Edmund Butt

Edmund Butt – Composer Profile

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Winner of the 2011 RTS Award for Best Television Score for Garrow’s Law, Ed is renowned for his artful command of melody and harmony which combines to create a thrilling and unique dramatic style. He has written music for many notable film and television dramas, equally at home with contemporary, symphonic, and intimate scores. With a powerful command of compositional technique to wonderfully evoke the characters, narrative and form at the centre of each given piece, he combines an unerring ‘cool’ with a genuine musical virtuosity.

Ed has recently finished scoring a new four-part drama for BBC One, From Darkness (nominated for a 2016 Ivor Novello Award) and Midwinter of the Spirit, a three-parter for ITV based on a book by the successful novelist Phil Rickman. Before this, Ed wrote the music for Ecosse Film’s three-part serial for BBC Two, Life in Squares, series 2, 3 & 4 of the hugely popular The Suspicions Of Mr. Whicher, on which he was nominated for a 2015 IVOR Novello, and series 1 and 2 of the BBC’s Zombie-drama In The Flesh. He scored An Adventure In Time And Space, a dramatic retelling of the creation of the television series Doctor Who in 1963; commissioned to mark the 50th Anniversary of the conception of the groundbreaking and much loved programme. Previous to this, Ed scored ABC America’s international primetime series, Combat Hospital, Mistresses (series 1 & 2), for Ecosse Films, and is arguably most noted for his dynamic and driven scores for Ashes To Ashes, the highly anticipated follow up series to the BBC’s wildly successful Life On Mars series 1 and 2, which he also scored to much critical acclaim. He was then asked to score Yellowstone for BBC2, a series exploring the major ecosystems in the Yellowstone National Park, for which he created a wildly evocative and epic soundtrack that went on to win an RTS Craft and Design Award 2009 for Best Original Score. Edmund scored Come Rain Come Shine, starring Alison Steadman for ITV, and the tense thriller Case Sensitive (Point Of Rescue) starring Olivia Williams, for Hat Trick ProductionsHe is currently scoring the new ITV drama series, Bancroft.

Ed composed a dark, contemporary and epic score to the feature Revelation for Romulus Films and following on from this, was talked about as one of the most innovative and influential composers of his generation. He scored the horror feature The Dark for Impact Pictures/Universal/Constantin, True North for Ariel and BBC Films, The Waiting Room for Bright Pictures starring Anne Marie Duff, and Diary Of A Nobody, written by Andrew Davies for Clerkenwell Films/BBC and starring Hugh Bonneville.

A highly experienced composer, performer and producer, Ed has always lived and breathed music. His ambition from day one has been to write score for film. He went from chorister at Hampton Court Palace at six to head chorister at Windsor Castle, which lead to him winning a music scholarship to Charterhouse School and subsequently a double music scholarship (violin & piano) at the Royal College of Music, gaining a first class performers degree as well as a Countess of Munster Scholarship to study in New York & Japan. He then became the youngest player in the London Philharmonic Orchestra and went on to play with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philharmonia, & the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Whilst performing with these world-class orchestras, Ed played on the scores to Basic Instinct & The English Patient and began to realise his life long ambition of beginning to work within the field of film score. He then began orchestrating for several Hollywood composers on films such as Desperate Measures, Dark City, Merlin & Dangerous Beauty whilst at the same time enjoying parallel successes as musical director for such artists as Madonna, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs and George Martin.

