Category Archives: BBC

Nineteen Eighty-Four performed by Northern Ballet opens and embarks on UK tour

Very happy that the production of 1984 performed by Northern Ballet, on which I was composer, has opened to some brilliant reviews. Choreographed by Jonathan Watkins the ballet’s 100 minute score is performed live by the 30 piece Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

“From the opening sequence, Jonathan Watkins’ deft choreography coupled with Alex Baranowski’s score conjures a powerful sense of isolation in the anti-hero Winston Smith. The pairing reunites the creative team responsible for the recent dance theatre adaption of another classic, Kes, at Sheffield, last year with similarly successful results.” The Independant 

“The show’s richest source of imaginative texture is Alex Baranowski’s ravishing score, mournful and agitated by turns and played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia” The Times

“Watkins has the luxury of a fine commissioned score by Alex Baranowski, who reinforces the totalitarian mindset with anxious strings and metronomic percussion. His excruciating discords as Winston inches upstage towards the strobing screen filled with rats guarantee a chilling climax” Financial Times

“The choreographer is aided by Alex Baranowski’s score, where acerbic, almost Nymanesque staccato rhythms punctuate more romantic, idealistic music for the love scenes” Dancing Times

To book tickets for the tour or to find out more about the production, visit Northern Ballet’s website here.

It has also recently been announced that the BBC will be filming the Manchester leg of the production to put on it’s “The Space” website along with some behind the scenes videos. More information can be found here and I’ll post with more information soon.

Last Days of Troy on BBC Radio 4

Simon Armitage’s Last Days of Troy has been adapted for radio by BBC Radio 4 in two parts starting from 11th January 2015. Originally produced as a stage play directed by Nick Bagnall, it was performed at the Royal Exchange and Globe Theatres in 2014. With the cast including Lily Cole, a number of songs from the play were also used in the radio adaption. It will be available on the BBC iPlayer very soon (links to follow).


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….

The xx Symphony on BBC iPlayer

It’s been an absolute pleasure working with The xx and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Clark Rundell) along with Radio 1 for The xx Symphony in Bridlington, Yorkshire. Thanks for everyone involved who made it happen – an experience I’ll never forget. I’ve posted some more pictures of the event and rehearsals on my blog here. [update] It’s not available to watch on iPlayer any more although there is a low-res version on Youtube which I’ve linked to on my Listen/Watch page. Hopefully a higher resolution video will surface soon!

The xx Symphony

The xx / BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Very happy to announce I’m presently collaborating with Mercury prize winning band The xx and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert on the 19th September which will be broadcast live on Radio 1 for Zane Lowe. It will be a mixture of new orchestral arrangements of songs from “xx” and the forthcoming “Coexist” which will be released on September 10th. Tickets will be made available via a random draw.. BBC Philharmonic website here. BBC News story here.

News March 2012

It’s been a busy start to the year. And helpfully due to a raft of non-disclosure agreements I haven’t been able to tell you too much about it..

I’m presently working on a pilot for the BBC, heavily based around music. I’ve also recently recorded a number of my orchestral pieces with an orchestra at London’s Air Edel recording studios, as well as working on some interesting projects with The Times and some exciting fashion brands.. Hopefully I’ll be able to divulge more in the coming months.

One project I can talk about is feature documentary McCullin, a wonderfully moving film about acclaimed war photographer Don McCullin which I started composing for late last year. Directed by Don’s one time photography assistant Jacqui Morris and produced by the British Film Company and Rankin Film Productions, the music and edit should be finished later this month. All being well the soundtrack will be on iTunes on the film’s release..