François Evans

Biography

La.M.P. Studio
La.M.P. Studio, South Vendée, France.

François Evans (b. London, 1965) is an English-French composer, musician and record producer. He wrote the scores to Edgar Wright’s first feature film A Fistful of Fingers; Shaun Mosley’s The 3 Kings (featuring Ron Moody & Vanessa Redgrave), Roberto Roarke’s Hitman and Darren Ward’s Sudden Fury. His score to Stefan Archetti’s Italian feature Il fungo sirena (The Mermaid Mushroom) helped the film win its 2011 ‘Special Mention’ award at the Granada Film Festival. He is currently completing his first concept album of ‘pop’ ballads: The Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet with lyrics by John Porter, under the duo name: After Magritte.

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

Following earlier experience singing with the children’s chorus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (La bohème, Der Freischütz, Werther), 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). He attended music summer schools in Ennis, Ireland (under John Buckley) and at Dartington in Devon (film music with Wilfred Josephs) and at Goldsmiths’ College, London (film music under Don Ray). He 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 Guildhall School of Music.

Winning a scholarship from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, Evans was able to study for a year at IRCAM in Paris under Tristan Murail and others. There he learned ‘spectral’ techniques for combining electronics with orchestral instruments to bring an otherworldly quality to film music.

He works between London and the vintage La.M.P. composition studio, near La Rochelle in France.

In 2014 François performed at the Glastonbury Festival in a concert of music by Barry Gray, conducted by Charles Hazlewood and members of the bands Portishead and Goldfrapp.

In 1999, François co-arranged the music for the wedding of David & Victoria Beckham. In 2008 he co-produced and conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra for the Barry Gray Centenary Concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall, in aid of the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund.

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 Music Producers’ Guild and the Royal Society of Musicians.

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

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

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