Philip Sheppard

A prolific TV, film and theatre composer, virtuoso cellist as well as pioneer of the electric cello, Philip is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and has collaborated with numerous rock artists. He recently re-scored all 205 of the world's National Anthems for the London 2012 Olympics.

Training in Cello and Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Philip specialised in contemporary music, eventually moving away from a conventional musical environment to pursue his love of composition. His early solo albums, “The Glass Cathedral” and “The Diver in the Crypt” set him on the path to major film commissions and collaborations with major rock artists including David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Scott Walker, Suzanne Vega and Pretty Lights.

He recently collaborated with Queens of the Stone Age on their No.1 album Like Clockwork.

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TV Scores

Recent TV scores include BBC's The Fantastic Mr Feynman, Discovery's Moon Machines, David Starkey's Henry Mind of a Tyrant, National Geographic's Inside the Milky Way, Channel 4's The Churchills as well as a major new feature for HBO.

Sheppard has produced the music for many BBC TV live events: including The Manchester Passion and The Liverpool Nativity. These have won numerous awards, including the BBC award for Best Music Production of the year, which was awarded to Sheppard, together with the writer Stephen Powell.

Philip also wrote the music for the closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics 2008 which he recorded with Jimmy Page and the London Symphony Orchestra.

He completed the mammoth task of re-scoring & recording all 205 of the world's National Anthems (with the London Philharmonic Orchestra) for the London 2012 Olympics. These versions have been approved for the next 25 years of Olympic events.


Philip wrote 'Cloud Songs' for his friend the astronaut Cady Coleman who took the album into space for her 6-month posting on the International Space Station.

His recording studio (Secret Seven Studios) is on the site of Enid Blyton's house.

David Bowie has a sample of Philip playing a distorted cello note on his keyboard. This is used as the opening hook for his song 'Everyone says hi'.

New Album

Orchestral Odyssey

Thoughtful & experimental full orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios

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Film Scores

Philip has scored many major feature films, seven of which have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

The first of these, In the Shadow of the Moon (2007), won the prestigious audience award at Sundance (as well as awards at the Boulder, Florida, Indianapolis and Sedona film festivals).

This was followed by the award-winning Sergio, Manhunt (Emmy award for best Documentary), Bobby Fischer against the World, First Orbit (to date, the most-watched feature film on YouTube), The Tillman Story (Emmy award) and Love Marilyn (with Uma Thurman, Glenn Close and Viola Davis).

Philip also features on numerous soundtracks as a cello soloist. Together with UNKLE he arranged and performed solo cello on the remix of the ‘X-Files’ theme music for the end titles of the film, “X-Files I want to believe” and was recently the soloist on Dario Marianelli's score for Hummingbird starring Jason Statham.

Music is liquid architecture!
    Philip Sheppard, Composer

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