About

François Evans

François Evans is an experienced French/English feature film composer and sound designer with the digital audio and classical skills needed to score a film distinctively. He recently completed work on the chilling score for American director Cradeaux Alexander’s horror-thriller feature: Inherit the Witch.

Born in Kentish town, London, he has composed the soundtracks to Edgar Wright’s first movie A Fistful of Fingers, Alex Chandon’s cult adventure Pervirella, Shaun Mosley’s biblical drama The 3 Kings (featuring Ron Moody & Vanessa Redgrave), Roberto Roarke’s thriller Hitman and the darkly-pulsating electronic score to Darren Ward’s actioner: Sudden Fury.

He wrote the score for Stefan Archetti’s colourful Italian children’s feature Il fungo sirena (The Mermaid Mushroom), which won the ‘Special Mention Award‘ at the 2011 Granada Film Festival.

In West France he runs the unusual La.M.P. film music recording studio, combining live instruments and rare vintage electronics, in surreal ways.

François Evans conducting Philharmonia Orchestra
François Evans conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 2008


Reel Life

François Evans cut his teeth on fourteen short films for the London International Film School, the National Film & Television School and the Fondation Européenne pour la maîtrise de l’image et du son (FÉMIS) in Paris. His short film scores include 29 Days in February starring Jim Broadbent and Lysette Anthony, Simon Hunter’s Click and John Dower’s The Secret Songs of Butterfish, which won the Gold Plaque Award at the Chicago Film Festival and was shortlisted for Best Soundtrack at the San Francisco ‘Golden Reels’ Film Soundtrack Awards.

Described as ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream for synthesizers?’ (Mastodon), his first concept album of pop ballads: The Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet with lyrics by John Porter under the duo name: After Magritte, has been released worldwide on all major audio streaming platforms.

In 2014 François performed on ondes Martenot at the Glastonbury Festival in a concert of film music by 1960s’ Thunderbirds composer Barry Gray, conducted by Charles Hazlewood and members of the bands Portishead and Goldfrapp. He had already multi-tracked all three ondes Martenot parts for the first, complete stereo re-recording of Maurice Jarre’s score for David Lean’s 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia, with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Francois Evans at the ondes Martenot
François Evans at the ondes Martenot, Colston Hall, Bristol, 2015

In 2008 he co-produced and conducted the 81-piece Philharmonia Orchestra with live electronics for the Barry Gray Centenary Concert of film music at London’s Royal Festival Hall, in aid of the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund.

In 1999, François arranged music for the wedding of David & Victoria Beckham.

In 1992 he assisted British composer Jonathan Harvey in the studio realization of the electronic part for Harvey’s opera Inquest of Love, commissioned by English National Opera.

During the 1990s he was Associate Conductor of the London Gay Symphony Orchestra, conducting charity concerts including the world première of Wilfred Josephs’s Violin Concerto (soloist Michael Davis from Ohio, US) and the European public première of Josephs’s poignant Mortales, for 216 live musicians.

François Evans is a former voting member of BAFTA, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the UK Music Producers’ Guild and the Royal Society of Musicians.

Winning a scholarship from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, Evans researched in spectral composition techniques for a year at IRCAM in Paris under Tristan Murail and other notable contemporary composers including Kaija Saariaho. These special composition techniques bring an otherworldly dimension to his music, unifying timbre, sound identity and musical harmony.

François Evans studied ondes Martenot playing under Pascale Rousse-Lacordaire (pupil of Maurice Martenot) at the Conservatoire de musique, Boulogne Billancourt in Paris. – Rousse-Lacordaire was a member of the sextuor Jeanne Loriod – principal exponent of the instrument. He inherited an early modèle 6 (valve) instrument from the family of the late British film & TV composer Barry Gray, and occasionally uses this unique instrument in his film scoring.

Before childhood experience singing with the chorus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Evans studied classical piano from age 6. He trained in harmony and counterpoint at the Watford School of Music. He read Music at the University of Ulster (‘first’ in composition under David Morris), was tutored in piano under Donald Cullington and percussion with David Openshaw (principal timpanist of the Ulster Orchestra). Evans attended music summer schools in Ennis, Ireland (under John Buckley), Dartington in Devon as apprentice to British film composer Wilfred Josephs and at Goldsmiths’ College, London in film music under Los Angeles composer Don Ray (former Chief Music Supervisor, CBS/MTM Studios). Evans gained a PhD in electroacoustic composition at City University of London under Prof. Simon Emmerson, receiving tutorials from British composers Simon Holt and Prof. Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School of Music, London.

In the 1970s he was a child actor at ATV studios, Elstree, England, appearing in The Ballad of Salomon Pavey, and Come Back Lucy which received a re-release in 2022.

 

Film music must be separated into two categories: music merely recorded and used in a film, and music commissioned and written for a film. I believe in the latter.

I believe in its vast possibilities for audience and composer alike, and I believe in the importance of getting the right composer for each type of picture.

Muir Mathieson
Huntley, John: British Film Music
(Skelton Robinson, 1947) p7


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2 thoughts on “About

  1. AvatarNed Biddle

    Bonjour François- I came across this by accident …thx so much for posting such great [links] from some of my favorite composers (John Barry and Sergei Prokofiev).

    Props to you following your dream! I always wanted to write movie soundtracks but settled for commercial production although I still write and occasionally perform. My wife grew up in Nice and is from Corsica where we go for vacations to her village.

    Anyway thought I’d reach out. Saw you’re working up music videos, that’s one of the things I was able to do with a director I work with. Fun stuff! Let me know if you ever need any advice but figure you probably have it covered. Be happy to help and I’m gonna check out your tracks. All the Best (A bientôt!) -N

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