August 16, 2011

Horrid Henry Gets a Beautiful Score Courtesy of Michael Price

Michael Price

Michael Price Recording a score at Abbey Road Studios

For award-winning composer Michael Price, 2011 is proving to be one of the busiest years yet, as he finds himself hugely in demand on a wide range of film and TV projects.

Making his first foray into children’s entertainment, Michael recently completed the score for Horrid Henry: The Movie, following a commission from Vertigo Films and Novel Entertainment.

Talking about his score he says, “This was a great opportunity to create a colourful, cinematic and musical world for Horrid Henry and all the gang. There is action, tension and lots of goo, so I tried to propel him along as a real movie hero … until it's time for him to do his homework!”

Describing Michael as, “A true filmmaker’s composer,” Horrid Henry director Nick Moore says, “He is a master of his own craft and totally understands film. He has the amazing ability to translate my random unmusical babblings into the most gorgeous and perfectly apt score that somehow turns out to be exactly what I meant to say in the first place … only so much better.”

Following hot on the heels of the Royal Television Society Award win and BAFTA Award nomination for the music for the critically acclaimed BBC drama, Sherlock, Michael and David Arnold have recently received an Emmy-award nomination for the score and are soon to start work on the second series of the show.

Co-creator of the series, Mark Gatiss, says of the pair and their collaborative score, “If David Arnold and Michael Price did not exist, it would be necessary for man to invent them. Their contribution to 'Sherlock' is immeasurable; thrilling, cheeky, sinister, playful and simply world-class … the music's not bad either!"

Michael, whose previous work includes additional music for Children of Men, Hot Fuzz, Quantum of Solace, and the scores for Wild Target and the BBC TV series The First Men in the Moon , is currently working on a new score for the upcoming movie Cheerful Weather for the Wedding.

Directed by Donald Rice, the period drama, which stars Elizabeth McGovern, McKenzie Crook and Felicity Jones, tells the story of Dolly Thatcham’s wedding day, a day on which she knows she is about to make a big mistake.

Describing his fully orchestrated film score as “Classic English music with bite,” Michael says, “It’s been wonderful taking inspiration from Vaughan Williams and Britten, whose music I love, but also reflecting the powerful emotions surging underneath the surface of this wonderful film.”

In addition, Michael recently completed the score for 7Lives, an independent movie from UK producer Starfish Films starring Danny Dyer, and is currently scoring the music for A Fantastic Fear of Everything , an upcoming movie from director Crispian Mills.

Currently in production, the film is described as a British "psycho comedy" and stars Simon Pegg as a writer who becomes obsessed with murder and murdering. Michael describes working with Crispian, who is the ex-front man of Kula Shaker , as, “An amazing opportunity to collaborate with a fine musician and a really talented film-maker.”

With no holiday from work in sight, the composer says, “I am greatly looking forward to the Emmys in September – not just to fly the flag for Sherlock, but also to see some sunshine for the first time in ages.”