Category Archives: Composer

Iskra String Quartet launch new album “Iskra”

Very proud to have contributed to the new album by the Iskra String Quartet entitled Iskra with new composition “For Then”. I’ve known and collaborated with the quartet for a number of years having featured on a number of my projects including Hamlet at the National Theatre and the BAFTA nominated McCullin – so was very happy to be asked to compose a new piece for the album. Other composers featured on the album include Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Julyan and another long time collaborator, cellist and composer Peter Gregson.

The album was launched at the Union Chapel in Islington and I even made a rare live appearance performing “For Then” with the quartet on the piano which was a joy.

Iskra has been released on 1631 Recordings and be purchased from here.

Iskra album cover1

Cymbeline at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Presently in rehearsals working on the first of two projects with director Sam Yates this month; Cymbeline at the beautiful Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, an incredible indoor candlelit space part of Shakespeare’s Globe on the Southbank in London. The music will be performed live by cello trio and duduk which I’m very excited about…

The show runs between 2nd December 2015 and 21st April 2016. For more information visit the Globe’s website here.


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.

Nineteen Eighty-Four performed by Northern Ballet

Work is nearly complete composing the score for 1984 which will be performed by Northern Ballet and directed & choreographed by Jonathan Watkins. The live 90 minute score will be performed by the 30 piece Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Rehearsals start in July with the first performance at Northern Ballet’s brilliant home in Leeds in September, with a subsequent UK tour including Sadler’s Wells in London going into 2016.

For more information or to book tickets, visit Northern Ballet’s website here.


East is East back on UK tour

Very happy that the production of East is East directed by Sam Yates originally shown in the West End last year (and subsequent small tour) is back out on a longer three month UK tour. Staring the brilliant Pauline McLynn of Father Ted fame, the play (which then became the hit film) is funnier then ever. It kicks of in Brighton this week and ends up in Glasgow mid August.

For more information about tickets, visit the ATG website here.


“We Are Many” in cinemas 22nd May

Very proud to have contributed music to We Are Many (along with Brian Eno and Simon Russell), a feature documentary about the largest global protest in history preceding the Iraq war in 2003 – and how the small group of people behind it started a movement that ultimately led to the Arab Spring…

With contributions from Tony Benn, Mark Rylance, Ken Loach, Richard Branson, Damon Alburn, Noam Chomsky and a host of others, the film was many years in the making, directed by Amir Amirani.

Released in cinemas on 22nd May 2015, with a live Q+A on 21st May at Curzon Mayfair chaired by Jon Snow, the film has already received some brilliant reviews..

★★★★ “A work of beautiful rage.. provokes anger and goosebumps” (Empire)

★★★★★ “The only film I’ve ever watched where the audience started clapping halfway through” (Huffington Post)

we are many

“The Messenger” for Wieden + Kennedy

Continuing a brilliantly creative relationship with ad agency Wieden + Kennedy (having previously contributed music to award winning campaigns including Lurpak, Tesco Christmas and most recently Finish) I’ve just completed work on composing music for a new film for Arla Skyr called “The Messenger”. Beautifully shot by Dougal Wilson through Blink, the short was filmed in Iceland and tells the story of a young messenger..