Film

Informative and engaging films for performing artists, ensembles, and other members of the creative industries. Since 2011 I have worked full-time for the Philharmonia Orchestra in London in its multi-award-winning digital programme. The films below are a selection of the work I have done. I’ve worked on over 200 films at the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Pekka Kuusisto on Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto (2018)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

I interviewed Pekka Kuusisto, and as is typical with Pekka, he makes some unexpected and fascinating musical connections in this very personal look at Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto.


Instrument: Euphonium (2018)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director

A continuation of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s hugely popular instrument films. Those films were originally shot as part of the production of the Philharmonia’s app, The Orchestra. Responding to YouTube audience demand, I have begun producing a new series of these films to feature instruments not covered in the first round of filming in 2011/12.  


Philharmonia Orchestra 2018/19 Season: What we do is for everyone (2018)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

In close collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Marketing team, I produced a trailer for the Orchestra’s 2018/19 season announcement, taking a new approach and working with a director of photography to realise and create a new look. Narrated by Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen.


Christmas Card 2017: Angels We Have Heard on High (Wind Quintet) (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director

The annual Philharmonia Orchestra Christmas Card video.


Finland at 100: Esa-Pekka Salonen Reflects (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, camera (Finland GVs), editor

Esa-Pekka Salonen on Sibelius & Finland’s Independence Movement (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, camera (Finland GVs), editor

Two films – Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen reflects on Finland’s centenary and composer Jean Sibelius’s role in the formation of Finnish identity. Shot on location in Finland.


Esa-Pekka Salonen Remembers His Philharmonia Orchestra Debut with Mahler’s Third Symphony (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen remembers his big break conducting Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1983. I met with him at Helsinki’s National Opera and Ballet to find out more. I also shot a series of shorts about Mahler’s symphonies, which you can watch on the Philharmonia’s YouTube channel in a Mahler playlist [click here].


TRAILER (3/3): Esa-Pekka Salonen | Mahler’s Third Symphony (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer

The Philharmonia Orchestra received funding from The Space to do a live broadcast of Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting Mahler’s 3rd Symphony at Royal Festival Hall, London. I was the producer for the live broadcast, working efficiently with a large team to make the broadcast happen in a very short time-scale. The live broadcast received over 120,000 views on Facebook and YouTube. You can watch the whole performance on YouTube: [click here]


Pekka Kuusisto on Daníel Bjarnason’s New Violin Concerto (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, camera (rehearsal, GVs), editor

Pekka Kuusisto, violin, introduces a new violin concerto, written for him by Icelandic composer, Daníel Bjarnason. Shot in Finland and London.


Finnish Runo-Song: Pekka Kuusisto (violin) & Ilona Korhonen (voice) (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

Violinist Pekka Kuusisto and vocalist Ilona Korhonen gave me an introduction to a special performance they gave at Southbank Centre, giving a new perspective on Finnish runo-song. I travelled to Finland to film this preview. I also filmed a fascinating interview with the two artists:

Sibelius’s Roots: An Interview with Pekka Kuusisto & Ilona Korhonen (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor


Finnish Folk Music – Pekka Kuusisto Home Video – August 2017 (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer

Working together with violinist Pekka Kuusisto, I produced a series of home videos, filmed by Pekka in his home in rural Finland from July-December 2017. The idea was Pekka’s: to release a folk music film each month, shot with natural light, so that you can see how quickly Finland descends into darkness over the autumn. The series of films formed part of the digital offering for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s participation in Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters Festival in 2017. My personal favourite is the early December video: https://vimeo.com/245907881


Vladimir Ashkenazy Conducts Rachmaninov Symphony No.1 (Preview #2) (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director

I directed this multi-camera shoot using the in-house camera set-up at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The aim was to test the camera set-up and create content for an upcoming album release. Four extracts were created for use via social media outlets. I prepared the score, chose the camera shots and positions, and directed the shoot on the day.


