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Francis Macdonald

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Scottish BAFTA-nominated composer and songwriter FRANCIS MACDONALD drums with Teenage Fanclub and has worked with a range of artists (Laura Cantrell, Julie Fowlis, Camera Obscura, Edwyn Collins, Ian McCulloch, Belle & Sebastian, Alex Chilton, Dan Penn, Max Richter, etc.).

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Scottish BAFTA-nominated composer and songwriter FRANCIS MACDONALD drums with Teenage Fanclub and has worked with a range of artists (Laura Cantrell, Julie Fowlis, Camera Obscura, Edwyn Collins, Ian McCulloch, Belle & Sebastian, Alex Chilton, Dan Penn, Max Richter, etc.).

His album “Music For String Quartet, Piano And Celeste” (2015) picked up plays on Classic FM, BBC3 and BBC 6music.

Most recently he has worked on: the theatrical sports doc “Building Jerusalem” (New Black Films); the 8 part-doc series "Prisons First & Last 24 Hours" (Sky1); “Dunblane: Our Story" (BBC2, 1 hour doc) and "A Family Divided" (BBC Scotland, 2017).

TESTIMONIALS

“Francis quickly grasped the ever changing edit, and created music that not only brought scenes alive, but unified the series…a truly talented composer”
STEPHEN BENNETT, Producer-Director, BBC

“Francis did a magnificent job at encapsulating the essence of the series in the music he composed for us. A pleasure to work with, I can't wait to hear what he comes up with next!”
RUTH SANGSTER, Series Producer, STV

“His music was excellent. I was amazed how fast he was.”
PHIL PEEL, Writer-Director, Phil Peel Productions

"Francis was really great to work with. He is my go to guy for music now. "
COLIN ROSS SMITH, Writer-Director, Foghorn Films

"Always professional and the soundtrack is always inspired and of the highest quality."
SEAN WILKIE, Writer-Director, Quarantine Films

"Francis was easy and efficient to work with. I'm looking forward to working with him again!"
GORDON HOWIE, Animator

“Frank was patient, easy to work with, and dedicated to producing an excellent standard.”
CHARLIE FRANCIS, Director “Cloud 9” Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 14th Nov 2017

Credits

Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateCommissioner
Composer / Best Laid Plans / Channel 4 / Tern TV / Jul 2017 to Nov 2017
ComposerBest Laid PlansChannel 4Tern TV Jul 17 - Nov 17
Composer / The Force - The Story Of Scotland's Police / BBC Scotland / STV PRODUCTIONS / Aug 2017 to Oct 2017
ComposerThe Force - The Story Of Scotland's PoliceBBC ScotlandSTV PRODUCTIONS Aug 17 - Oct 17
Composer / A Family Divided / BBC Scotland / Steadipix / Oct 2016 to Dec 2016
ComposerA Family DividedBBC ScotlandSteadipix Oct 16 - Dec 16
Composer / Cash Trapped / ITV / Possessed / Aug 2016 to Oct 2016
ComposerCash TrappedITVPossessed Aug 16 - Oct 16
Composer / Dunblane: Our Story / BBC 2 / STV PRODUCTIONS / Mar 2016 to Mar 2016
ComposerDunblane: Our StoryBBC 2STV PRODUCTIONS Mar 16 - Mar 16
Composer / Digby Brown ads (Radio, TV, etc) / STV Creative / Dec 2015 to Dec 2015
ComposerDigby Brown ads (Radio, TV, etc)STV Creative Dec 15 - Dec 15
Composer / Prisons: First & Last 24 Hours / Sky Arts 1 / STV PRODUCTIONS / Oct 2015 to Dec 2015
ComposerPrisons: First & Last 24 HoursSky Arts 1STV PRODUCTIONS Oct 15 - Dec 15
Composer / Building Jerusalem (theatrical doc) / New Black Films Limited / Apr 2015 to Jul 2015
ComposerBuilding Jerusalem (theatrical doc)New Black Films Limited Apr 15 - Jul 15
Composer / Finding Scotland's Real Heroes / STV / STV Group plc / Oct 2015 to Nov 2015
ComposerFinding Scotland's Real HeroesSTVSTV Group plc Oct 15 - Nov 15
Composer / On Weir's Way with David Hayman / STV / STV PRODUCTIONS / Oct 2014 to Dec 2014
ComposerOn Weir's Way with David HaymanSTVSTV PRODUCTIONS Oct 14 - Dec 14
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I have had the pleasure of working with Francis on a number of very different projects and I have been constantly impressed by his ability to compose and produce music that works brilliantly with the content of each production. Whether it has been bright and energetic music for a series on heroic individuals, dramatic and moody music for a prison ob-doc or an emotional and compelling score for a film on the Dunblane massacre, Francis has shown considerable skill in producing music that perfectly accompanies the content and amplifies the emotional power of the programme. He is an immensely patient and hard-working composer and a joy to work with.

Mick McAvoy - Head of Documentaries - STV Productions

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