Terry started his composing professionally at the National Theatre, where he had been an experienced music director and orchestrator.
He first worked there as co-orchestrator of the multi- award winning ‘Guys and Dolls’, which was followed by 12 years of National Theatre productions with leading actors and directors. He continues to work all over the country in various theatres. He is also the conductor of the animated films ‘Revolting Rhymes’, ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’, ‘Room on a Broom’, ‘Stick Man’, ‘The Highway Rat’ , ‘Zog’ and ‘The Snail and The Whale’ performed with live orchestra.
He has worked extensively as an on-set musical director and vocal coach, including on the feature films ‘My Week with Marilyn’ and ‘The Nutcracker in 3D’. In 2016 Terry worked as an on-set music director on Stephen Frears’ feature film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’, starring Meryl Streep. In the recording studio, Terry has conducted and orchestrated the music for around 70 feature films, amongst these ‘Peterloo’, ‘The Children Act’, ‘Youth’, ‘Mr. Turner’, ‘Jadoo’, ‘W.E’., ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘The Nutcracker in 3D’, ‘Another Year’ and ‘The Illusionist’.
Terry has conducted a number of live performances of ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’, ‘Room on a Broom’, ‘Stick Man’ and ‘The Highway Rat’, both around the UK and internationally. The first performances were at The Sage, Gateshead in December 2013 with the Northern Sinfonia, and Terry has since conducted performances at the Royal Festival Hall, ABS Theatre Aotea Centre in Auckland and National Concert Hall in Dublin.
Terry has composed for a large number of Shakespeare productions at the RSC and Regent’s Park’s Open Air Theatre. He also wrote songs for the RSC’s production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. He has written 2 musicals: ‘The Birds’, commissioned by the Istanbul City Theatre, which ran for 4 years, and ‘Kes! The Musical’ for the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, and revived at York’s Theatre Royal.
Terry has been working with choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne for 18 years and is an associate artist of Matthew’s company New Adventures, composing six of Matthew’s dance scores: The Red Shoes, Lord of the Flies (Manchester Theatre Awards Nominee), The Car Man (Evening Standard Award for Best Musical), Play Without Words (New York’s Drama Desk Awards – Best Music nomination), Edward Scissorhands (New York Drama Desk Award: Unique Theatrical Experience) and Dorian Gray. He received an Olivier Award for Play Without Words.
Original music for TV includes adapting his score for ‘The Car Man’ and writing the songs for ‘Tipping the Velvet’ which gained Terry a BAFTA nomination. His mini-opera ‘After Figaro’ has been filmed. The many TV dramas and documentaries conducted by Terry include Stephen Poliakoff’s ‘Friends and Crocodiles’, ‘Gideon’s Daughter’, ‘The Lost Prince’ (Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding mini-series), ‘Perfect Strangers’ and ‘Shooting the Past’.