Keep Quiet at TriBeCa Film Festival

I’ve been working on the soundtrack to an incredible documentary called ‘Keep Quiet’ which has just been selected to premiere at New York’s prestigious TriBeCa Film Festival. The film concerns a passionate anti-Semite, Csanád Szegedi who was a rising star in Hungary’s far-right party – Jobbik – until he discovered his family’s extraordinary secret… His maternal grandparents…

Kashmir a cello & a loop pedal & Jimmy page

Here’s a performance of Kashmir by Led Zeppelin I did the other week in San Jose at the premiere of The Human Face of Big data – a film I scored for Sandy & Rick Smolan. It’s using a cello (leant by the amazing Eric Cheng) and a Boss Loop Pedal. I worked with Jimmy…

Being Bold, Being like Harry Perry

That’s Harry Perry. The world’s boldest musician. He’s the one on the left. I’m the pasty looking Brit on the right, giving him a few tips on how to be less introverted. *ahem* Well actually, I’m getting an important life lesson right there. Here’s a guy who earns a (damn good) living, playing guitar, in…

Avegant Glyph for Musicians Part One

This morning I’ve been playing some Paganini from an early edition, viewing through an Avegant Glyph driven by an Amazon Kindle Fire. So far, it’s pretty thrilling experience and somewhat exciting to consider the possibilities of accessing archive material without expensive printing, using music stands, and having a truly focussed environment whilst working. My normal…

Star Wars Graphic Score

Sending this to JJ Abrams as thanks for using my track for promoting Star Wars. I always write graphic scores for directors I like working with, and to work in some small way on on this franchise was beyond a dream. Hope he likes it…

Crazy Gnarls Barkley Cover for Looped Cello

Here’s a cover of ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley that I performed recently at the COP21 Summit in Paris. Just recorded this to get warmed up for a busy set of film sessions.

When I spot someone on the phone during a show…

I love performing and speaking at C2 Montreal. This year I was about to lead into introducing Andre Agassi onstage when I spotted a lady playing with her phone. I decided to make her a bit of a star for the day.

Compose Yourself – music composition game

I recently invented a game concerned with creative music play called Compose Yourself, and I’m really excited to share it with you. I’m pretty sure that given the right tools, anybody can become a composer. It’s an easy thing to say, but actually I’m sure It’s true! Some of the greatest musicians I’ve worked with,…

Philip Sheppard live at Abbey Road

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…

Philip Sheppard scores Star Wars trailer

I’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…

Joining Cirque du Soleil

No, 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….

Hallelujah at C2MTL

Here’s a version of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen that I played at C2MTL at the end of my talk there. I hope you like it. The full talk is here  http://c2m.tl/1BU3KGH