Harry Escott is a composer with a rich history of creative collaboration across the arts. His impressive array of film scoring credits include Steve McQueen’s Shame, several films for Michael Winterbottom, including A Mighty Heart, Road to Guantanamo, and, most recently, Greed. He is also a frequent collaborator with Clio Barnard, having scored all of her films since they worked together on her groundbreaking debut feature, The Arbor.
For television, Harry recently won a BAFTA for his music to the BBC drama Roadkill, and he has just completed the score to Uprising – a 3 film series directed by Steve McQueen which is set to air on BBC One later this year.
Away from the screen, recent works include collaborations with P J Harvey to write the single An Acre Of Land, the poet Lavinia Greenlaw, for her sound installation, Audio Obscura (which won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry) and Ora Singers, who commissioned Harry to write O Light Of Light, a reflection on Tallis’ O Nata Lux.
Harry is a visiting professor at Leeds Conservatoire and frequently lectures at the London conservatories. He is passionate about getting young people involved in music and there are a handful of forthcoming releases aimed at doing just that, including Sing Carols! a book of Christmas songs arranged for youth choirs and community choirs that is coming out this September, published by Faber Music.