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 Glenn (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.

The Windermere Children | BBC / Wall to Wall

 

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.

Reasons to Stay Alive | Sheffield Theatres

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.

Stream on Spotify, Apple Music or a download shop of your choice (including hi-res 24 bit download on Pro Studio Masters). Link to listen to the whole album here.

 

Very happy to have won a Music + Sound Award for my soundtrack for the BBC Two idents working alongside BBC Creative and Superunion. It has been a great year with the project picking up pretty much every award going, including a Cannes Lion, D&AD Pencil and a host of other top industry awards. (BBC Creative also picked up a D&AD pencil for the BBC World Cup “History Will Be Made” campaign which I also had the pleasure of creating the soundtrack to!)

 

Earlier in the year I wrote a blog post talking about the process behind making these which can be viewed here.

I’ve again been working with the brilliant people at Wieden + Kennedy to create some music for Sainsbury’s 150th Birthday celebrations. It was a fun track to write – with most of it all recorded live at my studio (me on mandolin, guitar, drums, percussion, keys and the fab Maddie Cutter on cello).

After previous (and multiple) campaigns for Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Waitrose and Co-Op; I seem to have officially made it to “Supermarket music niche”..

Very happy that the production of The Starry Messenger I’ve been working on music and sound design for the last month or so is opening for previews on 16th May. It has been brilliant working with long time collaborator director Sam Yates, writer Kenneth Lonergan and brilliant cast including Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern.

The production runs until 10th August, book tickets from here.

Very pleased that Nureyev is released in the US today. Read the brilliant review in Variety here

You can also rent / buy the film digitally on Amazon here… or buy the DVD.

And if you haven’t already, you can listen to the score on Apple Music / Spotify / Amazon etc here (featuring the London Metropolitan Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road) – https://alex-baranowski.lnk.to/w4P_cWE

Honoured that Comic Relief used my soundtrack to the film McCullin to score an incredibly powerful film featuring Olivia Coleman. To view visit the BBC website on this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p073ns3b

This is the short version of the film shown on the night – the longer version can’t be put online due to archive footage copyright reasons apparently…

I’ll be donating any royalties from the broadcast to Comic Relief.

Link to the whole score on my album page here – the track is called “Opening, Darkroom”

Very excited to be collaborating once again with brilliant director Sam Yates for The Starry Messenger opening at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End. Written by Oscar winning Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) it stars the amazing Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern.

I’ll be composing music and sound design for the project, which will be designed by Chiara Stephenson, video by Luke Halls and lights by Neil Austin.

Opening for previews on 16th May for a three month run.

To book tickets, visit the website here.

It was a real honour to be asked to feature in this month’s Campaign magazine.

It was an interview, although written in first person, so there are a few little errors (!) but extremely thankful to Maisie McCabe and Campaign for producing it! On sale today… snapshot below.

The little accordion in the picture is my two year old’s toy one, not the one I inherited from my Grandfather as the caption claims.. haha.