Under the banner of my company ‘Sound to Picture’, I have been composing successful, award-winning music scores since 1988. I’ve written sound tracks for several international documentary series and for numerous single programmes. I’m currently working on a major new TV series to be broadcast this Autumn. Some of my most recent projects include:-
Santiago Files Chile 1976. Salvatore Allende is about to capitulate as President.After coming to power as the ‘darling’ of the people he is now faced with the unnerving prospect of surrender to the military or standing up for his beliefs. A tragic end to a story of true passion and a desire to better the lives of the people of his country.
The Age Of Aids 4 hour documentary series covering the evolution of this deadly virus. Broadcast in 2006 across North America on the PBS network. Probably the most comprehensive reporting of this global predicament and its origins and effects on countries, their politics and the people affected. A truly important piece of television reportage of this global concern. Conceived and produced by WGBH Boston USA.
Do You Speak American Three one hour programmes that look at the current state of the American language. Travelling from Maine down the East Coast to the Tex Mex border then back up the West Coast ending up in Seattle, Robin Neill talks to the people to find out how their ‘speak’ is changing.
Sex, Lies and Frankie Howerd Channel 4 documentary about one of Britains best known and loved comedians. In a fairly ‘no holds barred’ expose, Frankie is shown in the truer light of the inciduous life that he really led.
Commanding Heights A major 6 hour WGBH documentary series explaining the evolution of world economies and economic thinking that started in the early years of the 20th Century. The story starts in the trenches of WW1 and follows the careers of noted economists Friedrich Von Hayak and John Maynard Keynes who single handedly have provided the world today with theories of economy that are still the most common employed. Shown on PBS and BBC 4.
Nelson’s Trafalgar One Great Britain’s all time heroes. From a lowly start as a ‘powder monkey’ at the age of 12, Horatio Nelson became a top Admiral in a Navy renowned for it’s deeds of ‘derring do’. Horatio did not let protocol stand in his way and in true British fashion made himself a legend by his efforts. Shown on Channel 4.
The Real Tommy Cooper Another of Britains best loved comedians. In the Army he was almost made Trooper Cooper!! He perfected his craft in front of Army audiences then took it to the West End where after a few stark realisations he realised that he was twice as funny when he messed things up !! Broadcast on Channel 4.
Great Railway Journeys: From Tokyo to Kagoshima with Fergal Keane Writer, reporter and television correspondent Fergal Keane takes a train journey through the land of the rising sun and the sinking yen. Along the way Fergal rides the fastest train on earth, meets the world’s most useless inventor, survives earthquake training, visits volcanoes, drinks green tea with farmers and sips potent sake in a garden for poets. Made for BBC.
The Richest Little Girl in the World Athina Roussel is the richest little girl in the world. The sole surviving heir of the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis she stands to inherit an estimated $5 billion. Today legal battles rage between her father, Thierry Roussel, and the men her mother chose to manage her money. Made for ITV Network.
Ambush in Mogadishu On October 3, 1993 US Special forces were ambushed and cut off on the streets of Mogadishu. Seventeen hours later, eighteen were dead, seventy-eight were wounded and the body of one was dragged through the streets. Frontline examines the ambush which continues to haunt US policy. Made for Frontline and BBC.
From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians After Jesus was crucified, his followers were scattered and sometimes persecuted. With new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, Frontline presents the epic story of how these men and women became a movement that spread throughout the Roman empire in only 300 years. Full music score for four part series made for WGBH, Boston. Due to popular demand WGBH have released an album of the series soundtrack.
The Boer War: The First Media War The dashing cavalry charge and the flashing blade played little part in the Anglo-Boer war. World opinion and the media were crucial in what became a grim campaign of guerrilla warfare and counter-insurgency. Fought on the hinge of the 20th century, an unprecedented number of newspaper reporters, photo-journalists and newsreel cameramen made this the first media war and the last grand rehearsal for modern warfare. Made for BBC and A&E.
The History of a Mystery The lost treasure of Rennes-Le-Chateau is one of history’s most enduring riddles. The programme unravels a tangled tale of Knights Templar, priests and heretics, secret societies, publishers and other modern day treasure hunters. Made for BBC and A&E.
The Trial of OJ Simpson Music for CNN’s live daily programme covering the trial of OJ Simpson.
Flights of Courage – Emmy nominated music score A tale of dashing heroism and walloping adventure, the pilots who flew the mail across America in the 1920s faced unprecedented dangers. Their bravery in the skies would build commercial aviation. Made for The Learning Channel.
1995 – Exploring the Titanic……………………….With exclusive diving rights to explore the Titanic, a determined team of divers plunge the depths to release the secrets of the most famous ship in the world. Made for Channel 4.
1994 – Aristotle Onassis: The Golden Greek…………………..Sometimes dramatic and sometimes hilarious account of the life, loves and business career of the flamboyant shipping tycoon. Made for BBC and A&E.
1993 – The Mysterious Career of Lee Harvey Oswald…………….3 x hour special for PBS and BBC. Noted by the critics for its journalistic authoritativeness, this intensive investigation was praised by the New York Times and described by Daily Variety as “compelling story-telling.”
1992-3 – The Prize – The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power…………………….Full musical score for the landmark 8 part series about the world’s most powerful industry. The series earned the third highest audience figures in PBS history and was acclaimed by critics as ground-breaking television. TIME Magazine called it “TV’s equivalent of a great read” and the “most powerful documentary music since ‘The American Civil War’”. Walter Goodman of the NY Times hailed it as “mastery of the television documentary.”