Category Archives: The EL Train

Ecco on BBC Radio 4 with Haley Atwell

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.

“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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“East Is East” with Jane Horrocks at Trafalgar Transformed Season 2

Very pleased to be working again with the brilliant Sam Yates (who I previously collaborated on for The EL Train at Hoxton Hall, Cornelius in New York) on East Is East for the second season of Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed season. I’m composer and sound designer on the production, designed by Tom Scutt and Lighting by Richard Howell.

It stars Jane Horrocks and Ayub Khan Din, who also wrote the play, originally shown at the Royal Court before becoming an iconic film.

The production opens on 4th October 2014 and runs until 3rd January 2015.

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Soundtrack for The EL Train

Just before Christmas I took The EL Train band and choir to record some of the music from the five star reviewed production (showing at Hoxton Hall Dec 2013 directed by Sam Yates and Ruth Wilson).

Available just to listen online for the moment, the tracks will be available to download in the coming weeks.

VOCALS Nicola Hughes
PIANO / MD Adam Sopp
TRUMPET Mark Kavuma
DRUMS Billy Stookes
UPRIGHT BASS Jason Simpson
TROMBONE Christian Edwards
ALTO SAX Zubin Varla

THE EL CHOIR Simon Coombs, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Christian Edwards, Adam Sopp, Ony Uhiara, Zubin Varla, Ruth Wilson

Produced and mixed by Alex Baranowski

Recorded at Strongroom, London

The El Train opens at Hoxton Hall

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Very pleased that the The El Train opened this week at Hoxton Hall to some wonderful five star reviews. I’ve written music and created the sound design for the collection of three one act Eugene O’Neil plays directed by Sam Yates and Ruth Wilson – Before Breakfast, The Web and The Dreamy Kid. Ruth Wilson (who has two Olivier awards including last year’s best actress for Anna Christie) also stars in two of the plays.

The score features a live seven-piece jazz band led by vocalist Nicola Hughes linking each of the three plays.

The reviews so far have been fantastic, with the Telegraph writing –

..the staging is bleakly beautiful, the original score by Alex Baranowski sensational, the performances brutally truthful.” ****

Michael Billington in the Guardian

..a spellbinding 90-minute evening… the atmospheric power of Alex Baranowski’s prefatory jazz music and the resonant singing of Nicola Hughes, who sombrely tells us that “death is slow, death is sure” ****

And Kate Kellaway in the Observer

The joint is jumping.. to the ecstatic sound of virtuoso jazz trumpeter Mark Kavuma and company. The magnificent Nicola Hughes – velvet-voiced – seals each play with a song… a pitch-perfect sense of O’Neill’s prose and of theatrical sound: the thunder of train and storm.” *****

The show is running up until the end of December at Hoxton Hall. For more information and to book tickets, go to the El Train website here.

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