Category Archives: String Arranger

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!).

The Cripple of Inishmaan directed by Michael Grandage

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.

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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.

Waitrose “The Story Of The Farmer And The Precious Egg” for BBH

I’ve just completed scoring the new TV campaign for Waitrose produced by London agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH). “The Story of the Farmer and the Precious Egg” starts broadcasts from today (17th April). It’s a lovely short film directed by the talented duo Thirtytwo at Pulse Films.

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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Macbeth in the West End with James McAvoy

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.

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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!