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OCTOBER 2016

Louis TherouxLOUIS THEROUX: SAVILE
I composed the score for this latest documentary from the highly acclaimed Louis Theroux, in which he looks back on the material he shot in 2000 with Savile for When Louis Met Jimmy, one of Theroux's earliest projects, in light of the revelations since Savile's death. Hard hitting and harrowing, the documentary received strong praise in the press.

The Guardian
"The new film is extraordinary... Braver, bolder, more grown-up, more honest, truer. And seriously uncomfortable" Read Review

The Telegraph ★★★★
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The Times ★★★★
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AUGUST 2016

The WatchmanTHE WATCHMAN
It was a pleasure to work again with director Dave Nath (who I previously worked with on BAFTA-winning THE MURDER DETECTIVES) on this one-off drama for Channel 4. An acclaimed documentary director, this was Dave's first drama project, which he wrote as well as directed. Predominently set in one room and featuring a strong central performance from actor Stephen Graham as a CCTV operator drawn into a spiralling series of events over one night, I wrote a tense electronic score, described in The Observer as "a superb, keening soundtrack by Jon Opstad".

The Times ★★★★★
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The Telegraph ★★★★
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The Guardian
"A sublime hour of drama" Read Review

Den of Geek
"Its depiction of modern alienation aligns it perfectly with [Black Mirror]. The two also share a composer in Jon Opstad (whose cleverly spare score is the closest thing Stephen Graham could reliably call a co-star here)" Read Review

 

 

 

MAY 2016

Don'tTakeMyBabyBAFTA TELEVISION AWARDS 2016
Three television projects that I scored were nominated for major awards at this year's BAFTA Television Awards. BBC Three drama DON'T TAKE MY BABY (directed by Ben Anthony and written by Jack Thorne) and Channel 4 drama CYBERBULLY (written and directed by Ben Chanan) were both nominated in the Best Single Drama category, while 3-part Channel 4 docudrama THE MURDER DETECTIVES (directed by Dave Nath) was nominated in the Factual Series category. Actress Ruth Madeley was nominated in the Leading Actress category for DON'T TAKE MY BABY. I was delighted that both DON'T TAKE MY BABY and THE MURDER DETECTIVES won the award in their respective categories. In addition, director Dave Nath and editor Ben Brown both won awards for THE MURDER DETECTIVES at the BAFTA Craft Awards.


APRIL 2016

ThePeopleNextDoorTHE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR
THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR, a tense one-off thriller that I scored was broadcast on Channel 4 on April 6th, to a strong critical reaction. Written and directed by Ben Chanan (who I previous worked with on television dramas CYBERBULLY, OUR WORLD WAR and BLACKOUT), and with additional direction by Dave Nath (who I previously worked with on THE MURDER DETECTIVES), the drama is a paranoid psychological thriller set around a young couple's relationship with their neighbours when they move into a new house.

The Telegraph ★★★★
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The Daily Mail ★★★★
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The Times ★★★★
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MARCH 2016

ThirteenTHIRTEEN
I recently completed scoring 5-part BBC thriller THIRTEEN, which has begun showing on BBC Two (Sunday nights at 10pm) and online through the new BBC Three website. The story is centered around Ivy Moxam (Jodie Comer) who at the age of twenty six escapes after thirteen years of being held captive by a kidnapper.
I set myself the challenge with the score of creating the music entirely without the use of any computer-based instruments (sample instruments or soft-synths). I wanted to create a distinctive sound world for the score and setting this rule for myself pushed me to explore unusual approaches to the instrumentation rather than relying on sample-based sounds. Centered around a character who has been held confined in a cellar for years, I felt that a small string group would be more suited to the emotional content of the drama than larger orchestral sounds. As well as four strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass) the principal instrumentation used in the score was harp, piano and guitars (both electric and acoustic, and also ukulele in episode 2). I also experimented with various household objects as percussion instruments, including beer bottles, plastic bottles, wine glasses and a wheelbarrow. Apart from two cues in episode 1 that included some sample-based strings, I managed to stick to my concept throughout the score, recording everything with real instruments.
I recorded the score with some excellent musicians - Alex Roth on guitars, Camilla Pay on harp, Clare Wheeler and Kate Suthers on violin, Steve Doman on viola, Peter Gregson and Heidi Parsons on cello and my brother James Opstad on double bass and electric bass. The score was mixed by the excellent engineer Goetz Botzenhardt.
The drama was written by rising-star writer Marnie Dickins, produced by Hugh Warren and executive produced by Elizabeth Kilgarriff. I worked with director Vanessa Caswill on the first three episodes and China Moo-Young on episodes 4 and 5.

