Oliver Davis (composer)

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Oliver Davis
BornOliver Reynolds Davis
OccupationComposer, pianist, singer
ResidenceSoho, London
Alma materRoyal Academy of Music
Notable worksFlight

Oliver Reynolds Davis (born January 1972) is an English composer, pianist and singer.

Early life and studies[edit]

Davis studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 1994.[1] He has since composed and produced albums, soundtracks, concertos and television scores working with London orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra.[2]


Oliver Davis established We Write Music in 1997 after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music. He has since gone on to compose international advertising campaigns, feature films, TV dramas and 15 TV series.[1] Oliver has also written many works for the stage and concert hall including the ballet 'Within the Hours' performed by The Royal Ballet and 'Flight', a concerto for Violin and Strings.[3]



Album Label Publisher Performers Year
Flight Signum Records Eaton Music Kerenza Peacock, Hugh Watkins 2015
Seasons Signum Records Eaton Music Kerenza Peacock, Grace Davidson 2015
Dance Signum Records Eaton Music Kerenza Peacock, Hugh Watkins 2016
Liberty Signum Records Eaton Music Kerenza Peacock, Huw Watkins, Katherine Jenkinson, Tim Ridout, Jonathan Hill, Grace Davidson. Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Paul Bateman. 2018

Films and animation[4][edit]

Film Director Details Year
Seaview Knights Richard Kurti Full-length film starring James Bolam, Sarah Alexander and Anita Dobson 1994
Virgin Moon Peter Callow 1994
Dear Nelson Sarah Cox Channel 4 - BAA Best Short Film Nomination 1998
How to Cope with Death (TV Short) Ignassio Ferarez Channel 4 - Nominated best music British Animation Awards 2002
The Girl and the horse (short) Rebecca Manley Slinky Pictures - nominated for 'Best Music' BAAs 2004 2003
Inseparable Bonds (short) Dr Frankenskippy The Moving Picture Co. 2003
The Big Top Rebecca Manley Commissioned by the Hype Gallery and produced by Maria Manton for Slinky Pictures 2004
Dagmars Friend Ian Colbart and Ian Carney 2006
Silence is Golden Chris Sheperd Slinky Pictures Won the 2006 TCM Classic Shorts Award at the London Film Festival 2006
Over the hill Peter Baynton McLaren Award for Best New British Animation at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2007 2007
A-Z Sally Arthur 2007
Little Face Matthew Walker Winner 'Best Music' San Gio Film Festival 2008 - 3 minute AIR for Channel 4 2009
Playhouse Presents - Nelly and Melba Christine Gernon Sky Arts 2012
Playhouse Presents - City Hall Richard Loncraine Sky Arts 2012
Lifeclass (short) Chris Shepherd Random Acts 2013
The Ringer (short) Chris Shepherd Canal Plus 2013
Stick Out Anthony Farquar Smith Nominated for Virgin Media Shorts 2013
BAAs Title Sequence Anthony Farquar Smith Winner BAAs Title Sequence category 2014
A Mountain to Climb Rebecca Manley Selected for Nowness 2015
Thomas & Friends: The Great Race David Stoten CGI animated musical adventure film 2016
Johnno's Dead Chris Shepherd Featured in the Barbican 2016
Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor David Stoten CGI animation film 2017

Television Series[edit]

Show Series Director Details Year
Pongwiffy Series 1 - 26 episodes Alan Simpson Teleimagination for CiTV 2001
Something Else Series 1 -26 episodes Brad Neave 2001-2007
Metalheads[4] Series 1 - 6 episodes Steve Moore Teleimagination for CBBC 2003
Cramp Twins [4] Series 2 Brian Wood Teleimagination for Cartoon Network / BBC 2004
The Likeaballs [4] Series 1 - 26 episodes Jim Quick BBC / Cosgrove Hall for CBBC 2006
Humf Series 1 - 78 episodes Leo Neilson King Rollo / E1 Kids for Nick Jr 2007
Boblins Series 1 and 2 - 52 episodes Dave Garbitt Inspire GLG for CiTV currently broadcasting in over 20 countries 2008
City Hall Series 1 Richard Loncraine Sky Arts 2012
Skatoony Series 1, 2 and 3 - 39 episodes James Fox Cartoon Network 2007-2012
Poppy Cat[5] Series 1 and 2 - 104 episodes Mallory Lewis King Rollo / Coolabi 2011-2014
The Simpsons Couch gag Sylvain Chomet 20th Century Fox 2014
Oddjobbers Series 1 - 26 episodes CiTV
Monsters vs Monsters 7 shorts Ian Colbart Nickelodeon
Olly the little white van Series 1, 2 and 3 - 65 episodes Dave Garbitt Channel 5


Ballet Company Choreographer Venue Details Year
Within the Hours The Royal Ballet Erico Montes The Lindbury Recorded by the LSO & Kerenza Peacock and reaching number 2 in the UK Specialist Classical Charts 2013
Prometheus The Royal Ballet Erico Montes The Lindbury and St James Theatre 2014
Flight of Fancy Tulsa Ballet Ma Cong Tulsa Ballet[7] 2016
Dance Odyssey[8] New York City Ballet Peter Walker David H. Koch Theater 2018
The Infinite Ocean San Francisco Ballet Edwaard Liang San Francisco Ballet Piece commissioned for new ballet as part of the Unbound Festival[9] 2018
Bacchus Pacific Northwest Ballet Mathew Neenan McCaw Hall Part of the Director's Choice mixed bill[10] 2019

Orchestral Works[11][edit]

Work Instrumentation Year
Lost Lake Solo violin and strings 2011
Childhood Sketches Piano 2011
London Song Cycle Soprano, 2 flutes, 2 marimba, and cello 2011
The Calm, The Storm Piano 2012
Scenes from the Solent Piano 2012
Three days in November Violin and piano 2012
Poseidon Orchestra 2012
A song for Malala Soprano, Male voice choir and Piano 2013
Three Piece Suite Premiered by Katherine Jenkinson and Alison Ferr at the Derby Chamber Society Concert 2016

Sound Design[edit]

Work Director Details Year
Dead Cow Farm Carl Cresser 1997
Sucked up Carl Cresser Animation film for Channel 4 made by John Parry 2003
AnnLee You Proposes Artist: Liam Gillick Animated CG installation for Tate Britain created by MPC (Turner Prize entry) 2003
Eye Ball Lars Magnus Holmgren AKA Dr Frankenskippy 2004


Work Details Year
TV22 Lyrics and story by Paul Gambaccini 2000
Thomas & Friends: The Great Race David Stoten 20


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  10. ^ "Voices of a new generation: Director's Choice 2019". Pacific Northwest Ballet. 2019-02-19. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
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