I’m presently deep into writing and rehearsals for Kes which is premiering at the Sheffield Crucible from 27th March to 5th April 2014. A mixture of dance, puppetry, physical theatre and of course music (an hour and a half of it), the production is directed and choreographed by Jonathan Watkins (who I previously collaborated with at the Royal Opera House for Ballet Black).
A re-imagining of Barry Hines’ celebrated book A Kestrel for a Knave the production tells the story of Billy Casper, a boy shaped by the contrasting worlds of an industrial working class Barnsley.. and the natural landscape around him.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Sheffield Crucible’s website here.
Once the show is opened, I’ll be putting a selection of the soundtrack up here on my website and to download from iTunes. To keep up to date with the release and the odd music freebie, feel free to join my email list here (it won’t be passed on to anyone, ever).
Posted in Arranger, Composer, Dance, Jonathan Watkins, Kes, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Sheffield Crucible, Sound Design, Soundtrack, String Arranger, Theatre
Tagged Barry Hines, Jonathan Watkins, Kes, Sheffield Crucible
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.
Posted in Abbey Road, Arranger, Composer, Film, Lurpak, Music + Sound Awards, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Producer, Soundtrack, String Arranger, Wieden + Kennedy
Tagged Cannes Lion Silver Award, Lurpak, Music + Sound Awards, Rutger Hauer, Scott Lyon, the London Metropolitan Orchestra
Thrilled that the five star production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, written by Martin McDonagh and directed by Michael Grandage (on which I was composer & sound designer at the Noel Coward Theatre summer 2013), will be transferring to the Cort Theatre, New York in April 2013.
The production stars Daniel Radcliffe as Billy, with set and costume design by Christopher Oram and lighting design by Paule Constable.
Previews begin on 12th April with a strictly limited run until 20th July.
To find out more visit the Michael Grandage Company website here or to buy tickets click here.
Here’s a snippet of Ben Brantley’s raving review in the New York Times about the original production;
“Inishmaan” feels completely organic. Designed by Christopher Oram, Mr. Grandage’s frequent collaborator, the show has a heightened picturesqueness that is equally cozy and bleak, echoed in Alex Baranowski’s lonely penny-whistle music.
(which you can hear on my Listen page, by the way..)
Posted in Arranger, Composer, Cripple of Inishmaan, Daniel Radcliffe, James Bierman, Michael Grandage, Sound Design, String Arranger, Theatre
Tagged Christopher Oram, Daniel Radcliffe, Martin McDonagh, Michael Grandage Company, Noel Coward Theatre
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
Proud to have collaborated again with Mercury winning band The xx for their biggest live show to date at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra. The arrangements were overseen and conducted by David Campbell… based on The xx Symphony which was performed last year by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, live on Radio 1 for Zane Lowe.
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.
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
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….
Posted in Arranger, BBC, Cinema, Composer, Documentary, Don McCullin, Film, Soundtrack, String Arranger
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
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