 

Black MirrorAWARDS
I was pleased to discover that of the three nominees in the Best Single Drama category at this year's Royal Television Society Awards, I scored two of them - BLACK MIRROR: WHITE CHRISTMAS and CYBERBULLY. I was also happy to see actor Adam Long nominated (alongside veteran acting legends Anthony Hopkins and Tom Courtenay) in the Best Actor category for his brilliant performance in BBC drama DON'T TAKE MY BABY, which I also scored.
Another recent awards success was for THE MURDER DETECTIVES, which won the Best Documentary Series award at this year's Broadcasting Press Guild awards.

 

 

 

JANUARY 2016

TheebOSCAR & DOUBLE BAFTA NOMINATIONS FOR THEEB
Jordanian feature film Theeb, which I worked on as additional music composer, has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars. The film also received two nominations at this year's BAFTA film awards, including Best Film Not In The English Language. Director Naji Abu Nowar and Producer Rupert Lloyd were nominated in the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer category. Huge congratulations to them!

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2015

The Murder DetectivesCRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR THE MURDER DETECTIVES
There has been strong praise in the press for 3-part Channel 4 documentary The Murder Detectives

The Telegraph  ★★★★★
"Intensenly powerful... This was boldly conceived, cleverly made programming. A simple idea, superbly executed." Read Review

The Times ★★★★★
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The Independent
"The style was filmic: the setting was a bleached, gritty-looking Bristol, officers moved in slow motion, and a tension-building score helped to give proceedings an unreal feel"  Read Review

The Guardian
"Real life as gripping and moving as any drama" Read Review

The Daily Mail  ★★★★
"The first time cameras have had full access to a murder investigation, and the results were fascinating." Read Review

 


 

NOVEMBER 2015

The Murder DetectivesTHE MURDER DETECTIVES - CHANNEL 4
This gripping 3-part documentary is described by Channel 4 as a "groundbreaking series with unprecedented access to a police murder investigation, telling the true story, as a drama, from the perspective of the police and the victim and suspect's families". Directed by award-winning filmmaker David Nath and from production company Films of Record, THE MURDER DETECTIVES is innovatively filmed and edited as a drama. I composed a dark electronic score for the project, which is showing on three consecutive nights from Monday November 30th at 9pm. More info can be found here

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

Deloitte IgniteBALLET DRESSED UP - DELOITTE IGNITE FESTIVAL AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
I have composed a new 5-minute piece for contemporary dance, for a collaboration with brilliant choreographer Hubert Essakow. This is my first collaboration with Hubert since our project IGNIS at The Print Room last year, for which I was nominated for a British Composer Award. The piece is for a free event entitled 'Ballet Dressed Up', to be performed in the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House on Sunday September 6th as part of the Deloitte Ignite festival, by a pair of dancers from the Royal Ballet Company. More information is available here.

The track that I have composed for the project, 'Cold Fire', is available to download from Bandcamp here

 

 

JULY 2015

DON'T TAKE MY BABY - RECORDING SESSION FOOTAGE ON YOUTUBE

 

Don't Take My babyDON'T TAKE MY BABY - BBC THREE
I scored this one-off drama, the first drama project by award-winning documentary director Ben Anthony, written by acclaimed writer Jack Thorne. Based on real-life testimony, it tells the story of a disabled couple's stuggle to keep custody of their newborn baby. The film kicks off BBC Three's 'Defying The Label' season of programmes examining life for young people living with a disability. I also scored one of the documentary films in the series, EPILEPSY AND ME, directed by Tara Nolan, which will be broadcast in August. DON'T TAKE MY BABY will be broadcast on July 20th at 9pm on BBC THREE.

