Category Archives: Composer

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).

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A look back at 2014..

I’ve been lucky to have been involved with some brilliant projects this year, many of which have been included in a number of the “Best of 2014″ lists that are inevitably played out every run up to Christmas. Here are some of my favourites-

The Cripple of Inishmaan transferred to Broadway in April – directed by Michael Grandage & staring Daniel Radcliffe, it gained six Tony nominations (including one for me for best Sound Design). It featured in a number of “Best of..” lists including Ben Brantley from the New York Times and Time Magazine’s “Top Plays and Musicals 2014″.

Kes, my first full length ballet, opened at the Sheffield Crucible in February, choreographed by Jonathan Watkins. It got some fantastic reviews and responses from the Sheffield audience, and featured in The Guardian’s top 10. Keep an eye/ear out for its return…

Greanpeace’s Lego Campaign against Shell attracted a lot of attention (attaining nearly 7 million views on Youtube at time of writing) and was so successful that Lego subsequently ended it’s £70m contract with the oil giant. I re-arranged the song “Everything is Awesome” for the film along with vocalist Sophie Blackburn. The film was even parodied by a Danish TV show

Fathers and Sons directed by the brilliant Lyndsey Turner at the Donmar Warehouse also appeared in Michael Billington’s top theatre of 2014..

If that wasn’t enough, it was the year that McCullin won Best Feature Film Score at the Music + Sound Awards in Cannes (and “Biafra” was performed from Daniel Hope’s album Spheres.. also finding itself onto Classic FM’s Chillout album); its sequel Attacking The Devil won Sheffield Documentary festival; A Streetcar Named Desire was broadcast across the world for NT Live from the Young Vic; Hamlet was filmed for cinema release at the Royal Exchange Theatre; the animated promo for Stand Up To Cancer was broadcast simultaneously across all UK television channels; and nearly thirty films for Tesco’s Christmas TV advertising campaign were arranged and recorded in Abbey Road with a brass band. Not to mention The Merchant of Venice transferring to the Almeida in London from the RSC; East is East opening in the West End; The Last Days of Troy written by poet Simon Armitage at the Royal Exchange; and a whole host of other brilliant collaborations that are due out next year.

Here’s to an equally as exciting 2015!

Greenpeace film ends Lego’s partnership with Shell (after a viral ad)

A good friend of mine, director Martin Stirling came to me with an idea for a short film he was working on for Greenpeace. Martin makes beautiful films (including Myron & Hester on my audio/video page) and this one was no exception. It was a campaign to get Lego thinking about their relationship with Shell – who have been selling Lego playsets of arctic oil drilling platforms and oil tankers aimed at children.

Produced by agency Don’t Panic, the film went viral quickly amassing nearly 6 million hits, attaining “ad of day” for Campaign and featured in the Creative Review.

I produced and arranged the music in my studio – with myself on piano and the super talented Sophie Blackburn on vocals.  It is a slow remix of the track “Everything is Awesome” written for the recent Lego Movie.

The news came today that Lego won’t be renewing it’s partnership with shell after the success of Greenpeace’s campaign (read more in the Guardian article here). Which is great news. I guess we can change stuff, little by little…

1984 a new ballet choreographed by Jonathan Watkins for Northern Ballet

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.

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“East Is East” with Jane Horrocks at Trafalgar Transformed Season 2

Very pleased to be working again with the brilliant Sam Yates (who I previously collaborated on for The EL Train at Hoxton Hall, Cornelius in New York) on East Is East for the second season of Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed season. I’m composer and sound designer on the production, designed by Tom Scutt and Lighting by Richard Howell.

It stars Jane Horrocks and Ayub Khan Din, who also wrote the play, originally shown at the Royal Court before becoming an iconic film.

The production opens on 4th October 2014 and runs until 3rd January 2015.

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NT Live Broadcast “A Streetcar Named Desire” to cinemas worldwide

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.

4Creative “Stand Up To Cancer” 2 min commercial

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.