Steve Sidwell (musician)

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Steve Sidwell
Genres Classical, Pop
Occupation(s) Composer, Musician, Arranger
Instruments Trumpet
Associated acts Michael Nyman Band

Steve Sidwell is an English Grammy award winner, renowned arranger and composer featured on numerous albums, television shows, advertising campaigns and films with his distinctive and innovative orchestrations and compositions.

Music career[edit]

Some of his work include the composition of "Elements & Motion" for the 79th Academy Awards with the Hollywood SFX Chorale, which received an Emmy nomination. Other credits include London 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony, 2014 BBC Music Awards, BBC Live at Edinburgh Castle, 2014 Ryder Cup Gala, ‘Robbie Williams Live at The Palladium’, Bruce Forsyth’s Hall of Fame’, BBC The Voice Series 1 & 2, Robbie Williams Live at the Albert, The Robbie Williams TV Special, Children in Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall, the BBC Olympic Handover Concert, Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special, Victoria’s Empire, Chris Moyles' Big Quiz Night, Ant & Dec’s Christmas Show and the opening of The Dubai World Cup.

Advertising campaigns include the award-winning Honda Choir (in which Steve is the feature conductor), Stella 4%, M&S Christmas featuring Dame Shirley Bassey, Virgin Holidays featuring Charlotte Church, Nokia Navigator[disambiguation needed], Heineken, Orange, Bounty, Dulux, Lotto, Walkers, McDonald's, Supernoodles, Coca-Cola, Capital Radio London and Guinness.

Theatre credits include orchestrating the West End smash hit show Made In Dagenham, We Will Rock You, Our House and Daddy Cool. Other theatrical credits include Viva La Diva with Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins, Dancing On Ice Live Tour and Katherine Jenkins’ acclaimed Believe Tour.

Steve has also contributed to film including tracks for Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge and Romeo & Juliet, Bridget Jones's Diary, Teachers Pet, SpongeBob SquarePants, Finding Nemo, Mona Lisa Smile, and 101 Dalmatians 2.

Album credits include the orchestration and conducting of Robbie Williams’ multi-platinum selling album Swing When You're Winning. Recent projects include recordings with Sarah Brightman and the LSO, Paul Young, Jeff Beck, Seal, Dame Shirley Bassey, Kerry Ellis and Paul Carrack.

Steve has also performed professionally with many international artists including George Michael, Amy Winehouse, Snow Patrol, Lily Allen, Cheryl Cole, Muse, Dizzy Rascal, Mika, Nik Kershaw, Take That, Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis, Tom Jones, Sting, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Mark Knopfler, The Feeling, McFly, Will Young, Bryan Ferry, Joss Stone, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Ian Dury, Wet Wet Wet, Charlie Watts, Henry Mancini, Michael Nyman, Todd Rundgren, The Metropole Orchestra and Joan Armatrading.

Steve Sidwell also conducted the score for Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade, the daily parade at Disneyland Paris which was the centrepiece of the resort's 15 year anniversary in 2007. The music was performed by the 100-strong Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, and is a "little bit jazzy" in its style.

Steve has recently[when?] worked with Kerry Ellis and Brian May on Ellis' first EP Wicked in Rock and debut album Anthems.

Steve was Musical Director for BBC's The Voice UK Series 1 and 2 with Tom Jones, Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue and

Steve was the arranger of Robbie Williams album Swings Both Ways. The album features duets with Lily Allen, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, Olly Murs and Rufus Wainwright.


Steve is the orchestrator and arranger for the Broadway and West End musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the soundtrack. He was also nominated for a Tony Award in 2014 and an Olivier Award in 2015.

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