 

 

JUNE 2015

NEW BLOG
I've set up a new blog for writing on music and film - something that I've been meaning to do for a while. The first post is an interview that I did with legendary Hollywood session percussionist Emil Richards a little while ago, talking in particular about some of the scores that he worked on in the 1970s by composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, Lalo Schifrin and others - music that's had a big influence on me. I'll be posting a couple more interviews in the near future, with composer Jocelyn Pook (discussing her score for Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut), and Oscar-winning film editor Jim Clark. The link for the blog is here.

 

LONDON MUSIC AWARDS
I recently had the nice surprise of being one of the two 'Highly Commended' musicians in the 'Classical Rising Star' category of the London Music Awards, which took place at The Roundhouse on June 11th. Pianist Belle Chen won the award and violinist Tamsin Waley Cohen was the other Highly Commended musician.

 

MAY 2015

New SoundsWNYC NEW SOUNDS INTERVIEW
It was a pleasure to be interviewed recently by John Schaefer of New York radio station WNYC for an episode of his excellent 'New Sounds' programme focussing on my music. The programme was broadcast on May 18th, and can be heard in full here

 

 

 

 

APRIL 2015

SOSSOUND ON SOUND
I have written an article, "Technical Skills For The Film Composer", which appears in the April 2015 edition of widely available music technology magazine Sound On Sound. The article goes into detail about the various technical skills required for composing to picture using software such as Logic Pro, covering the various aspects of synchronisation, timecode, temp music, etc. I decided to write the article when I realised that there are few resources out there providing a reference for some of the essential technical aspects involved in composing for film & television and I hope that this will prove to be a useful reference point for both those starting out in writing to picture and more experienced composers.

 

 

MARCH 2015

X+YX+Y
X+Y, the feature drama debut by BAFTA-winning documentary director Morgan Matthews is currently in cinemas and has received critical praise in the press. I worked on the film as additional music composer, working closely with composer Martin Phipps. The film features standout performances by Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan.

 

CRITICAL
I worked as additional music composer on several episodes of tense Sky One medical drama CRITICAL, working with composer Ruth Barrett on the synthesizer-driven score.

 

EPILEPSY & ME
I recently completed scoring this documentary for BBC THREE, by director Tara Nolan, to be screened later in the year,

 

 

 

JANUARY 2015

CyberbullyCYBERBULLY
Television film CYBERBULLY, directed by Ben Chanan and starring Maisie Williams, premiered on January 15th on Channel 4 to strong praise in the press, including a 5-star review in The Times. My tense electronic score made extensive use of analogue synthesizers. Extracts from the music can be heard here

 

 

 

The Sparticle MysteryTHE SPARTICLE MYSTERY
My first adventure in scoring children's television involved composing the new music for series 3 of hit CBBC drama THE SPARTICLE MYSTERY. While the soundtrack across the thirteen episodes made effective use of the themes that composer Sheridan Tongue had established in the first two series, a lot of new music was required, particularly for the scenes involving new character Queen Kylie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2014

Black MirrorBLACK MIRROR - WHITE CHRISTMAS
I was excited to return to Charlie Brooker's critically acclaimed dystopian drama BLACK MIRROR, this time scoring the feature-length special WHITE CHRISTMAS, with an impressive cast led by Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin. The director was Carl Tibbetts, who I worked with on the previous episode I scored, WHITE BEAR. I composed a very electronic score, incorporating various analogue and digital synthesizers, extensive electronic processing and processed solo viola, performed by Steve Doman.
BLACK MIRROR - WHITE CHRISTMAS will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 9pm on Tuesday 16th December.

