music for theatre, film, tv and radio
I have been composing music for nearly 20 years. I studied Drama at Manchester University, played clarinet, alto sax and piano for many years in an award-winning skiffle/swing and rockabilly band, The Railtown Bottlers, and did an MA in Music Design for Film & TV at Bournemouth University. I’ve composed over 100 scores for theatre productions, many radio plays, television and short films in collaboration with the National Theatre, RSC, Royal Court, Shakespeare’s Globe, Channel 4, BBC, and various TV and film production companies.
All kinds of commissions have yielded all kinds of styles and genres from Cuban Son Montuno (for Marianne Elliott’s highly-acclaimed Much Ado About Nothing, RSC), Jazz-swing and bittersweet barroom Blues (The Life & Times Of Vivienne Vyle, Saunders & French/BBC), Soul, Ska & Reggae (The Frontline, Shakespeare’s Globe), cinematic thriller (Inside The Mind Of Hitler, BBC Timewatch), Romantic Classical and Baroque (Royal Collection, BBC/Endemol), and a contemporary classical song-cycle for the internationally-acclaimed counter tenor, Robin Blaze, as Cesare, in Caligari for BBC Radio 3.
Some examples of work include: The Life & Times Of Vivienne Vyle (Saunders & French/BBC),No Ball Games (Irresistable Pictures), Nosferatu and Caligari (BBC Radio 3), and for theatre: Women Beware Women (National Theatre),Troilus & Cressida (Shakespeare’s Globe), Therese Raquin (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC).
I have also practiced as a composer, teacher and animateur, creating and delivering workshops and programmes in many, diverse contexts for Glyndebourne, English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, National Theatre, National Youth Music Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Rose Bruford, National Association of Youth Theatres, Royal College of Music and NACRO, and was a founder-practitioner on the Eritrea Community Theatre Project, Asmara, Eritrea in 1995.
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