Category Archives: Arranger

BAFTA nominated McCULLIN on BBC 1 for Alan Yentob’s “Imagine” series

McCullin, the feature film I composed for last year nominated for two BAFTA’s (including Best Documentary) at the 2013 BAFTA film awards, was broadcast on BBC 1 on Tuesday 2nd July as part of Alan Yentob’s Imagine series. I’ve been genuinely thrilled by the positive reaction to the music score – which available to download from iTunes here (snippets below) with DVD / Blu-Ray of the film out now, and available to watch in the UK on BBC iPlayer until August here.

I’m presently working on music for the next film with the McCullin team, which should see the light later this year….

Cannes Lion Award; 5 star reviews for Cripple of Inishmaan; Waitrose UK

Very happy that Wieden + Kennedy have won a Cannes Lion Silver Award for their film The Cook (see below) for Lurpak, for which I composed and arranged the music recorded at Abbey Road Studio with the London Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir earlier this year.


Back in London, the reviews have come in for The Cripple of Inishmaan directed by Michael Grandage in the West End, with some 5 star reviews including this from the Telegraph (here) and this from the New York Times (here) – the second time Ben Brantley has mentioned my music this month (the other one being Cornelius which is presently showing in New York).

Alex Baranowski’s evocative music set the scene without being as overbearing as much music in drama has become lately – here is a composer who understands theatre. (Broadway World).

The show stars Daniel Radcliffe and is on at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End until August 2013. Watch the trailer below (with some snippets of the music);


Finally, I’ve been working on the latest series of TV commercials for UK supermarket Waitrose – with a number of films being broadcast in the last few months including this one below.. the music has been rather popular, with numerous people asking if I’m going to release the full piece (alas not!).

Cornelius at 59e59 NYC is New York Times pick

Very happy that Cornelius directed by Sam Yates has opened at 59e59 Theater in New York to brilliant reviews, including a glowing article by Ben Brantley in the New York Times (read the article here). I’ve composed music and sound on the project that transfered from London’s Finborough Theatre after a sell out run last year. The production is showing in New York until the end of June 2013.


The Cripple of Inishmaan directed by Michael Grandage

I’m presently in rehearsals for The Cripple of Inishmaan with director Michael Grandage and writer Martin McDonagh, with Daniel Radcliffe playing the role of Billy. I’m composer and sound designer for the project opening in June 2013 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End as part of the first season from the Michael Grandage Company – which also includes performances by Judy Dench, Jude Law and Ben Whishaw. To find out more and book tickets click here.


Henry VI Parts I, II and III at Shakespeare’s Globe

I’m presently composing music for three plays at Shakespeare’s Globe; Harry the Sixth; The Houses of York and Lancaster; The True Tragedy of the Duke of York – better known as Shakespeare’s Henry VI Parts I, II, and III. Directed by Nick Bagnall (who I previously collaborated on for Betrayal at the Crucible with John Simm) the production will also tour the UK as well as the famous battlegrounds depicted in the plays; Towton, St Albans, Barnet and Tewkesbury. To book tickets and find out more about the productions, vist The Globe’s website here.

Hary VI

News April 2013…

A busy time here heading into Spring/Summer 2013. Privileged to be working with Michael Grandage during his first west end residency at the Noel Coward for The Cripple of Inishmaan, followed soon after by three stunning plays at Shakespeare’s Globe directed by the lovely Nick Bagnall, Henry VI parts I, II and III which will also tour this summer. Over in New York I’ll be opening Cornelius at 59e59 directed by Sam Yates, and for the Manchester International Festival I’m working alongside sound designer Peter Rice for The Masque of Anarchy directed by Sarah Frankcom.

Out of the theatre I’m also excited to soon be working on another feature film project (after the BAFTA success earlier this year for McCullin) as well as working on an album project of my own music. More details to come about those later in the year…

Lurpak “The Cook” for Wieden + Kennedy

I’ve recently composed the music for Lurpak‘s new worldwide advertising campaign “The Cook” for Wieden + Kennedy. Directed by Scott Lyon and featuring the voice of Blade Runner’s Rutger Hauer, the score was recorded in Abbey Road Studio 2 in March 2013 with the London Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir. First aired in Europe this week, it will come to the UK later this year.

Waitrose “The Story Of The Farmer And The Precious Egg” for BBH

I’ve just completed scoring the new TV campaign for Waitrose produced by London agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH). “The Story of the Farmer and the Precious Egg” starts broadcasts from today (17th April). It’s a lovely short film directed by the talented duo Thirtytwo at Pulse Films.

McCULLIN Soundtrack Now Available

Very pleased that my soundtrack to the film McCullin is now available to download on iTunes worldwide here. The film is also available to rent/buy from iTunes, as well as on DVD & Blu-Ray – available from Amazon here.

Alex Baranowski McCullun album cover

BIAFRA and MUSICA UNIVERSALIS released on violinist Daniel Hope’s new album “Spheres”

Two of my pieces have been featured on Daniel Hope’s new album Spheres released by Deutsche Grammophon in the UK & Europe (USA early in March 2013). Musica Universalis was commissioned for Daniel especially for the album, whilst Biafra is a new arrangement of my piece of the same name from my soundtrack to film McCullin (nominated for the two BAFTA’s, my film soundtrack is available on iTunes here).

Other composers on Spheres collaborating with Daniel include Max Richter, Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass and Gabriel Prokofiev.

Below is a film of Daniel recording Musica Universalis in Berlin last year (the film comes as a bonus on the digital download of the album).