Composer for film and television
Hello. I’m Kevin Sargent, multi-instrumentalist and composer for film and television, based in the UK.
Productions I have scored have won notable prizes including the Prix Europa Best Drama for We’ll Take Manhattan and International Emmys for family films Katy (CBBC), and Ratburger (Sky/King Bert).
Hello. I’m Kevin Sargent, composer and multi-instrumentalist best known for my work in film and television, based in the UK.
I was proud to be nominated for a BAFTA for my work on Emmy-winning drama The Hour (Kudos/BBC) and both an Ivor Novello and European Soundtrack Award for the film portrait of Shakespeare the poet, A Waste of Shame (BBC), written by author William Boyd.
My orchestral score for Mapp & Lucia (BBC) was nominated Best Original Music by the Royal Television Society, the 60s jazz-inspired We’ll Take Manhattan (Kudos/BBC) and action-comedy The Wrong Mans (BBC/Hulu) for Music+Sound Awards.
Recently I had the honour of working closely with the late Ennio Morricone in Rome – rhythm-programming and remixing one of the maestro’s final projects.
“Your score, besides being so right for the movie, also displayed a rare quality among composers these days: you write terrific melodies! I was very impressed …”
Burt Berman, President, Music Division, Paramount Pictures
As a classically-trained pianist, my performance as joint soloist in the Malcolm Arnold double piano concertos with the Ulster Orchestra was broadcast on BBC R3 and is now available on the Naxos label and major streaming platforms.
As drummer/percussionist and keyboardist signed to A&M and then Elektra Records, I recorded three albums with influential band Thrashing Doves, touring the UK and Europe and headlining across the USA working with some of the world’s finest producers and recording engineers.
“Really so delighted with what you’ve done. Sophisticated, original, sexy, emotional, layered, witty, understated and elegant. Everything we hoped for.”
Sandra Goldbacher, director The Hour
Productions I have scored have won notable prizes including the Prix Europa Best Drama for John McKay’s We’ll Take Manhattan and International Emmys for both Katy (CBBC) and Ratburger (Sky). Both Katy and The Wrong Mans (Hulu/BBC) earned two BAFTA nominations and The Hour no less than five.
Mehdi Norowzian’s Killing Joe (Joy Films) was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Short Film. and Slava’s Journey: Secrets of Snow (Blue Canary) won Best Original Score at the Docs Without Borders Festival 2020.
“Your willingness, talent and great attitude for going above the call of duty was refreshing, thoughtful and extremely appreciated.”
Jack Binder, Producer, The Upside of Anger (Sunlight Pictures)
Commercials I’ve scored include original and award-winning work for global brands such as Dove, Adidas, Patek Philippe, Hyundai, Harrods, Volvo, Financial Times and Sony Playstation. The Guinness commercial has become a much-loved and timeless staple of the festive season in Ireland for over ten years now.
“As ever, your response was creative and inspired”
Mal Stevenson, Creative Director, BBDO Dublin
A founder member of The Hurricane Club, London-based comedy improvisation team, I performed at their weekly West End venue for several years. Recently I have been elected Media Committee Chair and Board Director of the Ivors Academy for Music Creators, the UK’s leading organisation campaigning on behalf of composers and music creators.