François Evans
François Evans

Biography

François Evans is the film composer of the scores to Edgar Wright's first feature A Fistful of Fingers; Stefan Archetti's The Mermaid Mushroom, Shaun Mosley's The 3 Kings (featuring Ron Moody & Vanessa Redgrave) and Darren Ward's Sudden Fury (staring David Warbeck).

His feature film music is lavish, exceptionally colourful, moving, original, with memorable melodies, intriguing rhythms and lush harmonies. He combines electronics with orchestral instruments in startling ways, sometimes using 'spectral' technniques.

In 1999, François Evans co-arranged the orchestral music for the wedding of David & Victoria Beckham. In 2008 he conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra for the Barry Gray Centenary Concert at the Royal Festival Hall, in aid of the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund. He has taught composition at the Royal College of Music and is currently Associate Professor in Music at Middlesex University in London.

He works between London and West France.

 

François Evans conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra
François Evans conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2008

 


 

Education

François Evans studied classical piano from age 6. As a boy he sang treble at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, recording and performing under André Previn, Sir Colin Davis, Michel Plasson and Yevgeny Svetlanov. He sang for Michel Legrand in Barbara Streisand's film Yentle (1983) and for Vangelis Papathanassiou in Ridley Scott's film 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992). Under Pascale Rousse-Lacordaire (pupil of Maurice Martenot and Jeanne Loriod), he studied Ondes Martenot playing at the Conservatoire de Boulogne Billancourt, Paris.

He was involved with a brief acting stint at the former ATV Studios in Elstree, appearing in the The Ballad of Salomon Pavey (directed by Richard Bramall, 1977) and Come Back Lucy (directed by Paul Harrison, 1978).

François Evans graduated with a degree in Music from the University of Ulster ('first' in composition under David Morris, plus studies in piano and percussion). He gained a Ph.D. in Music Composition from City University, London under Prof. Simon Emmerson and Simon Holt, including tutorials with Prof. Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

In 1985 he studied film scoring under Don Ray (ex-chief music supervisor CBS/MTM, Hollywood), and later under Wilfred Josephs at the Dartington International Summer School. Evans was schooled in orchestral conducting under Lawrence Leonard, at Morley College (1994-5). He cut his teeth on shorts for the London International Film School, the National Film & Television School and La FéMIS (École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l'Image et du Son) in Paris.

In 1991, François Evans was awarded a Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust Scholarship and received an invitation to IRCAM, the computer music research centre in Paris. There he studied spectral music compositon for a year under Tristan Murail and conducted the Ensemble Intercontemporain in the première of his electroacoustic piece Conquête de l'espace. He is a former 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 playing ondes Martenot
François Evans performing on Ondes Martenot in Bristol, 2016.

 


 

Influences

François Evans acknowledges the influence of:

Film Composers

Composers

Film Makers Popular Music Artists

Louis & Bébé Barron

Johann S. Bach
Béla Bartók
Alban Berg
Pierre Boulez
Benjamin Britten
Sylvano Bussotti
John Cage

Jacob Collier
John Corigliano

George Crumb
Marc-André Dalbavie
Claude Debussy
Henri Dutilleux
Gérard Grisey
André Jolivet
Oliver Knussen
György Ligeti

Olivier Messiaen
Wolfgang Mozart
Bernard Parmegiani
Alexander Skriabin
Igor Stravinsky
Germaine Tailleferre
Edgard Varèse

Claude Vivier
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Trevor Wishart

Robert Bresson
Richard Fleischer
Val Guest

Monty Python
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Roger Price
Jacques Tourneur
Terence Young

Stewart Copeland
Chick Corea
Depeche Mode
Ella Fitzgerald
Stéphane Grappelli
William Gregory
Alan Haven
Jean-Michel Jarre
Kraftwerk
Simon & Garfunkel
XTC

Arrangers Songwriters Music Producers Visual Artists

John Gregory
Geoff Love
Herbert Spencer

Jack Conte

John Farrar

Jeff Lynne

George Panayiotou

Rod Temperton
Brian Wilson

John Farrer

Trevor Horn
Chris Hughes

Rodney Jerkins

Steve Jolley & Tony Swain

Jeff Lynne
Daniel Miller
Steve Lipson
Mark Stent

Jean Cocteau
Salvador Dalì
Jean Lurçat


A special "thank you" to my wonderful teachers: Richard Sermon, David Oliver, Keith Walters, Sylvia Lawman, Don Ray, Dr Donald Cullington, David Openshaw, Dr David Morris, Dr Wilfred Josephs, Prof. Simon Emmerson, Prof. Robert Saxton, Simon Holt, Lawrence Leonard, Tristan Murail and Pascale Rousse Lacordaire. Thanks to my friends: Dr Julio d'Escrivan and Prof. Ambrose Field.