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Colin Towns

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b. 1949, London, Britain. A jazz performer using a recognized background in pop and rock and roll, Towns first increased to prominence in the past due 70s because the key pad player in large rock-band Gillan. Nevertheless, he became better known during this time period for his efforts to tv and film soundtracks, notably BACK TO WHERE IT STARTED (1977), The Dumb Waiter (1979) as well as the Rocking Horse Champion (1983), so when Gillan dropped aside in 1983 Cities opted to spend himself to his brand-new profession. His commissions through the 80s and early 90s included the movies Vampire’s Kiss as well as the Wolves Of Willoughby Run after (both 1989), and the tv screen series WORRIES (1988), Capital Town (1989), Truckers and Fine City (both 1992). Cities generally yearned to pursue the jazz music that acquired dominated his youngsters, and had taken his possibility in 1993 with an record for Danny Thompson’s The Jazz Label, a dual Compact disc released through New Be aware/Vital Records. Cities was supported by his Cover up Orchestra, an ensemble that included a number of the UK’s most important contemporary jazz exponents, including saxophonists Peter Ruler and John Surman and trumpeter Man Barker. Afterwards there is a lull within the designer’s performing profession, before announcement of the six-date UK tour in early 1995. Following a rave evaluations that went to a pre-tour warm-up arranged at London’s Purcell Space in February, Cities’ debut was reissued to coincide using the times. Music from the united kingdom tv series The Buccaneers premiered by Mercury Information shortly thereafter. Additional commissions during this time period included the united kingdom tv series Pie In The Sky, Cadfael, The Crow Street, Our Friends WITHIN THE North and Noah’s Ark, as well as the feature movies The Puppet Experts (1994), Space Truckers (1996) and Visitor Home Paradiso (1999). Programs for another jazz album had been built around a bit entitled ‘Brief Tales’, premiered at Cities’ Purcell Space concert. Performers within the Face mask Orchestra on Nowhere & Heaven included Mara Pia De Vito (vocals), Henry Lowther (trumpet) and Alan Skidmore (saxophone), as well as the coming back Barker and Ruler. Towns also setup the highly well known Provocateur label, liberating recordings by Andy Sheppard, Mike Gibbs, John Parricelli, Maria Pia De Vito, and his personal outings using the Face mask Orchestra, Face mask Quintet and Face mask Symphonic. He in addition has collaborated extensively using the NDR Big Music group from Hamburg, Germany.

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Full Name Colin Towns
Profession Music Producer, Keyboard Player, Music Arranger, Film Score Composer
Nationality British
Music Songs Louisa And Martin, Doc Martin Theme, There Were Good Times Too, Of All The Harbours In All The Towns, Theme from Full Circle—The Park, Cadfael of Shrewsbury, Willie the Pimp, Portwenn, Pretty Men Are Very Receptive, Magnus - The Unwelcome Intrusion, Have You Got a Magnificent Problem?, A Pound for a Brown, Hidden in the Well, Turn Thine Eyes to See, Merry the Dance, Candle In The Eye, Flamed My Heart, All Out of the World by Tomorrow, Love Scene, Hail St.-Peter's Fair, Glover of Shotwick, 1930 Cityscape, Perspice Christicola, There Is No Rose of Such Virtue, Light of the Father's Light, G-Spot Tornado, Tango Brothel, Russian Dance: End Credits, High Above the Heavens, Central Station Giant Clock, Colette's Legs, Kovarski Dance
Albums Future Shock, Gillan, Mr. Universe, Scarabus, Magic, Double Trouble, Child in Time, Clear Air Turbulence, Visions of Miles - The Electric Period of Miles Davis, Van McCoy and His Magnificent Movie Machine, European Noir, Jazz Sketches: Cool Jazz Grooves, Lend Me Your Ears, Dark Drama, Guest House Paradiso, Doc Martin - Music From The Hit ITV Series, Les rivières pourpres 2: les anges de l'apocalypse (Bande originale du film de Olivier Dahan), Albert Schweitzer - Ein Leben für Afrika [OST], John Lennon - In My Own Write, The Catherine Cookson Music Collection Volume 1, Live At The Rainbow 1981, The Hustle & The Best of Van McCoy
Nominations British Academy Television Craft Award for Best Original Television Music, Gemini Award for Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series
Movies Full Circle, Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse, The Puppet Masters, Vampire's Kiss, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Guest House Paradiso, Space Truckers, Rawhead Rex, Slayground, The Wind in the Willows, Captives, Maybe Baby, Essex Boys, Ghostboat, The Sandman, Daughter of Darkness, Getting It Right, Bellman and True, My Angel, The Catherine Cookson Collection: The Fifteen Streets, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Hands of a Murderer, Faeries, Albert Schweitzer, Wide-Eyed and Legless, Man Dancin', Shadey, Agatha Christie: The Pale Horse, Pat and Margaret, Red Mercury, Not Only But Always, Oi! Get off our Train, The Man Who Lost His Head, Schandfleck - Der Usedom-Krimi, Angelina Ballerina: The Show Must Go On, The Guards, The Sculptress, Money Kings, Body Language, Highway Star – A Journey in Rock, The Rocking Horse Winner, Cold Blood, Fellow Traveller, Do Not Disturb


