Alexandra Harwood is a BAFTA Cymru Award-winning composer, whose films have screened worldwide.
Alexandra Harwood is a BAFTA Cymru Award-winning composer, whose films have screened worldwide. Alexandra composed the original score for Mike Newell’s feature ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ starring Lily James. Prior to this composed the score for the feature film ‘The Escape’, directed by Dominic Savage and starring Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper, and ‘Growing Up Wild’, a feature documentary for Disney/ Netflix USA. In 2019, Alexandra scored the critically acclaimed BBC Two series ‘Thatcher: A Very British Revolution’ and she has most recently completed work on the six-part Channel 5 and PBS Masterpiece series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, produced by Playground Entertainment.
Alexandra is a classically trained composer. After graduating from the Royal College of Music (Dip Mus) and The Juilliard School (MMus), she was Composer in Residence for the Juilliard Drama Division, during which time she wrote music for theatre productions in the US and UK and worked with actors including Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Laura Linney, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tim Nelson and Audra McDonald.
Amongst numerous commissions that have been performed worldwide are four pieces for iMusicanti’s St John’s Smith Square 2018 concert series, ’Automatic Flesh’, for Ballet Rambert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, ‘The Happy Prince’ (cantata for soloists, choir and orchestra), St John’s Smith Square, London; ‘I Hear a Drum’ (voice and percussion) for Audra McDonald, Avery Fisher Hall, NY; ‘Sonatina’, The National Flute Convention chosen repertoire, 2009 and 2018, USA; ‘Theme and Variations’ written for Sir Ronald Harwood’s 70th Birthday, performed in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Success in theatre and concert work led to Alexandra to take an MA in film composition at the National Film and Television School, which was the start of her career as a film composer. Her music for film has won awards and nominations with the British Animation Awards-Best Sound and Music (Winner 2018), BAFTA Cymru (Winner 2015), BIFA (2013), Anima Mundi, Edinburgh Film Festival, IDFA and Locarno.
Film and television work includes scores for BBC animations for director Anna Humphries, Channel 5 series ‘The Secret Life of Puppies and Kittens’; Channel 4/Animal Planet US feature documentary ‘Yeti or Not?’; BBC4 documentary series ‘What a Performance – Pioneers of Popular Entertainment’; ‘Dancing in Circles’, which was awarded the BAFTA Cymru Best Short Award (2015); feature documentary ‘Bronx Lives’ (Singapore/ New York Production); ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ for Warner Bros. Orlando USA; ‘Z1’ directed by Gabriel Gauchet – winner of the Best Short Film at the British Independent Film Awards 2014 and received a Locarno Award nomination in 2013; BBC documentary ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’, directed by Annalisa Piras; ‘No Man’s Land’, which won Best International Documentary at the Tehran International Short Film Festival, and received an IDFA nomination and broadcast DN2 Denmark; ‘Kids Say’, an animation TV series broadcast in Hong Kong in 2014; short ‘The Substitute’ which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2015; and ‘NightDare’ which was nominated for several Royal Television Society Awards, including Best Sound and Music in 2015.