Film
THE WAITING ROOMBright Pictures
Director: Roger Goldby
Producer: Sarah Sulick
Starring: Anne Marie Duff, Rupert Graves, Ralph Little
TRUE NORTHAriel Films/BBC Films
Director: Steve Hudson
Producers: Sonja Ewers, David Thompson, David Collins
THE DARK Impact Pictures/Miramax/Constantin
Director: John Fawcett
Producer: Jeremy Bolt, Paul W.S. Anderson
REVELATIONRomulus Films
Director: Stuart Urban
Producer: Jonathan Woolf
CLUB LAMONDEScreen Production Associates
Director: Simon Rumley
Producer: Piers Jackson
DEAD BOLT DEADIt's All Right Ma Productions
Director: James Rogan
Producer: Paul de Villiers
24 HOURS IN LONDONOne World Films
Director: Alexander Finbow
Producer: Fergal McGrath
THE CASK OF AMONTILLADOA.K.A. Pizazz
Director/Co-Producer: Mario Cavalli
Television
BANCROFT
ITV Studios
Director: John Hayes
Producer: Kate Brook
Starring: Sarah Parish, Faye Marsay
FROM DARKNESS BBC
Director: Dominic Leclerc
Producer: Helen Ziegler
Starring: Johnny Harris, Richard Rankin, Luke Newberry, Anne-Marie Duff
*Ivor Novello Award Nomination 2016: Best Television Soundtrack*
*RTS Award Nomination 2016: Best Original Title*
*RTS Award Nomination 2016: Best Original Score*
MIDWINTER OF THE SPIRIT ITV
Director: Richard Clark
Producer: Phil Collinson
Starring: Anne-Maxwell Martin, David Threlfall
LIFE IN SQUARES Ecosse Films / Bloomsbury Films / BBC
Directors: Simon Kaijser
Producer: Rhonda Smith
Starring: Jack Davenport, James Norton, Al Weaver, Lucy Boynton, Edmund Kingsley
THE SUSPICIONS OF MR. WHICHER (Series 2, 3 & 4)
Hat Trick Productions
Directors: David Blair, Geoffrey Sax
Producer: Rob Bullock, David Boulter
*Ivor Novello Award Nomination 2015: Best Television Soundtrack*
THE SMOKE Kudos / Sky
Directors: Mike Barker, Samule Donovan, Julian Holmes Producer: Chris Fry
Starring: Jamie Bamber
AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIMEBBC
Directors: Terry McDonough
Producer: Matt Strevens
Starring: Brian Cox, David Bradley, Leslie Manville,
Reece Shearsmith
IN THE FLESHSeries 1 & 2
BBC
Directors: Johnny Campbell, Jim O’Hanlon, Damon Thomas, Alice Troughton
Producer: Ann Harrison Baxter, John Rushton
LEAVINGRed Productions
Director: Gaby Dellal
Producer: Juliet Charlesworth
Starring: Helen McRory, Callum Turner
COMBAT HOSPITAL Sienna Films, Artists Studio, Lookout Point
Directors: Chris Menaul, Ian B Macdonald, Stephen Reynolds, Helen Shaver, Paul Unwin
Producer: Michael J Maschio
Starring: Luke Mably, Elias Koteas
WITHOUT YOUSally Head Productions / ITV
Director: Tim Fywell
Producer: Nigel Marchant
Starring: Anna Friel
Nominated for RTS Craft Award for Best Original Title Theme 2012
CASE SENSITIVEHat Trick / ITV
Director: Charles Martin / John Strickland
Producer: Chris Hall, Rob Bullock
Starring: Olivia Williams, Darren Boyd, Rupert Graves
COME RAIN COME SHINEITV
Director: David Drury
Producer: Jeff Pope
Starring: Alison Steadman, Kelly Bright
GARROW'S LAWTwenty Twenty/Shed Media Scotland/BBC
Director: Peter Lydon
Producer: Dominic Barlow
Starring: Andrew Buchan, Alun Armstrong, Lyndsey Marshal
Royal Television Society Craft & Design Award 2011: Best Original Score
YELLOWSTONE BC2
Executive Producer: Mike Gunton
Series Producer: Andrew Murray
*Royal Television Society Craft & Design Award 2009: Best Original Score*
