Philip Sheppard live at Abbey Road

Philip Shepard at C2MTL - Photo by  Jimmy Hamelin
Philip Sheppard at C2MTL – Photo by Jimmy Hamelin

Here’s what I did after a long day of recording in Abbey Road one night last week. I’d been conducting the fantastic English Session Orchestra all day, and my brain was in another place.

I was speaking a language far from English, and things were swimming in front of my eyes. Rather than start heading home, I decided to decompress a bit.

There’s a deeply unusual documentary I’m writing at the moment, so I put the film on, Gordon, my fantastic engineer set everything to record and I got ready to play along. In the end, I ended up doing a 59 minute solo take on my cello – which is something of a record for me… It was a bit surprising seeing as my arms were really aching from conducting all day.

Anyway, here’s the result. (Don’t worry, it’s not 59 minutes).

Philip Sheppard live at Abbey Road

Philip Sheppard scores Star Wars trailer

Star wars celloI’ve always loved Star Wars, so was rather delighted when Disney & JJ Abrams requested to use some music I’d composed for the new Star Wars Force Awakens trailer/ teaser (behind the scenes) film as revealed at Comic Con in San Diego last night.

The piece they used is a reworking of a track I wrote called ‘Epiphany’. It’s now called The Force Epiphany, and it’s on an EP I’m releasing called Strange News from Another Star. The wonderful images with the tracks are by my friend Trey Ratcliff.

Here’s the trailer:

Philip Sheppard 2015

Philip Sheppard scores Star Wars trailer

Joining Cirque du Soleil

PhilipSheppardCirqueCelloNo, that is not my normal cello…

Last month I travelled to Vegas to join Cirque Du Soleil for a special One-off show as a featured musician along with the wonderful John Legend.

The whole show was in aid of One Drop, and amazing charity established by Cirque to help those in need find water supplies.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and I’m writing more about this very soon.

Here’s one of the pieces I played.

Joining Cirque du Soleil

Human Universe Soundtrack

Here’s a preview of my score for Human Universe featuring Professor Brian Cox, which debuts tonight on BBC2.

We’re going to release the soundtrack on iTunes, Spotify and many other digital music platforms shortly.

If you’d like to receive a one-off email when this is released, just leave us a short message below naming your favourite track.

You’ll get a free download of one of my other film scores by way of thanks.

And, you’ll really be helping us, as the most popular track will become the first track on the album.

Human Universe Soundtrack

Human Universe

Trey Ratcliff - Death Valley - Mysterious Rocks - low-X2One of my tracks from the forthcoming series ‘Human Universe’ presented by Brian Cox, Featuring Evelyn Glennie with the ESO & Philip Sheppard. The image is another stunner by my dear friend Trey Ratcliff (who’s probably in the desert at Burning Man right now…).

Human Universe