The beginning of April saw me in the newly renovated Pannonia Studios in Budapest with the Hungarian Studio Orchestra. Recording Hollywood infused arrangements of classic Christmas carols, songs and hymns with other arrangements by Martin Batchelar & Thomas Hewitt Jones. Brilliantly produced by Arun Sethi for Cavendish Music I look forward to sharing the results later this year, once we've recorded choir to go on top!
In December I was thrilled to orchestrate and conduct this album of lovely music by composer Laurent Dury. It was a pleasure to work with Laurent and record the music with some of the best musicians in the world at Abbey Road Studio 2. A huge thanks to Cavendish Music and Laurent for having me involved.
Tracks that I recorded with Cavendish Music at Air Lyndhurst Studios are now available for licence and listening.
There were two albums that I contributed to. One was Vintage Latin Brass with a big band and the other was Cinephonic Brass with a symphonic brass ensemble. We later recorded strings for this album in Budapest via satellite. It was a terrific day of recording with the wonderful Jake Jackson on the desk and you can hear some of the results below, mixed by the talented Taz Mattar at Cavendish music.
It was a pleasure to be involved in Bill Laurance's lovely score to Un Traductor, a fascinating and true story. A Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment.
I orchestrated the music for the live string and guitar players, with the marvellous Fi Cruickshank recording and mixing the music. The film was screened at Sundance under the category 'best foreign film'.
I recently scored Charlie Crane's Child Soldier. A short film based on the true story of one boy's experience in the Angolan civil war. It's beautifully shot, and a moving and important subject. Both the director and I were keen for the music to support, rather than dominate the film and we spent a while experimenting with different colours. We settled on the sound of the viola to carry the voice of the film which John Garner performed very sensitively.
Excited to share a project I've co-written the music for with George Fenton. It's been an honour to work with Ken Loach on this and it's a great campaign! Going out as part of the party political broadcast on BBC 1, ITV, Channel 4 #WeDemand
Wednesday was a day of great fun this week. A whole day spent recording brass for Cavendish Music. I'd written some Big Band music for the morning and enjoyed conducting the symphonic (huge) brass section for more pieces I'd written in the afternoon. Was a good opportunity to dust off the baton (see picture below)!
Air Lyndhurst Hall a wonderful studio to work in, with a terrific acoustic. This with the marvellous Jake Jackson recording, some of the best brass players in the world, and having some friends present made for a very good day. I can't wait to hear the recordings in their glory! Thanks to Arun, Taz, Jake, Nick, Chris, Amy and all the musicians for such a wonderful day
I'm thrilled to have been selected for the BFI Network X BAFTA Crew 2017. A professional network and masterclass programme, with emerging talented film makers across all disciplines. I can't wait for upcoming events - thanks BAFTA and BFI!
Excited to share the youtube playlist, edited beautifully by Raluca Petre, with some footage of the recording sessions. Hope you enjoy. The Child of Snows had around 70,000 views on various platforms over the Christmas period so pleased people are enjoying it!
A 4 track EP of new christmas carols is now released on Air Edel Records. Recorded with a virtuoso quartet of singers and a pianist and recorded and mixed by Abbey Road engineer Jonathan Allen. The EP is now available across a number of digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify! This was a wonderful day of recording and I'm so pleased to share the results of it. A huge thank you to all involved! Hope you enjoy, best served with sherry & a mince pie!