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A creative force in music for live performance, film, tv and interactive media.

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People I've worked with, places I've worked... (in no particular order)
Credits - Orchestras/Artists/Venues/Broadcast & Distribution
  • expand_moreOrchestras/Ensembles

    Metropole Orkest

    (as arranger - projects: Squarepusher, Mark Lanegan, Colin Benders, ZO! Gospel, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Avond van de Filmmuziek)
    Heritage Orchestra
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Southbank Sinfonia
    Excellent Device!
    Army of Generals
    London Symphony Orchestra (strings)
    Sinfonietta Cracovia
    Aukso Orkiestra Kameralna Miasta Tychy
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
    Bath Philharmonia & Camerata
    MSU Symphony Orchestra
    Beethoven Academy Orchestra
    Malmo Symphony
    London Mozart Players
    RTE National Symphony Orchestra
    Essex Youth Orchestra

  • expand_moreComposers/Artists/Projects

    Anna Calvi
    Professor Green
    Mikey Asante/Boy Blue Entertainment
    Will Gregory
    Adrian Utley
    The Unthanks
    Jocelyn Pook
    John Harle
    Jess Gillam

  • expand_moreGigs/Concert/Venues/Festivals & Events

    Little Noise Sessions
    Glastonbury Festival
    Glastonbury Festival
    Mikey Asante/Boy Blue Entertainment
    Will Gregory
    Adrian Utley
    The Unthanks
    Jocelyn Pook
    John Harle
    Jess Gillam

  • expand_moreRecorded Products

    Pete Tong - Ibiza Classics
    Pete Tong - Classic House
    Anna Calvi - Live at Meltdown
    Steven Faux - Psalms Vol. III
    Jess Gillam - Rise
    John Harle& Marc Almond - Tyburn Tree

  • expand_moreTheatre & Dance

    "Outliers" - Mikey Asante (Boy Blue Entertainment)- @ Barbican, London
    Mr Punch

  • expand_moreFilm, TV & Broadcast Products

    "Antlers" - 2020 Feature Film (Copyist alongside Giles Thornton, music by Javier Navarrete).

    "Hurricane" - 2018 Feature Film (Copyist, music by Laura Rossi).

    "Summer in the Forest" - 2017 Documentary Film (Orchestrator, music by John Harle).

    "Spy in the Wild 2" - 2020 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One.

    "Serengeti" - 2019 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One, Discovery Channel (USA).

    "Snow Bears" - 2018 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One.

    "Rhys a Meinir" - 2017 TV documentary (Orchestrator, music by Cian Ciaran). Broadcast: S4C, BBC Four

    "The Ottoman Lieutenant" - 2017 Feature Film (Orchestrator on team led by Alastair King, music by Geoff Zanelli).

    "Spy in the Wild" - 2017 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One.

    "Earthflight: A 3D Journey" - 2016 Documentary Film (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory).

    "Penguins: Spy in the Huddle" - 2013 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One.

    "Earthflight" - 2011-12 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One.

* As arranger/orchestrator

+ As copyist/engraver

(Some of these credits sit within a grey area between orchestration and copying!)

Fun stats, if your definition of fun has a low threshold...

UK Number 1 Albums (1 track on "Classic House" by Pete Tong & Heritage Orchestra with Jules Buckley)

UK Top 20 Albums (1 track on "Classic House", 3 tracks on "Ibiza Classics", 3 tracks on "Chilled Classics"

No. of BBC Proms (Ibiza Prom, Scott Walker Prom, Folk Prom, Pioneers of Sound Prom, New York Prom)

Years as a professional arranger/orchestrator (my first big project was performed 31st March 2011).

Years in the music industry! (I started in music publishing)

Number of "dots" (noteheads) in my orchestral version of Squarepusher's "Ufabulum"

Services I can offer
Music Services

Yes I write music too! Previous commissions have included short animations and advertising idents, film music projects, as well as writing additional music for theatre and concert projects and even an art installation. My interests are pretty eclectic here so feel free to enquire! I operate a Logic Pro based recording studio with facilities to record individual instrumentalists and an extensive range of high quality sample libraries. My publishing interests are represented by Perfectly Formed Songs.


Changing it up! This one is my favourite. Give me a famous song, or a new piece, or an artist to collaborate with, and let me go wild (or don't - give me a brief, that works too). Whether you are asking me to transform the scale of a piece, the instrumentation, the colour or completely rework some tiny excerpy of melody as something that feels very new, I'm more than up for the challenge. High quality sample based demos of arrangements are usually available but I also work straight to score!


Helping you to realise your intentions for musical performance through notation. Perhaps you have a piano piece you want expanding into an orchestral score, or an orchestral demo sketched with samples that needs interpreting and converting into a fully notated orchestral arrangement. Sometimes this process is VERY creative, realising your intentions from basic sketches, other times its ma process of translation of your very precise intentions with a little bit of problem solving thrown in.


Once all the musical decisions are made, it's time to lay things out on the page in the score and the individual musical parts. I take a LOT of pride in producing practical, clear but beautiful sheet music. I recently discovered one of my ancestors was a "master printer/compositeur" and used to produce concert posters amongst other things back in the Victorian era. So hopefully some of that carried through in the genes? I've worked for print music publishers and on film/TV projects so can work to professional standards required by either!


The manufacturing process. I am proud to offer a full printing service for scores and parts whether prepared to studio session standards or fully bound concert works. A3 full scores, A4 parts (printed 1 up or 2 up on A3), taped for studio use, coil bound with covers for concert use or publication, including colour printing. By prior arrangement I can also provide a "standby copyist" service during studio sessions, with additional costs for porterage of printers and resources as necessary. B4 printing requires lead to time to order specialist stocks.


Sometimes a project needs several pairs of hands to get it done on schedule and to the highest possible quality. I have a host of colleagues who I can call on to help meet the requirements of individual projects. Need an orchestration team? Enquire within. My colleagues have experience in jazz and commercial arranging, film orchestration, copying, and music editing, and I'm very happy to co-ordinate them, work on a team with others, or if am unable to be involved with a project due to diary constraints I am happy to refer you to someone who can help!

Rates/Fees 2020
Fees (subject to confirmation/individual requirements)
Music Preparation

per page rates also available

@MU Rates p/hr

  • Copying, engraving, editing
  • Printing & Music Preparation
  • Dorico Pro and Sibelius Ultiamte
  • Materials/consumables and delivery/porterage charged separately
Arranging & Orchestration

per bar rates also available

@MU Rates p/hr

  • Creative arrangements
  • Facilitating orchestrations up to full symphony orchestra
  • Full demo mockups available
  • Dorico Pro and Sibelius Ultimate

hourly/per project

£ by negotiation

  • Rates by negotiation including royalties
  • Additional composition for film/tv/theatre based on existing material
  • New commissioned works
  • Logic Pro based recording studio facilities

Proud member of the UK Musicians Union. Members can access my Musicians Union profile here (must be logged in).

Payments accepted in many foreign currencies - just ask! I have worked for clients in Germany, Netherlands, the USA and Australia. New clients and large projects will be subject to payment of a 50% deposit before commencing work. The final balance will be invoiced upon completion and is payable within 30 days. I understand and will exercise my statutory right to interest and compensation for debt recovery costs under late payment legislation if I am not paid according to agreed credit terms.

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