Andrew Skeet

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Andrew Skeet
Birth nameAndrew John Skeet
Born1969
OriginCroydon, United Kingdom
GenresFilm, classical, video game, electronic, chamber pop
Occupation(s)Composer, orchestrator, conductor
Years active2000s to present
Associated actsLuke Gordon, Roxbury Music, Imogen Heap, The Divine Comedy
WebsiteAndrew Skeet: Composer and Orchestrator [1]

Andrew John Skeet (born 1969 in Croydon) is a British musician, composer and music producer. He has written scores for television and film and worked with many well-known composers and artists as an arranger, orchestrator and conductor.

Biography[edit]

Andrew Skeet attended Trinity Boys School in Croydon where, as a boy singer, he appeared on soundtracks such as Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Barbra Streisand's Yentl and Another Country starring Rupert Everett as Guy Bennett and Colin Firth as Tommy Judd. Skeet then studied music at the University of East Anglia and at The Royal College of Music in London.[1]

Professional life[edit]

Television and film Commission[edit]

With former Howie B collaborator Luke Gordon, Skeet established the production company Roxbury Music and their music has been used extensively on British television. Programmes which have featured music by Roxbury include The Apprentice, Dispatches, Banged Up Abroad, Britain's Lost World, Freaky Eaters, What Katy Did Next, Gumball's 3000 Miles, Kali, a collaboration with Mike Figgis for the London Film Festival and Locked Up Abroad. Their music has been heard all over the world with tracks released on a series of library albums for Universal on The Atmosphere label, Chappell and Bruton.

Skeet has scored several feature-length documentaries including Silk Road: Drugs, Death and the Dark Web, Destination Unknown & How To Re-establish A Vodka Empire and has released two acclaimed and highly successful albums of video game music with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Collaborations[edit]

Skeet is a member of Neil Hannon's The Divine Comedy[2] and has worked as an arranger and orchestrator for artists such as George Michael, Sinéad O'Connor, Suede & James Lavelle's Unkle.[3] With Neil Hannon he has toured regularly as MD and keyboard player of The Divine Comedy following the departure of Joby Talbot and has appeared on three albums as arranger and conductor; Hannon's ninth album Victory for the Comic Muse, released in June 2006, 2010's Bang Goes the Knighthood and the 2016 release Foreverland.

In November 2010 Skeet collaborated with Grammy-award-winning artist Imogen Heap on an orchestral score played live to picture called Love The Earth[4] which was premiered at the Albert Hall. They also worked together on a choral commission for the Bird's Eye Festival at the BFI – an a cappella choral score to the first ever surrealist film The Seashell and the Clergyman (Germaine Dulac, 1927) with the Holst Singers. Skeet regularly works with TV and film composer Daniel Pemberton as orchestrator and conductor on many movies and TV shows including Steve Jobs, Man from U.N.K.L.E., All the Money in the World, King Arthur, Molly's Game, Gold, Desperate Romantics, Occupation, Hiroshima, Monster Moves, Money and the 2010 revival of Upstairs Downstairs. He has worked with Welsh electronic music group Hybrid contributing orchestral and string arrangements to Morning Sci-fi and Disappear Here.

Skeet has worked as an orchestrator on several feature films including Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, Garth Jennings' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Basil Dearden's The League of Gentlemen and as lead orchestrator and conductor on Nick Murphy's forthcoming feature The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton.

Compositions, arrangements, orchestrations and recordings[edit]

This is a partial list

With The Divine Comedy:
2006– Victory for the Comic Muse (arranger, keyboards)
2010– Bang Goes the Knighthood (arranger, keyboards)

With Hybrid
2010– Disappear Here (orchestrator, arranger)

With Imogen Heap
2010–The Seashell and the Clergyman (arranger)
2011– Love the Earth (orchestrator)

With Anthony Phillips as Skeet & Phillips:
First Flight (composer)
Seventh Heaven (composer)

As Composer:
the following are library albums for Universal; each album presented contains tracks by Andrew Skeet

  • from The Piano Album(ATMOS289)
  • from Timeless Scenes for Orchestra Music: Music for Widescreen Drama and Documentary (with Anthony Phillips) (ATMOS288)
  • from UPPM Sampler 5 (UNIPPMSAMP05)
  • Independent Film Score (ATMOS281)[5]
  • from Summer Songs (ATMOS280)
  • from Little Pictures, Big Ideas (BIGS019)
  • from The Movie Soundtrack 2 (ATMOS274)
  • from Hope (ATV10B)
  • from The Orchestra Plugged (with Luke Gordon) (ATMOS249a and b)
  • from Create 04 (with Luke Gordon) (ATMOS248)
  • Seriously Quirky (with Luke Gordon) (CHAP328)
  • from Classical Remix (with Luke Gordon) (BR481)

2007– 3000 Miles: Gumball 3000 (with Luke Gordon)
2011– How To Re-Establish a Vodka Empire (City of Prague Philharmonic)[5][6]

As Orchestrator
2005– The Movies (video game) (conductor: jazz & rock music, orchestrator)[7]
2007– Heroes and Villains[7]
2009– Desperate Romantics (with Daniel Pemberton)[7]
2010– Upstairs, Downstairs (with Daniel Pemberton) [arranger, orchestrator] 2011– The Awakening (with Daniel Pemberton) [Orchestrator, conductor]

As Conductor:
2011– The Greatest Video Game Music (London Philharmonic Orchestra)[8] (Conductor)
2012– The Greatest Video Game Music 2 (London Philharmonic Orchestra) (Producer, Conductor)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew's Biography". Andrew Skeet: Composer and Arranger. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Neil Hannon & The Divine Comedy". A Short Site about The Divine Comedy. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Andrew Skeet: Orchestration". Andrew Skeet: Composer and Arranger. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  4. ^ "About the Project and Performance". Love the Earth Film.Org: Our Planet with Your Eyes. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Universal Publishing Production Music". Retrieved 16 December 2011. This is the same as ATMOS281 (Independent Film Score), score was supported by Universal Publishing
  6. ^ "Film Detail: How To Re-establish a Vodka Empire". British Council. Retrieved 16 December 2011.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b c "Andrew Skeet". IMDB. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  8. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Review: The Greatest Video Game Music". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 December 2011.

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