Philip Sheppard

Philip Sheppard is prolific film and theatre composer, who has collaborated with prominent artists such as David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Jeff Buckley, Scott Walker, Suzanne Vega, UNKLE and Pretty Lights. Philip is also a virtuoso cellist and improviser, as well as pioneer of the electric cello. He was awarded a lifetime achievement in the arts as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. Philip has produced for artists as diverse as Jimmy Page and Alexander McQueen. His early solo albums, “The Glass Cathedral” and “The Diver in the Crypt” set him on the path to collaborations with major rock artists listed above. He also recently wrote with Queens of the Stone Age on their number one album, “Like Clockwork.”

He was the producer in charge of the handover sequence for the 2008 Beijing Olympics closing ceremony, and completed the mammoth task of re-scoring & recording all 205 of the world's National Anthems with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2012 London Olympics. These versions have been approved for the next 25 years of Olympic events. Philip has also produced the music for two BBC TV live events: The Manchester Passion and The Liverpool Nativity, for which he won the BBC award for “Best Music Production” of the year. He recently produced the music and sound design for the Tour de France Grand Départ and has recently been commissioned to produce music for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Future projects include a major theatrical score for Cirque du Soleil.

Philip has scored more than 25 feature films, many of which have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Philip's first documentary feature, In the Shadow of the Moon (2007), won the “Audience Award” at Sundance, as well as awards at the Boulder, Florida, Indianapolis and Sedona film festivals. This success was followed by the award-winning Sergio, Emmy award winner for “Best Documentary” Manhunt, Bobby Fischer Against the World, the most-watched feature film on YouTube to-date First Orbit, The Tillman Story, We are the Giant and Love, Marilyn which featured a star-studded cast, including Uma Thurman, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Paul Giamatti, Jeremy Piven, David Strathairn, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Lauren Bacall.

He composed Cloud Songs for his friend, astronaut Cady Coleman, who took the album into space to play during her six-month posting on the International Space Station.

Philip's revolutionary music game Compose Yourself (described as being Lego for music) is being developed by ThinkFun for its 2015 release.


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