Very happy that The Windermere Children is being broadcast today on BBC Two (UK) and ZDF (Germany) on Holocaust Memorial Day – the first drama of it’s kind to be broadcast simultaneously like this in the UK and Germany.
It was hugely special composing the music for this film (I’ve written in other posts about how personal the stories are… and the instruments used in the score) and I’m so happy the film has already gained such a wonderful response.
I attended a press screening not too long ago along with the cast and the survivors featured in the film, and it was an incredibly emotional afternoon – not a dry eye in the room – to be there and involved in this project has been an absolute privilege.
Very happy that my score to “The Windermere Children” has been released today (24th January 2020) by Sony Classics.
Find the full track listing and credits on my Album Page – link to listen / download on all the main stores here: https://smarturl.it/TWC_ost
As I have written about in my previous post, this was a very personal project to write and I’m very thankful to everyone involved in the production and the wonderful people who helped make the score a reality (including the brilliant London Metropolitan Orchestra).
Picture below from the recording session at Air Studios, engineered by Fiona Cruickshank.
Very excited to announce that my score for The Windermere Children is being released by the incredible Sony Classics label next week (24th January). The film will be broadcast on simultaneously on BBC Two in the UK and ZDF in Germany on Monday 27th at 9pm (UK time). It is a Wall to Wall / Warner Bros production.
To say I’m proud of this project is a huge understatement… by far one of the most emotional journeys I’ve ever been on. Telling the true story of three hundred Polish orphans brought to the Lake District in 1945 after surviving the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps.
The story resonated very strongly with the experiences of my own Polish Grandparents after the war. I used my Grandfathers instruments on the score (one of which was an accordion he purchased in Italy in 1943 after being liberated from forced labour camps in Siberia). My Grandmothers oil paintings were also a huge inspiration; I hung some of her most harrowing early paintings in my studio as I wrote.
The album features the wonderful London Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Andy Brown recorded at Air Studios by Fiona Cruickshank. Soloists include David Juritz (solo violin), Bob Smissesn (solo viola) and Dave Daniels (solo cello). The score also features the song Rozhinkes mit Mandlen which is sung in Yiddish by Polina Shepherd.
Every year I seem to end up scoring a Christmas ad, and it seems like 2019 was no exception…. it was lovely to be asked to write for this beautiful animation directed by the brilliant Againstallodds and James Rouse for McDonald’s.
The track was recorded at Abbey Road Studio 2 with the London Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Andy Brown and engineered and mixed by Joe Rubel. Produced by Leo Burnett, the music agency was Siren.
I was honoured to be asked to speak at an event organised and hosted by the brilliant Superunion earlier this week; I collaborated very closely with the brilliant design agency alongside BBC Creative for the new BBC Two idents on which I composed music and sound for all 30+ new idents that launched in 2018.
Back in 2014, director / choreographer Jonathan Watkins and I collaborated on our first full-length dance piece at the Sheffield Crucible, Kes Reimagined; it only ran for a week but was one of the most special projects I’ve been lucky to be a part of. Five years later, it has been filmed by The Space / BBC for a very special limited cinema release.
Jonathan and I will be doing a Q&A at the Leeds Film Festival on 7th November.
Very excited to be part of a one-off event as part of London’s Emerge Festival taking place across London on 27th and 28th September 2019. “Lost in The Museum” will feature myself and former NASA scientist Dr Lauren McKeown creating an auditory journey to the Moon with a live performed soundscape.. underneath Luke Jerram’s incredible art installation scale replica of the Moon itself inside the Natural History Museum. It should be rather special…
Other performers on the night include Mercury nominated Jungle (with whom I arranged strings on their last album) DJ’ing in the main Hintze Hall as well as neuroscientist Dr. Saloni Krishnan and world champion beatboxer Bellatrix joining forces to take on the sonic story of the evolution of sound underneath a stegosaurus skeleton.
The performances will be from 19:30 to 21:00 on 28th September. For more information and tickets, visit the Lost Lectures webpage here.
Very happy to have composed the score for The Windermere Children directed by Emmy and BAFTA winning Michael Samuels and written by BAFTA nominated Simon Block. The score was recently recorded at AIR Studios by the London Metropolitan Orchestra and the film will be first shown in the UK on BBC Two in January 2020 as part of the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
It is a Wall to Wall and Warner Bros. ITVP Germany production for the BBC and ZDF, in association with Northern Ireland Screen and is distributed by Fremantle.
Staring Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist), Romola Garai (The Miniaturist), Tim McInnerny (Strangers) and Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones) this is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve been lucky to have been a part of.
I’ll be releasing a soundtrack of the music closer to the release date.
More information can be found on the BBC’s website here and the imdb page here.
Very happy to have collaborated again with Jonathan Watkins (our previous work together includes the award winning ballet Nineteen Eighty-Four for Northern Ballet and Kes) on Reasons to Stay Alive which has opened at Sheffield Theatres, based on the bestselling book by Matt Haig. The production will go on tour around the UK to venues including the Bristol Old Vic and Home in Manchester in Autumn 2019.
With Jonathan choreographing and directing the piece with a mixture of movement and spoken text, it has been brilliant working on the score with Music Associate Joss Holden-Rea and Sound Designer Nick Greenhill. Adaption by April De Angelis, Design by Simon Daw and Lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun.
For more information visit Sheffield’s webpage here.
Very excited to release a new single, “Constellations” as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s “Project 12” album – one new track is released every month from a different artist, culminating in a vinyl release in December of all twelve pieces.
My piece was inspired by the stars in the August sky… it features an array of piano, tape echoes and electronics recorded and mixed in my own studio with the brilliant Max Baillie performing solo viola. It was mastered by Götz-Michael Rieth.