 

 

Cyber BullyCYBERBULLY
As well as BLACK MIRROR, I also recently completed the score for another one-off Channel 4 drama, CYBERBULLY, directed by Ben Chanan for Raw. Also exploring the implications of modern technology on society, CYBERBULLY features a strong central performance by rising star actress Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones).

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2014

BCABRITISH COMPOSER AWARDS NOMINATION
I was thrilled to hear that I've been nominated in the 'Stage Works' category of this year's BRITISH COMPOSER AWARDS for my music for the contemporary dance project IGNIS, choreographed by Hubert Essakow, which premiered at London's The Print Room earlier this year. I am nominated alongside composers Lynne Plowman, for her chamber opera Captain Blood's Revenge, and Kerry Andrew, for her chamber opera Dart's Love, while nominees in other categories include Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Adés, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Django Bates.

The full list of nominees and press release can be read on the awards' website: www.britishcomposerawards.com

The awards ceremony takes place on December 2nd.

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

X+YFESTIVAL SCREENINGS AT TORONTO & LONDON
Two drama feature films that I worked on as additional music composer are each showing at both the Toronto and BFI London film festivals.

X+Y is the drama feature debut of BAFTA-winning documentary director Morgan Matthews and is an emotional drama following a socially awkward teenage maths prodigy finding new confidence and new friendships when he is selected to compete in the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad. The film stars Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan and Rafe Spall. I wrote a number of cues for the score, working with composer Martin Phipps.


TheebTHEEB is the debut feature of director Naji Abu Nowar and follows the coming-of-age experiences of a young Bedouin boy in the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I. The film was beautifully shot on location in the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan. I scored two tension scenes for the film, recorded with full strings and percussion at Angel Studios by the London Contemporary Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

AUGUST 2014

Our World WarOUR WORLD WAR - BBC THREE
I scored 'Pals', episode 2 of three-part gritty BBC Three World War One drama OUR WORLD WAR. The episode was directed by BAFTA-winning director Ben Chanan, who I previously worked with on Channel 4 drama BLACKOUT. The series was produced by Hardy Pictures.

 

 

 

JULY 2014

COLFECHOES - CITY OF LONDON FESTIVAL
ECHOES, choreographer Ella Robson Guilfoyle's work combining contemporary dance with acrobatics, is being performed as part of the City of London Festival on Monday July 7th and Tuesday July 8th. This is the second set of performances for the project after its premier as part of the Roundhouse CircusFest earlier in the year. The work is choreographed to a soundtrack of music that I composed incoporating urban beats, distorted analogue bass lines, cinematic strings, minimalist piano and soundscapes created from urban found-sounds. Tickets can be purchased through the City of London Festival website here

 

 

 

APRIL 2014

EchoesECHOES - ROUNDHOUSE CIRCUSFEST
April 3rd-5th saw the premiere performances of ECHOES, a new work combining contemporary dance with circus acrobatics by choreographer Ella Robson Guilfoyle, as part of the Roundhouse CircusFest in London. The performances took place outdoors in the individual setting of a purpose-built set on the Maiden Lane Estate in Camden and met with a strongly enthusiastic response from the audience. I scored the project with 47 minutes of newly commissioned music incoporating urban beats, distorted analogue bass lines, cinematic strings, minimalist piano and soundscapes created from urban found-sounds.

 

 

 

Ignis CDIGNIS SOUNDTRACK ON ITUNES
My complete soundtrack for Hubert Essakow's contemporary dance project IGNIS, which premiered at The Print Room in West London in February 2014 is now available from the iTunes store (click here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH 2014

X+YX+Y
I recently had a great time working as additional music composer on forthcoming BBC Films/Origin Pictures drama feature X+Y, starring Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan and Rafe Spall. I worked closely with composer Martin Phipps and director Morgan Matthews on the project, both of whom I previously worked with on the documentary feature BRITAIN IN A DAY.

