Finn Anderson is an award-winning Scottish musical theatre writer, composer and singer-songwriter. Described as “a great songwriting talent” by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and “one of the next great musical theatre writers” by Festival Journal, Finn is a distinctive voice and rising star in Scotland’s music and theatre scenes.
Raised in Fife on the east coast of Scotland, Finn had released his first solo EP and written and produced his first musical before leaving school age 16 to study Music. Now based in Glasgow, Finn continues to move between writing musical theatre, and performing and recording as a singer-songwriter. He has also composed music for film, art, dance and circus projects throughout the UK and internationally.
Musical theatre writing includes Islander (Mull Theatre/Paines Plough Roundabout/Southwark Playhouse, Musical Theatre Review ‘Best Musical’ winner) LIMBO: City of Dreams and LEGACY: A Mother's Song (American Music Theatre Project/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) Come Hell or High Water (Citizens Theatre/Sky Arts) Streets (Hackney Empire/The Cockpit, ‘Best New Musical’ nominee, Off West End Awards) Alba (Edinburgh Fringe, MTN Award nominee). Supported by Creative Scotland and British Council Brazil, Finn is currently developing The Bow Maker through a lab with National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep. The Bow Maker was selected from 300 musicals as one of eight new headline works at BEAM 2018, the UK’s largest festival of new musicals. Finn was shortlisted for the 2019 Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize.
Finn’s debut full-length album Until The Light was released in June 2019. Previously his “stunning debut” (Frostclick) Uncharted Lands EP was released in February 2016 with the Oceanic EP following in April 2017. Singles 'When He's Away' and 'Some Days’ featured on BBC 6 Music's LGBT Mixtape and Introducing shows, as well as regional and online stations globally. Finn has appeared at festivals throughout Scotland, with a recent US Tour with Sofar Sounds. As part of LGBT+ Folk Music collective Bogha Frois, Finn performed at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections 2019, alongside Rachel Sermanni, Mischa Macpherson, and Man of the Minch.
As a composer Finn has worked with some of the UK’s leading artists and companies including Sky Arts, Citizens Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre, Paines Plough, Bush Theatre, British Youth Music Theatre, Upswing Aerial Circus, and acclaimed Scottish video artist Rachel Maclean for Tate Britain, National Galleries Scotland and the Venice Biennale.