Patrick Doyle is a classically trained composer. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in 1975 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in 2001.
After many years composing for theatre, radio and television, Patrick joined the Renaissance Theatre Company as composer and musical director in 1987. In 1989 director Sir Kenneth Branagh commissioned Patrick to compose the score for Henry V, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and they have subsequently collaborated on numerous pictures, including Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, As You Like It and Cinderella. Patrick and Branagh’s collaboration within film and theatre has continued to this day, with performances worldwide that include Branagh’s 2014 production of Macbeth, which ran at the Park Avenue Armory Theatre in New York.
Patrick has been commissioned to score over 50 international feature films, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gosford Park, Sense and Sensibility, Indochine, Carlito’s Way and A Little Princess. His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, such as Regis Wargnier, Brian De Palma, Alfonso Cuaròn, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Mike Newell and Robert Altman.
In October 2007, Patrick Doyle’s ‘Music from the Movies’ sell-out concert on behalf of The Leukaemia Research Fund was staged at The Royal Albert Hall. It was directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh and starred a host of international talent, including Emma Thompson, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Judi Dench and Alan Rickman, among many others. In December 2013, the London Symphony Orchestra performed a programme of Patrick’s work in a special celebratory concert at the Barbican for Patrick’s 60th birthday, at which Sir Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson and soprano Janis Kelly performed.
Patrick has received two Oscar, two Golden Globe, one BAFTA and two Cesar nominations, as well as winning the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme for Henry V. He has also been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Scottish BAFTA, the Henry Mancini Award from ASCAP and the PRS Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Music.
Patrick has composed several concert pieces, including Tam O Shanter, commissioned by the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust; Corarsik, composed for Emma Thompson’s birthday; The Face In The Lake, commissioned by Sony and narrated by Kate Winslet and The Thistle and the Rose, commissioned by Prince Charles in honour of the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday. His concert suite Impressions of America received its world premiere in July 2012 with the National Schools Symphony Orchestra, of which Patrick is a patron.
Patrick scored Rise of the Planet of the Apes for Fox Studios, and Brave for Disney/ Pixar, and was subsequently awarded Best Original Composition for Film at the International Music and Sound Awards for Brave. In addition, Patrick completed a score for the silent movie ‘IT’ starring Clara Bow, commissioned by The Syracuse Film Festival, which received its world premiere at the Syracuse historic Landmark Theatre in October 2013.
Most recently, Patrick completed work on the music for Walt Disney’s live action version of Cinderella, directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh and released worldwide in Spring 2015. This is their eleventh film collaboration to date. Patrick also recently completed recording a solo piano album made up of a collection of his scores to date, released by Varese Sarabande on 24th July 2015.