2018 has been a wonderful year of collaborations with BBC Creative – starting with the World Cup Theme sung by Sir John Tomlinson; BBC Two’s incredibly innovative new idents; the score for the European Championships; a bit of Strictly… and now I’m very pleased to share BBC One’s film for Christmas 2018.
Directed by the incredible Sam Brown at Rogue Films, led by Creatives Edward Usher and Xander Hart (who also led the way on the BBC’s World Cup) the two minute film (and accompanying idents, trails etc) tells the story of a mother and son torn apart by modern life and brought back together in an extraordinary way.
I was lucky to be brought onto the project at its conception before filming began, so we were able to shape the process of building a piece of music throughout the film from the outset, which was incredibly rewarding.
Collaborating with incredible artist Emmy The Great, I rearranged her piece Lost in You for a double string orchestra recorded in Air Studios by the London Metropolitan Orchestra, conducted by Andy Brown. I produced and mixed the track which was engineered by the award winning (and rather brilliant) Andrew Dudman.
We recorded two separate string sections in the huge hall at Air Studios – the first “A” section performed the main string arrangement to accompany the film, and the second “B” section were spread out in the great hall, performing tremolos and harmonics – to give depth to the alternate world.
A “making of” film documenting the arranging, recording and mixing of the musical score will be released by the BBC very soon I’m told!
Now we can all legitimately go and have a mince pie…
Very excited to announce I’m composing the score to A Christmas Carol directed by Jacqui Morris (who I have previously collaborated with on the recently released Nureyev, as well as the twice BAFTA nominated McCullin (where I won Music + Sound Award for Best Feature Film Score) and the Grierson winning Attacking The Devil – all released in cinemas).
The cast list of voices include Simon Russell Beale, Andy Serkis, Carey Mulligan, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Dame Siân Phillips and Leslie Caron to name a few..
The radical new take on Dickens’ classic seeks both to exhume the original story’s gritty commentary on social inequality and the corrupting influence of greed, and to breathe new life into the lyricism of the original text by setting its scenes to extraordinary tableaux of modern dance.
The piece is choreographed by the brilliant Russell Maliphant, who we previously collaborated with on Nureyev to wonderful effect.
Very happy to announce I’ve been working on a brand new set of idents for BBC 2 – the first batch of which are out tomorrow (27th September). As both composer and sound designer on the project based at my London studio, my aim was to build unique soundscapes for each film that blurred the line between what could be “music” or “sound”… performing musical instruments in unusual ways and re-working recorded foley and sound effects into more “musical” forms. Most sounds are re-pitched, modulated, delayed and enhanced using a combination of vintage analogue studio equipment and digital techniques in the computer.
Working with BBC Creative and Superunion who oversaw the project, is has been a dream to collaborate with artists and animation studios including Aardman, The Mill, Kijek & Adamski (Strange Beasts), FutureDeluxe, Conlan Normington, David McLeod, Ari Weinkle, Helmut Breineder, Kenneth Robin and Mainframe.
I’m very excited that Nureyev, the film I’ve been working on over the last few years with brilliant BAFTA nominated director Jacqui Morris, is having its theatrical release on Tuesday 25th September. Distributed by Universal, the score was recorded in Abbey Road Studio 1 by the London Metropolitan Orchestra, along with a 9 piece choir.
Click here to listen or download on Apple Music / Spotify / Amazon.. or Bandcamp to download hi-res 24bit FLAC audio masters.
Half-documentary, half-ballet (collaborating with choreographer Russell Maliphant) this has been a really special project to have been a part of and I’m really excited to share (the recording sessions took place over a year ago!). To find showings or book tickets, visit the film’s website here.
I’ve also uploaded three pieces from the film on my album page on this site, here.
Really happy to have arranged strings for Jungle’s new album “For Ever”. I absolutely love what they do and it was a dream to collaborate with the band.. we recorded an eight-piece string section at Metropolis Studios earlier in the year with the band and producer Inflo.
Tracks on the album are Home, Beat 54 (All Good Now), House In LA, Give Over & (More and More) It Ain’t Easy.. buy the limited edition yellow vinyl from XL Recordings here!
Very honoured to have been asked to speak at this year’s Tune Up event, which this year is happening on Friday 23rd November 2018 at the BFI Southbank. I’ve often come to these as a punter so I’m really excited to share examples of my work and talk a little about the industry.
For more information and to book tickets, go to the Tune Up website here.
I’ve been working again with the lovely folks at BBC Creative on the launch trailer for BBC 1’s flagship Strictly Come Dancing programme, directed by the brilliant Sam Brown of Rogue Films.
The track that ended up on air was a piano arrangement of the song Two Can Have a Party by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (before the original kicks in). However, a second all-original track was written which didn’t make the cut but ended up on the “Making Of” video.. so keep your ears peeled for that.
I’ve been collaborating again with Olivier winning director Lyndsey Turner, along with designer Es Devlin, sound designer Chris Shutt and lighting designer Paule Constable on Aristocrats written by Brian Friel.
Opening for previews at the Donmar Theatre in London’s West End on 2nd August, the production runs until 22nd September.
For more information, visit the Donmar’s web page here.
Fresh from working on the theme for the BBC’s 2018 World Cup coverage, I’ve been collaborating again with BBC Creative this time for the upcoming European Championships due to be broadcast on the BBC this August.
I’ve written music both for the promo film below and the opening titles sequence…
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