Profile written by Cool Music
Bafta winning and Emmy nominated composer Mark Thomas, is prolific, versatile and the most exciting composer in the UK, with many successful film and TV scores to his credit.
Mark’s intuitive understanding of what is required from a score, his inventive ability to interpret a production’s creative aspirations and his amiable capacity for creative collaboration keep Mark very much in demand from industry professionals.
Stylistically innovative and always ready to experiment with ideas, he is constantly aware of the appropriate contextual and commercial requirements of score writing, staying at the forefront of technology and musical style.
He is classically trained, yet Mark’s fresh musical versatility spans the complete spectrum of musical styles, from jazz, rock, folk, choral, electro acoustic, sampled and synthesised scores to full scale symphonic film scores.
During this period and beyond he worked with Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, John Barry, Michael Kamen, Alan Silvestri and John Williams in the recording studio.
Now he composes his own unique scores for movies and television shows to worldwide critical acclaim.
In 2009, Mark was invited to be the external examiner for the postgraduate film score composition course at the National Film and Television School.
He has successfully scored many feature films including Dog Soldiers, Agent Cody Banks II for MGM, the Magic Roundabout Movie for Pathé / Miramax, Shadows in the Sun, Greyfriars Bobby and the dark horror feature Wilderness for Ecosse Films. He recently scored Flicka 3 and Marley And Me 2 for 20th Century Fox. Mark is as comfortable writing for a full symphony orchestra as he is with a rock band, jazz ensemble, choral group or modern sample / synth based score - his musical skills are applicable to all categories of entertainment and his capacity for musical innovation is well known. Apart from his feature films credits, his work in television is extensive, particularly in the categories of comedy, drama and animation and as well as scoring documentary series he has also composed for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
With Kevin Allen
In Abbey Road
In 2008 Mark penned music and lyrics for the top 20 single
‘Life’s A Treat‘ his theme from the worldwide tv phenomenon
Shaun The Sheep.
'Life's A Treat' was performed by Vic reeves.
Shaun The Sheep is the latest children’s television creation from the world famous Aardman Studios and series three began on BBC in November 2009.
Mark’s recent tv comedy scoring assignments include the hugely successful Bafta nominated ITV series Benidorm for Tiger aspect and the two Bafta nominated CH4 series’ - Star Stories and The Kevin Bishop Show, both for Objective Productions.
Mark also recently scored the new ITV series Plus One for Kudos.
He most recently finished scoring Benidorm season 5 for Tiger Aspect / ITV , Episodes season 2 for Hat Trick / Showtime / BBC 2 and Mark is currently working on Aardman's popular Shaun The Sheep series 3 as well as a special season of shorts to coincide with the coverage of the Olympics on CBBC.
In March 2012 Mark scored the spinoff animated short film So You Want To Be A Pirate voiced by Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Martin Freeman and Brian Blessed for release on DVD during 2012 with the latest Aardman feature film Pirates.