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François Evans
François Evans

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François Evans is a French/English, classically-trained film composer and music producer. He wrote the scores to Edgar Wright's first feature A Fistful of Fingers; Shaun Mosley's The 3 Kings (featuring Ron Moody & Vanessa Redgrave) and Darren Ward's Sudden Fury (staring 70s' action icon David Warbeck). His score to Stefan Archetti's Italian feature Il fungo sirena (The Mermaid Mushroom) helped the film win a 'Special Mention' award at the Granada Film Festival in 2011.

In 2014 François performed at the Glastonbury Festival, on ondes Martenot in a concert of music by Barry Gray conducted by Charles Hazlewood and members of the bands Portishead (Adrian Utley) and Goldfrapp (Will Gregory).

In 1999, François co-arranged the music for the wedding of David & Victoria Beckham. In 2008 he co-produced and conducted the 81-piece Philharmonia Orchestra for the Barry Gray Centenary Concert at London's Royal Festival Hall, in aid of the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund. He has taught music composition at the Royal College of Music.

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 Josephs's Mortales for 216 musicians.

He combines electronics with orchestral instruments in original ways, sometimes using 'spectral' techniques and divides his time between London and the La.M.P. Recording Studio near La Rochelle, France.

 


 


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François Evans studied classical piano from age 6. As a boy he sang treble at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with recordings and performances 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 employed as an actor 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 short films 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.

 


 


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