Excited to announce I’m writing the original music for a very special dance theatre adaptation of Kes directed and choreographed by Jonathan Watkins opening at the Sheffield Crucible in March 2014.
Based on Barry Hines’ celebrated book “A Kestrel For A Knave” the production is being designed by Ben Stones and will feature eight professional and 20 young local dancers to combine dance, physical theatre and puppetry in this world premiere production.
I previously collaborated with Jonathan for “Together Alone” with Ballet Black at the Royal Opera House and for short film “Sofa” commissioned by Channel 4.
For more information and to buy tickets (twelve performances only!) head to the Sheffield Theatre’s website here.
Posted in Arranger, Ballet Black, Composer, Dance, Experimental, Jonathan Watkins, Kes, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Sheffield Crucible, Sound Design, Soundtrack, Theatre
I’m presently in rehearsals for The EL Train opening at one of London’s oldest music halls, Hoxton Hall, in December – writing the music for the project directed by twice Olivier award winning actress Ruth Wilson (Saving Mr Banks, Anna Karenina) and Sam Yates (who I previously collaborated with on Cornelius in New York this Summer).
Comprising of three one act plays by Eugene O’Neill The Web, Before Breakfast and Dreamy Kid all set in 1910′s New York, the show will be intertwined with music from a live jazz band performing songs penned by me.
Full casting to be announced, with more information available on the EL Train website here.
Posted in Arranger, Composer, Hoxton Hall, Ruth Wilson, Sound Design, The EL Train, Theatre
Tagged Before Breakfast, Dreamy Kid, Eugine O'Neill, Sam Yates, The Web
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.
Posted in Arranger, Cinema, Cinema Trailer, Composer, Experimental, Film, Frankenstein, Hamlet, National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner, Online, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Rory Kinnear, Sound Design, Soundtrack, String Arranger, Theatre
Tagged Artistic Director National Theatre, Iskra String Quartet, National Theatre 50th birthday, Nicholas Hytner, Rory Kinnear
I’m presently writing music for The Masque of Anarchy showing at Manchester International Festival from 12th June. Directed by Royal Exchange artistic director Sarah Frankcom and featuring Maxine Peake - it is an atmospheric reading of the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley about the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester 1819.. performed in the Manchester Albert Hall a few steps from the site of the massacre itself. Excitingly, the pipe organ in the hall has been restored especially for the performances, and it sounds fantastic.For more information on the MIF website click here.
Posted in Arranger, Composer, Manchester International Festival, Masque of Anarchy, Sound Design, Soundtrack, String Arranger, Theatre
Tagged Masque of Anarchy, Maxine Peak, MIF, Sarah Frankcom
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
Tagged Alan Yentob, BBC 1, Cannes Lion, Daniel Radcliffe, London Metropolitan Orchestra, Michael Grandage, The Cook
I’m presently in rehearsals for The Cripple of Inishmaan with director Michael Grandage and writer Martin McDonagh, with Daniel Radcliffe playing the role of Billy. I’m composer and sound designer for the project opening in June 2013 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End as part of the first season from the Michael Grandage Company - which also includes performances by Judy Dench, Jude Law and Ben Whishaw. To find out more and book tickets click here.
Posted in Arranger, Composer, Cripple of Inishmaan, Orchestrator, Sound Design, Soundtrack, String Arranger, Theatre
Tagged Cripple of Inishmaan, Daniel Radcliffe, Martin McDonagh, Michael Grandage, Noel Coward Theatre
A busy time here heading into Spring/Summer 2013. Privileged to be working with Michael Grandage during his first west end residency at the Noel Coward for The Cripple of Inishmaan, followed soon after by three stunning plays at Shakespeare’s Globe directed by the lovely Nick Bagnall, Henry VI parts I, II and III which will also tour this summer. Over in New York I’ll be opening Cornelius at 59e59 directed by Sam Yates, and for the Manchester International Festival I’m working alongside sound designer Peter Rice for The Masque of Anarchy directed by Sarah Frankcom.
Out of the theatre I’m also excited to soon be working on another feature film project (after the BAFTA success earlier this year for McCullin) as well as working on an album project of my own music. More details to come about those later in the year…
Very pleased that Macbeth has been nominated for the 2013 Olivier awards for Best Revival and Best Actor for James McAvoy. I was composer and sound designer on the production, which is still running at Trafalgar Studio 1 until the end of April directed by Jamie Lloyd.
I’m presently composing music and sound for Macbeth directed by Jamie Lloyd – the first production as part of his Trafalgar Transformed season in the radically redesigned Trafalgar Studio in the West End. Designed by award winning Soutra Gilmour for Jamie Lloyd Productions and ATG, the cast includes James McAvoy and Claire Foy.
Very happy to be working with Jamie again after the success of The Faith Machine at the Royal Court Theatre in 2011. Tickets for the show are already sold out, although there is limited availability on some nights as more seats become available. Macbeth opens for previews on 9th Feb and runs for ten weeks. More information about tickets etc here.
Posted in Arranger, Composer, Experimental, Orchestrator, Royal Court, Sound Design, String Arranger, Theatre
Tagged James McAvoy, Jamie Lloyd, Trafalgar Studio, Trafalgar Transformed, West End
Rehearsals have just started for The Dance of Death opening at London’s Trafalgar Studios on the 13th December as part of the Donmar’s Trafalgar season. In a new version of August Strindberg’s play by Conor McPherson, the play is directed by Titas Halder, with the cast including Kevin McNally and Indira Varma. I’m so pleased to be back for the season after last year’s success of the Olivier nominated Salt, Root and Roe (for outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre).