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Summer Tidings

Although it’s taken some time to schedule due to work demands, the audiobook of Theatre of Widdershins’ The Magic Porridge Pot & Other Tasty Tales is now finished! You can listen to a snippet and buy it here.

Earlier this year I composed for the music for a very funny short film called The Last Post starring Ryan Sampson and Mark Heap. The film has been submitted for festivals and has been getting a very positive response, including award nominations from Madrid International Film Festival and Austin Comedy Short Film Festival. Adam Preston, the writer and director, has been keeping a blog on the making of the film (amongst other things) which you can find here. You can listen to some of the music here.

In addition I recently finished assisting Dominik Scherrer on a BBC TV adapation of JB Priestley’s famous stage play An Inspector Calls starring David Thewlis, Miranda Richardson and Ken Stott. Also, congratulations to Dom on his Emmy nomination for his music for The Missing.

It’s been great to see Red Kingdom Rising mentioned by MJ Simpson in his annual round-up of 2014’s notable British horror films and by Jonathan Rigby in English Gothic, a new edition of his landmark book tracing the rise and fall (and rise again) of English horror cinema from its beginnings in the 1890s right through to the present day.

On a sadder note, James Horner died recently aged 61. His music was the soundtrack to a number of my favourite films when I was growing up and continued to be an influence in my own career. I first heard his score for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at the tender age of 10 and not long after noticed the very same name attached to films like Battle Beyond the Stars, Aliens & Cocoon. It would be hard to name all the scores of his that I enjoyed, especially given a career as prolific as his, but titles such as The Rocketeer, Glory, Sneakers, Apollo 13, Bicentennial Man, The New World & Apocalypto all come to mind. I was lucky enough to see him in conversation at the Royal Albert Hall in what was to be his last public engagement. He talked with great enthusiasm about working with Mel Gibson on his forthcoming project and it’s a great shame that we will never hear his finished score. RIP Maestro.

The Magic Porridge Pot & Other Tasty Tales

Splodge that porridge! Slurp that soup! Snap that biscuit!

On today’s menu there is a trio of traditional and tasty tales to tantalize and tease. For starters we have the magic pot which won’t stop producing porridge. The main course is a delicious soup made from the scrummiest stone in the world and for pudding (if you can catch it) we have a walking talking Gingerbread Man, who is just asking to be munched! Oh Crumbs!

These three yummy yarns which you know so well are served with unexpected spices and quirky flavours, along with Widdershins’ trademark ingredients of puppets, pop-up sets and original music. Perfect fare for fussy foodies and discerning diners. Bon Appetit!

An audiobook of the story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 62 minutes 9 seconds.

To buy it in a downloadable format of your choice for £4.50 click here.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

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A Triptych of Tantalising Tuck

Regular co-conspirators Theatre of Widdershins’ The Magic Porridge Pot & Other Tasty Tales is hitting the road this coming weekend at The Quay Theatre in Sudbury. As usual I supplied music and sound effects for this trio of food-related fairytales. You can find information about further dates at their website. For those who are interested, we’re currently making plans to record an audiobook of the show as soon as possible and I’ll put some of the music from the show up on this website in the near future for your delectation!

In addition to the above I’ve also been working as an assistant composer on a couple of TV series; the third season of Ripper Street, which was saved from cancellation by popular demand earlier this year and The Missing, a mini series starring James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor, Tcheky Karyo and Jason Flemyng.

Rumpelstiltskin and the Wheel of Fortune

Poor Polly Buckwheat, the Miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle! If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn a bit nasty. But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell?

An audiobook of the story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 59 minutes 27 seconds.

To buy it in a downloadable format of your choice for £4.50 click here.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

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A Train, A Tale & A Tease

A happy new year to you all! As we begin this exciting new year here’s a quick roundup of my current projects:

  • Train Station is a feature film by CollabFeature, a single story made up of continuous segments by 42 directors across 22 countries. Guillem Serrano, whom I met whilst working on Red Kingdom Rising, was directing and editing one of these segments and asked if I would be interested in scoring it; an offer to which I eagerly agreed. Guillem’s “director’s cut” was completed last November and working on the film was a hugely enjoyable experience; but we’re not quite finished yet! The feature film has yet to be assembled from the various segments so it’s entirely possible more changes may be required. A fuller description of this unique project, along with some of the music, will be posted once it’s finalised.
  • Rumpelstiltskin is being revived by Theatre of Widdershins and is due to start touring at the end of January. The music for this popular fairytale has been reworked from the previous production and a little bit of new music has been added for those of you with particularly attentive ears! Andy Lawrence and I will be recording narration soon with a view to an audiobook release before Easter.
  • The final project is one I can’t say too much about; it’s the new project from the director of Red Kingdom Rising, Navin Dev. I’m currently working on establishing some thematic ideas to help with the pitching of the project to talent and investors. This is the most exciting and intimidating moment during the creation of a score; you know that potentially the best work you’ve done is hiding in the blank piece of paper in front of you but you have no idea what it sounds like!

In addition to the above, I continue to assist Dominik Scherrer after a brief break between commissions. Following his work on Ripper Street (currently screening on BBC1 and imminently on BBC America) he is now hard at work on a new season of Marple, including the exotic-sounding A Caribbean Mystery!

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Shooooooooooooooes….! Ah, new shoes… Delightful on the feet. Soft, dancing shoes; swarthy pirate shoes; silver buckle and silken soles. No one makes shoes like an elf.

Inspired by the Ladybird book, this is the story of Elvis Schumacker, cobbler and craftsman, who has worked all his life creating the most beautiful footwear. But now he’s hit hard times… Everyone’s buying boring shoes from the evil businessman, Bunyan Soleless. Time is running out for Elvis. With one piece of leather left and Bunyan’s factory growing, can anyone help him?

The music for this production by Theatre of Widdershins is composed in a variety of styles including a sea shanty and a fandango, and features an unusual ensemble of percussion instruments.

An audiobook of the story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 52 minutes 30 seconds.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

To buy it in a downloadable format of your choice for £4.50 click here.

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Arabian Nights

It’s amazing what you can find when you really look hard! Here we have three tales from the queen of all storytellers – the incredible Sheherazade. The first tale she found was hidden in the sands of the desert; the second at the bottom of the ocean, and the third she heard straight from the donkey’s mouth! Genies, camels, flying carpets, and suspicious ne-er-do-wells – welcome to the world of the Arabian Nights!

Theatre of Widdershins takes you on an exciting journey through roasting deserts, sand dunes, scented markets and fish filled seas, using storytelling and wonderfully atmospheric music.

An audiobook of this story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 66 minutes 28 seconds.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

To buy it in a downloadable format of your choice for £4.50 click here.

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Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom

Tangles? Split Ends? Frizzy? Flyaway? It’s hard enough having a bad hair day but pity poor Rapunzel spending her life in a tower with a wicked witch using her captive’s locks as a step ladder! What sort of damage is that going to do to your hair?

Theatre of Widdershins have taken this Grimm tale right back to its dark roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! This enchanting story promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights. Make an appointment to listen today – because you’re worth it!!!

The music for this production is composed in a variety of styles including that of a Mariachi band, and makes notable use of harp, guitar, harmonium and prepared piano.

An audiobook of the story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 59 minutes 20 seconds.

To buy it in a downloadable format of your choice for £4.50 click here.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

To view your PayPal shopping cart click here.

The King’s Got Donkey’s Ears!

A walk in the woods should be for fun, play or a visit to Grandma’s. Not so for Good King Orik. He went in smiling and came out with the great big furry ears of a donkey! Shocked, embarrassed and very upset, the King hides away in his tower, desperately hoping that no-one will find out the secret hidden beneath his hat. But Scruffibus, the King’s wise and faithful dog, cannot bear to see his master upset and realises that something must be done!

Theatre of Widdershins brings you this epic tale of heroes, heroines and hairdressers, lovingly retold with the company’s unique blend of storytelling and original music.

The music is composed for a medium-sized ensemble of musicians, and features a Glass Harmonica.

An audiobook of this story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 45 minutes 50 seconds.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

To buy it in a downloadable format of your choice for £4.50 click here.

To view your PayPal shopping cart click here.

Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails

Our storyteller’s on the run from those three-headed monsters, trying to bring you the most fantastic tales from the Magic Land of Three. Are you really sure what happened to the Big Bad Wolf and those Three Little Pigs? Why was Goldilocks walking in the woods? And as for the Three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll?

The music for this production by Theatre of Widdershins features several folk styles, including Roma Gypsy, Argentinian Tango and Celtic, as well as some haphazard instrumental ensembles including Alpen Horns, Balalaikas and burps!

An audiobook of this story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 66 minutes 25 seconds.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

To buy it in a downloadable format of your choice for £4.50 click here.

To view your PayPal shopping cart click here.