Wolf Hall is the most keenly anticipated BBC drama for 2015. Based on the Booker Prize-winning novels of Hilary Mantel its all-star cast includes Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy and Jonathan Pryce. The six part serial presents an intimate portrait of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief minister and confidante. Leading British film and TV composer Debbie Wiseman in her sixth collaboration with BAFTA Award winning director Peter Kosminsky has created a highly original score mixing Tudor instruments with modern to create the austere and vivid musical atmosphere of the time. Performed by the celebrated Locrian Ensemble Of London, Debbie says, “It’s a huge privilege to have been asked to create the score for the drama adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s stunning novels. My aim was to create a musical world inspired by the vitality and elegance of the novels, and the vivid screenplay by Peter Straughan. Peter Kosminsky’s powerful visual adaptation and Mark Rylance’s mesmerising performance as Thomas Cromwell have been a huge inspiration throughout the composing process.” Debbie Wiseman MBE is one of Britain’s most successful female music ambassadors as a composer, conductor and also a presenter. With over 200 credits in TV and film, composing highlights include A Poet In New York, The Andrew Marr Show theme, The Promise and the Ivor Novello Award nominated Wilde and Death Of Yugoslavia.
At the 42nd International Emmy Awards Gala held at the New York Hilton last night Utopia won the International Drama category. The event was hosted by Little Britain star Matt Lucas. International Academy President Bruce L. Paisner praised the award winners. “In the turbulent world we live in today, television’s unique power to show the beauty and drama of the human story is even more important and impactful, These outstanding programs and performances are an inspiration to audiences worldwide.”
The irresistible lure of 1950’s rural English life has charmed viewers this Autumn in the form of ITV’s “Grantchester”. Classic Sunday viewing, the Telegraph wrote, “Delightfully neat and economical of plot, it’s Cluedo with cassocks and just enough noir for the modern palate”. The full soundtrack is due for release soon, but in the meanwhile, there’s a taster available in the form of a free download of a song from the series by jazz singer Gloria Dee from HERE
In 2013 Channel 4 scored a major success with Utopia, a six part series revolving around a group of graphic novel fans who discover a terrible secret. Stylish, intelligent and cinematic, the second series in 2014 reinforced the impact of series one and gained the show an even larger following. Integral to the action is Chilean composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s original music for the programme, recognised by the Royal Television Society who awarded it Best Music (Original Score), Record Collector who gave it a five star review and Mojo who placed it at number four in their Top 10 Soundtracks of the year. Due for release on the 15th of December,this 2CD set delivers more of his unique sounds and has once more been nominated for a Royal Television Society award Best Music (Original Score).
“Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s cunning, menacing music” – The Arts Desk
“As it is, the characters are so varied and funny, the colours so rich, the soundtrack so funky and the quirk factor so high that it manages to achieve the rare double whammy – to be both genuinely original and immensely watchable”. – The Times
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1. Brainwave Playground
2. Promised Land Utopia
3. Lucidity Gone
4. Life Out Of Balance
5. Satan’s Waltz (Metamorphosis Stage 1)
6. Bambino Illuminatus
7. Bambino Criminale
8. Over The Rainbow
9. An Answer
10. V Day Baby
1. The Moaning Pyramid
2. Mind Splitting Lab (Metamorphosis Stage 2)
3. I Feel Separated
4. Fascinating Child
5. 8-Bit Trauma
6. The Monarch’s Pyramid
7. To You All Kids Will Come… (Metamorphosis Complete)
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With five nominations at the upcoming RTS Craft and Design Awards to add to its International Emmy nomination, this second and sadly final series of Utopia is recognised as one of the most innovative and engaging drama series in a long time. The awards include one for Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s original score, one of the most critically acclaimed TV soundtracks of recent times. Fans were devastated when Channel 4 announced there would be no series 3, but they do have the US remake courtesy of HBO with House of Cards’ David Fincher directing to look forward to.
