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 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.


Orchestra Unwrapped
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Director, camera

Orchestra Unwrapped is a major education initiative led by the Philharmonia Orchestra for Leicester and Basingstoke schoolchildren. Thousands of children aged 7-11 are given the opportunity to see a symphony orchestra and learn more about classical music in an engaging, funny and age-appropriate show. philharmonia.co.uk/orchestra_unwrapped/


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.


New Canterbury Residency
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Director, editor

The Philharmonia Orchestra and The Marlowe Theatre are launching a new residency in Nov 2011. We went to Canterbury to make a little film about it.


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.


Carl Davis on Phantom of the Opera
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Editor

Composer and conductor Carl Davis gives insight into the process of writing his soundtrack for Rupert Julian’s 1925 silent film, The Phantom of the Opera. The podcast features short clips from the film and a preview of Carl Davis’s vivid score.


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.


Profile of Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, Concertmaster
Philharmonia Orchestra
My role: Director, editor, some camera work

Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay was appointed Joint Concert Master of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2007. At only 24, he had already been Germany’s youngest Concert Master and leader of the European Union Youth Orchestra. In this film Zsolt talks about learning the violin, his decision to become a professional player and his feelings about living in London.


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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