The Orchestra and Creative Team
The Picture House Orchestra is a professional orchestra comprising some of the country’s top musicians, drawn from orchestras including the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert and LSO amongst others.
Our players have been chosen not only for their incredible musical skills but also for their fun, friendly nature; important when performing to a young audience who may have never seen or heard a live orchestra before. The orchestra is conducted by the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Steve Magee, an expert in syncing music to film with split-second precision.
Composer and arranger
Daniel Whibley is a professional double bass player, composer and arranger, working with many of the UK’s leading orchestras. In the 1990s, whilst living and working in Dublin, Daniel worked with film composers including Elmer Bernstein, Randy Newman and George Fenton.
As a writer and arranger, Daniel’s music is heard live by around 30,000-60,000 people each year as part of Carrot Productions’ Snowman Tour and Wallace & Gromit In Concert. He is regularly commissioned by the BBC – including music for family concerts, documentaries and Cbeebies – and is often featured on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, 5Live and 6Music.
Daniel’s arranging skills music have been in great demand during the recent lockdown, notably for the BBC Philharmonic’s #BBCPhilAtHome initiative. These include orchestral arrangements of Easter Parade, We’ll Meet Again, David Bowie’s Sound and Vision, and Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca reimagined as a Tango, along with music for CBeebies, plus many more projects in the pipeline.
Visit www.giantscores.com for more information and to discuss projects and commissions.
Steven Magee conducts and coaches many UK orchestras and ensembles and has conducted all 186 performances of The Snowman for Carrot Productions, and recently 39 performances of Wallace & Gromit: In Concert across the UK. He enjoys the variety of his many musical activities, encompassing performing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducting, tutoring, adjudicating and recording.
Wallace & Gromit: In Concert is presented by the charismatic and multi-talented Matthew Sharp. An internationally renowned musician, actor, director and performer, Matthew is recognised as both a compelling classical artist and a fearless pioneer, with his adventures in music and across disciplines described as ‘unrivalled’ and ‘unprecedented’. He performs at major venues and festivals worldwide as solo cellist, baritone, actor and director.