trains. At eight he started trumpet and joined a Cathedral Choir. At twelve he was head chorister, regularly conducting and performing, and composed a concert suite for performance by his school orchestra. A choral scholarship helped him get into Oxford where he was then able to compose for every conceivable opportunity. Oxford University Orchestra commissioned a large-scale work which was performed, in the round, at the end of his last term.

That year he began four happy years as director of a choral music festival in Wiltshire; and he took a year in Advanced Composition at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He continued long associations with Cardiff Laboratory Theatre, Odin Teatret, and many other international performance groups, culminating in several far reaching shows with Brith Gof - Disasters Of War, Gododdin, Pax, Patagonia and Los Angeles.

Years of work with film makers reached a high point when a film about a Welsh poet killed at Passchendaele in 1917, Hedd Wyn, won RTS Best UK Single Drama, and was nominated for an Academy Award at the 1994 Oscars.

This was the year of John’s first chamber opera with Music Theatre Wales: Flowers was based on a play by the richly talented Welsh writer and director Ed Thomas. What followed was a twenty year association with Ed’s companies Y Cwmni and Fiction Factory, taking in several plays, a commercial film Rancid Aluminium and many TV projects, most recently Hinterland / Y Gwyll.

While John is used to composing in isolation, he is never happier than when he’s collaborating with artists and thinkers in other forms and disciplines, and above all with talented musicians who share a sense of commitment, curiosity and scrupulous attention to detail. The current John Hardy Music team members have not arrived by random chance - they are the very best of their generation, and every day John is proud and delighted to share ideas and opportunities with these exceptional and trusted colleagues.

There is so much talent, expertise and good will in the world. John Hardy Music is committed to finding ways to stay connected and keep creative, without boundaries, regardless of recent seismic events.

More about John's opera, choral and instrumental music.


Sam Barnes

Originally from rural North Wales, Sam is the newest member of the core creative team at John Hardy Music. As well as being a composer, songwriter and performing musician, Sam is a specialist sound recordist, working regularly in the realms of new British jazz and folk, as well as his own group Shoebox Orchestra.

Shortly after graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Sam was awarded the Oxford / Sennheiser Electronic Music Prize (OSEMP).

Sam joined the John Hardy Music team in 2014, focussing at first on the Alchemy album project (Ffin Records) and the eight-hour score for the highly acclaimed ILIAD (National Theatre Wales), then Visit Wales: Find Your Epic, working closely with John Hardy and Pete Smith.

In 2015 Sam joined the team working on the third series of Hinterland / Y Gwyll. Sam assists in the management of John Hardy Music sister company Ffin Records.


Tic Ashfield

Tic Ashfield came to Cardiff in 2009 from the West Midlands to study Composition through Creative Music Technology at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, gaining a First Class (Hons) degree.

She first collaborated creatively with John Hardy on the Cultural Olympiad: Adain Avion in 2012, and joined the John Hardy Music team later that year. Since then she has led a number of projects with John Hardy Music including the production {150} by National Theatre Wales. Tic is a music educator and workshop leader and is a visionary creator of new sound worlds for theatre, dance, film, animation and community art.

Within John Hardy Music, Tic is a tireless collaborator, recording, producing, mixing, composing, and creating collages of truly original sound design.

From 2014 to 2016 Tic returned to RWCMD to complete her MMus with Distinction in Advanced Composition Studies.

Along with John and Benjie, Tic founded the distinctive and iconic sound world that is now known in 150 countries - the world of Hinterland / Y Gwyll. She continues to take a leading role in making the music for Hinterland / Y Gwyll series 3.