I had immense pleasure writing the score for Smith & Foulkes’ animated app Radio Jones and his Robot Dad. All created from live instruments dotting around my studio, including a piano which hadn’t been tuned for a decade that had just been delivered! Thanks to the brilliant Siren Music and Nexus Productions… this is amongst many award winning animated collaborations with this brilliant team including BBC One Christmas’ “Spout Boy”, The Grand National’s “The Outsider” and Channel 4’s “Stand Up To Cancer”.
Download the app for free here.
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Very pleased to have collaborated again with Grammy winning Clean Bandit for the latest M&S Food Christmas films. Recorded with the London Metropolitan Orchestra at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studio the track is an orchestral remix of their number one song Rather Be. Made with agency RKCH/Y&R who I’ve collaborated with on numerous projects in the past including BBC ONE Christmas “Sprout Boy” films in 2015.
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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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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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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.
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Very happy that the production of 1984 performed by Northern Ballet, on which I was composer, has opened to some brilliant reviews. Choreographed by Jonathan Watkins the ballet’s 100 minute score is performed live by the 30 piece Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
“From the opening sequence, Jonathan Watkins’ deft choreography coupled with Alex Baranowski’s score conjures a powerful sense of isolation in the anti-hero Winston Smith. The pairing reunites the creative team responsible for the recent dance theatre adaption of another classic, Kes, at Sheffield, last year with similarly successful results.” The Independant
“The show’s richest source of imaginative texture is Alex Baranowski’s ravishing score, mournful and agitated by turns and played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia” The Times
“Watkins has the luxury of a fine commissioned score by Alex Baranowski, who reinforces the totalitarian mindset with anxious strings and metronomic percussion. His excruciating discords as Winston inches upstage towards the strobing screen filled with rats guarantee a chilling climax” Financial Times
“The choreographer is aided by Alex Baranowski’s score, where acerbic, almost Nymanesque staccato rhythms punctuate more romantic, idealistic music for the love scenes” Dancing Times
To book tickets for the tour or to find out more about the production, visit Northern Ballet’s website here.
It has also recently been announced that the BBC will be filming the Manchester leg of the production to put on it’s “The Space” website along with some behind the scenes videos. More information can be found here and I’ll post with more information soon.
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Simon Armitage’s Last Days of Troy has been adapted for radio by BBC Radio 4 in two parts starting from 11th January 2015. Originally produced as a stage play directed by Nick Bagnall, it was performed at the Royal Exchange and Globe Theatres in 2014. With the cast including Lily Cole, a number of songs from the play were also used in the radio adaption. It will be available on the BBC iPlayer very soon (links to follow).