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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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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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 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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Work is nearly complete composing the score for 1984 which will be performed by Northern Ballet and directed & choreographed by Jonathan Watkins. The live 90 minute score will be performed by the 30 piece Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
Rehearsals start in July with the first performance at Northern Ballet’s brilliant home in Leeds in September, with a subsequent UK tour including Sadler’s Wells in London going into 2016.
For more information or to book tickets, visit Northern Ballet’s website here.
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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.
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Tagged George Orwell, Jonathan Watkins, Manchester Palace Theatre, Northern Ballet, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Sheffield Lyceum