Ciaran Hope

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Ciaran Hope
Born Dublin, Ireland
Citizenship Ireland
Occupation Composer

Ciaran Hope (born 4 August 1974) is an Irish composer of orchestral, choral, and film music. He is the composer of Hollywood film soundtracks such as Screw Cupid, Truth About Kerry as well as the contemplative soundtrack for The Letters, based on the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He has also worked extensively in contemporary music since graduating from Trinity College Dublin. He has written a violin concerto for Cora Venus Lunny, a clarinet quartet for the Czech Clarinet Quartet, and his vocal works have been performed internationally by choirs such as Pfizerphonics and Ireland's 2016 choir of the year, Voci Nuove.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Growing up in the Meath village of Dunboyne, Hope was involved with music from early childhood: his mother Kitty played the violin and viola as well as teaching in the DIT College of Music (Chatham Row) and his sister Grainne is a professional cellist.[2] He studied music from a young age and developed a keen interest in clarinet and composition during his teenage years. He attended school at Castleknock College before completing B.A. and B.A.I. degrees in Mathematics and Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. Hope continued his composition studies under the supervision of Ladislav Kubik at the Czech American Summer Music Institute in the Prague Conservatory throughout his college years.[3] He later received a Master's Degree in Engineering and Music from Trinity College Dublin in 1998. After winning the IMRO Prize for composition at the RTÉ Musician of the Future competition for his solo clarinet piece Diptych, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the UCLA Film Scoring Program on a Fulbright Scholarship.[4] In 1999, he worked as part of the orchestrating team on the score of the Hollywood feature film The Insider, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.[5]

In 2012, his scores for Truth About Kerry (2010) and End of the Innocents (2011) were both nominated for a Gold Medal for Excellence in their respective categories at the Park City Film Music Festival.[6] In 2012 he also provided string arrangements for Irish band Senakah's album Human Relations which was produced by Cranberries guitarist and songwriter Noel Hogan, and recorded in 27 days in the former Bishop's Palace in Limerick.[7]

Having undertaken composer residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie artist's retreat in County Monaghan and the Cill Rialaig artist's retreat in County Kerry with the support of a 2011 Tyrone Guthrie Centre regional bursary award and a 2012 Cill Rialaig residency award, Hope spent four months as the 2013 Composer-in-residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, where he worked on several pieces including a suite of music for children's orchestras based on a cultural tour of Paris and an opera about revolutionary Robert Emmet's time in France.[8] In 2013 he also began work on the orchestral score for the Hollywood film The Letters based on the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.[9] Recorded with the Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Mother Teresa's home town of Skopje, Macedonia, and with New Dublin Voices choir in her spiritual birthplace of Dublin, Ireland, the score was completed in the summer of 2014 and the film went on release in the US on 4 December 2015.[10]

According to and, Sony Classical released a soundtrack album for the film in 2016, featuring 23 tracks from Hope's score and the Leona Lewis song "Run".[11][12]

Film credits[edit]

  • The Letters (2014)
  • Mud Pies & Kites: Death & Resurrection in Haiti (Documentary) (2012)[13]
  • Truth about Kerry (2010)
  • Screw Cupid (2008)[14]
  • All In (2005)[15]
  • Grace (2005)[16]
  • Manfast (composer: additional music) (2003)[17]
  • The Face of Alexandre Dumas: The Man in the Iron Mask (composer: additional score) (1998)[18]


  1. ^ "Preaching to the choir – An Irishwoman's Diary on PfizerPfonics and Rome's Pantheon". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Kitty Dalligan – IAYO 20th Festival of Youth Orchestras". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Czech-American Summer Music Institute". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Film & TV Music Composers | Filmmakers Networking Event". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  5. ^ The Insider, retrieved 27 August 2017
  6. ^ "Ciaran Hope". IMDb. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Senakah: Human Relations | Music Review | Album | Hot Press". Hot Press – Music News, Reviews, Interviews plus Pop Culture and Politics. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Musicians | Previous Residents | Artists in Residence". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Ciaran Hope // Composer & Mixer " Portfolio". Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  10. ^ Greene, Steve. "Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, December 4; What Will You See? | IndieWire". Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  11. ^ "The Letters | The Soundtrack to the Epic Life Story of Mother Teresa – Sony Masterworks". Sony Masterworks. 25 March 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  12. ^ "'The Letters' Soundtrack Released | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  13. ^ Mud Pies & Kites: Death & Resurrection in Haiti (2012), retrieved 30 August 2017
  14. ^ Screw Cupid (2008), retrieved 30 August 2017
  15. ^ All In (2005), retrieved 30 August 2017
  16. ^ Grace (2005), retrieved 30 August 2017
  17. ^ Manfast (2003), retrieved 30 August 2017
  18. ^ The Face of Alexandre Dumas: The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), retrieved 30 August 2017

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