Patrick Doyle (born 6 April 1953) is a Scottish film composer. 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. Doyle has been nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, and is the recipient of the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award for "outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music".
|Born||6 April 1953|
Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
|Genres||Film score, Concert music|
Life and careerEdit
Doyle was born on 6 April 1953 in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. He is a classically trained composer who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, of which he was made a Fellow in 2001.
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. It was here that Doyle established his relationship with Kenneth Branagh, scoring his first film, Henry V, in 1989. The song "Non Nobis, Domine" from Henry V was subsequently awarded the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme. 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.
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).
Doyle regularly collaborates with artists from other fields in his scores. From the classical music world, Plácido Domingo sang "In Pace" on Hamlet and Jane Eaglen sang "Weep You No More Sad Fountains" on Sense & Sensibility, with both films earning Doyle Oscar nominations for Best Film Score.
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.
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.
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; "The Face In The Lake", commissioned by Sony and narrated by Kate Winslet; and "Tam O Shanter," commissioned by the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust.
In 2013, Doyle composed an original concert suite, Impressions of America, released by Varèse Sarabande. This received its world premiere in 2012 with the National Schools Symphony Orchestra, of which Doyle is a patron.
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.
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". 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."
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. He also wrote some of the score for Much Ado About Nothing whilst on location in Tuscany.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Academy Award||1995||Sense and Sensibility||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|1996||Hamlet||Best Original Score||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||Nominated|
|César Awards||1993||Indochine||Best Music||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||1991||Dead Again||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|1995||Sense and Sensibility||Best Original Score||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|
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