Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle (born 6 April 1953)[1] is a Scottish film composer.[2] A longtime collaborator of actor-director Kenneth Branagh, Doyle is known for his work composing for films such as Henry V, Sense and Sensibility, Hamlet, Carlito's Way, and Gosford Park, as well as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Thor, Brave, Cinderella, and Murder On The Orient Express.[3] Doyle has been nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards,[3] and is the recipient of the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award for "outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music".[4]

Patrick Doyle
Born (1953-04-06) 6 April 1953 (age 67)
Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
GenresFilm score, Concert music
Occupation(s)Composer
Years active1989–present

Doyle has scored films for renowned directors including Robert Altman, Ang Lee, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, Brian De Palma, Chen Kaige, Amma Asante and Régis Wargnier.

Life and careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Doyle was born on 6 April 1953 in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.[5][6] He is a classically trained composer who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, of which he was made a Fellow in 2001.

Film careerEdit

Doyle joined Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987 as composer and musical director composing for plays such as Hamlet, As You Like It, and Look Back in Anger.[7] It was here that Doyle established his relationship with Kenneth Branagh, scoring his first film, Henry V, in 1989.[8] The song "Non Nobis, Domine" from Henry V was subsequently awarded the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme.[9] He has since composed for fourteen more Kenneth Branagh films including Dead Again (1991), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Hamlet (1996), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), As You Like It (2006), Sleuth (2007), Thor (2011), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), Cinderella (2015), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), and Artemis Fowl (2020).

In October 1997, shortly after composing for Great Expectations, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Doyle was diagnosed with leukemia. He managed to write the entire score for the animated fantasy Quest for Camelot (1998) in hospital whilst undergoing treatment. Doyle made a full recovery.[10]

Other films scored by Doyle in the 1990s have since become cult gangster films, such as Brian De Palma’s Carlito’s Way (1993), and Mike Newell’s Donnie Brasco (1997).

In the 2000s, Doyle went on to compose for iconic British movies such as Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001), Gosford Park (2001) and Calendar Girls (2003).

Doyle collaborated with Mike Newell again when scoring Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005.

In the 2010s, he composed scores for Hollywood blockbusters including Thor (2011), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Cinderella (2015).

Other notable works by Doyle include his scores for family movies such as Brave (2012), Nanny McPhee (2005) and A Little Princess (1995); as well as his collaborations with French director Régis Wargnier on French films such as Indochine (1992), Une femme française (1995) and Est-ouest (1999).

Artist collaborationsEdit

Doyle regularly collaborates with artists from other fields in his scores. From the classical music world, Plácido Domingo sang "In Pace" on Hamlet[11] and Jane Eaglen sang "Weep You No More Sad Fountains" on Sense & Sensibility[12], with both films earning Doyle Oscar nominations for Best Film Score.

Pop artists Doyle has collaborated with include Jarvis Cocker on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire[13], as well as Pulp and Tori Amos on Great Expectations.[14]

Doyle also co-wrote the song "Never Forget" with Kenneth Branagh for Murder on the Orient Express, which was performed by Michelle Pfeiffer.[15]

Concert worksEdit

Patrick Doyle’s Music from the Movies concert, in aid of Leukaemia Research UK, was staged at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013. It was directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Daniel Hill and included appearances from Emma Thompson, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Judi Dench, Alan Rickman, Imelda Staunton, Richard E. Grant, Adrian Lester, and Robbie Coltrane, with music from Doyle's scores performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.[16]

Doyle’s work was celebrated in two concerts at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow in 2019, both performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Dirk Brossé. The first concert was the world’s first live performance to film of the music Doyle composed for Pixar’s Brave, which took place at the Glasgow Concert Hall. The second, “Patrick Doyle – A Celebration,” took place at the Glasgow City Halls and featured two original works composed by Doyle for the concert – "Sweet Rois of Vertew" and "Scottish Overture". This concert also featured a performance of "Corarsik", a solo violin piece he originally composed for Emma Thompson’s 50th birthday.[17]

Doyle has composed numerous original concert pieces. These include "The Thistle and the Rose," a song cycle commissioned by Prince Charles in honour of the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday, produced by George Martin and premiered at Buckingham Palace[18]; "The Face In The Lake", commissioned by Sony and narrated by Kate Winslet[19]; and "Tam O Shanter," commissioned by the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust.[20]

Syracuse International Film Festival commissioned Doyle to write a film score for the classic silent movie ‘It’ in 2012.[21]

Recorded worksEdit

In 2013, Doyle composed an original concert suite, Impressions of America, released by Varèse Sarabande.[22] This received its world premiere in 2012 with the National Schools Symphony Orchestra, of which Doyle is a patron.[23]

Doyle recorded a solo piano album in 2015, performing pieces from his film scores to date, also released by Varèse Sarabande.[24]

In 2020, Doyle contributed the opening track "Château Ferguson" to the album Fresh Air… Breathe In in aid of the not-for-profit organisation Breathe Arts Health Research in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[25]

AwardsEdit

In June 2013, at the twenty-eighth annual Film & Television Music Awards, Doyle was presented with the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award in recognition of his "outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music".[4] ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams observed, "Patrick Doyle's extensive body of work is some of the most compelling and affective in the industry. His ability to flawlessly cross genres in film, TV and beyond is why he can successfully score everything from Carlito's Way to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."[4]

