I offer a range of arrangement and orchestration services using live and sampled instruments. I come from a classically trained background (working on music styles from the 17th century up to the present day) with additional experience in popular music genres and in writing music for the stage and screen.
I’m always eager to collaborate closely with other musicians to make sure they get the sound they want out of the forces available. In the past clients have also made use of my skills as a conductor and typesetter, reducing costs and improving efficiency on their projects.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss an arrangement/orchestration project.
Examples of Previous Work
I was approached by rock band Starling in 2009 to contribute to their debut album, Public Service. I worked closely with the band to transform their template string sounds into dynamic, full-bodied parts for live musicians. I provided all performance materials, sourced the string players and consulted/directed during the recording session.
Having built a successful working partnership we worked together again on their second album, Dream Again, in 2012. The production budget here was higher so we were able to engage the Liverpool Session Orchestra, who I conducted over a two-day recording session at Parr Street Studios. Dream Again was released in June 2015.
Orchestration of Haydn Chamber Works for the Leeds Haydn Players
During my tenure with the Leeds Haydn Players I prepared two orchestrations of Haydn chamber works for concert performance. The first was an arrangement of Haydn’s Op 33 No 6 for woodwind and strings, designed to showcase the orchestra’s wind section. The second was a rendering of the first movement of Haydn’s Keyboard Sonata Hob. XVI, 37 as a concert overture (for standard 18th century orchestral forces).
Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ in Support of Leeds Kirkgate Market
In June 2012 I joined forces with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Leeds Kirkgate Market to produce a truncated and adapted performance of Bizet’s Carmen. The project was staged in support of the market and the lives and professions of its inhabitants. The performance took place throughout the market in among stalls, workers and the public. The audience was guided from location to location following the drama through a normal working day in one of the city’s most prized landmarks.