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Daniel Elms' Bethia Premieres

Daniel Elms’ Bethia premiered on June 30th in Hull, the city which the piece is inspired by, as part of the New Music Biennial. A work of music and moving images, it earned a 4-star review from the Telegraph who praised the piece’s ‘luminous simplicity’. The London premiere takes place on 7th July at Royal Festival Hall. Daniel is embarking on a 1 year residency with the Manchester Collective, with further live events to be scheduled as part of their partnership. He is currently recording his debut album, for release later this year.

This Beautiful Fantastic Nominated For Music + Sound Award

Composer Anne Nikitin has been nominated for a Music + Sound Award for 'Best Original Composition in a Feature Film Score' for her work on This Beautiful Fantastic. Winners will be announced on 13th July at 4pm via the Music + Sound Awards Twitter feed (@MASawards).

Peter Gregson Releases Quartets: One

On July 7th, Peter Gregson will release an EP of new string quartet music, Quartets: 001 via his own label, cabinbaggage (distributed by Believe Digital). His work to date has explored fusing analogue synthesisers with piano and strings, but this EP is left as a pure series of string quartets recorded simply in a former church in North London. This is the first of Gregson’s releases where he has not played his cello, preferring here to focus on writing for the quartet. An early track premiere on Headphone Commute, which called the EP “simply gorgeous, with no need for further words”, has led to international radio play for ‘The Day Before’. Listen here

Music Sales Signs Tyrone Noonan

Music Sales Creative is overjoyed to announce its signing of Tyrone (“Ty”) Noonan to a worldwide music publishing deal with Embassy Music Publishing Australia, completed recently in the company’s New York office with Managing Director, Jane English and Creative Director, Denise Sharp. This will see Tyrone published worldwide by the Music Sales Group of affiliates. ARIA award-winning Tyrone Noonan began a multi-faceted solo career following his time with numerous bands culminating with eight years on the road with george, a Brisbane band fronted by sister and brother, Katie Noonan and Tyrone. In george, Tyrone provided vocals, guitar, keyboards, production and song writing. george’s debut album, Polyserena, entered the Australian national charts at No1, sold double platinum units and won the band an ARIA for Best New Artist. The band released eight EPs, two albums and an award-winning DVD. Last year george celebrated its 20-year anniversary, performed sell-out shows around the country and released a new album compilation of their early indie EPs, the early years. In 2005, george came off the road for an indefinite hiatus and Tyrone went it alone: releasing his debut pop/rock/soul mini-album “Heavy Soul Part 1” in 2006 with a successful national tour and solid national radio play; relocating to London in 2008 and representing Australia at various festivals including Toast and TNT Month of Music; relocating to New York in 2009 (until 2012) and representing Australia at various Australia Day festivals and Anzac Day ceremonies; releasing his first solo album, I Believe, in 2011 on the back of a successful crowd-funded Pledge Music campaign; and releasing his remix EP I’m A Believer in 2014 with a successful east coast band tour and solid national radio play. It was Tyrone’s album Soniclines that brought him once again to the attention of Embassy Music Publishing. Recently returned to Australia from New York, Tyrone formed a new band, Soniclines, that has produced an amazing cross-over album of the same name that is due for release in 2017. That group comprises Tyrone, multi-instrumentalist Anthony Garcia and special guest digeridoo player, William Barton. Soniclines is soon to be developed into a magnificent visual stage performance. A prolific songwriter and producer, Tyrone is now working towards a new solo album. He has ready to go co-writes with Grant (G.W.) McLennan (The Go-Betweens), Dave Goode (The Potbelleez) and Dan Rosen (ARIA CEO), among others.

Brian Byrne Releases James Joyce Project Goldenhair

Music Sales is launching its new record label venture with the June 16th release of Goldenhair, an album by Golden Globe-nominated and IFTA award-winning composer Brian Byrne setting his original songs to select poems from renowned Irish writer James Joyce's 1907 collection, Chamber Music. Ranging in style from adult contemporary to jazz, bluegrass and more, the tracks of Goldenhair feature world-renowned artists including Kurt Elling, Glenn Close, Judith Hill, Julian Lennon and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Listen here

Music Sales At Edinburgh Film Festival 2017

Tom Of Finland (music by Hildur Guðnadóttir), This Beautiful Fantastic (scored by Anne Nikitin), Kaleidoscope (with composed music from Mike Prestwood Smith), Mum (short film with score from Peter Gregson) and In Dubious Battle (pictured, featuring original music by Volker Bertelmann) will be amongst the raft of films showing at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival featuring Music Sales' composers and repertoire. Films showcasing music from our extensive catalogue include Daphne, a vibrant character portrait of a young woman of the threshold of a much-needed change, and the Morrissey biopic England Is Mine. Additionally, the festival programme will include the critically-acclaimed drama God's Own Country, music supervised by the Music Sales team, as well as the premiere of the Donmar Warehouse's Julius Caesar, for which Music Sales provided music consultation services.

