François Evans

2014 François performed on ondes Martenot at the Glastonbury Festival in a concert of film music by 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.

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 co-arranged the music for the wedding of David & Victoria Beckham.

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) and the European public première of Josephs’s poignant Mortales, for 216 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.

François Evans
François Evans at the La.M.P. Studio, South Vendée, France

François Evans studied ondes Martenot playing under Pascale Rousse-Lacordaire at the Conservatoire de musique, Boulogne Billancourt, Paris. Rousse-Lacordaire was a pupil of Maurice Martenot and Jeanne Loriod. He inherited a modèle 6 (valve) instrument from the family of the late British film & TV composer Barry Gray, and sometimes uses this in his own film music composition.

Winning a scholarship from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, Evans studied for a year at IRCAM in Paris under Tristan Murail and other notable ‘classical’ composers. There he learned ‘spectral‘ techniques for combining electronics with orchestral instruments to bring an otherworldly dimension to film music.

Following earlier experience singing with the children’s chorus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Evans 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) training in piano with Donald Cullington and percussion with David Openshaw. 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 for film music under Los Angeles-based composer Don Ray. Evans gained a PhD in electroacoustic composition at City University of London under Prof. Simon Emmerson, with composition tutorials from Simon Holt and Prof. Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School of Music.

He was a child actor at ATV studios, Elstree, England during the 1970s, appearing in The Ballad of Salomon Pavey and Come Back Lucy.

La.M.P. regularly contributes to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.


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