This is the website of Elizabeth Purnell, a Bristol-based composer & sound designer working in theatre, film, tv and radio.
Current: The School for Scandal, Tobacco Factory, Bristol
Recent work: Composer and Musical Director - Walking the Chains, Musical Theatre/Circus show
Brunel’s Passenger Shed, Bristol
The Once and Future King, BBC Radio 4. 6 part drama.
THE GREAT FIRE (ITV), co - composer, 4 part drama starring Charles Dance
*STOP PRESS* ‘Mighty Beast’ Radio 3 has won the 2014 Radio Academy Award - GOLD in Best Doc/Feature category
Recent theatre: A View from the Bridge, Liverpool Playhouse
Anthony and Cleopatra - Radio 3 starring Kenneth Branagh
BBC4 These Four Walls-Stories from Breadline Britain - Sun 2nd Feb 2014
Channel 4 - Churchill and the Fascist Plot - Saturday 16th March 2013
BBC Radio 4 - Martin Beck - Swedish Detective drama - Dec 2012 and May 2013
ITV - The Town, additional music
The Guardian website - Breadline Britain, 5 short films.
*STOP PRESS* JUST won runner up in Neil Davidge’s remix competition for ‘Sensor’ http://remix.slolight.com/
TO VIEW SOME OF MY LATEST WORK, and SHOWREEL MOVIES..
TO GO TO MY SOUNDCLOUD PAGE TO HEAR ADDITIONAL TRACKS FROM SHORT FILMS AND THEATRE click here:
Originally from London, I have been based in Bristol since completing my M.A. in musical composition at Bristol University in 1995. I have been widely commissioned, having written a major song cycle for the Brunel Ensemble and two South West Arts commissions. A fruitful ongoing association with the Bristol Brass Consort has resulted in many pieces and arrangements, the latest of which is Duke Ellington’s ‘Sacred Concert’.
I mainly work in the field of incidental music, having a strong association with the BBC and the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol.
As an orchestrator with over 40 film and TV projects to my name, I am in demand for feature films, pop arrangements and BBC natural history series, including the BAFTA winning ‘Life in Cold Blood’ David Attenborough series, and have worked with Peter Gabriel and Jethro Tull.
With over 40 feature film and TV projects, including a Novello Award winner and Oscar nominated score, I have had a busy few years, having my arrangements played by the Philharmonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Philharmonic, Munich Symphony Orchestra, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Recent work includes conducting my orchestratons of the music for ‘MADAGASCAR’ with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and ‘Frozen Planet’ with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
In the area of natural history music, I have orchestrated the music for the latest three David Attenborough ‘Life of..’ groundbreaking series and conducted two concerts of live music to film featuring these scores at St. George’s, Bristol, plus veteran Bristol composer Edward WIlliams’ music for the original ‘Life on Earth’.
I conducted and arranged music for the Colston Hall ‘INVADA’ night featuring my orchestrations for the band Crippled Black Phoenix, as part of a festival to mark the opening of the new foyer.
I have arranged many pieces for other ensembles, including the Bristol Brass Consort, the latest being Duke Ellington’s ‘Sacred Concert’ and movements from ‘West Side Story’.Play All Media in this Section
From my soundcloud page:Play All Media in this Section
Delighted to have just finished the music for ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ for Radio 3 drama, to be aired on Easter Sunday, starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston
Some audio clips from my soundcloud page..
** STOP PRESS** I leading an improvised film score afternoon in the contemporary music weekend at the Colston Hall on 8th May 2011 upstairs bar.. bring an instrument and join in…Play All Media in this Section
With my origins in the area of contemporary classical music, I have had commissions from a variety of different groups, and my interest in acousmatic music has resulted in many works including ‘Homage to an Industrial Past’ which was constructed from recordings made from the ship’s bell in Bristol Industrial Museum, became a finalist in the BBC TALENT competition and was premiered on Radio 3 and at UNESCO in Paris.Play All Media in this Section
Led a semi improvised musical score to Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic, ‘Metropolis’ as part of the Colston Hall’s Contemporary music festival, May 2011.
Perfornined in the Elektrostatik vs. Arnolfini weekend - 9th April 2011 in a concert celebrating the groundbreaking programming of the venue 40 years ago, with music by Cardew, Stockhausen, Reich etc. and recording an afternoon workshop to ‘mash up’ in the evening concert.
I am a trombonist and hammer dulcimer player.
gig- 16th December at St George’s with RESONATION CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ENSEMBLE
recent - Electric Water performance of Cardew’s graphic score of “Treatise’ as part of the Electrostatik series in Colston Hall 2
I am involved in various education projects including the acclaimed ‘Sound Inventors’ programme under the SPNM. Another recent project involved storytelling and music workshops with accordionist Richard Hughes and storyteller Martin Maudsley as a 10 week residency at the Bristol Children’s Hospital, resulting in a permanent sound installation containing the children’s stories from the sessions.
Urbis Vertigo City
Sounds of Summer
A Bitter Inheritance
Robert Wyatt sings ‘Far from the Birds and Cattle’ from my Radio 3 work - ‘A Season in Hell’
Robert Wyatt sings ‘O Saisons O Chateaux’ from my Radio 3 work - ‘A Season in Hell’
Robert Wyatt sings ‘Let it Come’ from my Radio 3 work - ‘A Season in Hell’