Philharmonia Orchestra at Garsington Opera (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Self-shooting director/producer, editor

An atmospheric introduction to the Philharmonia Orchestra’s newest residency at Garsington Opera. Principal Harp, Heidi Krutzen, introduces the residency. Camera: Canon C300.


Lawrence Power Performs Salonen’s Pentatonic Étude for solo viola (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

I worked with Guy Wigmore of Wash Media and Myles Eastwood of Eastwood Records to create the first known recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Pentatonic Étude, which he wrote for British violist Lawrence Power. Watch my interview with Lawrence Power here. The interview was featured in The Strad.


Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Principal Guest Conductor (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, editor

I travelled to Finland to meet one of the Philharmonia’s new Principal Guest Conductors, Santtu-Matias Rouvali.


Symphonize: Leicester (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, camera, editor

Symphonize is a pioneering creative partnership between Leicester-based Soft Touch Arts and the Philharmonia Orchestra that aims to empower young people through intensive, collaborative working which taps into their passion for popular music and technology whilst offering an opportunity to explore different musical styles and approaches. Longer term, it is hoped that participation will contribute to equipping young people with practical, creative and social skills that are transferable to everyday life, and boost self-esteem and ambition.


Tansy Davies: Forest (2017)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

Composer Tansy Davies took us to one of the locations that inspired her new concerto for four horns, “Forest.”


Christmas Card: Silent Night (Cello Octet) (2016)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

Filmed in St Mary de Castro Church in Leicester, UK. DOP: Guy Wigmore, Washmedia. Sound: Myles Eastwood, Eastwood Records. Silent Night arranged by Richard Birchall.


Discover Carl Nielsen with Paavo Järvi and Andrew Mellor (2016)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, camera, editor

“It might be Scandinavian, but his music is altogether hotter, more volatile and certainly more of a rollercoaster ride.” Take a closer look at the life and music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen with journalist Andrew Mellor and conductor Paavo Järvi. Filmed behind the scenes at the Royal Festival Hall in London for a series of concerts featuring the music of Carl Nielsen.


Universal Notes: A Musical Collaboration Between India and the UK (2016)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Director of photography, editor

The Philharmonia Orchestra and Darbar collaborated on an exciting cross-cultural music project called Universal Notes in 2016. A new piece of music was created over a year of workshops in India and the UK and premiered at Darbar Festival on 16 Sept 2016. Taking inspiration from India’s raga mode of melody, the project moves away from jamming and ‘fusion’ styles, with an ambition to create music that brings two great classical traditions together equally. This film, which I shot on location in Bangalore and Mumbai, introduces the project and its participants.


Stravinsky’s Journeys (2016)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director of photography, editor

Journey from the glamour of Paris to the sun-kissed hills of Hollywood and discover how Igor Stravinsky was able to transform his art throughout his extraordinary life. One the greatest icons of the 20th century, Stravinsky’s legacy continues to inspire creatives today and we met London-based artists to find out how his work has influenced theirs. Featuring high-quality BBC archive footage of Stravinsky conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra in 1965, this film is a chance to fully immerse yourself in Stravinsky’s incredible journey.

Presented by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Jonathan Cross (series advisor), with contributions from Robin O’Neill (Principal Bassoon, Philharmonia Orchestra), Peter Sellars (director), Anna Meredith (composer), Akram Khan and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (choreographers), Samuel West (actor), Mark Swed (LA Times) and Jonathan Hepfer (artistic director, Monday Evening Concerts).

Discover this film, and others, as an interactive documentary, and book tickets for Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals: philharmonia.co.uk/stravinsky


Håkan Hardenberger & Alistair Mackie in Conversation (2015)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, camera

Discover more about Hardenberger and his affinity with the trumpet in this extended interview with Alistair Mackie, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal trumpet.


Håkan Hardenberger & Andris Nelsons in Conversation and Rehearsal (2015)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, editor, camera

We caught trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger after his rehearsal with the conductor, Andris Nelsons, as they prepared for a performance of HK Gruber’s Aerial trumpet concerto, composed for Håkan. The two artists spoke about their friendship and working relationship following an intense day of rehearsals.


