Michael J McEvoy
Michael is a UK based composer best known for his jazz score to Richard Linklater’s ‘Me and Orson Welles’. He has most recently composed the score to director Richard Loncraine’s latest film ‘Finding Your Feet’, starring Celia Imrie, Imelda Staunton and Timothy Spall. He has a great many film, television and pop music credits to his name and worked on the music for Ricky Gervais’ latest film ‘Life On The Road’. He also composed the score for the ITV drama ‘Dark Angel’ starring Joanne Froggatt and Jonas Armstrong, which tells the story of Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton.
Michael studied piano and viola at the Centre for Young Musicians and Leeds College of Music. He plays guitar, mandolin and other assorted stringed instruments which often feature in his scores. He gained a Masters in Composition for Screen from the Royal College of Music in London and was awarded the prestigious Joseph Horovitz Prize in Composition for Screen.
Michael’s first experience of writing music for film was for Beeban Kidron’s debut feature ‘Vroom’ starring Clive Owen. Other film work includes indie features, ‘Forget Me Not’ (winner of London Independent Film Festival) starring Tobias Menzies and ‘Just Ines’ starring Caroline Ducey.
Michael has scored a number of long-form documentaries including the BAFTA-winning ‘J’accuse’, ‘Einstein’s Big Idea’ and ‘Battle of the Hood and Bismarck’, and was awarded a regional Emmy in 2004 for Best Instrumental Music on ‘Tennessee Yearbook’, narrated by Isaac Hayes. Michael also composed over 200 minutes of score for National Geographic’s five-part landmark series about the world’s oceans, ‘Alien Deep’.
Television work also includes the score for the 20 part Nickelodeon series ‘Summer In Transylvania’ and series 4 & 5 of the BBC’s BAFTA-winning children’s series ‘Dani’s House’, and final series of the popular BBC teen sit-com ‘Young Dracula’.
Michael has music in the movie ‘Wild Card’ starring Jason Statham and has also worked closely with DJ-Producer Paul Oakenfold on a number of film scores including ‘Nothing Like the Holidays’ starring Alfred Molina, and the award-winning Japanese anime feature, ‘Vexille’.