Kevin Sargent

Kevin Sargent – Composer Profile

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Whether it’s an expertly-judged blend of tension, playfulness and cutting-edge techno cool in comic thriller The Wrong Mans (BBC/Hulu), or the acclaimed 1950s BBC newsroom drama The Hour (Kudos Productions) for which his sophisticated and stylish score won both BAFTA and Music+ Sound Award nominations, Kevin’s distinctive touch never fails to lift the work it serves.

His wry, lyrical score for Steve Pemberton’s recent adaptation of Mapp and Lucia (BBC) gained him both RTS and Music+Sound Award nominations. His vibrant 1960s jazz for We’ll Take Manhattan (BBC/Kudos), chronicling photographer David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton’s era-defining relationship, was nominated for two Music+Sound Awards.

More recently, Kevin brought a unique sound-world to the BBC drama Ordinary Lies (Red Productions), combining folk instruments and contemporary electronica. In contrast, his sly, vivid orchestral score accompanied David Walliams’ Ratburger (King Bert Productions), SkyOne’s top-rated Christmas treat. Katy (CBBC) is a modern adaptation of the classic What Katy Did from the pen of Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson, for which Kevin’s score bridged quirky charm and heavy metal.

Kevin was nominated for a coveted Ivor Novello Award for his score to A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (BBC) scripted by William Boyd, also BASCA’s choice for the European Soundtrack Awards. He scored Macbeth starring James McAvoy, and The Miller’s and Sea Captain’s Tale in the BBC’s Shakespeare and Chaucer Untold series. Killing Joe which Kevin scored was an Oscar Nominee as Best Live Action Short Film. His scores were inseparable from Lilies (World Productions), Heidi Thomas’ 1920s BBC serial and her adaptation of much-loved 1930s tale, Ballet Shoes. His title music to The Wrong Mans was also finalist in the Music+Sound Awards.

Kevin began his multi-instrumental career as drummer, percussionist and keyboardist signed to A&M and Elektra Records, recording three critically-acclaimed albums in Los Angeles, London and New York and touring the US and Europe. His music for commercials such as Barclays, Adidas and Financial Times won several D&AD, Creative Circle and Craft Awards. As classically-trained piano soloist, Kevin also earned acclaim for his recordings of the Malcolm Arnold double piano concertos with the Ulster Orchestra released on the Naxos label.

Kevin has rightly gained a reputation as a gifted composer whose genuine versatility and passion is reflected in music of individuality, heart and often sly wit. As producer Lee Thomas observed:

“With music, I usually reckon on either the process or the result being rewarding. With Kevin, it’s both.”

Television / Short Film
RATBURGERSky One / King Bert
Director: Matt Lipsey
Producer: Jo Sargent
Starring: David Walliams, Mark Benton
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.