My tutors often commented on the ‘journalistic style’ of my essays – and usually marked me down for it! Lesson learned he went onto to pen his final year dissertation: ‘Composer as Auteur: Applying Theories of Authorship to Film Composers’.
I had developed a fascination with, and passion for, film music at a young age and so writing about it seemed a logical choice. It was around the same time that I happened upon a copy of ‘Music from the Movies’ Magazine in HMV on London’s Oxford Street. The notion that there was a whole journalistic field devoted to film music surprised and excited me and so I made contact.
Some time later I began work as Editorial Assistant and in October 2003 wrote my first piece for the website and magazine (‘David Arnold Conducts!’). Going on to contribute reviews for the website, as well as the occasional article, I became a regular presence. At the beginning of 2006 I took over from Mikael Carlsson as Chief Correspondent and then in 2008 became the Web Editor. In 2009 I became the Editor of the new-look Music from the Movies.com, published by Music from the Movies Media USA, before hanging up my Editor’s hat in 2010.
I write on a freelance basis and have had the pleasure of contributing written material for numerous CD album liner notes, concert programmes and scripts. I began my own blog in February 2009 called BeekBlog through which I continue to comment, report and muse on all things film music, and more besides.
In 2011 I produced my first album, with award-winning film and television composer Debbie Wiseman. ‘Piano Stories’ was released by Warner Classics in September 2011.