“Attacking The Devil” released in cinemas

Proud to have been part of the second film by the makers of multi BAFTA nominated McCullin, this time documenting Harold Evans, the former editor of The Sunday Times, and his plight finding justice for those affected by the Thalidomide tragedy. Directed by Jacqui MorrisAttacking The Devil had previously won the Sheffield Documentary festival and goes on limited cinema release from January 2016 and released by The Weinstein Company.

The film has had some overwhelmingly positive reviews. For more information visit the films dedicated website here.

I’ll be posting snippets of the score up on this site in the near future…


“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.


BBC One Christmas

Very happy to announce I’ve composed the orchestral score for BBC One’s Christmas film and programme idents which will be shown all over Christmas 2015. My fifth collaboration with the brilliant Oscar nominated directing duo of Smith & Foulkes and Nexus Productions, the music was produced with SIREN and the agency was RKCR/Y&R.

The music was recorded by the London Metropolitan Orchestra in Abbey Road conducted by Andy Brown, engineered and mixed by Joe Rubel.

Collaboration with Grammy winning Clean Bandit

I’ve recently been working with Grammy winning Clean Bandit on a new orchestral arrangement of their song Rather Be. Recorded at British Grove Studio with the London Metropolitan Orchestra, the piece is being used by Marks & Spencer for their Christmas advertising campaign, with the full three minute version being released at some point in the future. I worked with the brilliant Native Music for RKCR/Y&R.

Iskra String Quartet launch new album “Iskra”

Very proud to have contributed to the new album by the Iskra String Quartet entitled Iskra with new composition “For Then”. I’ve known and collaborated with the quartet for a number of years having featured on a number of my projects including Hamlet at the National Theatre and the BAFTA nominated McCullin – so was very happy to be asked to compose a new piece for the album. Other composers featured on the album include Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Julyan and another long time collaborator, cellist and composer Peter Gregson.

The album was launched at the Union Chapel in Islington and I even made a rare live appearance performing “For Then” with the quartet on the piano which was a joy.

Iskra has been released on 1631 Recordings and be purchased from here.

Iskra album cover1

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.


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.