Something else that has kept me busy over the last few months has been a magical film by writer/director Ben Ockrent called Edmund The Magnificent. Funded through the emerging talent fund with Creative England and the BFI, and produced by Haus Films, it tells the story of a pig farmer (David Bradley) down on his luck and his journey to get back on top (wonderfully narrated by Ian McKellen). One of the most funny and brilliant short films I’ve ever seen let alone had the privilege to work on… with the whole piece musically scored throughout telling every twist of the journey…
I’ll be putting up my score to the film very shortly.. and hopefully a link to watch the film.. so watch this space.
Posted in Arranger, Ben Ockrent, Cinema, Composer, Creative England, David Bradley, Dorothea, Edmund The Magnificent, Film, Haus Films, Ian McKellen, Mdudu Boy, Online, Orchestrator, Soundtrack, String Arranger, The Departure, The Hope Rooms
It has been a busy start to 2017… the first project of which to see the light of day is my score to Nureyev which was recently recorded by the London Metropolitan Orchestra under the baton of Andy Brown at Abbey Road Studio 1 (with choir conducted by Nigel Short). Directed by Jacqui Morris (with whom I previously scored the multi BAFTA nominated McCullin and the multi award winning Attacking The Devil); it is an incredibly beautiful documentary of the life of ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev, told solely through never before seen archive and newly commissioned choreography.
I’ll be releasing an accompanying album closer to the theatrical release, and perhaps a couple of teasers before that…
Here’s a snap from the session (along with engineer/mixer Joe Rubel, conductor Andy Brown, Abbey Road engineers Toby and Stefano, and players from the London Metropolitan Orchestra).
(photo – Jeremiah O’Driscoll)
Posted in Abbey Road, Arranger, Attacking The Devil, British Film Company, Channel, Cinema, Composer, Dance, Documentary, Don McCullin, Film, Jacqui Morris, London Metropolitan Orchestra, Music + Sound Awards, Nureyev, Orchestrator, Producer, Sound Design, Soundtrack, String Arranger
Very pleased that the made for cinema documentary Attacking The Devil directed by Jacqui Morris (our second collaboration together, after the twice BAFTA nominated McCullin) has won a coveted Grierson Award for Best Historical Documentary.
For a full list of winners take a look at the Grierson Trust website here.
We are presently in the final stages of our third collaboration, Nureyev, which will be appearing in cinemas next year.
Posted in Arranger, Attacking The Devil, British Film Company, Cinema, Composer, Film, Harold Evans, Jacqui Morris, Nureyev, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Soundtrack
Over the course of the last year or so I’ve been working again with brilliant director Jacqui Morris – with whom I’ve collaborated previously on twice BAFTA nominated (and award winning score) McCullin and the multi award winning / Grierson nominated Attacking The Devil. This film tells the story of acclaimed ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev, told beautifully and uniquely – Nureyev is on its way into the final stages of production – with cinema release slated for 2017.
Posted in Arranger, British Film Company, Cinema, Composer, Dance, Documentary, Don McCullin, Experimental, Film, Harold Evans, Jacqui Morris, Music + Sound Awards, Nureyev, Orchestrator, Producer, Soundtrack, String Arranger
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.
Posted in Arranger, Cinema, Composer, Film, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe, Soundtrack, Theatre
Tagged Globe Theatre, Play On!, Shakespeare, Silent Film, Stephen Warbeck
Very happy to be transferring the award winning Young Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York in April 2016. Directed by Benedict Andrews with a cast including Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby, the production runs between April 23rd – June 4th.
The show was also released in cinemas as part of NT Live and a spin off short film “The Departure” directed and staring Gillian Anderson was released last year, on which I also composed the music.
My music score can be heard on the listen page and downloaded from here.
Posted in A Streetcar Named Desire, Arranger, Benedict Andrews, Cinema, Composer, Film, Gillian Anderson, Jazz, National Theatre, NT Live, Orchestrator, Producer, Sound Design, Soundtrack, St Ann's Warehouse, String Arranger, The Departure, Theatre, Young Vic
Tagged Benedict Andrews, Jazz, Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic
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….
Posted in 1984, Arranger, BBC, Cinema, Composer, Dance, Film, Jonathan Watkins, Kes, Online, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Soundtrack, String Arranger, Theatre