Paul Englishby

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Paul Englishby
Occupations Composer, Orchestrator, Conductor, Pianist

Paul Englishby is a Film and Theatre Composer, Orchestrator, Conductor and Pianist. He is versatile across many genres, from big orchestral works to 1930s jazz-influenced scores. Englishby has composed the music for 4 feature films and 7 theatre productions in the past 2 years.

Short Biography[edit]

Englishby was born in Preston, Lancs in 1970. He was musically active by his teenage years, performing as a pianist in big bands and jazz ensembles as well as writing and composing his own works.[1] He studied at Goldsmiths' College and at the Royal Academy of Music, where he received the Charles Lucas prize for composition and the Arthur Hervey Scholarship, as well as receiving a BBC Sound on Film Commission.[2] "The Last Clarinet" for orchestra and narrator was Englishby's first published work, and continues to be performed internationally. His other works include "Short Symphony" (1997), "String Quartet" (1995) and "Blackpool Lights for Orchestra" (1993). Aside from these Englishby composed pieces for his own group, The Paul Englishby Big Band, which recently performed at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in January 2010.[1]

Englishby recently completed the score for the film version of "Hamlet", starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart. He also composed the original score for forthcoming ITV Drama "An Englishman in New York", the sequel to "The Naked Civil Servant". Both were aired on Christmas Day 2009.

Scores and Compositions[edit]

In recent years, Englishby has written the original scores for a number of films. He won the ASCAP Award in 2009 for his film score to "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day", directed by Bharat Nalluri. He most recently wrote the score for "An Education", which debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and for the Peep Show produced feature "Magicians" in 2007. Englishby has collaborated with world class film directors in recent years, including Debbie Isitt on critically acclaimed Brit-flick "Confetti", and on the film "Ten Minutes Older" featuring works from directors Spike Lee, Werner Herzog, Bernardo Bertolucci, Mike Figgis and Jean Luc-Goddard.[3]

As well as commissions for Film and TV, he has composed classical works for various ensembles. His credits include "The Last Clarinet" for solo clarinet, orchestra and narrator in 1995, "Byron" for large orchestra and "Weep No More" for string orchestra. Englishby also recently completed a large public arts commission entitled "Fireworks”, several pieces for Choir, Orchestra, Chamber Group and school children, in commemoration of the Combe Down Stone Mines Project in Bath. In 2010, his one-act opera Pleasure's Progress, based on the works of William Hogarth, was produced at the Linbury Studio of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Theatre/Dance[edit]

Englishby has worked on many productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including "Twelfth Night" (starring Richard Wilson), "Hamlet" (starring David Tennant), "Merry Wives" for the Complete Works Festival, "Love's Labour Lost" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream". He also composed the score for a dance work in "The Thief of Baghdad" at the Royal Opera House in December 2008, directed and choreographed by Will Tuckett, which received great reviews for its Middle Eastern sonorities and neo-orientalist score.[4] As well as for film, Englishby has been the Musical Director for many stage productions including "The Villains Opera" by Nick Dear and Stephen Warbeck at the Royal National Theatre, and "Come Dancing" by Ray Davies.[1]

Musical Credits[edit]

As orchestrator, conductor and pianist, Englishby has worked with The London Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, London Musici, Tallis Chamber Choir, Fibonacci Sequence and BBC Concert Orchestra to name a few. He has conducted on studio sessions and film scores both in the UK and abroad, as well as on recordings and broadcasts for Radio and Television. Recent credits include Richard Eyre’s "The Other Man" and Michael Radford's "Flawless" in 2008.[2] He worked on the Universal movie "Your Highness", starring Natalie Portman and James Franco, released in 2011. Englishby orchestrated and conducted Tony Banks's classical album Six: Pieces for Orchestra, released in 2012.

Credits[edit]

Scores[edit]

2013

2012

  • A Mother's Son (TV)
  • Good Cop (TV)
  • Inside Men (TV)
  • Page Eight
  • Luther (TV)

2011

  • Outcasts (TV)

2009

  • Hamlet (TV)
  • An Englishman In New York (TV)
  • An Education

2008

  • Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

2007

  • Magicians
  • Behind the Tricks: Making "Magicians" (TV)

2006

  • Death of the Revolution
  • Confetti

2002

  • Ten Minutes Older: The Cello
  • Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet
  • The History of Football: The Beautiful Game[6]

Orchestrator[edit]

2012

2010

  • Your Highness

2008

  • Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day
  • The Other Man

2007

  • Becoming Jane

2004

  • Deux Frères (aka Two Brothers)
  • Love's Brother[6]

Musical Director/Conductor[edit]

2013

  • Sunshine On Leith

2012

2010

  • The Wolfman

2009

  • Skellig
  • Zomerhitte (aka Summer Heat)

2008

  • Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day
  • The Secret of Moonacre
  • French Film

2007

  • Becoming Jane
  • Freakdog
  • Flawless
  • Miguel y William

2006

  • Alpha Male

2005

  • Proof
  • Animal

2004

  • Love's Brother
  • If Only

2001

  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin[6]

Other Musical Credits[edit]

2006

  • Niagara Motel (Arranger)

2002

  • About A Boy (On-set music advisor)
  • Hart’s War (Arranger – "Der Fuehrer’s Face")

2001

  • Birthday Girl (Arranger – "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World")

Theatre Credits[edit]

2013

  • Richard II - RSC
  • The Audience - The Gielgud Theatre

2012

  • Children's Children - The Almeida
  • Hedda Gabler - The Old Vic
  • South Downs - Chichester Festival Theatre

2008

  • The Thief of Baghdad – Royal Opera House
  • Hamlet – RSC
  • Love’s Labours Lost – RSC
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – RSC
  • Wuthering Heights – Birmingham Repertory
  • Marianne Dreams – Almeida
  • The Merchant Of Venice – RSC
  • The Taming of the Shrew – RSC

2007

  • Coriolanus – RSC
  • Merry Wives The Musical – RSC
  • Much Ado About Nothing – RSC
  • The Giant - Hampstead

2006

  • Twelfth Night – RSC
  • Sejanus – RSC
  • Sugar Mummies – Royal Court Theatre
  • Yellowman – Liverpool Everyman
  • Fabulation – Tricycle Theatre

2005

  • Longitude – Greenwich Theatre

2004

  • All's Well That Ends Well – RSC
  • Anna In The Tropics - Hampstead

2003

  • Blood – Royal Court Theatre

2002

  • Romeo and Juliet – Festival Theatre, Chichester
  • Bedroom Farce – West End

2001

  • Three Sisters – Festival Theatre, Chichester[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Cinema.com - Paul Englishby Details". Cinema.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Paul Englishby - Official Website". Paul Englishby. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Paul Englishby on IMDb: Biography". Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  4. ^ MacKrell, Judith (2008-12-18). "The Guardian - Dance Review: The Thief Of Baghdad". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  5. ^ Morgan, Emma (3 October 2013). "Sunshine On Leith". Total Film. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Paul Englishby on IMDb". Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  7. ^ "Paul Englishby Official Website: Credits". Paul Englishby. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 

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