Barrie Bignold is a composer based in London, involved in many areas but mostly television. His first study at University was the organ, but already by this time he’d been long-hairing it in rock bands, electric guitar being the instrument of choice – as loud and distorted as he could get it! Getting into theatre music at that time lead to musical direction of shows at the Edinburgh Festival, leading eventually to a career as a conductor and Musical Director in London’s West End, and also, very usefully, moonlighting variously as a piano accompanist and studio sound engineer.
He has written for pretty much every TV format, drama, documentary, factual, just plain silly, and loves starting from scratch stylistically on each job. For example, in the last three months styles applied to projects (always with a bit of a twist) include Tuscan rural (played all the instruments, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, accordion and fiddle – to his own amazement!) hard dance music incorporating middle eastern instruments, C18th orchestral classical, 1950’s Newsreel, modern filmic orchestral, 70’s detective style with modern beats, and a kid’s series. Oh, and he recently had his first classical commission, recently given at St. Johns Smith Square, a major classical music venue in London.
So, the party trick, when a little the worse for wear, of doing requests of well known songs in the style of well known composers became a career. If that’s what you do, stick with it!