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.
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.
Film’s trailer below…
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