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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The production of The Merchant of Venice directed by Rupert Goold (which was previously shown at RSC Stratford in 2011) has recently been re-staged at the Almeida Theatre in London with Ian McDiarmid taking over from Patrick Stewart in the role of Shylock. I was music associate and co-orchestrator on the project, with music by Adam Cork.
Set in modern day Las Vegas, the original gained some brilliant four and five star reviews for its originality. The arrangements were recorded for the Almeida production by a twelve piece big band, with Jim Hustwit acting as Associate Musical Director.
For more information find the Almeida’s website here. The production opens officially on 15th December.
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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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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.
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.
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I’ve just released an album consisting of much of my score heard in A Streetcar Named Desire from the sold out Young Vic production. It can be listened to online below or downloaded from Bandcamp here.
Featuring Mark Kavuma (Trumpet), Ruben Fox (Tenor Sax), Giacomo Smith (Clarinet), Jason Simpson (Upright Bass) and myself on Piano, Mellotron, Moog and Hammond.
The Young Vic / National Theatre have also just released the trailer for the forthcoming NT Live broadcast of Streetcar on September 16th. The music used is from my piece “Number Six Thirty-Two” (the number of Stella and Stanley’s apartment in Elysian Fields New Orleans).
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Very pleased to have just started rehearsals for Hamlet at the Manchester Royal Exchange directed by Sarah Frankcom, with Maxine Peake playing the iconic role of Hamlet. I last collaborated with Sarah and Maxine on the hugely successful Masque of Anarchy at the Manchester International Festival last year.
For more information, visit the Royal Exchange website here.
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