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
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
Posted in 1984, Arranger, BBC, Composer, Dance, Film, Jonathan Watkins, Kes, Northern Ballet, Online, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Soundtrack, South Bank Awards, String Arranger, Theatre
Tagged BBC Arts
I’ve just started rehearsals for “First Light” opening at Chichester’s brilliant Minerva Theatre directed by Jonathan Munby, on which I am composer. Written by Mark Hayhurst, it is the very moving true story of two young men at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916 accused of desertion.
The production runs from 10th June – 2nd July, more information can be found at CFT’s website here.
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
Very happy to have composed the score for beautiful short film Mdudu Boy written and directed by Ella Smith (who I met whilst working on Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein at the National Theatre). Filmed in Kenya with a local cast it is the story of a young boy with big dreams…
Will be posting some of the African inspired score up on this site once the film is released later in the year. For more info on the film, visit the dedicated website here.