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Music Sales Nominated For Music+Sound Awards 2018

The finalists for the 2018 Music + Sound Awards have been announced, including three nominations for Music Sales. Volker Bertlemann's score for the BBC historical drama Gunpowder has been short-listed for Best Original Composition in the Television Programme Score category; Guy Farley's arrangement for Waitrose's 2017 Christmas campaign Snowed In is nominated for Best Re-Record / Adaptation in Broadcast Advertising; and the Absolut Vodka One Night ad featuring 'Sunny' is a contender for Best Sync in Broadcast Advertising. The winners will be announced on July 10th. More info

Dustin O'Halloran, Volker Bertelmann And Jeff Beal Invited To Join Academy

Dustin O'Halloran, Volker Bertelmann and Jeff Beal are amongst forty-four individuals invited to join the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Dustin and Volker received an Academy Award nomination in 2017 for their collaborative Lion score, whilst Jeff's composition for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power was shortlisted for Best Original Music at the 2018 Oscars. More info

Anne Nikitin Scores Calibre

Anne Nikitin has scored the debut feature from Matt Palmer, Calibre, which premiered at Edinburgh Film Festival on June 22nd. The film follows two friends who head up to an isolated Scottish Highlands village for a weekend hunting trip, where things take an unexpected turn. The film is available to view on Netflix from June 29th. More info

The Happy Prince Out Now

The Happy Prince, scored by Gabriel Yared, is in theatres across the UK as of June 15th. The historical drama depicts the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humour. The film, described by The Independent as ‘moving and ‘surprising’, was directed by Rupert Everett who is joined in the cast by Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Colin Morgan. More info

New Her Name Is Calla EP Out Now

Post-rock band Her Name Is Calla release their new EP The Dead Rift on 15th June through Function Records. The EP precedes their forthcoming album, Animal Choir, for which ‘The Dead Rift’ is the lead single. Earlier this year the band also released a video for the title track. Listen here

Michael Nyman McQueen Soundtrack Released

McQueen, the documentary exploring the life of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, was released theatrically across the UK on Friday 8th June. The music for the feature-length film was provided by Michael Nyman, whose soundtrack was released on the same day. Directed by Ian Bonhôte, the film has received rave reviews, described by Variety as 'supremely elegant and engrossing', with the Evening Standard describing Nyman's contribution as a 'moving and melancholic musical score'. Listen here

The Staircase Available On Netflix

Crime documentary The Staircase, scored by Jocelyn Pook, is now available on Netflix. The series centres around the criminal trial of author Michael Peterson, who was accused of murdering his wife after she was found dead at the bottom of the staircase in their home. The series originally aired in 2004 – but it has been revamped, repackaged and updated by the streaming service for a new generation of viewers. Listen here

Zeal & Ardor Release Stranger Fruit

Zeal & Ardor have released Stranger Fruit, the follow-up to their acclaimed debut album Devil Is Fine. The diverse yet cohesive nature of the sixteen tracks is designed to encourage the listener to dig a little deeper and find their own meaning in its words. In contrast to Devil Is Fine, these songs are deliberately intended to play off each other both lyrically and musically. While the record seethes with a justifiable rage, its wider-reaching aim is to unify, not divide, and to inspire action, not inertia. The album was produced by Zebo Adam and mixed by Kurt Ballou. Stranger Fruit is available now on all digital services as well as CD, cassette and vinyl. Listen here

SWIMM Release Debut Album

On June 5th, American indie band SWIMM released their debut album Sentimental Porno. The main theme of the album is the anxieties associated with love. Their music pulls influences from a range of genres, culminating in a sound tinged with yearning and chaos under a glossy, laid-back exterior. Listen here

Melissa Parmenter's Genova Score Released

Melissa Parmenter's score for 2009 feature film Genova has been released as an album via Globe Soundtrack And Score, a division of Universal Music. The music accompanied Michael Winterbottom's intense family drama, which starred Colin Firth as an English ex-patriot living in the United States who decides to relocate his family to Italy following a tragic accident, only to discover that grief has followed them. Listen here

Jack Carty And Gus Gardiner Releasing Hospital Hill

Jack Carty, the award-winningAustralian singer-songwriter who signed with Music Sales last year, is continuing his run of releases with his upcoming fifth album, Hospital Hill, due for release on June 1st. The ten-song LP is co-written with Gus Gardiner and explores ‘the pull of nostalgia, the weight of time and the release of gratitude, delivered with the trademark honesty that has won Carty a dedicated following.’ The album was recorded live, in complete takes, over two days in a Sydney studio and features both songwriters as well as a string quartet drawn from the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In addition to this new album Carty is also touring the UK with fellow singer songwriter Maz O’Connor, through May and early June, and Australia with Gus Gardiner, through late June and July. Listen here

Waitrose Christmas Ad Wins British Craft Arrows Award

The 2017 Waitrose Christmas Ad, Snowed In, has won a Silver Arrow in the Re-Record category at the 2018 British Craft Arrows. The music for the ad – a reworking of festive favourite ‘Carol Of The Bells’ – was scored by Music Sales composer Guy Farley. The ad was created by Academy Films for adam&eveDDB and was directed by Martin De Thurah. More Info

