Birmingham Conservatoire Graduate’s music hits the big screen

The work of a Birmingham Conservatoire graduate has hit the big screen after music he composed was selected for the latest Star Wars film trailer.

Film and television composer, Harry Lightfoot’s track No Retreat, No Surrender which was recorded in the world-famous Abbey Road Studios with an 80-piece orchestra and a 60-piecer choir.

The track composed by Harry, 31, who graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2007 features in an advert promoting the highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, ahead of its release this Wednesday.

Harry studied BMus (Honours) Jazz at Birmingham Conservatoire from 2003 – 2007 now works alongside some top trailer music labels including Audiomachine and Dos Brains.

In the past, his music has been used in trailers including Marvel’s Fantastic Four and Disney’s Tomorrowland.

The Force is strong with one Birmingham Conservatoire graduate, after music he composed was selected for the latest ‘Star Wars’ film trailer. Harry said: 

It was pretty overwhelming hearing my tracks brought to life by some of the best orchestral musicians in the world. Being a big Star Wars fan, that was an incredible surprise, I’m still getting over the shock.

Credit: Laura Radford
Credit: Laura Radford

Since graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire, Harry has worked on several major TV projects including ‘Millionaires’ Mansions’ (Channel 4), ‘The Fisherman’s Apprentice’ (BBC Twp), ‘Tales From The Wild Wood’ (BBC Four) and the critically acclaimed ‘Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival’ (BBC One). He has also created the sound design and music for BBC’s distinctive ‘Original British Drama’ and the ‘BBC Earth’ idents.

Alongside this, Harry regularly composes for TV advertising, with clients including Adobe, Max Factor and Milka. Most recently, he provided the music for the 2016 McDonald’s Christmas advert – ‘Juliette the Doll’ – in the UK.

Part of Birmingham City University and with a history dating back to 1859, Birmingham Conservatoire is one of the leading music academies in the country. Internationally renowned cellist Professor Julian Lloyd Webber took up the role of its Principal in 2015, as the Conservatoire prepares to move to a new state-of-the-art facility next year.

Harry, 31, added:

I studied Jazz saxophone at the Conservatoire which is a pretty big step away from what I do now. Studying the ins and outs of jazz harmony and musicianship gave me a great grounding to explore other musical worlds.

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is set shortly before the events of the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy and follows a group of Rebel spies on a mission to steal design schematics for the Galactic Empire’s new superweapon, the Death Star.

The film stars Birmingham-born actress Felicity Jones and sees the return of the franchise’s most famous villain, Darth Vader.

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