I’ve been working away writing for Northern Ballet’s upcoming main stage show, based on George Orwell’s 1984. Choreographed by Jonathan Watkins (who I previously collaborated with for Kes) a brand new 90 minute score will be performed live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
The production starts rehearsals in July and opens in September, initially touring to West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Manchester Palace Theatre and Sheffield Lyceum. The first four dates are available to book on NB’s website here.
Posted in 1984, Arranger, Composer, Dance, Jonathan Watkins, Kes, Northern Ballet, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Soundtrack, String Arranger, Theatre
Tagged George Orwell, Jonathan Watkins, Manchester Palace Theatre, Northern Ballet, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Sheffield Lyceum
Very pleased that Hamlet staring Maxine Peake will be released in cinemas on 23rd March. Originally produced by the Manchester Royal Exchange in 2014 and directed by Sarah Frankcom, the screen version was produced by Anne Beresford and directed by Margret Williams, and getting some brilliant reviews. For more information visit the film website here.
Excerpts from my dark jazz score can be heard in the trailer below..
Posted in Arranger, Composer, Film, Hamlet, Jazz, Theatre
Tagged Film, Hamlet, Maxine Peak, Picturehouse, Royal Exchange Theatre, Sarah Frankcom, Theatre
I recently composed & orchestrated the score for 4Creative’s new animated campaign for the Grand National which will be showing on Channel 4 until 11th April. Directed by Oscar nominated duo Smith & Foulkes (who I previously collaborated with for 4Creative’s “Stand Up To Cancer”) and produced by Nexus Productions, the music was produced by Sean Atherton at SIREN and recorded at Abbey Road Studio 1 with the London Metropolitan Orchestra.
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Tagged 4Creative, Abbey Road, Advert, Channel 4, Grand National, London Metropolitan Orchestra, Siren, Smith & Foulkes, Stand Up To Cancer, TV
After so many people have asked over the last couple of years since McCullin was released, I have produced a very limited run of CD’s of my music score (previously only available as a digital iTunes download). These can be purchased from my Bandcamp site by clicking here (or alternatively email via the contact page).
The music won a Music + Sound Award for Best Feature Film Score in 2014, and a version of “Biafra” featured on violinist Daniel Hope’s Spheres album for Deutsche Grammophon which reached no 1 in the UK and no 3 in the US Classical Billboard charts. It also featured on Classic FM’s Chillout album. The film was also nominated for two BAFTA’s including Best Documentary and Outstanding Debut.
The CD case is made of thick cardboard and each is numbered and signed.
The follow up film, Attacking The Devil, which I have also scored, was the recent winner of Sheffield Documentary Festival and will be released in cinemas later in 2015.
Posted in Arranger, Attacking The Devil, British Film Company, Cinema, Composer, Daniel Hope, Deutsche Grammophon, Documentary, Don McCullin, Film, Jacqui Morris, Music + Sound Awards, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Producer, Rankin, Soundtrack, Spheres, String Arranger
Very happy to have contributed music to The Departure, a short film directed by Gillian Anderson (her directorial debut) produced by the Young Vic Theatre and The Guardian. Inspired by Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, this prequel sees Blanche DuBois in the days before she arrives at her sister Stella’s home (and the start of the play).
Gillian also played Blanche in the Young Vic production of Streetcar directed by Benedict Andrews in 2014, on which I was also composer.
The film is available to watch in full on the Guardian’s website here.
The music score from the production is available to listen online and download here.
Posted in A Streetcar Named Desire, Arranger, Benedict Andrews, Cinema, Composer, Film, Gillian Anderson, Jazz, National Theatre, Online, Soundtrack, The Departure, Theatre, Young Vic
Along with composer Angus MacRae, I’ve recently written the music for dance piece Dreaming in Code for award winning choreographer Tamsin Fitzgerald’s 2Faced Dance company, which is presently on a UK tour.
Tour dates up to the end of March 2015 can be found on 2Faced website here. Angus and I have released the soundtrack to download which can be found on Angus’ bandcamp page here.
The trailer was put together by the shows designer, Luke Evans.
I’ve been lucky to have been involved with some brilliant projects this year, many of which have been included in a number of the “Best of 2014” lists that are inevitably played out every run up to Christmas. Here are some of my favourites-
The Cripple of Inishmaan transferred to Broadway in April – directed by Michael Grandage & staring Daniel Radcliffe, it gained six Tony nominations (including one for me for best Sound Design). It featured in a number of “Best of..” lists including Ben Brantley from the New York Times and Time Magazine’s “Top Plays and Musicals 2014”.
Kes, my first full length ballet, opened at the Sheffield Crucible in February, choreographed by Jonathan Watkins. It got some fantastic reviews and responses from the Sheffield audience, and featured in The Guardian’s top 10. Keep an eye/ear out for its return…
Greanpeace’s Lego Campaign against Shell attracted a lot of attention (attaining nearly 7 million views on Youtube at time of writing) and was so successful that Lego subsequently ended it’s £70m contract with the oil giant. I re-arranged the song “Everything is Awesome” for the film along with vocalist Sophie Blackburn. The film was even parodied by a Danish TV show…
Fathers and Sons directed by the brilliant Lyndsey Turner at the Donmar Warehouse also appeared in Michael Billington’s top theatre of 2014..
If that wasn’t enough, it was the year that McCullin won Best Feature Film Score at the Music + Sound Awards in Cannes (and “Biafra” was performed from Daniel Hope’s album Spheres.. also finding itself onto Classic FM’s Chillout album); its sequel Attacking The Devil won Sheffield Documentary festival; A Streetcar Named Desire was broadcast across the world for NT Live from the Young Vic; Hamlet was filmed for cinema release at the Royal Exchange Theatre; the animated promo for Stand Up To Cancer was broadcast simultaneously across all UK television channels; and nearly thirty films for Tesco’s Christmas TV advertising campaign were arranged and recorded in Abbey Road with a brass band. Not to mention The Merchant of Venice transferring to the Almeida in London from the RSC; East is East opening in the West End; The Last Days of Troy written by poet Simon Armitage at the Royal Exchange; and a whole host of other brilliant collaborations that are due out next year.
Here’s to an equally as exciting 2015!
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