Neil Cowley Trio Releases Spacebound Tapes

The Neil Cowley Trio have released new EP, Spacebound Tapes, comprising a selection of remixed works from their 2016 album Spacebound Apes. With re-workings by revered acts such as Rival Consoles, Chris Loeffler, Throwing Snow and Vessels, the short-player is available to stream or purchase on vinyl now. Listen here

New Album By Nico Muhly And Thomas Bartlett Available Now

Music Sales composer Nico Muhly and his longtime friend and collaborator Thomas Bartlett have come together once again to create a new album, Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Muisc, which is available now. This fresh release is made up of nine new tracks by the duo alongside three gamelan transcriptions by ethnomusicologist Colin McPhee. The pair will also be performing their new music live in New York, Dublin and London over the last week of May and first week of June. See here for more info. Listen here

Mrs Wilson Scored By Anne Nikitin

Anne Nikitin will be creating the original music for Mrs Wilson, a new original drama for BBC. Award-winning actress Ruth Wilson leas the all-British cast in the series, which is based on the life of her own grandmother. Set between 1940s and 1960s London, the story follows Alison Wilson, who thinks she is happily married until her husband dies and a woman turns up on her doorstep claiming that she is the real Mrs. Wilson; Alison is determined to prove the validity of her own marriage but is instead led into a world of disturbing secrets. The three-part drama is written by Anna Symon (Indian Summers), directed by Richard Laxton (Mum, Him & Her) and produced by Jackie Larkin (the Strike series, Stella Days).

Hildur Guðnadóttir Scoring HBO's Chernobyl

Hildur Guðnadóttir will be composing the music for forthcoming TV series Chernobyl, a co-production between HBO and Sky. Written by Craig Mazin, the five-part miniseries dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — the April 26, 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in then - Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic — and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. The project is currently in production, with a cast including Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson and Jared Harris. Hildur has recently composed music for feature film Sicario: Day Of The Soldado, scheduled for release in June 2018, and collaborated with the late Jóhann Jóhannsson on the score for Garth Davis’s Mary Magdalene.

Nico Muhly Interviewed By Guild Of Music Supervisors

Music Sales composer Nico Muhly recently sat down with the team at the Guild Of Music Supervisors to chat about his work on the BAFTA TV Craft award-nominated series Howards End. They talked about how he got involved in the show, the compositional process for TV shows more generally, and Nico’s upcoming projects. Follow the link below to check out the interview in full. Read here

Her Name Is Calla Return With The Dead Rift

Post-rock act Her Name Is Calla have unleashed the video for their new single 'The Dead Rift'. The single precedes the band's forthcoming EP of the same title, released via Function Records on June 15th. They'll be on tour throughout May and June across the UK. Watch here

Guy Farley Co-Scores The Real Football Fan Show

Guy Farley and Craigie Dodds have co-written the music for new Channel 4 series The Real Football Fan Club. Hosted by Robbie Lyle, the series provides supporters with the chance to air their views on the latest twists and turns in the Premier League. More info

Kenny Inglis Scores The Cancer Hospital

Kenny Inglis has scored The Cancer Hospital, a new BBC Scotland factual production set in the Beatson Cancer Centre in Glasgow. This three-part series tells the stories of patients undergoing treatment at the Beatson, showing the work of the medical staff, and revealing how cancer care has improved in leaps and bounds in the past decade. The first episode airs April 25th on BBC One Scotland. More info

Jocelyn Pook Wins BAFTA TV Craft Award

Jocelyn Pook's King Charles III score has been awarded the 2018 BAFTA TV Craft Award for Original Music. The Drama Republic production aired on BBC2 in May 2017, an adaptation of Mike Bartlett's earlier play which also featured original music by Jocelyn. Jocelyn was awarded at the BAFTA TV Craft Ceremony on April 22nd; see her acceptance speech below. Watch here

Cannes Film Festival To Present Whitney

Kevin Macdonald’s documentary Whitney, about the life and career of the late Whitney Houston, will premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, with an original score by Music Sales composer, Adam Wiltzie. Macdonald said of the film that ‘I approached Whitney’s life like a mystery story: why did someone with so much raw talent and beauty self-destruct so publicly and painfully? At heart, Whitney is an intimate family story that reveals a new side to a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew.’

Guy Farley Co-Writes New Tokio Myers Tracks

Guy Farley Co-Writes New Tokio Myers Tracks Guy Farley has continued his long-term collaboration with Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers and fellow co-writer Craigie Dodds on two recent projects. The trio have reworked Hubert Parry’s classic hymn, ‘Jerusalem’, for the Official Anthem of the Commonwealth Games England in partnership with N Power. Their epic interpretation was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with a 54-piece orchestra, 10-person choir and medal-winning athlete Jazmin Sawyers on vocals. Watch the video here. Tokio, Guy and Craigie have also created a new track entitled ‘Animal’, performed by Tokio at London Stadium during the pre-match and half-time entertainment at the match between the Saracens and the Harlequins on 24th March. The track can be heard on the Saracens’ behind-the-scenes video. Listen here

The City & The City Music Supervised By Lucy Bright

Lucy Bright, Director of Music Sales Creative, has music supervised the new BBC2 series The City & The City. Based on the novel by British author China Miéville, the alternative reality crime-drama begins with a dead body found at Bulkya Docks, on the border between Beszel and Ul Qoma - two cities with a division like no other. The show was produced by Mammoth Screen and directed by Tom Shankland; it airs from April 6th. More info

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