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Terry Davies

Terry is a composer and conductor with a wide range of credits in film, theatre and TV

photograph - Terry DaviesTerry started his professional composing at the National Theatre where he had been an experienced music director and orchestrator. He first worked there as co-orchestrator of the multi-award winning Guys and Dolls with its remarkable cast including Bob Hoskins, Julia McKenzie, Ian Charleson, Julie Covington and Imelda Staunton This was followed by 12 years of National Theatre productions with many leading actors and directors. Amongst his compositions for the National Theatre are The Voysey InheritanceEdmond, Scenes From the Big Picture, Luther, The Misanthrope, Neaptide, The Festival of New Plays, Antigone and Tales From Hollywood. He also composed for the National's The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, developing the vocal routines with Jane Horrocks and Sam Mendes. Many other compositions for theatre include The Winter's Tale at the Crucible, Sheffield, The Way of the World, for Chichester's Festival Theatre, Arthur and George, for Birmigham Rep, Dealer's Choice at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Trafalgar Studios, Days of Wine and Roses at the Donmar Warehouse, Richard Bean's Honeymoon Suite at the Royal Court, Sexual Perversity in Chicago at the Comedy Theatre with Matthew Perry and Minnie Driver, The York Realist by Peter Gill at the Royal Court and Strand Theatres and Speed-the-Plow at the Duke of Yorks Theatre.

He has also composed for a large number of Shakespeare productions at the RSC and Regent's Park's Open Air Theatre. Terry also wrote songs for the RSC's production of Alice in Wonderland. He has written 2 musicals: The Birds, commissioned by the Istanbul City Theatre, which ran for 4 years, and Kes! The Musical for the Octagon Theatre, Bolton and revived at York's Theatre Royal.

He is an associate artist of Matthew Bourne's company New Adventures and has composed or collaborated on 8 of Matthew's dance scores: The Car Man (Evening Standard Award for Best Musical), Play Without Words (Olivier Award forMatthew and Terry for Best Entertainment), Edward Scissorhands (New York Drama Desk Award: Unique Theatrical Experience) Dorian Gray (Edinburgh Festival Award for Excellence), Lord of the Flies, The Red Shoes (Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment and Best Choreography), Romeo and Juliet and The Midnight Bell (National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography). Terry also composed the score for San Francisco Ballet's Mrs. Robinson.

In the recording studio Terry has conducted or orchestrated the music for more than 70 feature films. Amongst these are The Union, Chevalier, Florence Foster Jenkins, Youth, Mr. Turner, The King's Speech, The Illusionist, Brideshead Revisited and Brick Lane. He conducted Renée Fleming in Verdi and Bellini for the film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Kevin Kline and Calista Flockhart. In 1998 he also conducted some of Stephen Warbeck's Academy Award winning music for Shakespeare in Love. The film of Vanity Fair, with Reese Witherspoon as Becky Sharp, features Terry's dance music and he wrote music for live performance with Man Ray's 1927 silent film Les Mystères du Château de Dé. He is currently composing the score for the animated feature The Land of Sometimes.

Original music for TV includes contributions to the animations Revolting Rhymes, Tabby McTat and Superworm, adapting most of his scores for Matthew Bourne and the songs for Tipping the Velvet which gained Terry a BAFTA nomination. His mini-opera After Figaro has been filmed. There have been a large number of wide-ranging TV dramas and documentaries with music he has conducted. Prominent amongst them are 11 animations by Julia Donaldson & Magic Light Pictures (all award-winning, including The Gruffalo, The Smeds and the Smoos, The Snail and the Whale and Zog) and Stephen Poliakoff's The Lost Prince (Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding mini-series), Perfect Strangers and Shooting the Past.

Terry regularly conducts the animation scores in live performances. He also enjoys playing the piano for silent films and performs them widely.


Terry Davies in the garden   Terry Davies in the garden


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