Richard G. Mitchell

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Richard G Mitchell is an English composer of music primarily for movies and television.

Mitchell was born in Manchester, England and brought up in Preston, Lancashire. He attended Hutton Grammar School and later St Martins School of Art in the late 1970s where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. Was awarded an Ivor Novello Award and is best known for scoring the movies: To Kill a King, Grand Theft Parsons, A Good Woman and the 1996 BBC period TV series The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Original Scores[edit]

Mitchell is an English composer well known for his writing and arranging for choir and orchestra, though his compositions span a very wide range of styles varying from classical to more contemporary electronic genres such as drum and bass and trip hop. His versatility is displayed in his pedal steel guitar-based score for Grand Theft Parsons, which was highly praised at the 2004 Sundance Festival. He also has a reputation for composing world music scores such as the Tibetan score for Nick Gray's Escape from Tibet

His original score for To Kill a King in 2004 continued his successful relationship with director Mike Barker, for whom he scored A Good Woman (film) in 2005, and later the Sea Wolf (miniseries)' in 2008, followed by Moby Dick (2011 miniseries)'.

His score for the film Trial by Fire won an Ivor Novello Award in 2000 and the BBC period drama The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996 miniseries) won Best Score at the Royal Television Society Awards in 1998.

In 2005, Mitchell composed the music for The Call of the Toad, written by Günter Grass and directed by Robert Glinskî. The score was recorded with the Polish Symphony Orchestra, and was nominated for a Polish Academy Award.[1]

Other commissions[edit]

Aside from composing original scores for Film, Mitchell has scored music for Theatre Productions and Live Events which include the Opening Ceremony for Euro '96 at Wembley Stadium. He was commissioned to write the score for one-man theatre show Ousama with Nadim Sawalha directed by Corin Redgrave at the Brixton Shaw Theatre, and a jazz suite for the Francis Bacon Retrospective Exhibition at the Tate Britain in 2008.

Credits[edit]

Filmography[edit]

2012

  • Moby Dick

2006

  • Almost Heaven

2005

2004

  • Tempesta

2003

2002

2000

  • Children of the Holocaust

1998

  • La Coupe de la Gloire (Official World Cup Movie)

1997

  • Basil

1992

  • The Bridge

1986

  • Born American

1983

  • Rush Hour

1980

  • Beastly Treatment

Original Soundtrack Albums[edit]

2012

  • Moby Dick

2009

  • Sea Wolf

2006

2003

2001

  • The Glass

1998

1996

  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

1992

  • The Bridge

Television Work[edit]

2009

  • Sea Wolf

2006

  • Perfect Day: The Millennium

2005

  • How to Have a Good Death
  • Class of '76
  • The Stepfather

2002

  • Helen West

2001

  • The Glass
  • True Originals ("Latika Rana")

2000

  • Brits Abroad
  • Where There's Smoke

1999

  • Trial by Fire
  • Trauma Team
  • QED

1998

1997

  • Coast to Coast
  • Escape From Tibet
  • Bridget Jones Diary
  • Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction

1996

1995

  • Harry
  • SuperMax (First Tuesday)
  • Stolen Brides (Network First)
  • Scotland Yard

1994

  • Brat Pack

1990

  • Cluedo
  • Masterchef

1989

  • War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

1988

  • Across the Lake
  • Seoul Olympic Theme

1987

  • Worlds Beyond
  • Truckers

1986

  • In The Footsteps Of Scott

Awards[edit]

  • Won Ivor Novello Award for "Trial By Fire" (2000)
  • Nominated Polish Academy Award for "The Call of the Toad" (2005)
  • Nominated Royal Television Society Award for "The Glass" (2001)
  • Won Royal Television Society Award for "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Won The New York Film and TV Festival best original score for "Rush Hour" (1985)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Bucks Music Group". Retrieved 2009-11-03.