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François Evans
François Evans

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François Evans is a composer and music producer. He wrote 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).

He combines electronics with orchestral instruments in original ways, sometimes using 'spectral' technniques.

In 1999, François Evans co-arranged the 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 at Middlesex University in London.

He commutes between London and the La.M.P. Studio near La Rochelle in France.

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

 


 


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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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