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2014

MASMUSIC & SOUND AWARDS NOMINATION - SILENT WITNESS
I was honoured to be nominated alongside composer Sheridan Tongue in the category of Best Television Programme Score at the 2014 Music & Sound Awards, for my contribution to the music for series 16 of BBC crime drama SILENT WITNESS. I worked as co-composer with Sheridan on the tense electronic music for six of the ten episodes in the series. The other nominees were John Lunn for Downton Abbey, Kevin Sargent for The Hour, Maurizio Malagnini for The Paradise, Olafur Arnalds for Broadchurch and Barnaby Taylor for Wild Arabia: Shifting Sands.The ceremony took place on February 27th at Troxy in east London and congratulations to the winner, Maurizio Malagnini. Thanks to Sheridan for bringing me on board as co-composer.

 

 

IgnisIGNIS REVIEWS
IGNIS has opened at The Print Room to a strongly positive reaction in the press, including a 4-star review in The Guardian.

The Guardian  ★★★★
"Melancholic, beautifully orchestrated dance-drama"

everythingtheatre.co.uk  ★★★★
"I was moved by this performance"

bachtrack.com  ★★★★
"There is a whole array of wonderment in IGNIS"

ayoungertheatre.com
"The music by Jon Opstad is a cocktail of classical and contemporary, giving the piece gravity while remaining in the background"

Michael Grandage (via Twitter)
"60 mins of pitch-perfect theatre. Beautiful, intelligent and arresting"

 

IGNIS CDsIGNIS SOUNDTRACK CD & DOWNLOAD
CDs of the music from IGNIS are available at performances at The Print Room. The music is also available to download through Bandcamp here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 2014

Ignis 'IGNIS' AT THE PRINT ROOM
Tickets have now gone on sale for IGNIS, a new contemporary dance project by choreographer Hubert Essakow, for which I have composed the music. Based around the concept of fire, IGNIS is the second in a trilogy of dance works inspired by nature's elements, following on from the critical success of Hubert's 2013 project FLOW (which featured music by composer Peter Gregson). IGNIS features actress Sara Kestelman and a trio of dancers. The performances run from 8th February to 1st March 2014 at the Print Room venue in west London. More details can be found here

 

Max RichterMAX RICHTER
I have recently been working with composer Max Richter, orchestrating his music for a new dance project with the Nederlands Dans Theater, choreographed by Paul Lightfoot. The music will be performed by the Holland Symfonia, conducted by Matthew Rowe.

 

 

 

 

 

LSFFLONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Three short films that I scored are screening as part of the London Short Film Festival this month. Dee Meaden's SOME THINGS MEAN SOMETHING is showing as part of the 'Short Longes' event on Saturday January 11th (more info here); Lucy Tcherniak's LAY ME DOWN is showing as part of the 'Teenage Girls Go Crazy!' event on the same day (more info here) and Katerina Athanasopoulou's animation APODEMY is showing as part of the 'Leftfield & Luscious' event on Sunday January 12th (more info here). My score for APODEMY was nominated for the Peer Raben award for Best Short Film Score at Soundtrack Cologne in November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2013

TheebTHEEB
Director Naji Abu Nowar asked me to compose some additional music for his drama feature THEEB. The film is an atmospheric period 'western' set in the Wadi Rum desert, Jordan, in 1916, and will premiere on the festival circuit in 2014. My role was to compose some orchestral tension cues to compliment the main score by composer Jeremy Lane. We recorded the music at Angel Studios, London, with the London Contemporary Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

 

Philips HueNOVEMBER 2013

PHILIPS HUE ADVERT
Director Lucy Tcherniak, who I previously worked with on her excellent drama shorts THE TRUTH ABOUT STANLEY and LAY ME DOWN, asked me to score her advert for Philips Hue wireless lightbulbs. The advert can be viewed by clicking on the picture.

