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Best original score nomination 2021

Posted on: March 11th, 2021

Very pleased to have learned that my score for Mhairi Calvey‘s short film Gaslight has been nominated for 12 awards including Best Original Score by the Idyllwild International Festival 2021 in California, US

…especially since Roger Taylor is on the Grand Jury!

Patreon Goes Live

Posted on: March 8th, 2021

I’m really excited that my Patreon site has now gone live. Lots of content coming soon!

Earwigger released

Posted on: February 8th, 2021

Now on general release

Earwigger (Lockdown comedy short) from Syd Heather on Vimeo.

Strings arranging for Amy Turk

Posted on: November 29th, 2020

November also saw a bit of change of pace in that I added strings to Amy Turk’s fantastic new single ‘And So, Here We Are’ which was released on Friday.

I was joined by my sister Bex as well as the fine cellist Kirsten Jenson

Hope you enjoy it.

Cai Thomas single out 5th December

Posted on: November 29th, 2020

I was tasked by Rob Lewis to arrange Paul Mealor‘s fantastic ‘Wherever You Are’ which was originally written for the Military Wives Choir. As a bonus, we also decided to arrange Howard Blake’s ‘Walking in the Air’. Taking a more chamber approach (lockdown!) I scored both for similar forces: piano, harp, strings, brass along with various percussion.

Both are sung by the fabulous Cai Thomas and will be released on the Rubicon Classics Label on 5th December 2020.

Recorded during lockdown, we asked Pete Whitfield and the Up North Session Orchestra to record the strings, with Amy Turk on harp, and Graeme Flowers on trumpets and flugel. Julien Brocal and Rob Lewis on piano and piano/choir duties respectively. The fabulous choir St Thomas-on-The Bourne in Farnham where Cai originally learned to sing also join for the Mealor.

Sneak Preview here

Paul Mealor Arrangement

Posted on: September 5th, 2020

September thankfully will be a busy month with arranging a wonderful track by Paul Mealor for the soprano Cai Thomas. along with some strings for Tom Caruana’s as yet untitled project with the fabulous Son of Sam . Work also will continue on orchestrating a new musical theatre piece for Matt Harvey . A short film shoots in November – a dark comedy penned by the talented young director Jamie Maule-ffinch

Midnight Snack

Posted on: June 21st, 2020

Short film I contributed music for – release today!

Earth’s Tropical Islands

Posted on: March 27th, 2020

Earth’s Tropical Islands is still on iPlayer. I was tasked with contributing additional music for this flagship BBC2 programme that was broadcast on New Year’s Day 2020, mainly contributing to the episode on Madagascar but also Borneo as well.

Lidl Moviemoments achieve winning success at DCM Awards 2019

Posted on: March 27th, 2020

Tasked with writing a cinema ident that had the aim of driving short term competition entries with brand awareness, the Lidl cinema advertising campaign I was involved (there Frozen 2 tie-in) was awarded the Grand Prix at the Digital Cinema Media Awards in 2019.

The brief was to recreate a magical Disney atmosphere that would have wide melodic appeal. Gad it seemed to work as Lidl’s competition entries far exceeded expectations and the campaign delivered beyond pre-release targets. Go to the Music page for more info

Henry V Live

Posted on: October 15th, 2019

7th November at the Royal Festival Hall

Philharmonia Orchestra