I’m very happy to be working with director Jo Davies on her production of Twelfth Night at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. An inspired cast with brilliant live band including award winning folk violinist / vocalist Kate Young, lap guitarist Joe Gravil, Accordion player / MD Tarek Merchant and Euphonium player Jill Myers.
For more information on the show visit the Exchange’s website here.
I’ve recently been working again with long term collaborator director Sam Yates on radio drama Ecco playing on BBC Radio 4 Monday 6th March 2017. A science fiction radio drama staring Haley Atwell and written by Chris Harrald, it tells the story of a neuroscientist who triggers a new digital consciousness into being..
Below is a taster of my music score..
The drama will be available on the BBC’s iPlayer after broadcast here.
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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.
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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)
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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 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.
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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.
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