Category Archives: Film

“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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“Hamlet” encore screening to cinemas on the National Theatre’s 50th birthday

Very happy that the National Theatre will be broadcasting again to cinemas Sir Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed 2010 production of Hamlet, on which I was composer, on the day that the NT turns 50 – 22nd October 2013. The production stared Rory Kinnear in the title role and gained numerous five star reviews.

The encore screenings also include Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle, on which I was music associate with electro duo Underworld and staring Benedict Cumberbatch, which is being shown later in October.

As bonus material leading up to the broadcast, the NT has also released the original programme in PDF form here. Below is the trailer (featuring my score) and some snippets of the soundtrack I released in 2010.

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….

Cannes Lion Award; 5 star reviews for Cripple of Inishmaan; Waitrose UK

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.

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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);

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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!).

Lurpak “The Cook” for Wieden + Kennedy

I’ve recently composed the music for Lurpak‘s new worldwide advertising campaign “The Cook” for Wieden + Kennedy. Directed by Scott Lyon and featuring the voice of Blade Runner’s Rutger Hauer, the score was recorded in Abbey Road Studio 2 in March 2013 with the London Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir. First aired in Europe this week, it will come to the UK later this year.

McCULLIN Soundtrack Now Available

Very pleased that my soundtrack to the film McCullin is now available to download on iTunes worldwide here. The film is also available to rent/buy from iTunes, as well as on DVD & Blu-Ray – available from Amazon here.

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BIAFRA and MUSICA UNIVERSALIS released on violinist Daniel Hope’s new album “Spheres”

Two of my pieces have been featured on Daniel Hope’s new album Spheres released by Deutsche Grammophon in the UK & Europe (USA early in March 2013). Musica Universalis was commissioned for Daniel especially for the album, whilst Biafra is a new arrangement of my piece of the same name from my soundtrack to film McCullin (nominated for the two BAFTA’s, my film soundtrack is available on iTunes here).

Other composers on Spheres collaborating with Daniel include Max Richter, Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass and Gabriel Prokofiev.

Below is a film of Daniel recording Musica Universalis in Berlin last year (the film comes as a bonus on the digital download of the album).

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Two BAFTA nominations for McCULLIN

Very pleased that McCullin has been nominated for Best Documentary and Outstanding Debut at the 2013 BAFTA Film awards. After great reviews across the board and the BBC’s Mark Kermode’s film of the week, it’s been a great start to 2013. Keeping fingers crossed for 10th Feb….

My soundtrack for the film will be released on iTunes etc in the coming week – feel free to sign up to my info list here and I’ll let you know when it’s released and send some free music to download too…. in the mean time head over to the soundtrack mini site mccullinsoundtrack.com.

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McCULLIN released in cinemas 1st Jan 2013

Very pleased that distributers Artificial Eye will be releasing McCullin in cinemas on 1st January across the UK, for which I composed the music. Watch the trailer below. The digital soundtrack will be out very soon (find the mini-site for that here), with CD release in the following months. The score features the talents of Peter Gregson (cello), James Underwood (violin), Dominik Johnson (ronroco, mandola), the Iskra String Quartet, and a special bonus track recorded by world renowned soloist Daniel Hope.

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!