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Graeme Stewart

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Biography

Graeme Stewart was born in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and studied at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution in Belfast, Northern Ireland.He
went on to study at Queen's University in Belfast where is composition teacher was Piers Hellawell. On leaving Belfast, Graeme took up a place at the Royal College of Music with grants from the PRS Foundation, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and Queen's University, to study film composition under Miguel Mera and David Burnand.

Graeme has scored many short student films from Queen's University, London Film School, Royal College of Art; as well as independent shorts- "Endgame" which was a short film from director Andrew Greener. This film received second place at the TCM short film awards.

Graeme also wrote the music for "Big Phil's Piggyback Ride" which was a short film from Northern Irish director Andrew Tohill. This project, along with others, had funding from the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission. In 2006 Graeme completed a project for Northern Irish writer/director Allan Gildea called "The Patrol" which stars American actor Joe Estevez; this film required a large orchestral sound in the genre of "Band of Brothers" and was
performed by the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra. Shooting began at the end of February
2006 in Northern Ireland. In March 2008 Graeme’s large-scale orchestral work, “Goblin Market�- commissioned by the London Irish Symphony Orchestra- was performed in St. Paul’s Knightsbridge, performed by the orchestra and soprano Rosie Coad. He also orchestrated and arranged a medley from the
film "Il Postino" for the Ulster Orchestra and Dermot Dunne performed at the BBC Proms in the Park 2007 at Carrickfergus Castle.

In January 2008 Graeme completed a 2 1/2 hour score
for a BBC Radio Ulster drama based on the book of Genesis called “In the beginning� broadcast in May & June 2008, and also an arrangement of a Howard Goodall song for the BBC Concert Orchestra’s Making Tracks concerts, receiving seven performances in March 2008, with 10,000 primary school children taking part. Most recently Graeme orchestrated and arranged "As Long As He Needs Me" for the Ulster Orchestra at the Proms in the Park 2008 in Belfast with soloists Rachel Tucker and Niamh Perry from BBC One's "I'd do Anything".

In May 2008 Graeme formed MenagerieBlue which will provide music for film & TV productions in addition to producing instrumental/orchestral arrangements and offering music publishing/preparation facilities.

Influences

Influences on my music would be Debussy, John Williams, and Korngold, as well as more modern composers such as John Adams and Peter Maxwell Davies.

My favourite film inspirations would be The Ususal Suspects, Jurrassic Park, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Hook (John Williams), Heat (Elliot Goldenthal), Gladiator, Rear Window (Franz Waxman), James Bond (John Barry and David Arnold)

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