Costume Design – Drama
Effects – Picture Enhancement
Music – Original Score
Production Design – Drama
Photography – Drama
International Emmy Nomination:
Best Drama Series
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2013 was an epochal year for Doctor Who and the two specials reflected the series’ monumental impact as a British cultural icon. The Day Of The Doctor celebrated the 50th anniversary of the series with a story that weaved in many references to its distinguished past and was transmitted to 94 countries, the largest ever simulcast for a TV drama. With this 2 CD release, Murray Gold’s best-selling music for the series extends the catalogue to nine years of superbly crafted themes from uplifting and exciting to reflective and melancholic. Disc two presents music from The Time Of The Doctor, the episode in the now traditional Christmas Day slot which showcased the departure of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi’s debut as the twelfth Doctor.
“Ever since Doctor Who’s revival in 2005, Murray Gold’s incidental music has become as iconic as the theme tune (originally composed by Ron Grainer) he re-arranged. It takes sadness and provokes tears. It takes danger and quickens the pulse. It takes adventures through time and space with a mad man in a box and – somehow – makes it all seem even more weird and wonderful than it already is” – Radio Times
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Tagged 50th Anniversary, bbc, CD, Christmas Special, Doctor Who, Download, Matt Smith, Music, Peter Capaldi, programme, soundtrack, The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor
Cult tragicomedy “Frank” was Mark Kermode’s Film Of The Month in July and has now gone on to be nominated in multiple categories in the British Independent Film Awards, including a nomination for Stephen Rennicks for his authentic song-based soundtrack:
BEST DIRECTOR – Lenny Abrahamson – Frank
BEST SCREENPLAY – Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – Frank
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Maggie Gyllenhaal – Frank
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Michael Fassbender – Frank
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT – Stephen Rennicks – Music – Frank
All at Silva Screen Records were saddened to hear of the death of Jack Bruce and extend their condolences to his family. The composer, musician, songwriter, powerhouse vocalist and candidate for one of the greatest bassists of all time recorded some highly acclaimed jazz albums for our CMP label in the early 1990s. Somethinels was the first collaboration between Jack and Eric Clapton since their days with Cream whilst Monkjack saw Jack revisit songs from his solo career including Songs For A Tailor and Harmony Row. Cities Of The Heart recorded in Cologne in 1993 to celebrate his 50th birthday featured an all star line-up celebrating his incredible career. All can be heard on Spotify.
O2’s new TV ad ‘Master Your Smart Tech’ ad campaign featuring the O2 Gurus has just launched with Silva Screen’s version of the iconic Hawaii- Five-0 TV theme.
See the video HERE
1964 was a spectacular year for film and television with both mediums delivering productions that 50 years on remain equally popular today. Iconic is a much misused word in the second decade of the 21st century but 1964 overflowed with style, creativity, trend-setting, originality, inspiration and inventiveness. In cinema, the opening credits to Goldfinger, Audrey Hepburn’s transformation from flower girl to ‘lady’ in My Fair Lady, the Esso garage in the snow of The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and the final warrior salute in Zulu. TV had its equals as well, the simplicity of Samantha’s nose twitch in Bewitched, no change half-a-century on from the original Match Of The Day by-line “the highlights of a top match in today’s football league programme” and the finger-clicking manic harpsichord introduction to The Addams Family.
But that’s just the visual side of things. 1964 was awash with musical gems on the big and small screen. The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack composed entirely of Lennon/McCartney songs, the genius of Robert and Richard Sherman’s songs for Mary Poppins and Henry Mancini’s laid back A Shot In The Dark theme. TV had Tony Hatch’s timeless theme to Crossroads, Jerry Goldsmith’s strident The Man From U.N.C.L.E music and Hoyt Curtin’s relentlessly jazzy theme for Jonny Quest.
This compilation brings together a rich tapestry of music from an era when every detail of a production was finely honed and the sound was not designed but artistically created by composers and writers and delivered by the finest musicians.
1964 In Film And TV Music is released on the 10th of November