Philip Sheppard – Composer & Producer

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Philip Sheppard is a virtuoso cellist, composer, producer and creative thinker.

(To read his latest blog postings, click the square 3 lines at the top right hand corner ↗︎)

Philip’s talent for bridging musical genres, media and industries has led to rather interesting collaborations. He’s worked with David Bowie, Alexander McQueen, Jeff Buckley, UNKLE, Pretty Lights, The Weeknd and Queens of the Stone Age. He has composed & produced new stage works for actress Juliette Binoche, dancers Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan, and virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

He has scored more than 30 films including In the Shadow of the Moon, winner of the Sundance Audience Award, and Love, Marilyn starring Uma Thurman and Glenn Close. You could even hear his cello in space thanks to Astronaut Cady Coleman. Indeed, continuing the space theme, his music was recently used by JJ Abrams and Disney to promote Star Wars VII, the Force Awakens.

Philip has had a long association with the BBC, recently scoring Brian Cox’s landmark TV show, Human Universe,

Philip has been a music producer for large-scale events such as the London 2012 Olympics for which he arranged, recorded and produced all 206 of the world’s national anthems for use over the next 25 years. He was also the producer for London’s sequence in the Beijing Olympics Closing Ceremony. In 2014, he produced Le Tour de France Grand Départ and this fall, he is adding the Rugby World Cup to his portfolio. He recently appeared as a soloist with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.

In 2010, Philip was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, a lifetime achievement award for services to music and education.

He is in much demand as a public speaker with frequent appearances for C2MTL, the EGLa Ciudad and Cannes Lions amongst many other leading conferences. He is on the advisory board of Hatch, a creativity organisation and think tank leading the way in mentoring new businesses and education initiatives..

Here are some of Philip’s rock collaborations:

With the introduction of the new music game Compose Yourself™ by ThinkFun, he can now add inventor to his credentials.

Philip was honoured with BBC’s Music Production of the Year for The Manchester Passion and was recently named as one of Origin Magazine’s “Top 100 Creatives in the U.S.

Interviews:Computer History Museum Revolutionaries InterviewM Magazine interview, Time Out Interview, T&G Con Interview, CTMTL Interview

8 thoughts on “Philip Sheppard – Composer & Producer

  1. […] Philip Sheppard • The “Mozart effect”, the idea that passively listening to music can confer cognitive benefits, is akin to watching the Olympics and expecting it to make you fit. The key to using music as part of learning is participation and not just passive reception. • Ensnaring a child’s imagination with music can build on their ability to focus and be creative, and it can boost their memory and communication skills, and therefore impact positively on their ‘intelligence’ – an overarching ability which he described simply as ‘the ability to learn’. • We are all born with keen pitch acuity and this is lost if we don’t use it. He cited as evidence the example of higher rates of perfect pitch in Asian students who speak tonal languages. • Teaching music should focus more on exploration, creativity and play. Language learning is full of legitimate creative practise, while music is taught more by accurate reproduction. Music teachers should focus less on the ‘right way’ of doing something and embrace more the idea of letting a child find their own love within music, thereby allowing them to explore, develop a sense of identity and self, create their own transmission techniques for ideas, and to grow in confidence. […]

  2. […] Poiché La Stazione Spaziale Internazionale viaggia sull’orbita russa, è stato possibile ripercorre il percorso di Gagarin a bordo del Vostok 1 e filmare così, in alta definizione, le immagini della Terra dalla nuova cupola panoramica installata sulla stazione spaziale. Autore delle spettacolari riprese è stato l’astronauta italiano Paolo Nespoli (così come italiana è la cupola panoramica della Stazione Spaziale). Le immagini sono state poi montate con le registrazioni originali della voce di Yuri Gagarin, con le sua esclamazione di stupore sulla bellezza della Terra vista dallo spazio. L’emozionante visione del filmato è arricchita dalla colonna sonora composta per l’occasione dal musicista inglese Philip Sheppard […]

  3. Bigfiction says:

    Mr. Sheppard, you would be my first choice to score a Superman story. The weight of your productions and the Midwestern strings would compliment both the visual style of Alex Ross and the the depth of narrative found in in an interpretation like Kingdom Come. I’m not even a comic fan, but the marriage would be incredible. Cheers

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