Oliver Davis (composer)

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

Oliver Reynolds Davis (born January 1972) is an English writer, 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 graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1994. He has composed numerous works for stage and concert hall with much of his work concentrated on his series of albums which feature the LSO and RPO orchestras, his latest album reaching no.1 in the iTunes Classical Charts. He has worked with many leading ballet companies including The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet.[3] In addition, Oliver has scored feature films and over 15 Television series.[4]



Album Label Publisher Performers Year
Flight Signum Records Eaton Music Kerenza Peacock, Huw Watkins accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Bateman 2015
Seasons Signum Records Eaton Music Kerenza Peacock, Grace Davidson accompanied by Trafalgar Sinfonia conducted by Ivor Setterfield 2015
Dance Signum Records Eaton Music Kerenza Peacock, Huw Watkins accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Paul Bateman. 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[5][edit]

Film Director Details Year
Seaview Knights Richard Kurtis 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
Doozy Richard Squires Feature length biopic 2018

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 Loonland 2001–2007
Metalheads[5] Series 1 – 6 episodes Steve Moore Teleimagination for CBBC 2003
The Cramp Twins[5] Series 2 Brian Wood Teleimagination for Cartoon Network / BBC 2004
The Likeaballs[5] 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[6] 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
13th Heaven Singapore Dance Theatre Edward Liang Location: Esplanade, Singapore 2019

Instrumental Works[edit]


Work Details Year
Bacchus Orchestra 2019
Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra 2019
Poseidon Orchestra 2012

Soloist(s) and Orchestra[edit]

Work Details Year
Lost Lake Violin and Strings 2011
Skyward 2013
Voyager Violin, Strings and Piano 2013
Flight – Concerto for Violin Violin and strings 2013
Airborne Dances Solo violin and strings 2014
Frontiers Violin and strings 2015
Arco Violin and Orchestra 2016
Morpheus Cello, Piano and Orchestra
Three Piece Suite Premiered by Katherine Jenkinson and Alison Ferr at the Derby Chamber Society Concert 2016
Sonar Piano, Violin and Orchestra
Anno Solo violin and strings 2018
Spiral Piano, Violin and Orchestra 2018
Liberty Piano, Viola, Violin, Orchestra

Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)[edit]

Work Instrumentation Year
Epilogue Solo violin and strings 2014

Works for 2–6 Players[edit]

Work Instrumentation Year
Chillingham Soprano, Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin 2011
Elements 2011
Three days in November Violin and Piano 2012

Solo Keyboard(s)[edit]

Work Instrumentation Year
Childhood Sketches Piano 2011
Scenes from the Solent Piano 2012
The Calm, The Storm Piano 2012

Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument[edit]

Work Instrumentation Year
A Song for Malala Male Voice Choir and Piano 2013

Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble[edit]

Work Instrumentation Year
Air Waltz Violin, Trebles, Strings, Harps 2013

Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players[edit]

Work Instrumentation Year
London Song Cycle Soprano, 2 flutes, 2 marimba, and cello 2011

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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