In October 2015, Doyle received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Soundtrack Academy during the Gent Film Festival in Belgium.[26]

TriviaEdit

Kanye West sampled Doyle's theme from Great Expectations on West's song 'Robocop' from the album 808s & Heartbreak.[27]

Doyle has appeared as an actor in some of the films he’s scored – playing Balthazar in Much Ado About Nothing and Court in Henry V; voicing Martin in Brave; and appearing in As You Like It, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Dead Again.[28] He also wrote some of the score for Much Ado About Nothing whilst on location in Tuscany.[29]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Director Notes
1979 Charles Endell Esquire Gerry Mill TV series, as actor
1981 Holding the Fort Derrick Goodwin
Chariots of Fire Hugh Hudson Jimmie, as actor
Maggie Renny Rye TV series, as actor
1982 No. 73 Nigel Pickard TV series, as actor (as Alec Simmons)
1988 Twelfth Night Paul Kafno Videotaped TV drama
1989 Look Back in Anger Judi Dench
Henry V Kenneth Branagh Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme[30]
1990 Shipwrecked Nils Gaup
1991 Dead Again Kenneth Branagh Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score[3]
1992 Indochine Régis Wargnier Nominated — César Award for Best Music Written for a Film
Into the West Mike Newell
1993 Much Ado About Nothing Kenneth Branagh
Needful Things Fraser C. Heston
Carlito's Way Brian De Palma
1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Kenneth Branagh Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music
Exit to Eden Garry Marshall
1995 Une femme française Régis Wargnier
A Little Princess Alfonso Cuarón Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music
Sense and Sensibility Ang Lee Nominated — Academy Award for Best Original Score[3]
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score[3]
1996 Mrs. Winterbourne Richard Benjamin
Hamlet Kenneth Branagh Nominated — Academy Award for Best Original Score[3]
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Original Score
1997 Donnie Brasco Mike Newell
1998 Great Expectations Alfonso Cuarón
Quest for Camelot Frederik Du Chau
1999 East/West Régis Wargnier Nominated — César Award for Best Music Written for a Film
2000 Blow Dry Paddy Breathnach
Love's Labour's Lost Kenneth Branagh
2001 Bridget Jones's Diary Sharon Maguire World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Score of the Year Not Released on an Album
Gosford Park Robert Altman World Soundtrack Award for Soundtrack Composer of the Year
2002 Killing Me Softly Chen Kaige
2003 Calendar Girls Nigel Cole
Secondhand Lions Tim McCanlies
The Galíndez File Gerardo Herrero
2004 Battle of the Brave (Nouvelle-France) Jean Beaudin
2005 Man to Man Régis Wargnier
Wah-Wah Richard E. Grant
Nanny McPhee Kirk Jones
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Mike Newell ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music
2006 Jekyll & Hyde Nick Stillwell
As You Like It Kenneth Branagh
Eragon Stefen Fangmeier
2007 Have Mercy on Us All Régis Wargnier
The Last Legion Doug Lefler
Sleuth Kenneth Branagh
2008 Nim's Island Jennifer Flackett
Mark Levin
Igor Tony Leondis
2010 Main Street John Doyle
2011 La Ligne droite Régis Wargnier Nominated — World Soundtrack Award for Soundtrack Composer of the Year
Thor Kenneth Branagh
Jig Sue Bourne Documentary
Nominated — World Soundtrack Award for Soundtrack Composer of the Year
Sarajevo N/A Short film
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Rupert Wyatt
2012 Brave Mark Andrews
Brenda Chapman
Also voice of Martin
Sir Billi Sascha Hartmann Also voice of The Admiral
2013 It[31] Clarence G. Badger Silent movie from 1927
Puppeteer Gavin Moore Video game
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Kenneth Branagh
2015 Cinderella[31]
2016 A United Kingdom Amma Asante
Whisky Galore! Gillies MacKinnon
2017 The Emoji Movie Tony Leondis [32]
Murder on the Orient Express Kenneth Branagh
2018 Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero Richard Lanni [33]
All Is True[34] Kenneth Branagh
2020 Artemis Fowl
Death on the Nile

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Year Project Category Result
Academy Award 1995 Sense and Sensibility Best Original Score[3] Nominated
1996 Hamlet Best Original Score[3] Nominated
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards 2006 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Top Box Office Films Won
2012 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Top Box Office Films Won
2012 Thor Top Box Office Films Won
2013 Brave Top Box Office Films Won
2013 Henry Mancini Award Won
BAFTA Award 1995 Sense and Sensibility Best Film Music[3] Nominated
César Awards 1993 Indochine Best Music Nominated
2000 Est-Ouest Best Music Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 1991 Dead Again Best Original Score[3] Nominated
1995 Sense and Sensibility Best Original Score[3] Nominated
Ivor Novello Awards 1989 Henry V Best Film Theme Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 1995 A Little Princess Best Music Won
Satellite Award 1996 Hamlet Best Original Score Nominated
Saturn Awards 1994 Frankenstein Best Music Nominated
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Best Music Nominated
World Soundtrack Awards 2001 Bridget Jones's Diary Best Original Score of the Year Not Released on an Album Won
2002 Gosford Park Soundtrack Composer of the Year Won
2006 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Best Original Song Written for Film ("Magic Works") Nominated
2011 La ligne droite, Thor, Jig Soundtrack Composer of the Year Nominated
2015 Cinderella Best Original Film Score of the Year Nominated
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Won

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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