Sam Watts Scores Battling The Bailiffs

Sam Watts has co-written the score for Channel 4's Battlng The Bailiffs, premiering June 15th at 10pm. The show follows Chrisy Morris (pictured) as he spends his spare time travelling around the country standing up to bailiffs to try to prevent people losing their homes. Commissioned as part of the Cutting Edge strand, the music was written by Watts with fellow composer Rob Manning. More info

South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2017

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2017 nominees have been announced, with projects scored by Tandis Jenhudson and George Fenton featured in the shortlist. John Akomfrah's video installation Vertigo Sea, with original music from Jenhudson, is nominated under the Visual Art category, whilst I, Daniel Blake (directed by Ken Loach and scored by Fenton) is up for the Film award. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on Sunday 9th July, which will be broadcast on Sky Arts on Wednesday 12th July. See full nominees here

Planetarium Album Release

On June 9th 4AD will release Planetarium, the collaborative album from Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Sufjan Stevens and James McAllister. Inspired by the solar system, the project is borne of the group's 2013 live alliance of the same title. In addition to songs inspired by the planets from our solar system, the release includes compositions about black holes, Halley's Comet, the Kuiper belt, the Moon and the Sun. Watch the video for 'Saturn' here

CAM Masters Now Represented By Music Sales

As part of our on-going relationship with Sugar Music, Music Sales now represents the masters of the CAM catalogue, home to Grammy and Academy Awards winners such as Ennio Morricone, Riz Ortolani, Nino Rota and Luis Bacalov. The catalogue specialises in film music and counts La Dolce Vita (pictured), Amarcord, Il Postino and 8½ amongst the scores represented. Listen here

Konni Kass Signs To Music Sales

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Konni Kass has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Music Sales to represent her on a worldwide basis. Hailing from the Faroe Islands, Konni's debut album Haphe was released last year to critical acclaim. She is currently on tour with Eivør. Listen here

Anna Thorvaldsdottir Signs To Music Sales

The Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir has signed a long-term agreement with Chester Music, part of The Music Sales Group of Companies, to publish her music beginning July 2017. Thorvaldsdottir's work is notable for its command of large-scale musical structures which seem to unfold organically while never losing focus on their ultimate destination. This can be heard in orchestral pieces such as Dreaming, for which she won the 2008 Nordic Council Music Prize, and AERIALITY, which has received over 20 performances since its premiere in 2011. Ensemble works, including the 40-minute cycle In the Light of Air, allow the listener to dwell on the ingenuity of the composer's instrumental writing, while the recent choral piece Ad Genua demonstrates her naturally expressive vocal music. Her largest scale work to date is UR_, a chamber opera with a cast of four characters which deals with the human struggle to return to a natural state of being. Thorvaldsdottir was the recipient of the New York Philharmonic's Kravis Emerging Composer Award in 2015. It includes an orchestral commission for premiere in spring 2018.

Dusk UK Premier At East End Film Festival

Dusk, the new short film scored by Justine Barker, will be making it's UK premiere at the East End Film Festival on June 17th. Directed by Jake Graf, the film is set in 1950s England and focuses on the story of Chris Winters, who struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.

Anne Nikitin Scores New Damien Hirst Exhibition

Anne Nikitin has created a new soundtrack for Damien Hirst's latest exhibition Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable. The project was a decade in the making, featuring a selection of unique and valuable items lost in a legendary shipwreck 2,000 years ago and now raised from the Indian Ocean at Hirst’s personal expense. Currently on show in Venice, the exhibition will be the basis of a feature film set for release later this year, also featuring new music from Anne. Anne, having recently contributed to the BBC and Raw TV documentary The Drug Trial, will also be scoring the upcoming Bart Layton film, American Animals. Starring Evan Peters and Blake Jenner, it will focus on the true story of four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted one of the most audacious heists in US history.

BBC Proms 2017

The BBC Proms line-up was announced yesterday, launched with a promo set to John Adams' 'Harmonium', which will be performed on the opening night in celebration of Adams' 70th birthday. Other Music Sales highlights in the programme include the premiere of Michael Gordon's Big Space and the first complete live performance of Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar’s 1990 studio album Passages, as well as selections from Judith Weir, Samuel Barber, Julia Wolfe and Jean Sibelius.

