Welcome to Brian Bennett Music
Enjoy the scores, sample the production library, download and buy the unique works and compositions by renowned composer, drummer and record producer Brian Bennett OBE, the three times winner of the Ivor Novello award. Scores and soundtracks available to buy for TV, Film and content purposes. For original commissions or any further composition or live studio enquiries please get in touch via Contact.
A selection of the well-known works of Brian Bennett for your enjoyment, a production music library, a download and buy resource for you to purchase original soundtracks for TV, Film or content purposes and a selection of tracks for which Brian provided drums.
Honeyhill Studio has evolved into a state of the art facility and a perfect environment in which to experiment, create and perfect music for film, TV and record production as well as recording drums for other artists. Also regularly hosts live studio sessions. The studio equipment includes:
‘Brian Bennett has been a force in British music for over 40 years’ Tim Rice
Brian Bennett was born in London in 1940 and by the late 1950s was one of the most sought-after drummers around.
He was drummer in residence at the legendary 2i’s in Soho and a regular on Jack Good’s ground breaking TV show Oh Boy.
In 1961, he was invited to join Cliff Richard and The Shadows and wrote many of the hit songs from the films, including Summer Holiday (for which he won his first Ivor Novello award), “Wonderful Life” and “Finders Keepers”.
In the 1970s, he became Cliff Richard’s musical director and formed The Brian Bennett Orchestra and commenced touring the world; which included the first concerts to be staged in Russia.
By the mid 1970s, Brian was in demand as an arranger, conductor and record producer and had already started composing for film and television.
During the 1980s, he was awarded his second Ivor Novello award (for 25 years services to music) and was writing and recording music for a wide range of programmes including Dallas, Knotts Landing, Pulaski, The Royal Wedding, BBC Golf theme, The Sweeney, Dennis Hopper’s film The American Way and Ellen Barkin and David MacCallum’s Terminal Choice.
In 1990, he won his third Ivor Novello award for Best Score For A Television Series (The Ruth Rendell Mysteries).
From the 1990s to 2000, he was in demand more than ever, recent commissions including the long-running series The Knock, Nomads of the Wind, Global Sunrise, The Harpist, David Jason In His Element, Living Britain and Dirty Work.
In 2001 Brian was the proud recipient of the Gold Badge Award given by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Society. He also won the Royal Television Society Craft & Design Awards 2000/2001 for Best Original Title Music for Murder In Mind.
Always in demand as a drummer Brian has recorded drums for tracks by artists including Peter Frampton, Ella Fitzgerald, The Walker Brothers, Labi Siffre, Marvin Welch & Farrar amongst others always embracing new innovation, continually learning and adapting to new musical styles and trends.
In 2004 Brian was awarded an OBE. He collected his award from The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
In 2009 and 2010 Cliff Richard and The Shadows embarked on a 50th anniversary tour with 36 shows in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
More recently, Brian wrote with his son, Warren, 24 episodes of the award-winning TV series “New Tricks”. He also recorded and produced an album with Cliff Richard and The Shadows. He is currently working on a musical called Soho. Also music for a production called Starchild. He will shortly release an album of the music of John Barry played by The Brian Bennett Orchestra.
BRIAN BENNETT – SHADOWING JOHN BARRY – ALBUM RELEASED TODAY
Pleased to announce my album ‘SHADOWING JOHN BARRY’ is released today. A most enjoyable project in the company of the very best of friends.
Its out on the DRAMATICO label and features some wonderful performances by Peter Frampton, John Parricelli, Ray Russell, Mark Knopfler, Warren Bennett, Mark Griffiths, Brian Locking, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch.
Some wonderful string arrangements by Kevin Townend and Warren Bennett. Other guests include Dave Richmond, Phil Todd and Simon Gardener.
Orchestra led by Gavyn Wright.
Recording engineers Dick Plant, James Collins and Leigh Lawson.
Big thanks to Mike Batt for believing in this project.
It was John Barry who got me interested in composing for film when I toured with him in the late 50’s. I’d like to think he would have approved of our interpretations of his fabulous music.