Category Archives: Theatre

“A Streetcar Named Desire” transfers to St Ann’s Warehouse, New York

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.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four performed by Northern Ballet broadcast on BBC 4

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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“Mdudu Boy” directed by Ella Smith

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.

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“The Hope Rooms” directed by Sam Yates

I’m presently composing music for short film The Hope Rooms directed by long term theatre collaborator Sam Yates, staring Andrew Scott (Spectre) and Ciaran Hinds (There Will Be Blood). Written by the brilliant David Watson, the short is being produced by Bill Kenwright Films and tells the story of a father and son who meet up after 15 years to heal old wounds.

It’s a beautiful film and will be released in 2016… along with the soundtrack.

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Cymbeline at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Presently in rehearsals working on the first of two projects with director Sam Yates this month; Cymbeline at the beautiful Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, an incredible indoor candlelit space part of Shakespeare’s Globe on the Southbank in London. The music will be performed live by cello trio and duduk which I’m very excited about…

The show runs between 2nd December 2015 and 21st April 2016. For more information visit the Globe’s website here.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four performed by Northern Ballet opens and embarks on UK tour

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.

Nineteen Eighty-Four performed by Northern Ballet

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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