Theo Vidgen is a composer specialising in music for television, film and commercials. His background in musical arrangement for the BBC and The Sydney Scoring Orchestra, as well as his work as assistant to three-time Academy Award winner Howard Shore on ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ gave him the skills to work across a range of media.
In 2016 Theo collaborated twice with director Sandy Johnson, first on the comedy ‘Young Hyacinth’ and for a Christmas Special of ‘Jonathan Creek’ second composed and recorded an original score with live players, and also scored the comedy, both for BBC1. Most recently they have worked together on BBC series one and two of ‘Hold the Sunset’. In 2019, Theo was one of the three composers on Disney+ series ‘101 Dalmatian Street’.
Other television credits of Theo’s include ‘The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone’ (BBC2, 2015), ‘The Big Painting Challenge’(BBC1, 2015) and ‘Tricks of the Restaurant Trade’ (Channel 4, 2016). His collaborations with the music production team Workhouse include writing soundtracks for ‘The Apprentice’ (BBC1), ‘Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell’ (Sky Discovery), ‘Time Crashers and Four Rooms’ (Channel 4).
In the world of commercials, Theo has collaborated five times to date with O2 and agency VCCP. Highlights include scoring O2 and England Rugby’s ‘Make Them Giants’ campaign (recorded at Abbey Road with a 65 piece orchestra, 2015), working with Aardman Animations on Myer’s 2015 and 2016 Christmas campaigns, and Thomson’s launch of the Dreamliner Aircraft (recorded at Air’s Lyndhurst Hall 2012).
Other scores for commercials include Ecover, Guinness, Bodyform, First Utility, The Defense and Rehabilitation Clinic, Biedronka and The Australian Transport Accident Commission.
Orchestration engagements include work on the Bollywood film ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ (Composer Pritam Chakraborty), the documentary ‘Hillsborough Never Forgotten’ (Composer Samuel Sim), the comedy-drama ‘Lapland’ (Composer Simon Lacey) and the National Theatre’s production of ‘The Kitchen’ (Composer Dan Jones).
Theo co-composed the Disney series ‘101 Dalmatian Street’ and most recently worked for the 2020 McCain: Making Time for Family commercial. He is based in King’s Cross, London.