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Screen Music Connect Announces First Sessions!


BAFTA, IVOR NOVELLO Celebrated Composers and Innovative Live Musical Performance Confirmed for Inaugural Event at Southbank’s Purcell Room

Screen Music Connect, from the people who brought you Game Music Connect is an exciting new London-based conference exploring the world of film, television and video game music, along with the creative talent behind it.

This week they announced the first sessions for its debut event at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room on September 24th 2018. Created by James Hannigan, award-winning composer and co-founder of the sold-out Game Music Connect conferences, Screen Music Connect is aimed at the music production communities of all media industries – from pro, semi-pro and amateur composers from any background through to producers, engineers, music supervisors and audio directors – plus viewers, fans of soundtracks and anyone else with an interest in the evolution of screen music.

Tickets are available at

The day will comprise of exclusive interviews, case studies and transformative roundtable discussions with a fantastic line-up of media composers and industry executives, exploring a wide variety of hot button issues and contemporary subjects including AI-generated music, soundtracks and classical music, creative collaboration in film and television, interactive video game composition, and music for Virtual Reality.

All this, plus an intimate and unique live performance by composer and classical cellist Philip Sheppard (David Bowie, UNKLE, Queens of the Stone Age, Grace Jones, Jimmy Page, Jeff Buckley). Delegates are invited to meet and connect with other attendees during a post-show networking hour and attendees will be entered to win a sponsored prize bundle from online suppliers of virtual instruments, audio plugins & sample libraries, Time+Space.

Partnered with the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA), the professional association forthe UK’s music creators and the home of the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, Screen Music Connect is also proud to be supported by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and sponsored by COOL Music and ReelCrafter.

The first sessions to be announced include:


Our panel of leading industry figures discuss their musical world view of, and influence on the artistic and commercial intersection of ‘classical music’ and music for screen media, followed by an intimate live performance from composer and cellist, Philip Sheppard.

With popular symphonic concerts of videogame, theatre and movie music packing the world’s concert halls, and sales of accompanying soundtrack albums buoyant, have the borderlines of classical music now become so blurred as to be relatively meaningless? Is it time to rebrand ‘classical’ as ‘orchestral’ and push harder to break down cultural and generational barriers much further to build on the evident appeal of the orchestral sound, encouraging new listeners to explore the classical canon? Can Final Fantasy and Star Wars be the gateway to Stravinsky and Beethoven? Or is the classical music fraternity and establishment too staid to respond to and embrace a new wave of interest in orchestral music arriving via entertainment media? What is classical music in the 21st century?

Jessica Curry – BAFTA Award-winning Composer (‘Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture’, ‘Dear Esther’) and Presenter of Classic FM’s ‘High Score’.
James Williams – Managing Director, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Darrell Alexander – Film, TV & Games Composer Agent, CEO of COOL Music Ltd and The Chamber Orchestra of London.
Philip Sheppard – Film and Game Composer, Virtuoso Cellist, member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (‘Detroit: Become Human’, David Bowie, UNKLE).
Chair: Jenny Nelson – Author of Classic FM’s ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ book, former Executive Producer of‘High Score’ on Classic FM, trustee of the Cambridge Film Trust.



‘Interactive music’ is a term now deeply embedded in videogame speak. Yet, thirty years ago it simply didn’t exist. We examine what interactive music is, where it came from and why – questions which in turn also lead us to the heart of the matter of the fundamental raison d’être of music in games – its role, purpose, identity and delivery. Further, was some of the interesting creativity of the early days of game music lost in the clamour for cinematic mimicry and why?

With the book on how to do interactive music and indeed music for games seemingly for many now signed and sealed, are there in fact yet trend-bucking radical techniques possible to serve what, after all, is a medium radically different from its linear cousins. John Broomhall hosts a discussion featuring three pioneering interactive composers together with examples of their distinct approaches to the challenges and opportunities of creating music for a non- linear medium.

Olivier Derivière – BAFTA Nominated Composer (‘11-11: Memories Retold’, ‘Get Even’).
James Hannigan – Creative Director of Screen Music Connect and Multi-Award Winning Composer.
Richard Jacques – Ivor Novello and BAFTA Nominated Composer (‘James Bond 007: Blood Stone’, ‘Mass Effect’).

Chair: John Broomhall – Composer, Music Artist (String Theory – ‘Modularity’) and Game Music Connect Co-Founder.

Further details of the day’s sessions and other distinguished guest speakers, including talks and panels dedicated to discussing ‘The Role of Music in Virtual Reality’, ‘Artificial Intelligence and Creativity’, and ‘Creative Partnerships in Film and Television’, will be announced soon.

To buy tickets or register your interest in Screen Music Connect, you can head here:

Follow Screen Music Connect on Facebook @screenmusicconnect and on Twitter @screenmusicconn

You can also stay up to date or share your excitement about the event with the hashtag #screenmusicconnect

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Sam Hughes
Sound designer, voice actor, musician and beyond who just has a big passion for conversations, knowledge sharing, connecting people and bringing some positivity into the world.

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