Few musicians can claim to have performed as soloist in piano concertos with a national orchestra on an internationally released CD, and also opened shows for The Ramones. Kevin Sargent can.
Whether it’s his stylish, 1950s jazz-inflected scores for The Hour, which won him a BAFTA nomination, and We’ll Take Manhattan, or timeless lyricism for Wiliam Boyd’s story of the Sonnets, A Waste of Shame, Kevin’s artful, memorable music never fails to lift the work it serves.
He has a rare ability of distilling the very spirit of any project; his deceptively simple score was inseparable from Lilies, Heidi Thomas’ cult 1920s-set BBC drama serial . He also conjured a magical score for her adaptation of Noel Streatfield’s much-loved 1930s tale, Ballet Shoes.
Killing Joe was an Academy Award Nominee as Best Live Action Short Film, while his haunting and melancholy score for A Waste of Shame was nominated for the prestigious Ivor Novello Award by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.
With his wide background, Kevin in equally at home in contemporary styles, scoring several of the BBC’s recent literary updatings: a wry, chilling Macbeth starring James McAvoy, and the Miller’s and Sea Captain’s of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. He has also scored two series of Blue Murder for Granada, Honest for Greenlit, and David Nicholls’ bittersweet Aftersun.
Kevin began his professional career as drummer, percussionist and keyboardist with highly influential dance-rock band Thrashing Doves.
Signed to A&M and later Elektra Records, he learnt at the elbow of legendary producers Chris Thomas, Jimmy Iovine and jazz luminary Tommy Lipuma, recording three critically-acclaimed albums with the band in Los Angeles, London and New York and touring the US and Europe.
With music, I usually reckon on either
the process or the result being rewarding.
With Kevin, it’s both.
Lee Thomas, Pipedream Pictures
Kevin has also forged an enviable reputation in commercials. His work for Barclays, featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins and directed by the late Tony Scott, was rewarded with top honours from both the D&AD and Creative Circle. Adidas’ Tim Henman saw him a finalist in the British Television Advertising Awards for Best Original Music.
Kevin has rightly gained a reputation as a gifted composer for all media, whose versatility and passion is reflected in memorable music of genuine individuality, taste and heart.