COURSE NEWS: Gary Yershon Music Composing for Film Workshop – 11th-12th January 2020 – London


This will be an exceptional opportunity to learn in a practical and interactive manner with Academy Nominated composer Gary Yershon, known for his work in Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner”, ” Happy-Go-Lucky” “Another Year”, “Peterloo” and “Topsy-Turvy”.

In this workshop you will have the chance to approach the different angles of what it takes to be a professional composer, how to guide your career in search of success and obviously how music score influences a film narrative, how the work in streamlines between the director and the composer, among many other topics.

This 2 complete days intensive workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 25 participants, you’re advised to register fast to guarantee your place. The workshop fee is £459, but until the 4th of October there is a Discount of 33%, costing only £299. The workshop will take place in London, UK, on the 11th and 12th of January 2020.

For more information and to register please visit the workshop’s page here


Garyʼs career composing music for drama spans 40 years and encompasses scores for the leading UK theater companies, West End and Broadway productions, radio, television and film.

Gary was born in London in 1954. After graduating from Hull University, where he read Music and Drama, he sustained a career as an actor-musician until 1991, when he gave up the limelight to focus primarily on composing.

His theater scores include many for the Royal Shakespeare Company (where he is an Associate Artist), the National Theater, West End (including the English-language premieres of Yasmina Reza’s plays Art, The Unexpected Man, Life x 3 and God of Carnage) and Broadway (2009 Drama Desk nomination for The Norman Conquests). In 2016 he became an Associate Artist of the Old Vic Theater Company.

His is a regular collaborator of Mike Leigh. Their collaboration began with Topsy-Turvy (1999), on which Gary was musical director. Then came the scores for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Another Year (2010, gaining Gary a nomination as European Film Award Best Composer), the short film A Running Jump (2012), and Mr Turner (2014), for which Gary was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, Ivor Novello Award, and an ASCAP Composer’s Choice award. He is currently working on Mr Leigh’s latest film.

Gary has written for BBC radio since 1979, his first appearances being as a singer-songwriter. Since then he has composed for many plays, including The Odyssey, Gawain and the Green Knight, The Theban Plays, The Winter’s Tale, The Eve of St Agnes, Three Men in a Boat, as well as the 2002 Sony-award winning Autumn Journal. For Radio 3 he translated and dramatised Pushkin’s Ruslan and Lyudmila, and contributed a new work, Orwell on Kipling, for the arts magazine programme The Verb.

TV work ranges from detective drama (Trial and Retribution IX & X) through theme music (The Heritage Game, The Good Neighbour Show) to children’s cartoon series (James the Cat, Painted Tails, Ebb and Flo).

For dance, his work includes Get A Move On (1994), choreographed by Jonathan Lunn at the New Performance Gallery, San Francisco; and Ma Vie En Rose (2007) choreographed by Ayse Tashkiran, directed by Pete Harris, at the Young Vic theatre, London; and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2017) for Northern Ballet, choreographed by Daniel de Andrade.

Gary curates and presents OscarⓇ Scores at the Barbican Arts Centre in London. He also works as a writer, translator, musical director and teacher.

Participant Profile:

The workshop is designed for Music composers, Musical Directors, Arrangers, Directors, Producers, or anyone interested in entering the Film Business in the music department.

Duration: 2 days,
Dates: 11th – 12th of January 2020
Location: London

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