 

 

 

 

M-MagazineM MAGAZINE INTERVIEW
M Magazine, the official magazine of the PRS (Performing Right Society), has published an interview with me regarding working as a composer for film & TV. The interview can be read here

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2013

BlackoutBLACKOUT
I recently completed scoring this feature length drama for Channel 4, exploring the effects of a devastating cyber-attack on Britain's national electricity grid. BLACKOUT is directed by BAFTA-winner Ben Chanan and will be broadcast on Monday September 9th at 9pm.

 

 

 

 

 

AUGUST 2013

Tim LowePREMIERE OF 'DISTANT PLACES' FOR SOLO CELLO
The premiere of my solo cello composition DISTANT PLACES took place at St Michael's Church, Discoed on August 27th as part of the 2013 Presteigne Festival, brilliantly performed by cellist Tim Lowe (on the left in the picture). The composition was commissioned by the festival, and was performed in a programme of solo cello music alongside works by Huw Watkins, Michael Berkeley and J.S.Bach.

 

 

 

 

JULY 2013

WhitechapelWHITECHAPEL
Working again with composer Ruth Barrett (who I previously worked with on espionage drama HUNTED), I worked as additional music composer on episodes 3-6 of the forthcoming fourth series of ITV detective drama WHITECHAPEL, starring Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis & Steve Pemberton.

 

 

 

 

 

STMSSOME THINGS MEAN SOMETHING
I created a subtle electronic score for this emotional drama short from writer/director Dee Meaden, starring Robert Boulter & Tilly Vosburgh (click here for the film's website)

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE 2013

GoldfishGOLDFISH
I scored this apocalyptic drama short from writer/director Arjun Rose (one of Screen International's 2011 'Stars of Tomorrow'), starring Ed Skrein & Laura Haddock. An article in Screen Daily (click here) highlights Arjun and producer Stefan D'Bart's plans to expand the project into a feature.

 

 

 

 

MAY 2013

Tim LowePRESTEIGNE FESTIVAL PREMIERE
Tickets have just gone on sale for this year's Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts, including the premiere performance of my new solo cello composition DISTANT PLACES by cellist Tim Lowe, in a programme of solo cello works alongside compositions by Huw Watkins and Michael Berkeley, who are both well connected with the festival, as well as two suites by J.S.Bach. I was excited to be commissioned to compose the piece especially for this year's festival and I am looking forward to Tim's performance. The concert takes place at 2pm on Tuesday August 27th, at St Michael's Church, Discoed.
More information is available on the festival website

 

 

Lay Me DownLAY ME DOWN
I recently completed an electronic score for director Lucy Tcherniak's new drama short LAY ME DOWN, starring Eleanor Gecks & Jessica Barden. The film had a very well attended debut screening at Soho House in London and I look forward to it achieving a lot of success on the festival circuit. This is the second time that I've worked with Lucy, following the success of her previous short film THE TRUTH ABOUT STANLEY.

 

 

 

 

MARCH 2013

Interpretations - Jon OpstadBLACK MIRROR SOUNDTRACK ON iTUNES
The complete original soundtrack for WHITE BEAR is now available for download from iTunes.

 

White BearBLACK MIRROR REVIEWS
The WHITE BEAR episode of Charlie Brooker's BLACK MIRROR that I scored, broadcast on Channel 4 on February 18th, has received a strongly positive reaction in the press:

The Times  ★★★★★
"Caustically thought-provoking"

The Guardian
"Probably about the most imaginative television around right now."

The Independent
"a biting piece of satire that sets the heart racing and the mind whirring… superb."

SFX  ★★★★★
“Disturbing but brilliant”

Metro  ★★★★

Cultbox.co.uk  ★★★★

Huffingtonpost.co.uk  ★★★★

 

 

Silent Witness DVDSILENT WITNESS SERIES 16 DVD
Series 16 of BBC forensic crime drama SILENT WITNESS will be released on DVD on March 25th. I co-scored the episodes Trust, True Love Waits and The Legacy with composer Sheridan Tongue. The DVD set includes all episodes of series 15 & 16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magic MirrorMAGIC MIRROR SCREENING AT TATE MODERN
Sarah Pucill's art film MAGIC MIRROR, which I composed music for, will receive its debut screening at the Tate Modern in London on April 22nd. More details can be found here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2013

