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Alastair King

As a composer Alastair King has written music for major film and television productions. He has contributed additional music to HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (Warner Brothers), the Academy-Award winning Wallace and Gromit movie, THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT (DreamWorks/Aardman), SHREK (DreamWorks) and CHICKEN RUN (DreamWorks/Aardman). His television credits include DAN CRUIKSHANK’S ADVENTURES IN ARCHITECTURE (BBC), THE LAST DETECTIVE (Granada), THE CRIME THRILLER AWARDS and THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS (Cactus), SECOND NATURE (TNT/Granada), WILLIAM AND MARY (Meridian) and his work with Martin Phipps on the BBC Drama SMALL ISLAND helped earn the 2010 BAFTA Award for Original Television Music

As a concert composer he has had international success. In 2001 Alastair was the only European entry to reach the final of Masterprize. His work, HIT THE GROUND (RUNNING, RUNNING, RUNNING), was recorded by the BBC Philharmonic and broadcast worldwide as well as released on CD. The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding, performed the work at the Barbican Centre in October 2001 to a live radio audience in over 30 different countries.

The Bath International Guitar Festival commissioned THREE DANCE MINIATURES in 2002. They were recorded on CD by Tom Kerstens and toured around Europe during 2004. In 2003 Alastair completed THE GAMES WE PLAY – a piece for marimba and piano for Dame Evelyn Glennie.

His orchestral overture ARROW had its World Premiere in China at the start of 2011 and his work for clarinet and strings, CONCERTINFOURO, had its first performance in Bath in March 2012 to a rapturous reception.

Alastair is in demand as one of the UK’s leading orchestrators and conductors. His film credits includes HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Warner Brothers), EXODUS:GODS AND KINGS (Fox), TOTAL RECALL (Sony), PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (Disney), JUST GO WITH IT (Sony), DAD’S ARMY (Ealing Studios), GROWN-UPS (Sony), ST. TRINIAN’S (Ealing Studios), BEDTIME STORIES (Disney), YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN (Sony), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Brothers), BEE MOVIE (DreamWorks), KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (Fox), OVER THE HEDGE (DreamWorks), KING ARTHUR (Disney), THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (Disney), , THE ISLAND (DreamWorks), JUST GO WITH IT (Sony), CURIOUS GEORGE (Universal) and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST (Disney).

His work on TV projects includes EMMY Award winning DOWNTON ABBEY (Carnival Films), MR SELFRIDGE (ITV Studios) EMMA (BBC Drama), GRANTCHESTER (Lovely Day), THE PRISONER (Granada International), ENID (BBC), NORTHANGER ABBEY (ITV) and the BAFTA-winning score for SMALL ISLAND (BBC).

Alastair also conducted the music for the Channel 4 drama ANY HUMAN HEART which went on to win the BAFTA for Television Soundtrack, an Ivor Novello Award and two EMMY nominations. Composer Dan Jones paid tribute to Alastair in his BAFTA interview describing him as “an amazing conductor.. who had an extraordinary economy of words with the orchestra but who knew just what to say to push the right button at the right time.”

Alastair conducted the scores for the video games F1-2010, BATTLEFIELD 1943 and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.

He has also collaborated with a number of people from the field of pop and rock including Jarvis Cocker, Ben Folds, Moya Brennan (Clannad), and Mark Knopfler, Alan Clark & Guy Fletcher of Dire Straits and has contributed to advertising campaigns for British Airways.com, Lexus, O2 and FIFA World Cup 2002.

Alastair is Principal Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra Of London (COOL) and has conducted a variety of other orchestras and choirs including The London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, London Session Orchestra, Metro Voices, RSVP Voices, the Bach Choir, the Choir of the King’s Consort, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Vienna ORTF Orchestra.

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