Patrick Neil is a film and television composer, whose more recent score is for 'Nae Pasaran'; the Creative Scotland documentary and Winner of Best Feature Film at the BAFTA Scotland Awards 2018. Other feature film credits include ‘The Legend of Longwood’ and ‘Kepler’s Dream’. For television, Patrick Neil composed the music for King Bert Productions’ drama series ‘The Moonstone’ for BBC One.
Short film credits include 'Angels of Our Past', nominated for Best UK Short at the East End Film Festival, and 'A Pornographer Woos', appearing at the London Short Film Festival, Leeds International Film Festival and Belfast Film Festival.
Previous composition for theatre includes William Boyd's sell-out run of 'Longing' at the Hampstead Theatre, and multiple productions with the Prague Shakespeare Company.
Patrick Neil most recently composed the music for the audiobook 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic', produced by Pottermore.
In the 1970s, Rolls-Royce factory workers in Scotland refused to carry out vital repairs to the Hawker Hunter jet engines used by General Pinochet, and ultimately saved thousands of Chilean lives. The music is heavily influenced by the film’s story, landscape and brave individuals, combining the folk tradition and instrumentation of both Chile and Scotland, along with an emotional symphonic approach.
The Legend of Longwood
This Irish Film Board feature, starring Miriam Margolyes, follows the story of a 12-year-old New York girl who moves to a quaint village in Ireland, but soon discovers an ancient mysterious tale that haunts the town. The Celtic inspired symphonic music was recorded by the Hungarian Studio Orchestra and features the principal flautist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Gareth Davies.
From Juliet Bell's book of the same name, this family film adaptation follows the story of 11-year-old Ella, whose mother is being treated for cancer, so she is sent to live with her estranged grandmother (Holland Taylor) on her ranch in New Mexico. As well as the New Mexico inspired score, Patrick Neil wrote the music and lyrics for the end titles song "Next Stop, The Stars".
'The Moonstone' sees the charismatic adventurer Franklin Blake on the most important quest of his life – to solve the disappearance of the priceless Moonstone and win back his one true love. This BBC One mini-series features an orchestral score using piano and string ensemble, with elements of the Indian Classical tradition used for the Indian diamond and its guardians.
Patrick Neil has composed the music for several adverts, including 6 short films for the French Tourism Office advertising the Lot-et-Garonne region of France. Online adverts include www.getadrip.co.uk and promo videos for a personal training website.
Written by bestselling author William Boyd, 'Longing' adapts two of Anton Chekhov's short stories; 'A Visit to Friends' and 'My Life'. Patrick Neil composed the music for its original sell-out run at the Hampstead Theatre, starring Tamsin Greig and Iain Glen. The play's 19th Century Russian setting provided the inspiration for the Tchaikovsky inspired Waltzes and Polkas within the score.
Glasvegas - The Original 1977 Musical
Patrick Neil revived and composed four additional songs for this 1977 musical. Set in 1950s Glasgow, this doo-wop rock'n'roll musical tracks the lives of the handsome Mick McMolicate and his gang of doting followers. Their master plan is to act like gangsters, overcome authority, put together a rock band and live a life of fame and fortune.
PSC - Trojan War Season
Patrick Neil scored all three productions of the Prague Shakespeare Company's Trojan War season in 2018. The plays included 'An Iliad' by Denis O'Hare, Shakespeare's 'Troilus & Cressida' and a modern translation of 'The Trojan Women' by Euripides. The music included live solo violin, ancient greek vocals, war horns and battle drumming.
Harry Potter - A History of Magic
Produced by Pottermore, this audiobook reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic that helped shape the world of Harry Potter. Narrators include Natalie Dormer, Steven Fry and J.K. Rowling herself. The subjects of study at Hogwarts make up the individual chapters, and Patrick Neil's quintessentially Potter inspired score contains brand new musical themes to accompany topics such as Herbology, Divination, Astronomy and Care of Magical Creatures.