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Screened Music Network at BFI

On Monday 11th November I gave one of Screened Music Network’s masterclasses, the subject was collaborative scoring with world musicians. I spoke for the first half of the afternoon using video and audio examples of my work and then Christian Henson (who heroically stepped in at the 11th hour after Alex Heffes unfortunately had to drop out due to commitments in LA) gave his 90 minute half, also playing clips of his work. (Not sure masterclass is right here as it was more about sharing experiences rather than teaching or instructing, however everyone seemed to take something away from the day).





The event was a real success having been organized as always by Olivia Dixon and Steve Molesworth who run Screened Music Network, and there were a lot of motivated conversations with composers that followed the seminar well into the evening.

In the words of SMN:

The Screened Music Network Masterclasses are a series of high-end training days for film and television composers.
Unique to Screened Music, the days provide an essential opportunity to investigate some of the latest methods and techniques required of today’s media composers.

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(The room did fill up more than this !!)

It was a real honour for me to be asked to speak at the event which was hosted by Nick Ryan, another composer but also excellent mediator who was able to fire just the right question to me or Christian when appropriate.

It was a great day and I look forward to the next SMN event soon.

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Screened Music Network Masterclass

Mon 11th Nov 2013 Collaborative Scoring will explore some of the ways composers can enrich their work and seek inspiration from other musicians, composers and cultures, with a focus on world musicians. We’ll be hearing from industry-leading composers, Christian Henson (The Devil’s DoubleBlack DeathWild Bill) and David Poore (Life In Cold BloodSpringwatchPlanet Earth – The Future), whose extensive and varied work has lead them to collaborate with some of the world’s finest musicians.


The Sessions

David Poore


David Poore is an Emmy and RTS nominated composer who has written music for over 200 productions for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, as well as many international channels including PBS, Discovery, National Geographic and Disney. From the flagship Sir David Attenborough series Life In Cold Blood and Life In The Undergrowth to the Springwatch Theme, Channel 4’s Grand Designs, and feature film drama ‘Frail’, David’s scores are continually in demand, in the UK and around the world.David will discuss his work, specifically in the field of natural history where he is often required to supply hints, textures and impressions of world music or geographic references. He will discuss his personal experiences of collaborating with world class session musicians such as percussion virtuoso Paul Clarvis and world wind specialist Dirk Campbell, with tips on communicating well and getting the most out of the players. And with online collaboration now becoming such a valid and popular alternative to working face to face, David will also discuss the advantages and potential pitfalls in collaborating virtually with musicians.

Christian Henson


Christian Henson

Christian is one of the UK’s most talented and sought after score composers whose vitality and creative approach is very much at the vanguard of the next generation of score composers taking over this industry.Recent career highlights include The Devil’s Double starring Dominic Cooper, directed by Lee Tamahori, two films with director Christopher Smith; Triangle, featuring the vocals of Dot Allison and the critically acclaimed Black Death, (which earned him a Best Original Score award at Screamfest LA), as well as the French blockbuster La Rafle, starring Jean Reno and Melanie Laurent, and a collaboration with Oscar winner, Dario Marianelli for Working Title’s Hippie Hippie Shake. Christian has also scored the globally recognised Agatha Christie’s Poirot.Since his debuts with Les Fils Du Vent & Chasing Liberty (which earned him a ‘Discovery Of The Year’ nomination at the World Soundtrack Awards), Christian has used his broad experience both in orchestral and electronic disciplines to write an eclectic mixture of scores, including the children’s blockbuster fantasy, The Secret Of Moonacre (featuring Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan) and Chris Smith’s cult horror hit Severance, (which earned him an Ivor Novello nomination for ‘Best Original Movie Score’ in 2007)

Christian first became immersed in the world of film composition early in his career through his highly acclaimed work within the UK Drum & Bass, Breakbeat and Pop scene; working with the likes of LTJ Bukem, The Freestylers, Scott Walker & Roy Ayers. Through writing for over 50 hit and cult TV series, combined with programming and assisting for a number of film composers including, Anne Dudley, Harry & Rupert Gregson Williams, Dario Marianelli and Patrick Doyle, Christian began forging what is now proving to be one of the most successful film and TV scoring careers in the UK.

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