Black MirrorBLACK MIRROR
My most recent project has been scoring an episode of the forthcoming second series of Charlie Brooker's critically acclaimed drama BLACK MIRROR for Channel 4. The episode WHITE BEAR - described by Brooker as an 'apocalyptic thriller' - stars Lenora Crichlow, Michael Smiley and Tuppence Middleton, and is directed by Carl Tibbetts (director of the excellent feature film RETREAT). My score for the project is predominantly electronic, incorporating a range of analogue and digital synthesizers, as well as processed live viola, cello, double bass and electric guitar (performed by Steve Doman, Heidi Parsons, James Opstad and Alex Roth respectively). The score was mixed by engineer Jake Jackson of Air Studios. The episode will be broadcast on February 18th.

 

 

JANUARY 2013

Silent WitnessSILENT WITNESS
I co-composed the scores for three of the five installments of the latest series of BBC 1's long-running forensic crime drama SILENT WITNESS, with composer Sheridan Tongue. These were TRUST, TRUE LOVE WAITS, and THE LEGACY, which I worked on in the latter months of 2012. Many thanks to Sheridan for getting me involved.

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2012

MaydayMAYDAY
My last project for 2012 was working with my friend (and fellow NFTS graduate) Stuart Earl, composing additional music for his scores for episodes 3&4 of the forthcoming five-part BBC drama MAYDAY, directed by Brian Welsh and with an ensemble cast including Peter Firth, Sophie Okonedo and Lesley Manville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2012

ApodemyAPODEMY
I composed the score for a beautiful short animation, APODEMY, by director Katerina Athanasopoulou, produced for an art installation in Athens. My score combined electronics with violin soloist, the violin part beautifully performed by Clare Wheeler.

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2012

StudioMAX RICHTER
I have recently finished working with composer Max Richter on his score for the French period drama feature LA RELIGIEUSE by director Guillaume Nicloux, with a cast including Pauline Etienne, Isabelle Huppert, Louise Bourgoin & Martina Gedeck. I had a rewarding time assisting Max on the orchestral score and attending the recording sessions in Berlin at the historic Babelsberg Studios.

 

 

 

 

 

VarietyA WORLD NOT OURS - VARIETY REVIEW
Following its premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, Mahdi Fleifel's feature documentary A WORLD NOT OURS has received a strong review in VARIETY. It can be read in full here.

 

 

AWNOA WORLD NOT OURS - TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
I recently completed scoring director Mahdi Fleifel's powerful feature-length documentary A WORLD NOT OURS, telling the story of multiple generations of exile in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Helweh in Lebanon. The film will receive its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12th 2012.

 

 

 

 

HuntedHUNTED
I've worked as additional music composer on the gripping forthcoming espionage drama series HUNTED. The 8-part thriller is a BBC and HBO co-production, from writer Frank Spotnitz (THE X-FILES), with a cast led by Golden Globe nominee Melissa George. I worked closely with composer Ruth Barrett, contributing additional music to her scores for episodes three to eight. The series will be broadcast in the UK on BBC 1 later this Autumn, and in the USA on Cinemax.

 

 

 

JUNE 2012

Britain In A DayBRITAIN IN A DAY
I recently completed working as additional music composer on the feature length crowd-sourced documentary BRITAIN IN A DAY, with composer Martin Phipps. I worked closely with Martin and director Morgan Matthews on the project, and also composer Roger Goula (who lent his banjo and ukelele skills to two of my compositions). The orchestral music that I composed for the project was recorded at the legendary Air Studios in London. The film was a co-production between the BBC and Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions and was broadcast on BBC 2 on June 11th.

MANNERS MCDADE
I am very pleased to have recently signed an exclusive publishing contract with MANNERS MCDADE, who represent some of the country's finest film, television and theatre composers.

NEW WEBSITE
I have updated my website with a new layout and an improved selection of my work. Please check back for more updates soon.