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Kevin Sargent - Composer Profile

How many musicians can claim to have performed as piano soloist in concertos with a national orchestra and also opened shows for The Ramones? Kevin Sargent can.

His range and ear for style is remarkable. From an expertly-judged blend of tension, wit and contemporary cool in comic thriller The Wrong Mans (BBC), vibrant 1960s jazz for a retelling of David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton's whirlwind relationship, We'll Take Manhattan (nominee Best TV score in the Music&Sound Awards and Prix Europa winner, Best Single Drama), and the acclaimed 1950s BBC newsroom drama The Hour, for which his highly-nuanced music was BAFTA and Music&Sound Award nominated, Kevin's distinctive touch never fails to lift the work it serves.

He was nominated for an Ivor Novello award by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters for his timeless, haunting and autumnal score to William Boyd’s meditation on Shakespeare’s Sonnets, A Waste of Shame.

He has a rare ability of distilling the very spirit of any project; his deceptively simple score was inseparable from Lilies, Heidi Thomas’ cult 1920s-set BBC drama serial . He also conjured magical sonorities for her adaptation of Noel Streatfield's much-loved 1930s tale, Ballet Shoes.

Killing Joe was an Academy Award™ Nominee as Best Live Action Short Film. His title music for The Wrong Mans blending Hitchcockian menace with gritty electronica was recently nominated for a Music&Sound Award.

He scored several of the BBC’s literary updatings: a wry, chilling Macbeth starring James McAvoy, and the Miller’s and Sea Captain’s of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. He has also scored two series of Blue Murder for Granada, Honest for Greenlit, and David Nicholls’ bittersweet Aftersun starring Peter Capaldi and Sarah Parrish.

As an accomplished, classically-trained pianist, Kevin earned acclaim for his recordings of the Malcolm Arnold double piano concertos with the Ulster Orchestra for Naxos. Kevin began his professional career as drummer, percussionist and keyboardist with highly influential dance-rock pioneers Thrashing Doves.

Signed to A&M and Elektra Records, he learnt at the elbow of legendary producers Chris Thomas, Jimmy Iovine and jazz luminary, Tommy Lipuma recording three critically-acclaimed albums with the band in Los Angeles, London and New York and touring the US and Europe.

Kevin has rightly gained a reputation as a gifted composer for all media, whose versatility and passion is reflected in memorable music of genuine individuality, taste and heart. As for actually working with him, as producer Lee Thomas discovered:

"With music, I usually reckon on either the process or the result being rewarding. With Kevin, it’s both."

Credits

Television/Short Films

THE WRONG MANS HULU / BBC
Director: Jim Field Smith
Producer: Jim Field Smith
Starring: James Corden, Matthew Baynton, Emilia Fox, Dawn French, Rebecca Front, Dougray Scott
THE HOUR (Series II)
Kudos Prods / BBC
Directors: Sandra Goldbacher, Catherine Moreshead, Jamie Payne
Producer: Ruth Kenley Letts
Executive Producers: Jane Featherstone, Abi Morgan, Lucy Richer, Derek Wax
Starring: Anneurin Barnard / Karen Gillan
*** BAFTA Nominated: Best Music 2013***
WE'LL TAKE MANHATTAN BBC / Ovation
Directors: John McKay
Producer: Rebecca Hodgson
Executive Producers: Ruth Kenley Letts, Lucy Richer, Claire Parker, John McKay
Starring: Anneurin Barnard / Karen Gillan
*Winner Prix Europa for Best Drama 2012*
*Music & Sound Awards Nomination 2013: Best Original TV Music*
JOE MADDISON'S WAR ITV / Mammoth Screen
Director: Patrick Collerton
Producer: Howard Ella
Executive Producers: Michele Buck, Damien Timmer
THE LAST DAYS OF LEHMAN BROTHERS BBC
Director: Michael Samuels
Producer: Lisa Osborne
Executive Producer: Ruth Caleb
BLUE MURDER (Series 4 & 5) Granada
Directors: Juliet May, Graham Theakston
Executive Producer: Carolyn Reynolds
Producer: Mike Dormer, Hugh Warren, Jane Macnaught
HONEST Greenlit Prods / ITV
Directors: Julian Holmes / Brian Kelly
Producers: Jill Green / Eve Gutierrez
Writer: Heidi Thomas
Starring: Amanda Redman
BALLET SHOES BBC
Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Producer: Piers Wenger
Writer: Heidi Thomas
Starring: Emma Watson, Emeila Fox, Mark Warren, Richard Griffiths
SADDAMS TRIBE World Productions / BBC2 / Discovery USA
Director: Chris Menaul
Producers: Monica Garnsey, Roberto Troni
LILIES World Productions
Director: David Moore
Producer: Chrissy Skins
AFTERSUN Tiger Aspect
Director: Peter Lydon
Producer: Rhonda Smith
A WASTE OF SHAME: The Mystery Of Shakespeare And His Sonnets
BBC
Director: John Mckay
Producer: Chrissy Skinns
Ivor Novello Award Nomination 2006: Best Original TV Music
MACBETH BBC
Director: Mark Brozel
Producer: Pier Wilkie
THE CANTERBURY TALES BBC
Director: John McKay
Producer: Kate Bartlett
E= Liberty Films
Director: Alexander Ross
KILLING JOE Joy Films Too
Director: Mehdi Norwozian
Academy Award Nominee - Best Short - Live Action 2000
WET AND DRY BBC/C4 Brief Encounters
Director: John McKay
OUT & ABOUT WITH HP LOVECRAFT National Film & TV School


Film Credits

THE UPSIDE OF ANGER Sunlight Productions
UK Score
Director: Mike Binder
Producer: Jack Binder
Starring: Kevin Costner, Joan Allen
CRUSH FilmFour
Director: John McKay
Producer: Lee Thomas
Starring: Andie Macdowell, Anna Chancellor, Imelda Staunton
FAKERS Director: Richard Janes
Producer: Richard Janes
Starring: Matthew Rhys, Kate Ashfield, Art Malik


Commercials

ADIDAS Finalist Best Original Music British TV Advertising Craft Awards OTHERS INCLUDE: KERRYGOLD, BT, DULUX, BARCLAYS, MASTERCARD, HYUNDAI, LE SHUTTLE, VOLVO, GLENFIDDICH, FORD GALAXY, RENAULT, HARRODS, MOTOROLA, EQUITABLE LIFE, PATEK PHILIPPE, CERRUTI, THE GUARDIAN, VIDAL SASSON, VELUX, PAINE WEBBER INVESTMENTS, TALUS WINES, BASS ALES, FANTA, EAST MIDLANDS ELECTRICITY, RIMMEL, SHELL, WEEKEND FT and THE OBSERVER.



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