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).
Posted in Arranger, Composer, Film, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Soundtrack, String Arranger
Tagged Biafra, Daniel Hope, Gabriel Prokofiev, Ludovico Einaudi, Max Richter, Musica Universalis, Philip Glass, Spheres, Violin
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
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.
Posted in Arranger, Cinema, Composer, Don McCullin, Film, Rankin, Soundtrack, String Arranger
Tagged BAFTA, Best Documentary, Mark Kermode, McCullin
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.
Posted in Arranger, Cinema, Composer, Don McCullin, Experimental, Film, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Producer, Rankin, Soundtrack, String Arranger
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).
I’m presently working with Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order) on arrangements of Joy Division songs for choir (and Peter’s band) to be performed at Manchester Cathedral 15th November as part of a charity gig in aid of Music For Cities. Sold out weeks ago unfortunately, but more information can be found on the charity Facebook Page.
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!
Posted in Arranger, BBC, BBC Philharmonic, Bridlington Spa, Clark Rundell, Composer, Film, Online, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Soundtrack, String Arranger, The XX, xx symphony
Tagged Alex Baranowski, BBC Philharmonic, Clark Rundell, The xx, The xx symphony