The production of The Merchant of Venice directed by Rupert Goold (which was previously shown at RSC Stratford in 2011) has recently been re-staged at the Almeida Theatre in London with Ian McDiarmid taking over from Patrick Stewart in the role of Shylock. I was music associate and co-orchestrator on the project, with music by Adam Cork.
Set in modern day Las Vegas, the original gained some brilliant four and five star reviews for its originality. The arrangements were recorded for the Almeida production by a twelve piece big band, with Jim Hustwit acting as Associate Musical Director.
For more information find the Almeida’s website here. The production opens officially on 15th December.
Posted in Almeida, Arranger, Earthquakes in London, Headlong, Music Associate, Orchestrator, Rupert Goold, Sound Design, Soundtrack, Theatre
Tagged Almeida Theatre, Ian McDiarmid, Merchant of Venice, music associate, Patrick Stewart, Rupert Goold
I’ve been working on a number of arrangements for Tesco’s Christmas television advertising campaign which launched yesterday, produced by the brilliant Wieden + Kennedy (who I previously collaborated with for the multi award winning Lurpak “The Cook”). The launch film consists of a brass band arrangement of Irene Cara’s “What A Feeling” which I arranged for 20 piece brass band (consisting of the London Metropolitan Orchestra), which was recorded in London’s Abbey Road Studio 2.
More films from the campaign will be released in the coming weeks.
Posted in Abbey Road, Advert, Arranger, Christmas Advert, Lurpak, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Soundtrack, Tesco, Wieden + Kennedy
Tagged band arrangement, Christmas television advertising, Irene Cara, London Metropolitan Orchestra, Tesco
Very pleased to be collaborating again with director / choreographer Jonathan Watkins (after the success of Kes earlier in the year) on a new ballet based on George Orwell’s 1984. Staged by Northern Ballet, with a live 30 piece orchestra, the piece will open in Autumn 2015.
I’ll be putting up more information closer to the time. For more information about Northern Ballet, visit their website here.
Posted in 1984, Arranger, Composer, Dance, Experimental, Jonathan Watkins, Kes, Northern Ballet, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Producer, Sheffield Crucible, Sound Design, Soundtrack, String Arranger, Theatre, Uncategorized, xx symphony
From today the Young Vic Theatre will be broadcasting their production of A Streetcar Named Desire as part of NT Live, directed by Benedict Andrews. I was composer on the production that opened in July. There will be numerous encore screenings worldwide over the coming months… for more information on screenings, visit the NT Live website here.
The production stars Gillian Anderson, Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster, and received a host of brilliant five star reviews when it opened in July.
The soundtrack of my original jazz and orchestral score can be downloaded here. It features the brilliant talents of Mark Kavuma, Ruben Fox, Giacomo Smith and Jason Simpson.
I’ve also put up a free download from the score on my Facebook page, so feel free to go and give it a “like” and download.
[EDIT] After a lot of requests I’ve just added a tracklisting of the other songs used in the show on my blog here.
Posted in A Streetcar Named Desire, Arranger, Benedict Andrews, Cinema, Cinema Trailer, Composer, Film, Gillian Anderson, Jazz, National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner, NT Live, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Sound Design, Soundtrack, Theatre, Young Vic
I’ve recently composed the music for this brilliant 2 min commercial for 4Creative’s latest campaign Stand Up For Cancer, a partnership between Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK. It is being rolled out to cinemas nationwide this weekend and broadcast across more than one hundred commercial channels on Sunday night (7th Sept)… and subsequently for the next month working up to a dedicated night on Channel 4 in October.
Directed by Oscar nominated Nexus directors Adam Foulkes and Alan Smith, I worked alongside music production company SIREN on the epic score featuring orchestra and dark male voice choir. Epic.
Posted in 4Creative, Advert, Arranger, Channel 4, Cinema, Cinema Trailer, Composer, Film, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Producer, SIREN, Soundtrack, Stand Up To Cancer, String Arranger
Very pleased to have just started rehearsals for Hamlet at the Manchester Royal Exchange directed by Sarah Frankcom, with Maxine Peake playing the iconic role of Hamlet. I last collaborated with Sarah and Maxine on the hugely successful Masque of Anarchy at the Manchester International Festival last year.
For more information, visit the Royal Exchange website here.
Posted in Arranger, Composer, Hamlet, Manchester International Festival, Manchester Royal Exchange, Masque of Anarchy, Maxine Peake, Sound Design, Soundtrack, String Arranger, Theatre
Tagged Hamlet, Sarah Frankcom
Thrilled that the production of A Streetcar Named Desire, on which I was composer, has opened to some brilliant reviews. Directed by Benedict Andrews, and staring Gillian Anderson, the show opened this week at the Young Vic after previews last week.
Working alongside sound designer Paul Arditi, the music is a mixture of dark jazz, orchestral electronics and moog-infused Polkas (along with an eclectic soundtrack of rock music). I’ll be putting an album of the score up very shortly, which includes the brilliant talents of Mark Kavuma (trumpet), Ruben Fox (saxophone), Giacomo Smith (clarinet), Jason Simpson (upright bass) and myself on piano, hammond, moog and percussion.
It was recorded and mixed at my own studio in London. Set in the round with an almost constantly spinning revolve, reviewers have commented on the raw, visceral quality of the production. The Telegraph, Observer and the Evening Standard gave five star reviews, with many saying Gillian Anderson gives the performance of her career. The Sunday Times has written –
“Benedict Andrews’s direction has some powerful pluses.. Alex Baranowski’s music is a powerful accompaniment, from dreamy ambient to Southern grunge, and the production also uses well-known songs to great effect”
With the entire production being sold out in a matter of hours, there is also the exciting news that the play will be broadcast live to cinemas as part of NT Live on 16th September worldwide (with some encore screenings afterwards). For more information click here.
Posted in A Streetcar Named Desire, Arranger, Benedict Andrews, Cinema, Composer, Experimental, Gillian Anderson, Jazz, Orchestrator, Producer, Sound Design, Soundtrack, String Arranger, Theatre, Young Vic
Tagged Evening Standard, Five Star Review, Jazz, Moog, Observer, Orchestral Electronics, Sunday Times, Telegraph