*IFMCA Nomination 2009: Best Original Score for Television*
*Broadcast Nomination 2009: Best TV Score*
SURVIVORS (Series 1 & 2)BBC
Director: John Alexander
Executive Producers: Susan Hogg, Adrian Hodges
Producer: Hugh Warren
Starring: Max Beesley, Julie Graham, Freema Agyeman
ASHES TO ASHES Series 1, 2 & 3Kudos / BBC
Directors: Johnny Campbell/Billie Eltringham/Catherine Morshead
Porducer: Beth Willis
MISTRESSES Series 1, 2 & 3BBC / Ecosse
Director: S.J. Clarkson / Peter Hoar
Producer: Lowri Glain
DIARY OF A NOBODYClerkenwell Films
Director: Susannah White
Producers: Murray Ferguson
Starring Hugh Bonneville.
BON VOYAGEBox TV/ITV
Director: John Fawcett
Producer: Jake Lushington
LOSING ITClerkenwell Films/ITV
Director: Ben Bolt
Producer: Murray Ferguson
LIFE ON MARS Series 1 & 2Kudos/BBC
Directors: Bharat Nalluri, John McKay
Producer: Claire Parker
SECRET SMILEGranada
Director: Chris Menaul
Producer: Jake Lushington
AFTERLIFE Series 1 & 2Clerkenwell Films/ITV
Directors: Maurice Phillips, Charles Beeson, Martyn Friend
Producers: Murray Ferguson, John Hannah
SEA OF SOULS Series 2 & 3BBC/Sony Television
Director: Maurice Phillipps
Producer: Stephen Garwood
WHEN I'M SIXTY-FOURBBC
Director: John Jones
Producer: Pier Wilkie
INDIAN DREAMRed Productions/BBC
Director: Roger Goldy
Producer: Eleanor Green
SILENT TREATMENTH3O Productions/Channel 4
Director: Peter Lydon
ARE YOU LOOKING AT MEBBC1 Drama
Director: Alrick Riley
Producer: Ewan Marshall
TRUST Box TV/BBC
Directors: John Strickland, Phillipa Langdale, Nick Laughland
Producer: Jake Lushington
MURPHY'S LAW Series 1, 2 & 3Tiger Aspect/BBC
Directors: Peter Lydon, Menhaj Hudz, Maurice Phillips
Producer: Sanne Wohlenberg
JEFFREY ARCHER - THE TRUTHHat Trick/BBC
Director: Guy Jenkin
Producer: Chrissy Skins
AMERICAN EMBASSYFox TV
US Series
Exec Producer: Danny DeVito
STRETFORD WIVESBBC
Director: Peter Webber
Producer: Kate Bartlett
MEN ONLYWorld Productions/Channel 4
Director: Peter Webber
Producer: Jake Lushington
DO OR DIESky/Southern Star/Warner Sisters
Director: Rowan Woods
Producer: Lavinia Warner
ANCIENT EGYPTIANSChannel 4
Director: Tony Mitchell
Producer: Ben Goold
WITHOUT YOUBBC
Director: Julian Simpson
Producer: Paul Rutman
MENACEGreenlit Productions/Channel 5
Director: Bill Eagles
Producer: Gill Green
TABLE 12World Productions
Various Directors
Producer: Jake Lushington
HEADLESS Sanctuary Films/Channel 5
Director: Tony McHale
Producer: Matthew Kuipers
RESIDENTSBBC
Director: Peter Lydon, Richard Heslop
Producer: Pier Wilkie
Commissions
Numerous commissions from BSkyB including Music for the Oscars (Sky Premiere) & Millennium Movies, a 15 part series for Richard Attenborough, as well as music for chatshows, idents, adverts (Sky Digital), and the Sky Pictures Film Logo. He also scored the symphonic ident for Walt Disney International.
Arranging - Music Director
MADONNANumerous tours, including MD for Brixton Academy Concert and MTV Awards in Milan.
PUFF DADDYMTV & Brit Awards
THE CORRSBrit Awards
SIR GEORGE MARTINOrchestral leader for 'In My Life' album.
Orchestration for Film
MERLINHallmark Entertainment
A SOLDIER'S DAUGHTERMerchant Ivory
DESPERATE MEASURESTri Star Pictures
DARK CITYNew Line Films
THE COURTESANWarner/Regency