Toby Huelin


I am a PhD researcher in the School of Music, specialising in music for screen media. My thesis investigates library music (i.e. “stock music”) and its use in television production. Although library music has played a fundamental role in the use of sound in screen media since the early twentieth century, most references to library music within the field of musicology are by way of exclusion. The intention of this project is to illuminate the process of composition, placement and reception of library music as an integral part of the television industry. My research is fully-funded by the AHRC through the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH). 

I have presented my research at international conferences including Music and the Moving Image (New York University) and Hidden Figures of Screen Music and Sound (University of London). I am also the author of a number of forthcoming research publications, including book chapters on musical representation in Australian streaming media (Palgrave Macmillan) and library music in true crime television (Routledge). 

Alongside my research, I am active within the TV industry as a media composer. My music has been broadcast on Emmy Award-winning television (United Shades of America, CNN) and in a global ad campaign for internet brand Honey. My work is regularly heard on national primetime television (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5) and is used across the spectrum of factual entertainment TV. Recent shows include Masterchef, The One Show, Panorama, Don’t Tell The Bride and many more. My music has been recorded in world-class venues such as Abbey Road and Maida Vale Studios.

I hold a First Class degree in Music from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Composition with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Research interests

My main areas of interest are as follows, in terms of both academic study and professional practice:

  • Music for audio-visual media (especially television/streaming)
  • Musical theatre
  • Composition
  • Music education 


  • PGCE Music - University of Buckingham
  • MMus Composition, Distinction - Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • BA (Hons) Music, First Class - University of Oxford