Category Archives: Orchestra

Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Film for the BFI

Very happy to have been part of a new film project for the BFI entitled “Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Film”. Consisting of newly digitised and restored silent films based on Shakespeare’s work – some so old dating back to the beginning of film itself – complete with a newly commissioned live score, the film premiered at the BFI Southbank cinema (accompanied by live musicians). The project was produced along with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, with five composers each writing music for the five acts of film – mine was the third act; other composers involved included Oscar winning Stephen Warbeck, Olly Fox, Jules Maxwell and Sophie Cotton, with music direction by Bill Barclay.

The film is available to watch online here and purchased on BluRay / DVD from the BFI store here.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four wins South Bank Award… and now available to watch on iPlayer

Fresh from a very successful and sold out run at Sadler’s Wells, London, very happy that my ballet piece for Northern Ballet, 1984, choreographed and directed by Jonathan Watkins, has won the prestigious South Bank Award for Dance.

Celebrating the best of film, theatre, classical music, literature, art and dance, it is an honour to be nominated alongside some incredible talent.. a brilliant team effort from the fantastic dancers, musicians, creatives & crew at Northern Ballet who made it all possible.

The filmed version is available on the BBC Arts website for the next two months here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03w5418

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Nineteen Eighty-Four performed by Northern Ballet broadcast on BBC 4

Very happy that Northern Ballet’s production of 1984, choreographed by Jonathan Watkins, on which I composed the 100 minute live orchestral score, was broadcast on Sunday 28th February. The production premiered in Leeds in September 2015 and filmed during a live performance at Manchester Palace Theatre.

The ballet is available to watch on the BBC’s iPlayer for 30 days here.

Following on from its tour last year, the production will be at London’s Sadler’s Wells 24th – 28th May 2016 as well as the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Southhampton Mayflower. More information and tickets can be found on Northern Ballet’s website here.

I’ll be posting snippets of the score up on this site very soon.

Set your telescreens to record….

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“Attacking The Devil” released in cinemas

Proud to have been part of the second film by the makers of multi BAFTA nominated McCullin, this time documenting Harold Evans, the former editor of The Sunday Times, and his plight finding justice for those affected by the Thalidomide tragedy. Directed by Jacqui MorrisAttacking The Devil had previously won the Sheffield Documentary festival and goes on limited cinema release from January 2016 and released by The Weinstein Company.

The film has had some overwhelmingly positive reviews. For more information visit the films dedicated website here.

I’ll be posting snippets of the score up on this site in the near future…

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“The Hope Rooms” directed by Sam Yates

I’m presently composing music for short film The Hope Rooms directed by long term theatre collaborator Sam Yates, staring Andrew Scott (Spectre) and Ciaran Hinds (There Will Be Blood). Written by the brilliant David Watson, the short is being produced by Bill Kenwright Films and tells the story of a father and son who meet up after 15 years to heal old wounds.

It’s a beautiful film and will be released in 2016… along with the soundtrack.

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BBC One Christmas

Very happy to announce I’ve composed the orchestral score for BBC One’s Christmas film and programme idents which will be shown all over Christmas 2015. My fifth collaboration with the brilliant Oscar nominated directing duo of Smith & Foulkes and Nexus Productions, the music was produced with SIREN and the agency was RKCR/Y&R.

The music was recorded by the London Metropolitan Orchestra in Abbey Road conducted by Andy Brown, engineered and mixed by Joe Rubel.

Iskra String Quartet launch new album “Iskra”

Very proud to have contributed to the new album by the Iskra String Quartet entitled Iskra with new composition “For Then”. I’ve known and collaborated with the quartet for a number of years having featured on a number of my projects including Hamlet at the National Theatre and the BAFTA nominated McCullin – so was very happy to be asked to compose a new piece for the album. Other composers featured on the album include Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Julyan and another long time collaborator, cellist and composer Peter Gregson.

The album was launched at the Union Chapel in Islington and I even made a rare live appearance performing “For Then” with the quartet on the piano which was a joy.

Iskra has been released on 1631 Recordings and be purchased from here.

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