Anthony Weeden

Conductor and orchestrator extraordinaire

Riddle Magazine

There is a new breed of conductor who earns their respect quickly without any fuss or pretension, who knows the music and is sensitive to situations that make musicians feel vulnerable. Anthony Weeden is the best example of this fresh, human approach.

Django Bates

Anthony Weeden

Conductor / Composer / Orchestrator

Anthony Weeden is a conductor, composer and orchestrator with a keen desire to step beyond traditional musical boundaries. Although classically trained, Anthony is particularly renowned for his award-winning work in the film and television industry, orchestrating and conducting several of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s scores: The Theory of Everything (Golden Globe winner for Best Original Score in 2015), Sicario (OSCAR and BAFTA nominated for Best Original Music), Arrival (BAFTA nominated for Best Original Music), and The Mercy, starring Colin Firth. Other collaborations of note include David Arnold and Michael Price’s scores to BBC TV series Sherlock (Emmy award winning music in 2014), Jekyll and Hyde and Unforgotten. Anthony orchestrated and conducted Rael Jones’ score for My Cousin Rachel starring Rachel Weisz which was released in Summer 2017. He has just composed the trailer music for blockbuster new game Jurassic World Evolution by Frontier Developments. Anthony collaborated with Blair Mowat on Class and on Tarik O’Regan’s ballet Mata Hari.

As a conductor, Anthony has appeared with world-renowned orchestras such as Swedish Radio, Melbourne Symphony and Metropole Orchestra, and has worked on projects with BBC Concert Orchestra and Trinity Laban. He created and conducted Philharmonia Orchestra’s Spielberg at 70 celebrations in February at the Royal Festival Hall (his debut with the orchestra). Anthony’s 2016 debut with Danish National Symphony Orchestra was a live TV broadcast featuring music from shows such as Mad Men and Twin Peaks. Recent conducting firsts include a project for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and two exciting concerts with Cream Classics in Liverpool Cathedral. In the past Anthony has worked as assistant conductor to Lorin Maazel and Daniele Gatti.

Upcoming orchestration and conducting work includes assisting in major projects for the film, television and gaming industries; further collaborations are in planning with Mowat and Jóhannsson. In December Anthony will conduct his debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Christmas at the Movies; other orchestral collaborations include a month-long tour of South East Asia with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and a return to the Royal Philharmonic and Duisburger Philharmoniker.

Anthony’s repertoire base is broad, and other regular collaborators include jazz multi-instrumentalist Django Bates, Stuart MacRae, Junkie XL and Gabriel Prokofiev; pianists Joanna MacGregor and Ben Schoeman; bassist-vocalist Richard Bona; guitarist Gary Lucas; saxophonist Jean-Yves Fourmeau; Norwegian experimental jazz band Jaga Jazzist; mezzo soprano Clare Presland; jazz trumpeter Matthias Schriefl; and artist/writer Tamarin Norwood.

Originally from Cleethorpes, Anthony began his musical life as a cornet player immersed in the brass band traditions of the region before studying trumpet and composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy. Anthony graduated from the University of Durham, specialising in composition, before continuing his studies in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music. After winning the August Manns prize for conducting two years consecutively at the Royal College of Music, he also became the first winner of the Norman Del Mar Conducting Prize in 1999 and was a Western European finalist in the Maazel/Vilar International Conducting Competition in 2002. In 2014 Anthony was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Anthony introduces the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra’s 2017 Toyota Classics Tour:

Jurassic World: Evolution 2017 trailer composed by Anthony Weeden for Frontier Games:

Watch Anthony conducting the Danish National Symphony Orchestra playing Twin Peaks from 19 August live on DR TV:

Watch Anthony conducting and talking about the 2016 Kraków Film Music Festival:

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