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25 February 2022
British composer Julie Cooper presents her commercial album debut, composed during the COVID-19 lockdowns.This musical diary represents Cooper’s reflections on the continuous cycle of life as experienced so vividly by many during this time.This theme is explored most prominently in the central 4-movement work, the ‘Contemplation Suite’, featuring the soprano Grace Davidson, where the changing of light and dark in the day and its effect on our circadian rhythms is brought to light.The album opens with the title track ‘Continuum’, written and narrated by celebrated Bridgerton and Dr Who actor Adjoa Andoh, poignantly setting the tone and message for the rest of the album.
Julie Cooper is an award-winning British composer whose music is broadcast extensively on Film, all BBC television and radio channels, ITV, Channel 4 and 5 and all visual media worldwide. She has scored multiple cinematic orchestral and intimate chamber albums for television drama, film, wildlife documentaries, advertising and video game music, along with numerous drama commissions for Theatre, BBC Radio Drama and the concert platform.
Julie Cooper is an award-winning British composer, whose music is broadcast extensively on film, BBC television and radio channels, ITV, Channel 4 and 5 and all visual media worldwide. She has scored multiple cinematic orchestral and chamber albums for television drama, wildlife documentaries and film, along with numerous drama commissions for theatre, BBC Radio Drama and the concert platform. Her affinity for evocative, eclectic scores and versatility as an orchestrator enables bespoke soundscapes, ever-changing styles and genres created for the brief.
She is equally at home writing for solitary, haunting solo instruments as for the dramatic power of full orchestra, recording at Abbey Road and Angel Studios with London’s finest session musicians. Her album Haunted By The Secret on Universal’s dark Chappell Noir label, had two nominations for Best Score Production Music Track in The Production Music Awards, winning with her track ‘Game Of Trust’.
Her 2019 album releases include Cinematic Gamescapes on Universal’s Chappell label scored for cinematic games and films, and Symphonic Skies featuring the distinguished soprano Grace Davidson, released by Audio Network for panoramic aerial cinematography in film, television and advertising. Most recently released in 2020 is the album Seasons commissioned by BBC Production Music for sync on Natural History and Human Stories documentaries, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra chamber ensemble.
For the concert platform, her commissions have ranged from percussion quartet to full orchestra and choir, with performances at high-profile venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, St.David’s Hall, Henley Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Spain’s International Music Festival Pórtico do Paraíso etc. The diverse range of musicians and instruments she has been fortunate to write for are a constant source of creative inspiration, including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Grace Davidson, Claire Moore, 4-Mality, The Locrian Ensemble of London, Justin Pearson, Andy Findon, Safri Duo, Nicholas McCarthy and contemporary urban dance company Union Dance.
Julie’s career began whilst studying composition at Cardiff University, receiving her first commission for television from BBC Wales. Early on she amassed an impressive list of theatre credits which include scores for: ‘Under Milk Wood‘ at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal, ‘Macbeth‘ at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Temba Theatre’s production of ‘Black Sheep’ UK Tour and the Young Vic Theatre, Deborah Moggach’s debut play ‘Double Take‘ at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre and the UK tour of Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca‘. Her many soundtracks for BBC Radio 3 and 4 Dramas include Sartre’s trilogy The Roads To Freedom, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, as well as commercially scoring various ad campaigns for the Imagination Group.
She has been composer-in-residence and orchestrator since 2014 for the education project ‘Crazy Composers’, devised by BAFTA award-winning television producer Robert Howes in partnership with internationally acclaimed baroque orchestra The English Concert, Arts Council England and Buxton International Festival.