ITV “Downton Abbey”


ITV’s new series of the multi-award-winning “Downton Abbey” finds the great house thrust into the era of the Great War.   THe brief was to compose a piece of chamber music that could lend itself to conjuring up the genteel atmosphere of Downton Abbey, but at the same time morph into the sound-world of the 1914-18 War.  The addition of timpani to a piano quintet gave us some percussion to use to link into the sound effects.  Many thanks to the team at BBH, and to the musicians - Emil Chakalov, Takane Funatsu, Reiad Chibah, Andrew Fuller, and Tim Palmer, who joined Ben for the session at Air Edel.

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Ben Pope - Composer and pianist