In conversation with Tommy Pearson
This is a rare opportunity to observe the creative process of the award-winning composer as he talks through the highs and lows with music broadcaster Tommy Pearson. The great draw of this masterclass is that Michael will be demonstrating key elements on the piano keyboard at his side, and playing in some of his favourite excerpts from his many film and TV projects. He will walk us through the differences between both working with a collaborator, and sitting alone at a piano.
Michael’s work for film and television has been widely recognised, winning an EMMY award in 2014, and Royal Television Society, Music&Sound, and Televisual Bulldog awards as well as a BAFTA nomination and 2 further EMMY nominations for the critically acclaimed BBC series Sherlock, which he scores with David Arnold. Other current TV projects include the second season of crime drama Unforgotten and the fourth season of Sherlock (with David Arnold).
Prior to achieving acclaim as a composer himself, Michael enjoyed significant achievements as a music editor on a number of blockbuster films such as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Richard Curtis’ Love Actually, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men. As a music editor, Michael has been nominated for 4 MPSE Golden Reel Awards, winning in 2001 for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Tommy is one of the UK’s most versatile music broadcasters. Trained as a composer and percussionist, Pearson had a successful early career as a session musician and arranger before reinventing himself as one of the main voices on BBC Radio 3. He started with the ground-breaking show for young people, Music Machine, and went on to present all the major strands on the network, including In Tune, Morning on 3, Music Matters, Stage and Screen and hundreds of live concerts, including the Proms. Pearson also appears regularly on BBC4 television, and Front Row and The Film Programme on Radio 4. As an authority on film music, Pearson is in demand as concert host, seminar contributor, festival consultant and broadcaster around the world.