|Born||6 April 1953|
Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
|Genres||Film score, classical, Celtic, electronic, ambient|
Patrick Doyle (born 6 April 1953) is a Scottish film composer with Irish heritage. A longtime collaborator of actor-director Kenneth Branagh, he is known for his work on films such as Henry V, Sense and Sensibility, Hamlet, Carlito's Way, and Gosford Park, as well as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Thor, Brave, Cinderella, and Murder on the Orient Express. He has been nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, and received the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award for "outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music".
Life and career
Doyle started out as an actor in the late 1970s, appearing in TV as well as film. He joined Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987 as composer and musical director, composing for plays such as Hamlet, As You Like It, and Look Back in Anger. It was here that he established his relationship with Kenneth Branagh, scoring his first film, Henry V, in 1989. The song "Non Nobis, Domine" from Henry V won the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme. He has since composed for 14 more Branagh films, including Dead Again (1991), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Hamlet (1996), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), As You Like It (2006), Sleuth (2007), Thor (2011), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), Cinderella (2015), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), and Artemis Fowl (2020).
In October 1997, shortly after composing for Great Expectations, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Doyle was diagnosed with leukemia. He managed to write the entire score for the animated fantasy Quest for Camelot (1998) in hospital whilst undergoing treatment, and eventually made a full recovery.
He has scored multiple films for celebrated French director Régis Wargnier, including Indochine (1992), Une femme française (1995) and Est-ouest (1999). His scores for Indochine and Est-ouest were nominated for a César Award for Best Music Written for a Film.
Doyle lives with his wife Lesley, with whom he has four children.
Doyle regularly collaborates with artists from other fields in his scores. From the classical music world, Plácido Domingo sang "In Pace" on Hamlet and Jane Eaglen sang "Weep You No More Sad Fountains" on Sense & Sensibility, with both films earning Doyle Oscar nominations for Best Film Score.
Pop artists Doyle has collaborated with include Jarvis Cocker on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as well as Pulp and Tori Amos on Great Expectations. He also co-wrote the song "Never Forget" with Kenneth Branagh for Murder on the Orient Express, which was performed by Michelle Pfeiffer.
Doyle’s Music from the Movies concert, in aid of Leukaemia Research UK, was staged at the Royal Albert Hall in 2007. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Daniel Hill, it included appearances from Emma Thompson, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Judi Dench, Alan Rickman, Imelda Staunton, Richard E. Grant, Adrian Lester, and Robbie Coltrane, with music from Doyle's scores performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Doyle’s work was celebrated in two concerts at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow in 2019, both performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Dirk Brossé. The first concert was the world’s first live performance to film of the music Doyle composed for Pixar’s Brave, which took place at the Glasgow Concert Hall. The second, “Patrick Doyle – A Celebration,” took place at the Glasgow City Halls and featured two original works composed by Doyle for the concert: "Sweet Rois of Vertew" and "Scottish Overture". The concert also featured a performance of "Corarsik", a solo violin piece he originally composed for Emma Thompson’s 50th birthday.
Doyle has composed numerous concert pieces, including "The Thistle and the Rose," a song cycle commissioned by Prince Charles in honour of the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday, produced by George Martin and premiered at Buckingham Palace; "The Face In The Lake", commissioned by Sony and narrated by Kate Winslet; and "Tam O Shanter," commissioned by the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust.
Several French film festivals have hosted Doyle as their guest of honour, including Festival international du film d'Aubagne, where Cinderella was screened; Festival International Musique et Cinéma à Auxerre Congrexpo; and the 1er Salon du Cinema.
In 2013, Doyle composed an original concert suite, Impressions of America, released by Varèse Sarabande. It was performed in 2012 by the National Schools Symphony Orchestra, of which Doyle is a patron.
In 2020, Doyle contributed the opening track "Château Ferguson" of the album Fresh Air… Breathe In, in aid of the not-for-profit organisation Breathe Arts Health Research, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In June 2013, at the 28th annual Film & Television Music Awards, Doyle received the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award in recognition of his "outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music". ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams observed, "Patrick Doyle's extensive body of work is some of the most compelling and affective in the industry. His flawless ability to cross genres in film, TV and beyond is why he can successfully score everything from Carlito's Way to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
Awards and nominations
|Academy Award||1995||Sense and Sensibility||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|1996||Hamlet||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards||2006||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Top Box Office Films||Won|
|2012||Rise of the Planet of the Apes||Top Box Office Films||Won|
|2012||Thor||Top Box Office Films||Won|
|2013||Brave||Top Box Office Films||Won|
|2013||Henry Mancini Award||Won|
|BAFTA Award||1995||Sense and Sensibility||Best Film Music||Nominated|
|César Awards||1993||Indochine||Best Music||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||1991||Dead Again||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|1995||Sense and Sensibility||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|Ivor Novello Awards||1989||Henry V||Best Film Theme||Won|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards||1995||A Little Princess||Best Music||Won|
|Satellite Award||1996||Hamlet||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||1994||Frankenstein||Best Music||Nominated|
|2005||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Best Music||Nominated|
|World Soundtrack Awards||2001||Bridget Jones's Diary||Best Original Score of the Year Not Released on an Album||Won|
|2002||Gosford Park||Soundtrack Composer of the Year||Won|
|2006||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Best Original Song Written for Film ("Magic Works")||Nominated|
|2011||La ligne droite, Thor, Jig||Soundtrack Composer of the Year||Nominated|
|2015||Cinderella||Best Original Film Score of the Year||Nominated|
|2015||Lifetime Achievement Award||Won|
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