We were delighted to welcome Mick Cooke and Malcolm Lindsay to the campus recently. The award winning composers chatted to our Composition, Songwriting & Production students, discussing their careers and approaches to composition through a wide variety of genres.

Mick Cooke

Too Many Cookes makes music for TV and film, especially animation.
Studio founder Mick Cooke is a BAFTA-winning composer, songwriter, music producer and orchestral arranger. 
He also provides a remote trumpet recording service. 

Multi-instrumentalist Mick Cooke has been composing for the screen since 2007. His credits include Elmo Gets A Puppy (Sesame Workshop), Bitz & Bob (CBeebies), and Zack & Quack (Nick Jr.)
He was trumpet player and bassist with BRIT-award winning band Belle & Sebastian.
Belle & Sebastian have toured worldwide and sold over one million records in the US alone.
Award nominations include the Ivor Novello awards, and the Mercury Music Prize. They also feature on the Grammy-winning soundtrack for Juno.

Malcolm Lindsay

Malcolm is an award winning composer and musician based in the UK.
He composes primarily for feature films and television for both drama and documentaries.

An established classical composer and musician, Malcolm has written the music for a wide variety of UK award winning cinema releases and tv programmes.

For television, among Malcolm’s notable credits are the scores to ITVs Harry Price Ghost Hunter, One Night, a 4 part drama for BBC in collaboration with Masterpiece on PBS directed by David Evans and exec produced by Hilary Salmon; The Children, a 3 part drama for ITV written and directed by Lucy Gannon; In Love With Barbara for BBC4 starring Anne Reid as Barbara Cartland; Unforgiven for Red Productions; and popular crime series Taggart and Whitechapel. In documentary, Malcolm scored: Crimes That Shook The World; two series about serial killers for RDF; and Civilisation, a major series produced by Chimerica Media, presented by Niall Ferguson.

His film scores include; My Nazi Legacy, Blinded, Young Adam, (on which Malcolm collaborated with David Byrne), Penny Woolcock’s highly acclaimed Exodus and 16 Years Of Alcohol.

He has also scored two of Michael Palin’s documentries on Art.

In addition to his soundtrack work Malcolm is an established classical composer working with leading orchestras such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BRNO Philharmonic. He also works in the pop world, for example providing the string arrangements for Deacon Blue’s chart-topping album The Hipsters and continues his collaborative work with visual artists, choreographers, theatre groups and writers. He is also in demand as a music producer.

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