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).
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…
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Tagged Don't Panic, Lego, Shell, Sophie Blackburn, Youtube
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.
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Tagged Artistic Director National Theatre, Iskra String Quartet, National Theatre 50th birthday, Nicholas Hytner, Rory Kinnear
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!
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Tagged Alex Baranowski, BBC Philharmonic, Clark Rundell, The xx, The xx symphony
Below is the trailer for Hamlet, now playing at the National Theatre’s Olivier until January and staring Rory Kinnear in the title role. It is being broadcast to cinemas globally on 9th December and will go on a European tour in Feb 2011.
After last night’s press performance of Hamlet at the Royal National Theatre the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Very shortly I’ll be putting some of my score up on this site….
We’re just about to go into previews for Hamlet at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre, where I’ve been working with director Sir Nicholas Hytner. Later in the year, Hamlet will also be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 9th December as part of the National’s second NT Live season… and subsequently go on a European tour.
Much of my score has been recorded with the Iskra String quartet – read more about them on their website.
More information about the production can be found on the Royal National Theatre’s website.