A little bit more about me …

Kevin Sargent

BAFTA-nominated composer

Kevin Sargent is composer based in London. He was nominated for a BAFTA for his work on The Hour (BBC/Kudos) and an Ivor Novello Award for A Waste of Shame (BBCTV).

His score for the BBC’s recent Mapp and Lucia received a nomination from the Royal Television Society for Best Original Music and We’ll Take Manhattan received Music+Sound International Award nominations for both Best Title Music and Original Score.

As a pianist, he earned acclaim for his recording of the Malcolm Arnold double piano concertos with the Ulster Orchestra, released on the Naxos label and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

He began an eclectic professional career signed to A&M and Elektra Records in the USA, as drummer/percussionist and later keyboardist with Thrashing Doves, recording three albums and touring the USA, working with producers including Chris Thomas, Arthur Baker, Jimmy Iovine and Tommy Lipuma.

Killing Joe which he scored was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short.

Recently Kevin scored two series of Ordinary Lies (BBC/Red Productions), Tina and Bobby (ITV), and BAFTA-nominated The Wrong Mans (BBC/Hulu). Other television work includes Ballet Shoes (BBC/Mammoth Screen), Lilies (BBC/World Productions), Shakespeare Retold, The Canterbury Tales, The Last Days of Lehman Brothers (BBCTV), Blue Murder and Joe Maddison’s War (ITV).

Theatre work includes original scores and arrangements for Chris Lynam’s The Popcorn Club and Eric The Fred, and numerous appearances with The Hurricane Club improvisation group in London’s West End as both musician and improviser.

With music, I usually reckon on either
the process or the result being rewarding.
With Kevin, it’s both.

Lee Thomas, Pipedream Pictures

His work in commercials has won several awards including D&AD Gold Pencil and Creative Circle Golds for Barclays, and British Advertising Craft Award Best Music nomination for Adidas. Other brands include Guinness, Patek Philippe, Harrods, Tropicana, Penfolds, Financial Times and Sony Playstation.

He is currently working on songs for a stage project, a chamber concerto for saxophone and adapting his score from Mapp and Lucia into an orchestral suite.