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.

 

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.

It will also be broadcast on BBC FOUR on 19th November 2019 at 10pm – the film can be viewed on this link after the broadcast – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000bh0q

My aim is to release some of the music from Kes Reimagined on all the usual streaming platforms very soon… so watch this space.

 

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.

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.