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!
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Very pleased that the album on which I collaborated on with virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope (two pieces Musica Universalis and Biafra) along with Max Richter, Ludovico Einaudi and Gabriel Prokofiev, is now to be released on vinyl by Deutsche Grammophon. Already reaching number 1 in the UK and number 3 in the US Classical charts on CD and downloads, it is exciting to have the release on vinyl (a medium that I absolutely love). For more information and to pre-order, click here.
The piece Biafra is taken from my award winning score to BAFTA nominated feature film McCullin. To purchase the album from iTunes, link here.
Below is Musica Universalis as performed by Daniel at the recording sessions in Berlin.
Posted in Arranger, Attacking The Devil, Composer, Daniel Hope, Deutsche Grammophon, Documentary, Don McCullin, Film, Music + Sound Awards, Musica Universalis, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Rankin, Soundtrack, Spheres, String Arranger
Tagged Daniel Hope, Deutsche Grammophon, Gabriel Prokofiev, Ludovico Einaudi, Max Richter, Musica Universalis
Very pleased that my score to last years’ twice BAFTA nominated McCullin has just won Best Feature Film Score at the Music + Sound International Awards in Cannes.
Against some brilliant competition, including Frank Ilfman’s fantastic “Big Bad Wolves”, it is a great honour to win.. especially after the recent success of the sequel, Attacking the Devil, at the recent Sheffield Documentary Festival this month.
Below is a selection of music from the film, and the whole score can be downloaded on iTunes here.
The film is available to buy on DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as ready to stream on Netflix.
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Tagged Best Feature Film Score, Cannes, McCullin, Sheffield Documentary Festival
Very proud that the film I’m composing for, Attacking the Devil, directed by Jacqui Morris, has just won the prestigious Special Jury Prize at Sheffield Documentary Festival. The team behind the film were also behind last years’ twice BAFTA nominated McCullin including director Jacqui, editor David Fairhead and producer Steve Milne of the British Film Company.
Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime is a documentary about Harold Evans, the former editor of The Sunday Times – and his investigation into the drug thalidomide which left 10,000 babies with deformities in the 1950s and ’60s.
The film is not quite finished, with the score to be recorded with an orchestra over the coming months. I’ll be putting snippets up closer to the film release..
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Tagged David Fairhead, Harold Evans, Sheffield Documentary Festival, Steve Milne
Very pleased that the Deutsche Grammophon album Spheres by virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope, on which I collaborated with Daniel for two pieces, has gone to number one in the UK Classical Album charts. The pieces are Biafra (from my soundtrack to the BAFTA nominated feature film McCullin), and Musica Universalis which I composed especially for Daniel. Earlier in the year the album debuted at number three in the US Classical Billboard chart. The album can be downloaded from iTunes here (and my soundtrack to McCullin here). Below is a video of Daniel performing Musica Universalis during the recording session in Berlin.
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….
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Tagged Alan Yentob, BBC 1, McCullin Film, McCullin Soundtrack
Very happy that Wieden + Kennedy have won a Cannes Lion Silver Award for their film The Cook (see below) for Lurpak, for which I composed and arranged the music recorded at Abbey Road Studio with the London Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir earlier this year.
Back in London, the reviews have come in for The Cripple of Inishmaan directed by Michael Grandage in the West End, with some 5 star reviews including this from the Telegraph (here) and this from the New York Times (here) – the second time Ben Brantley has mentioned my music this month (the other one being Cornelius which is presently showing in New York).
Alex Baranowski’s evocative music set the scene without being as overbearing as much music in drama has become lately – here is a composer who understands theatre. (Broadway World).
The show stars Daniel Radcliffe and is on at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End until August 2013. Watch the trailer below (with some snippets of the music);
Finally, I’ve been working on the latest series of TV commercials for UK supermarket Waitrose – with a number of films being broadcast in the last few months including this one below.. the music has been rather popular, with numerous people asking if I’m going to release the full piece (alas not!).
Posted in Abbey Road, Advert, Arranger, Composer, Cripple of Inishmaan, Documentary, Don McCullin, Film, Lurpak, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Producer, Rankin, Sound Design, Soundtrack, String Arranger, Theatre, Waitrose, Wieden + Kennedy
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