Kevin Sargent

Kevin Sargent – Composer Profile

Kevin Sargent bio photoHow 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 series 1 & 2 (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. Most recently, by combining electronics with folk instruments, his refreshing ‘Eclectronica’ brought a characterful approach to both series of the BBC’s recent contemporary drama Ordinary Lies (Red Productions). He’s currently scoring a new three-part drama for ITV, Tina and Bobby, based on the life of Bobby More through his first wife, Tina.

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 has scored several of the BBC’s recent adaptations: Mapp & Lucia starring Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor, a wry, chilling update of 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.”

Television / Short Film
TINA AND BOBBYITV
Director: John McKay
Producer: Spencer Campbell
Starring: Michelle Keegan, Lorne MacFadyen
ORDINARY LIES
(series 1 & 2)
Red Productions / BBC
Directors: John McKay, Juliet May, Jon Wright
Producer: Tom Sherry
Executive Producer: Nicola Shindler
Starring: Max Beesley, Michelle Keegan, Jason Manford, Sally Lindsay, Mackenzie Crook
THE WRONG MANS
(series 1 & 2)
HULU / BBC
Director: Jim Field Smith
Producer: Jim Field Smith
Starring: James Corden, Matthew Baynton, Emilia Fox, Dawn French, Rebecca Front, Dougray Scott
*Music & Sound Awards Nomination 2014: Best Original Composition*
MAPP & LUCIABBC
Director: Diarmuid Lawrence
Producer: Susie Liggat
Starring: Miranda Richardson, Anna Chancellor, Mark Gatiss
*Nominee: Best Original Music in a Television Programme: Music+Sound International Award 2015*
*RTS Awards Nomination 2015: Best Original Score*
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: Dominic West, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai
* BAFTA Nominated: Best Music 2013*
WE'LL TAKE MANHATTANBBC / Ovation
Directors: John McKay
Producer: Rebecca Hodgson
Executive Producers: Ruth Kenley Letts, Lucy Richer, Claire Parker, John McKay
Starring: Aneurin Barnard / Karen Gillan
*Winner Prix Europa for Best Drama 2012*
*Music & Sound Awards Nomination 2013: Best Original TV Music*
JOE MADDISON'S WARITV / Mammoth Screen
Director: Patrick Collerton
Producer: Howard Ella
Executive Producers: Michele Buck, Damien Timmer
THE LAST DAYS OF LEHMAN BROTHERSBBC
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 SHOESBBC
Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Producer: Piers Wenger
Writer: Heidi Thomas
Starring: Emma Watson, Emilia Fox, Mark Warren, Richard Griffiths
SADDAMS TRIBEWorld Productions / BBC2 / Discovery USA
Director: Chris Menaul
Producers: Monica Garnsey, Roberto Troni
LILIESWorld Productions
Director: David Moore
Producer: Chrissy Skins
AFTERSUNTiger 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*
*European Soundtrack Council Awards - Best TV Score - UK's nominee*
MACBETHBBC
Director: Mark Brozel
Producer: Pier Wilkie
THE CANTERBURY TALESBBC
Director: John McKay
Producer: Kate Bartlett
E=Liberty Films
Director: Alexander Ross
KILLING JOEJoy Films Too
Director: Mehdi Norwozian
*Academy Award Nominee - Best Short - Live Action 2000*
WET AND DRYBBC/C4 Brief Encounters
Director: John McKay
OUT & ABOUT WITH HP LOVECRAFTNational Film & TV School
Film
THE UPSIDE OF ANGERSunlight Productions
UK Score
Director: Mike Binder
Producer: Jack Binder
Starring: Kevin Costner, Joan Allen
CRUSHFilmFour
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: GUINNESS, KERRYGOLD, BT, DULUX, BARCLAYS, MASTERCARD, HYUNDAI, LE SHUTTLE, VOLVO, GLENFIDDICH, FORD GALAXY, RENAULT, HARRODS, MOTOROLA, EQUITABLE LIFE, PATEK PHILIPPE, CERRUTI, THE GUARDIAN, VIDAL SASSOON, VELUX, PAINE WEBBER INVESTMENTS, TALUS WINES, BASS ALES, FANTA, EAST MIDLANDS ELECTRICITY, RIMMEL, SHELL, WEEKEND FT and THE OBSERVER.