This week’s playlist update has been chosen by founder of Spitfire Audio, Paul Thomson.
Lux Aurumque – Eric Whitacre
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – Ryuichi Sakamoto
Nimrod: (Variation IX from Enigma Variations, Op. 36) – Edward Elgar, Donald Hunt
Hymne a la Vierge – Worcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt
Someone To Watch Over Me – Keith Jarrett
Romance for String Orchestra, Op.11 – Gerald Finzi
Gaspard de la nuit, M. 55: 1. Ondine – Maurice Ravel, Ivo Pogorelich
Concerto for Clarinet and Strings in C minor, Op.31: 2. Adagio – Emma Johnson, Gerald Finzi
Préludes, Livre 2, L. 123: V. Bruyères. Calme – Claude Debussy
Symphony No. 5 in B Minor, “Symphonic Fantasia 1912”: II. Love: Lento – Hubert Parry
Miserere mei – Gregorio Allegri, Ruth Dean, Sally Dunkley, Christopher Royall, Christopher Purves
Paul started his musical training at an early age, playing the piano as a child and touring the world as a chorister, in Worcester Cathedral Choir. He achieved Grade 8 in the piano with distinction at the tender age of 11, quickly followed by further ‘8s’ in Organ, Clarinet and Singing. He went on to create his first theatrical score for a production of Henri Ghéon’s “The Way Of The Cross”.
After studying with the Elgar specialist Dr Donald Hunt OBE, Dr Wyndham Thomas at Bristol University, and Prof. Stephen Deutsch at Bournemouth, Paul obtained an MA in Music and moved to London to start writing and producing music professionally.
He quickly established himself as a versatile producer/composer, working with most of the major and large independent record labels. Paul has produced full length album projects for a number of artists.
Paul is an accomplished writer of music to picture. His recent scores include the multiple award winning independent movie ‘Love, Sex and Missed Connections’, and the Slate Films/BFI production ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’: he also scored the BAFTA winning BBC Drama production ‘The Fades’ (a coproduction with BBC America) for which he won the RTS award for Best Original Theme Music, the BBC1 drama ‘The Interceptor’, ‘The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl’ for BBC Scotland, ‘Ways To Save The Planet’ – the Impossible Pictures production for Discovery Networks, and the RDF documentary for Channel 4 ‘The Genius Of Charles Darwin’. Other work includes ITV’s gameshow featuring Chris Tarrant – ‘Its Not What You Know’ and six series of the ITV drama ‘Where The Heart Is’, along with other shows including ‘A&E’ (ITV).
He also cofounded the music technology company ‘Spitfire Audio’ with fellow composer Christian Henson. From its beginnings providing exclusive composing tools for the A list of Film composers, the company has grown into the market leader in its field and has collaborated with musicians and sound smiths as diverse as Hans Zimmer, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ólafur Arnalds, and David Fanshawe. (Words from https://paul-thomson.com/about/)
Listen to Paul’s choices here on our playlist & follow it to hear the new update every Friday –