Category Archives: Arranger

The Last Days of Troy by Simon Armitage

Thrilled to be working again with Nick Bagnall composing for The Last Days of Troy, written by poet and novelist Simon Armitage – opening at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre on 8th May 2014 and transferring to The Globe in London June 2014. The cast includes Lily Cole as Helen of Troy.

I last collaborated with Nick Bagnall on the epic Henry VI trilogy last year at The Globe; and Betrayal at the Sheffield Crucible with John Simm.

For more information about the production visit the RET’s website here

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“Kes” dance theatre piece at Sheffield Crucible

I’m presently deep into writing and rehearsals for Kes which is premiering at the Sheffield Crucible from 27th March to 5th April 2014. A mixture of dance, puppetry, physical theatre and of course music (an hour and a half of it), the production is directed and choreographed by Jonathan Watkins (who I previously collaborated with at the Royal Opera House for Ballet Black).

A re-imagining of Barry Hines’ celebrated book A Kestrel for a Knave the production tells the story of Billy Casper, a boy shaped by the contrasting worlds of an industrial working class Barnsley.. and the natural landscape around him.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Sheffield Crucible’s website here.

Once the show is opened, I’ll be putting a selection of the soundtrack up here on my website and to download from iTunes. To keep up to date with the release and the odd music freebie, feel free to join my email list here (it won’t be passed on to anyone, ever).

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“Weave Your Magic” for Wieden + Kennedy nominated for Music + Sound Awards “Best Original Composition”

Very happy that my score for Lurpak‘s worldwide advertising campaign “Weave Your Magic” for Wieden + Kennedy has been nominated for “Best Original Composition” in the Television Advertising category at the Music + Sounds Awards 2014. Already the winner of a Cannes Lion Silver Award, the film was directed by Scott Lyon and features the voice of Blade Runner’s Rutger Hauer. The score was recorded in Abbey Road Studio 2 with the London Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir.

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The Cripple of Inishmaan transfers to Broadway staring Daniel Radcliffe

Thrilled that the five star production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, written by Martin McDonagh and directed by Michael Grandage (on which I was composer & sound designer at the Noel Coward Theatre summer 2013), will be transferring to the Cort Theatre, New York in April 2013.

The production stars Daniel Radcliffe as Billy, with set and costume design by Christopher Oram and lighting design by Paule Constable.

Previews begin on 12th April with a strictly limited run until 20th July.

To find out more visit the Michael Grandage Company website here or to buy tickets click here.

Here’s a snippet of Ben Brantley’s raving review in the New York Times about the original production;

“Inishmaan” feels completely organic. Designed by Christopher Oram, Mr. Grandage’s frequent collaborator, the show has a heightened picturesqueness that is equally cozy and bleak, echoed in Alex Baranowski’s lonely penny-whistle music.

(which you can hear on my Listen page, by the way..)

Pat Shortt and Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Noel Coward, London

Soundtrack for The EL Train

Just before Christmas I took The EL Train band and choir to record some of the music from the five star reviewed production (showing at Hoxton Hall Dec 2013 directed by Sam Yates and Ruth Wilson).

Available just to listen online for the moment, the tracks will be available to download in the coming weeks.

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VOCALS Nicola Hughes
PIANO / MD Adam Sopp
TRUMPET Mark Kavuma
DRUMS Billy Stookes
UPRIGHT BASS Jason Simpson
TROMBONE Christian Edwards
ALTO SAX Zubin Varla

THE EL CHOIR Simon Coombs, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Christian Edwards, Adam Sopp, Ony Uhiara, Zubin Varla, Ruth Wilson

Produced and mixed by Alex Baranowski

Recorded at Strongroom, London

The El Train opens at Hoxton Hall

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Very pleased that the The El Train opened this week at Hoxton Hall to some wonderful five star reviews. I’ve written music and created the sound design for the collection of three one act Eugene O’Neil plays directed by Sam Yates and Ruth Wilson – Before Breakfast, The Web and The Dreamy Kid. Ruth Wilson (who has two Olivier awards including last year’s best actress for Anna Christie) also stars in two of the plays.

The score features a live seven-piece jazz band led by vocalist Nicola Hughes linking each of the three plays.

The reviews so far have been fantastic, with the Telegraph writing -

..the staging is bleakly beautiful, the original score by Alex Baranowski sensational, the performances brutally truthful.” ****

Michael Billington in the Guardian -

..a spellbinding 90-minute evening… the atmospheric power of Alex Baranowski’s prefatory jazz music and the resonant singing of Nicola Hughes, who sombrely tells us that “death is slow, death is sure” ****

And Kate Kellaway in the Observer -

The joint is jumping.. to the ecstatic sound of virtuoso jazz trumpeter Mark Kavuma and company. The magnificent Nicola Hughes – velvet-voiced – seals each play with a song… a pitch-perfect sense of O’Neill’s prose and of theatrical sound: the thunder of train and storm.” *****

The show is running up until the end of December at Hoxton Hall. For more information and to book tickets, go to the El Train website here.

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World Premiere of “Kes” dance theatre adaption by Jonathan Watkins

Excited to announce I’m writing the original music for a very special dance theatre adaptation of Kes directed and choreographed by Jonathan Watkins opening at the Sheffield Crucible in March 2014.

Based on Barry Hines’ celebrated book “A Kestrel For A Knave” the production is being designed by Ben Stones and will feature eight professional and 20 young local dancers to combine dance, physical theatre and puppetry in this world premiere production.

I previously collaborated with Jonathan for “Together Alone” with Ballet Black at the Royal Opera House and for short film “Sofa” commissioned by Channel 4.

For more information and to buy tickets (twelve performances only!) head to the Sheffield Theatre’s website here.

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