Paul Englishby

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Paul Englishby
Occupation(s) Composer, Orchestrator, Conductor, Pianist

Paul Englishby is a Film and Theatre Composer, Orchestrator, Conductor and Pianist. He is best known for his Emmy Award winning jazz score for David Hare's Page Eight, his orchestral score for the Oscar nominated An Education, his BAFTA nominated score for the BBC's Luther and his many theatre scores for the Royal Shakespeare Company, with whom Paul is an associated artist.

Short Biography[edit]

Englishby was born in Preston, Lancs in 1970. He was musically active by his teenage years, performing as a pianist in big bands and jazz ensembles as well as writing and composing his own works.[1] He studied at Goldsmiths' College and at the Royal Academy of Music, where he received the Charles Lucas prize for composition and the Arthur Hervey Scholarship, as well as receiving a BBC Sound on Film Commission.[2] "The Last Clarinet" for orchestra and narrator was Englishby's first published work, and continues to be performed internationally. His other works include "Short Symphony" (1997), "String Quartet" (1995) and "Blackpool Lights for Orchestra" (1993). Aside from these Englishby composed pieces for his own group, The Paul Englishby Big Band, which has performed at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.[1]

Scores and Compositions[edit]

In recent years, Englishby has written the original scores for a number of films and television programmes. In 2012 he won the Emmy Award for Best Original Main Title Theme Music for Page Eight, starring Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz. He also received an Ivor Novello nomination.

Englishby is a prolific composer for the BBC, scoring all four series of the critically acclaimed drama Luther, starring Idris Elba, for which he received a BAFTA nomination. He has also scored two series of the hit series The Musketeers.[3]

He won the ASCAP Award in 2009 for his film score to "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day", directed by Bharat Nalluri. He also wrote the score for Lone Scherfig's Oscar nominated feature "An Education", starring Carey Mulligan, and A Royal Night Out, starring Rupert Everett and Bel Powley. He was also Music Director and Composer for the 2013 film "Sunshine On Leith", featuring songs by The Proclaimers, and directed by Dexter Fletcher. Englishby has collaborated with world class film directors, including Debbie Isitt on critically acclaimed Brit-flick "Confetti", and on the film "Ten Minutes Older" featuring works from directors Spike Lee, Werner Herzog, Bernardo Bertolucci, Mike Figgis and Jean Luc-Goddard.[4]

As well as commissions for Film and TV, he has composed classical works for various ensembles. His credits include "The Last Clarinet" for solo clarinet, orchestra and narrator in 1995, "Byron" for large orchestra and "Weep No More" for string orchestra. Englishby also recently completed a large public arts commission entitled "Fireworks”, several pieces for Choir, Orchestra, Chamber Group and school children, in commemoration of the Combe Down Stone Mines Project in Bath.

Theatre/Dance[edit]

Englishby has worked on many productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Recent credits include Gregory Doran's The Hollow Crown, starring David Tenant as Richard II, and Anthony Sher as Falstaff in Henry IV. Other credits for the RSC include "Death Of A Salesman" (starring Anthony Sher and Harriet Walters), "Twelfth Night" (starring Richard Wilson), "Hamlet" (starring David Tennant), "Merry Wives of Windsor" (starring Judi Dench), "Love's Labour Lost" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

In 2013, Englishby scored Peter Mogan's The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. The Audience, with Mirren, transferred to Broadway in 2015, with Kristen Scott-Thomas taking up the role in the West End. In 2014, Englishby wrote the music for David Hare's Skylight, starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, which also transferred to Broadway from the West End in 2015.

Other notable credits include Red Velvet, starring Adrian Lester, which played at the Garrick Theatre in early 2016, Hedda Gabler, starring Sheridan Smith at the Old Vic, and Emil And The Detectives at The National Theatre.

Musical credits[edit]

As orchestrator, conductor and pianist, Englishby has worked with The London Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, London Musici, Tallis Chamber Choir, Fibonacci Sequence and BBC Concert Orchestra to name a few. He has conducted on studio sessions and film scores both in the UK and abroad, as well as on recordings and broadcasts for Radio and Television. Credits include Richard Eyre's "The Other Man" and Michael Radford's "Flawless" in 2008.[2] He worked on the Universal movie "Your Highness", starring Natalie Portman and James Franco, released in 2011. Englishby orchestrated and conducted Tony Banks's classical album Six: Pieces for Orchestra, released in 2012.

Credits[edit]

Scores[edit]

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2009

2008

2007

  • Magicians
  • Behind the Tricks: Making "Magicians" (TV)

2006

2002

  • Ten Minutes Older: The Cello
  • Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet
  • The History of Football: The Beautiful Game[6]

Orchestrator[edit]

2012

2010

  • Your Highness

2008

  • Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day
  • The Other Man

2007

2004

  • Deux Frères (aka Two Brothers)
  • Love's Brother[6]

Musical Director/Conductor[edit]

2013

2012

2010

  • The Wolfman

2009

  • Skellig
  • Zomerhitte (aka Summer Heat)

2008

  • Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day
  • The Secret of Moonacre
  • French Film

2007

  • Becoming Jane
  • Freakdog
  • Flawless
  • Miguel y William

2006

  • Alpha Male

2005

  • Proof
  • Animal

2004

  • Love's Brother
  • If Only

2001

  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin[6]

Other Musical Credits[edit]

2006

  • Niagara Motel (Arranger)

2002

  • About A Boy (On-set music advisor)
  • Hart’s War (Arranger – "Der Fuehrer’s Face")

2001

  • Birthday Girl (Arranger – "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World")

Theatre Credits[edit]

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

  • Children's Children - The Almeida
  • Hedda Gabler - The Old Vic
  • South Downs - Chichester Festival Theatre

2008

  • The Thief of Baghdad – Royal Opera House
  • Hamlet – RSC
  • Love’s Labours Lost – RSC
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – RSC
  • Wuthering Heights – Birmingham Repertory
  • Marianne Dreams – Almeida
  • The Merchant Of Venice – RSC
  • The Taming of the Shrew – RSC

2007

  • Coriolanus – RSC
  • Merry Wives The Musical – RSC
  • Much Ado About Nothing – RSC
  • The Giant - Hampstead

2006

  • Twelfth Night – RSC
  • Sejanus – RSC
  • Sugar Mummies – Royal Court Theatre
  • Yellowman – Liverpool Everyman
  • Fabulation – Tricycle Theatre

2005

  • Longitude – Greenwich Theatre

2004

  • All's Well That Ends Well – RSC
  • Anna In The Tropics - Hampstead

2003

  • Blood – Royal Court Theatre

2002

  • Romeo and Juliet – Festival Theatre, Chichester
  • Bedroom Farce – West End

2001

  • Three Sisters – Festival Theatre, Chichester[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cinema.com - Paul Englishby Details". Cinema.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Paul Englishby - Official Website". Paul Englishby. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Paul Englishby". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-05-09. 
  4. ^ "Paul Englishby on IMDb: Biography". Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  5. ^ Morgan, Emma (3 October 2013). "Sunshine On Leith". Total Film. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Paul Englishby on IMDb". Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  7. ^ "Paul Englishby Official Website: Credits". Paul Englishby. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 

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