Oliver Davis (b.1972) studied under the guidance of Justin Connolly at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 1994. He has since composed and produced numerous albums, soundtracks, concertos and television scores and has worked with all the major London orchestras.
Oliver’s work in recent years has been centred on a trilogy of albums. Flight (2015)was recorded by Kerenza Peacock and the London Symphony Orchestra, it was premiered by Kerenza with the Trafalgar Sinfonia at St Martin in the Fields. The album reached number 2 in the UK Specialist Classical Charts and number 16 in the US Billboard Chart and was made Classic FM ‘Featured Album of the Week’. One movement of Flight has already been choreographed at the recent Royal Ballet Draft Works. Seasons (2015), the second album in the trilogy, is a concept album based on the poems that inspired Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. It was also premiered at St Martin in the Fields in October 2015 by Grace Davidson, Kerenza Peacock, and the Trafalgar Sinfonia conducted by Ivor Setterfield. Davis is currently working on his third concept album Dance which is due for release on the 1st October 2016 with Signum Classics.
Oliver’s interest in ballet has led to a collaboration with choreographer Erico Montes. His work Within the Hours was performed by the Royal Ballet and reviewed by Debra Craine in The Times as ‘beautiful new music by Oliver Davis’.
Davis also scored the music to Chris Shepherd’s film The Ringer for Canal Plus and worked with Oscar nominated director Sylvain Chomet on the opening ‘couch gag’ sequence for The Simpsons – reaching over 6 million views on YouTube.
Davis is responsible for the soundtracks of 12 television series, 15 short films two Playhouse films for Sky Arts – City Hall (Dir Richard Loncraine) and Nelly & Melba (Dir Christine Gernon) – and feature film Seaview Knights. His music has also been used on two American independent features, An Unkindness of Ravens and Sleepwalk with Me. Works for stage encompass TV22 with words by Paul Gambaccini and Banksters with words by Penguin author Felix Riley. He also composed Song for Malala with words by Sandi Toksvig. Oliver has scored many major children animations including Poppy Cat and Olly the Little White Van, and songs for the new major motion picture Thomas and Friends – the Great Race.
Oliver’s studios are based in the heart of Soho where he has been writing and recording since 1998. Oliver is published by Chester Music – part of the Music Sales group. He is also an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.