Music Sales At Tribeca And Cannes

Tribeca Film Festival is currently in full swing and features an array of projects with music by Music Sales composers. Feature documentaries AlphaGo, scored by Volker Bertelmann, and The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson, music from Bryce Dessner, will have their international premieres at the festival, and Tom Of Finland, with original music by Hildur Guðnadóttir, will make its North American debut. The feature film version of Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden's mockumentary The Trip To Spain will be showing and includes a number of compositions by Michael Nyman. Cannes Film Festival, coming in May, will also see a number of screenings featuring original music from our roster in addition to some sync placements of our pre-existing catalogue. Hungarian drama Jupiter's Moon, directed by Kornél Mundruczó and scored by Jed Kurzel, will be premiering, as will the eagerly anticipated How To Talk To Girls At Parties, based on the Neil Gaiman short story and directed by John Cameron Mitchell with music by Nico Muhly. Additionally, there will be a special screening of An Inconvenient Sequel, the thought-provoking climate change documentary which incorporates original music from Jeff Beal. Music Sales repertoire has been placed in Arnaud Desplechin's Les Fantômes d’Ismaël and François Ozon's Amant Double. Internationally renowned composer Gabriel Yared from the Music Sales roster has now been confirmed as part of the jury at Cannes.

Steve Gibbs Re-Releases Adrift

On April 28th, Steve Gibbs will re-release his debut album Adrift, featuring two songs published by Music Sales via Aim Low / Injazero Records. A British modern classical / ambient musician and media composer, Steve Gibbs' music has been described as 'cinematic' and 'ethereal' combing influences from classical, ambient, post-rock and electronic music.

Music Sales Acquires Bleu Blanc Rouge Catalogue

Music Sales have acquired the Bleu Blanc Rouge catalogue from legendary Belgian record producer and songwriter Jean Kluger. Established by Huguette and Jean Kluger in Paris in 1967, Bleu Blanc Rouge includes a string of timeless hits written by Jean Kluger in partnership with Daniel Vangarde, including 'D.I.S.C.O.', 'Cuba', 'Que Sera Mi Vida (If You Should Go)', 'Hands Up' amongst many others. The company also publishes film music by Bolling including the theme for Borsalino and the soundtrack of Le Mur de l’Atlantique.

Melissa Parmenter To Release New EP

Producer, pianist and composer Melissa Parmenter will be releasing her debut EP, Scandinavia, on the 24thMarch via Decca Records. This original suite of five compositions features works for both solo piano and piano with cello and features the track Platform which was originally written for the feature film A Mighty Heart. Melissa has previously scored several films including Genova and The Killer Inside Me and is currently working on music for the Instagram film SHIELD 5. Listen here

Justine Barker Signs To Music Sales

Music Sales are delighted to announce the signing of Justine Barker to our roster of composers. Justine is best known for her work on critically acclaimed drama series Suspects. A multi-instrumentalist with a diverse yet distinctive style, her music has been broadcast on BBC1, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and she has balanced TV credits with a varied and fruitful film career, scoring over 40 shorts in six years, including work for award-winning directors Rebecca Johnson, Sam Callis and Jake Graf. Other TV projects include writing music for Holby City, Casualty and Sirens, as well as devising musical identities for new productions in development. Justine was the winner of Best Composer at Underwire Film Festival 2016, as selected by the Musicians Union and was chosen for WFTV’s mentoring programme and BAFTA Crew 2016. Justine also writes and produces lyrical songs and instrumental tracks for music production libraries and produced 50 tracks to order for 5 seasons of BBC1's Outnumbered.

Mark Mehigan Joins Aim Low Roster

Aim Low has signed Mark Mehigan to their roster, as administered by Music Sales. Mark is a songwriter, producer and artist who has collaborated with acclaimed music industry producers / writers Bert Elliot, Jakwob, Steve Booker and Jim Elliot. His work with former Westlife singer Markus Feehily resulted in three co-writes on Feehily’s debut solo album, Fire. Mark produces his own disco/house music under the alias FRNKLYN and his song 'I Need A Man' was selected for Jackmaster's highly regarded Mastermix.

Sharon Van Etten Covers End Of The World

The soundtrack of the hit Amazon Series The Man In The High Castle will be released on April 7th, featuring Sharon Van Etten’s cover of Music Sales copyright ‘The End Of The World’. The soundtrack, entitled Resistance Radio, was curated by Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen. Listen Here

Tarik O'Regan Releases New Album

British composer Tarik O’Regan has released his latest album, A Celestial Map of the Sky. The LP features a selection of the composer’s recent work, including a reworking of themes from his popular chamber opera Heart of Darkness, and pieces inspired by North African traditional music. The collection is performed with the Hallé Orchestra and has received a 4 star review from The Guardian. Listen here

Heinali Releases Anthem

Ukranian musician and composer Oleg Shpudeiko, alias Heinali, has released his latest LP Anthem. Published as part of our Aim Low catalogue, the album has received great reviews from Uncut, thump, Aesthetica and DJ. Listen here

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