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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 written 5 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 and Lord of the Flies.

In the recording studio Terry has conducted or orchestrated the music for about 70 feature films. Amongst these are Youth, Mr. Turner, Stonehearst Asylum, W.E., The King's Speech, Another Year, The IllusionistBrideshead Revisited, Happy-Go-Lucky 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.

Original music for TV includes adapting his score for The Car Man and writing 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 Stephen Poliakoff's Friends and CrocodilesGideon's DaughterThe Lost Prince (Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding mini-series), Perfect Strangers and Shooting the Past.

Amongst other TV scores he has conducted are those for Room on the Broom, Henry V, Accused,  The Road to Coronation Street,  Diamonds, The Gruffalo, Red Riding Trilogy, Rupert Everett's The Return of Sherlock Homes, Sea of Souls, Peter Ackroyd's London, BBC Wildlife's Wild Down Under, Byron with Jonny Lee Miller in the title roll, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Shackleton (BAFTA: Best Drama Serial) for which Adrian Johnston won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Robert Winston's Super Human, The Turn of the Screw, All the King's Men with David Jason and Maggie Smith, Our Mutual Friend and Deacon Brodie starring Billy Connolly.

Terry lives in London and Sussex.


Terry Davies in the garden   Terry Davies in the garden


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