15 17 Oct '24

Mark Thomas

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Function: Composer WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member
Mark won a Bafta award for his score to the cult British comedy feature Twin Town and he has subsequently received numerous Bafta nominations for his film scores. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Main Title Music category for his memorable theme for the Showtime / BBC2 comedy series Episodes.

During his long career, Mark has successfully scored over sixty feature films including Dog Soldiers, Agent Cody Banks II, the Magic Roundabout Movie, Shadows in the Sun, Greyfriars Bobby and the dark horror feature Wilderness, Flicka 3 and Marley And Me 2. Recent scoring assignments include the feature films Zoo, Last Summer and the hilarious counterculture romp La Cha Cha.

Mark is as comfortable writing for a full symphony orchestra as he is with a rock band, jazz ensemble, vocal group or modern electronic sample and synth based score - his musical skills are applicable to all categories of entertainment and his capacity for musical innovation is well known.

Apart from his feature films credits, his work in television is extensive, particularly in the categories of comedy, drama and animation and as well as scoring documentary series he has also composed for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2005, Mark wrote the music and lyrics the memorable theme song for the Aardman Animation television series Shaun The Sheep and he also composed the incidental music to hundreds of episodes that are heard all over the world.

Mark’s intuitive understanding of what is required from a score, his inventive ability to interpret a production’s creative aspirations and his amiable capacity for creative collaboration keep Mark very much in demand from industry professionals.

Stylistically innovative and always ready to experiment with ideas, he is constantly aware of the appropriate contextual and commercial requirements of score writing, staying at the forefront of technology and musical style.

Mark is a multi instrumentalist and is classically trained and his fresh musical versatility spans the complete spectrum of musical styles, from jazz, rock, folk, choral, electro acoustic, sampled and synthesised scores to full scale symphonic film scores.

After studying music composition and orchestration at university, he played violin with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, then joined the Royal Ballet Orchestra as co - leader and was invited to join the original orchestra for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom Of The Opera and then went on to work in the recording studio under the batons of Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, John Barry, Michael Kamen and John Williams.

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