The Vocabulary Lesson I: Symphonies, Concertos and Beyond (2015)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor, main camera, animation

In preparation for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s final concert of the 14/15 Royal Festival Hall season, First Violin member, Adrián Varela, introduces us to some of the musical forms featured in the concert. First in a series of basic orchestra vocabulary lessons.


Vladimir Ashkenazy on the Path of Sibelius (2015)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, main camera, co-editor, research

This spring Vladimir Ashkenazy travelled to Finland to follow in the footsteps of Jean Sibelius.
Join the conductor as he journeys to the heart of Sibelius’ music and explores the country that inspired the world–renowned composer. This is the first long-form documentary produced by the Philharmonia Orchestra. (Co-production with Sibelius 150)


SibHack Promo (2015)
Sibelius 150 (Finland)
My role: Camera

SibHack is an event for code, music and digital creativity, inspired by the life, work and time of Sibelius. It is hackathon spanning over 48 hours (Thursday to Saturday) and it looks for creative and open-minded ways to combine the iconic composer with modern technology. SibHack was first held in Helsinki at the Ateneum Museum in October 17-19, 2014, and resulted in 13 demos of which 10 were chosen to present at the demo session.


The Tabla Lesson (2015)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

Philharmonia Orchestra violist, Gijs Kramers, gets a special one-to-one lesson with master tabla player, Sanju Sahai. Learn all about the basics of tabla in this film, and find out what Bach sounds like when accompanied by tabla. If you have your own tabla, take them out and follow along!


City of Light: Paris, 1900-1950: Uncover the history of the French flute with Sam Coles (2014)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Flutist Sam Coles brings the history of the flute to life in the beautiful surroundings of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysèes, Paris. Find out how the flute we know and love today developed over time and was perfected by makers and performers based in Paris, culminating in Debussy’s groundbreaking work for solo flute, Syrinx (1913).


The Firebird Project: Performance Film (2014)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

A film of the original choreography created for the 2013/14 Firebird Project featuring dancers from The Royal Ballet School, Feltham Community College and Richmond Park Academy. The music is performed by an orchestra of young musicians from Richmond Music Trust and Hounslow Music Services, with a few members of the Philharmonia Orchestra who helped coach the young musicians.


The Firebird Project: Documentary (2014)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, camera

What happened when we brought together young musicians and dancers from southwest London to create their own version of Stravinsky’s The Firebird? Find out about this unique and moving project in our in-depth documentary. Featuring students from The Royal Ballet School, Feltham Community College, Richmond Park Academy, Richmond Music Trust and Hounslow Music Services. Filmed over the period of six months. Premiered in Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.


Dvořák & Suk: A Journey with Jakub Hrůša (2014)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director

The Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša introduces the intertwined lives of the composers Antonín Dvořák and his favourite pupil and son-in-law, Josef Suk. Shot on-location in Prague and environs. Find out more about the associated concert series here: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/bohemian


Listening Guide: Leoš Janáček’s Sinfonietta with Jakub Hrůša (2014)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director

Shot on-location with a crew of two, the Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša took us around his city to learn about Leoš Janáček and his Sinfonietta. Find out more about the associated concert series here: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/bohemian


Philharmonia Orchestra on Tour: Paris & The Rite of Spring (2013)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

We went on a journey with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra to Paris, as they prepared for a particularly special performance of the Rite of Spring at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées – the venue of the original première – in the piece’s centenary year, 2013.


Shostakovich’s Opera: Orango
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

An extended documentary about the recently-discovered opera by Shostakovich, ‘Orango’. It features interviews with Esa-Pekka Salonen, who premièred the work, Gerard McBurney, who orchestrated the work, and Irina Brown, who directed the Philharmonia Orchestra’s semi-staged production and European Première in May 2013.

As well as learning about how the work surfaced, and its orchestration, we also delve into some of the musical influences surrounding Shostakovich when he wrote the piece. Set against the historical context of the early 1930s, this film lifts the lid on a fascinating period in not only musical history, but the history of the Soviet Union.


Adrián Varela and Kirpal Singh Panesar in conversation
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Producer, director, editor

Philharmonia Orchestra violinist Adrián Varela and Tar Shehnai player Kirpal Singh Panesar came together to learn about each other’s instrument, techniques, and ensemble playing.


Witold Lutosławski Biography (four parts)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Director, second camera

Early Life (Part 1)

A series of four biographical films on the Polish composer, Witold Lutosławski. Series Advisor, Steven Stucky and Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen traveled to Poland to discover how personal tragedy and traumatic world events shaped Lutosławski’s personality and his music.

Part of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s series Woven Words: “Music begins where words end”. Explore the series’ digital resources at philharmonia.co.uk/lutoslawski

World War II (Part 2)

Stalinist Years (Part 3)

Maturity (Part 4)


Mendelssohn Elijah 1846
Rite Digital for Winged Lion
My role: Director, camera, editor

Paul McCreesh’s latest recording release on his own label, Winged Lion. Filmed at Watford Coliseum during recording sessions last year, this features an ensemble of over 400 artists. For more on Winged Lion see www.wingedlionrecords.com


Vilde Frang in Conversation
Rite Digital for Askonas Holt
My role: Director, second camera, editor

I interviewed the violinist Vilde Frang during rehearsals with the Philharmonia Orchestra & Jakub Hrůša. For more on Vilde see askonasholt.co.uk


Joseph Phibbs: Rivers to the Sea (New Commission)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Director, editor

I interviewed the composer Joseph Phibbs about his new work, Rivers to the Sea. Commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Anvil Arts, it will première in June 2012.


Luigi Dallapiccola: Il Prigioniero
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Self-shooting director, editor, translations, research

I flew to Florence, Italy to make a film on the composer Luigi Dallapiccola to help promote a concert of his opera Il Prigioniero.


Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Sibelius’s Kullervo
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Editor

A behind-the-scenes film featuring interviews and footage of Esa-Pekka Salonen rehearsing with the Swedish male choir Orphei Drängar in anticipation of a performance of Sibelius’s Kullervo in London.


Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts
Winged Lion
My role: Editor

A film about a large-scale recording project in Poland.


RE-RITE Launch Party
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Editor

RE-RITE, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s digital residency, traveled to Lisbon, Portugal in January 2011 and was launched with a party featuring DJ Gabriel Prokofiev, known for his innovative classical music remixes.

RE-RITE is an immersive/interactive installation featuring Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring that lets you experience what it’s like to be in the midst of an orchestra playing live.


Gabrieli Young Singers’ Scheme
Gabrieli Consort & Players (London, UK)
My role: Self-shooting director, sound, editor

In October 2010 Gabrieli Consort & Players and Paul McCreesh launched at their London home Christ Church, Spitalfields the Gabrieli Young Singers’ Scheme. Working with Chetham’s School of Music, the North East Youth Chorale, Taplow Youth Choir and Ulster Youth Choir, the scheme aims to get young people not only to sing, but to engage with choral repertoire and to perform it to the highest possible standard.

Paul McCreesh (Gabrieli director) and the choir directors and singers tell us more about the scheme, with footage from the performance and rehearsals of Handel’s Solomon (choruses), filmed at the Gabrieli Young Singers’ Scheme launch event.


Hear & Now 2010 (Bedford)
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Director, editor

Based in the Queen’s Park neighborhood of Bedford, Hear & Now is a community-based music project now in its second year.

In July 2010, the Philharmonia Orchestra, in partnership and with the support of Orchestras Live, brought together Fusion Youth Singing and the Alzheimers Society’s (Bedford branch) ‘Music for Memory’ group for a series of creative music workshops. Exploring improvisation and developing leadership skills, the groups collaborated to produce original compositions. The project culminated in a free, community concert at All Saints Church, Bedford. The concert also featured performances from Indian singer, Pooja, and the local Islamic choir, Huda.

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