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1 Former keyboard player for Ian Gillan Band and GILLAN.


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gillan Live at Oxford Polytechnic 1981 TV Short
The Dumb Waiter 1979 Short
The Haunting of Julia 1977
Trugspur - Der Usedom Krimi 2017 TV Movie filming
Eine gute Mutter 2017 TV Movie announced
Nebelwand - Der Usedom Krimi 2017 TV Movie post-production
Engelmacher - Der Usedom-Krimi 2016 TV Movie
Do Not Disturb 2016 TV Movie
Tatort TV Series 3 episodes, 2012 - 2015 composer - 1 episode, 2014
Doc Martin 2004-2015 TV Series 54 episodes
Schandfleck - Der Usedom-Krimi 2015 TV Movie
Foyle's War 2015 TV Series composer - 3 episodes
Mörderhus - Der Usedom-Krimi 2014 TV Movie
Flemming 2009-2012 TV Series 22 episodes
Am Kreuzweg 2011 TV Movie
Jack Taylor: The Guards 2010 TV Movie
Albert Schweitzer 2009
Doktor Martin 2007-2009 TV Series 14 episodes
Cold Blood 2005-2008 TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
Half Broken Things 2007 TV Movie
The Man Who Lost His Head 2007 TV Movie
Mobile 2007 TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas 2006 Video
Angelina Ballerina: Angelina Sets Sail 2006
Ghostboat 2006 TV Movie
A Good Murder 2006 TV Movie
Angelina Ballerina: Angelina's Princess Dance 2005 Video
Red Mercury 2005
Not Only But Always 2004 TV Movie
The Tale of Jack Frost 2004 TV Movie
Mon ange 2004
Fungus the Bogeyman 2004 TV Series
King of Fridges 2004 TV Movie
Double zéro 2004
Les rivières pourpres 2 - Les anges de l'apocalypse 2004
Dalziel and Pascoe 2001-2004 TV Series 3 episodes
Rockface 2002-2003 TV Series 7 episodes
Angelina Ballerina 2001-2003 TV Series 20 episodes
Man Dancin' 2003
Sons & Lovers 2003 TV Movie
Goodbye, Mr. Chips 2002 TV Movie
Angelina Ballerina: The Show Must Go On 2002 TV Movie
Ella and the Mothers 2002 TV Movie
Hot Money 2001 TV Movie
McCready and Daughter 2001 TV Series
A British Legend: The Search for Bluebird 2001 Documentary
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman 1998-2001 TV Series 3 episodes
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 2001 TV Movie
The Sleeper 2000 TV Mini-Series
A Dinner of Herbs 2000 TV Mini-Series 6 episodes
My Fragile Heart 2000 TV Movie
Waking the Dead 2000 TV Series 2 episodes
Essex Boys 2000
Complicity 2000
Maybe Baby 2000
Deceit 2000 TV Series 2 episodes
The Secret 2000 TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Faeries 1999
Guest House Paradiso 1999
The Waiting Time 1999 TV Movie
The Mystery of Men 1999 TV Movie
The Blonde Bombshell 1999 TV Series 2 episodes
The Dark Room 1999 TV Series 2 episodes
Tilly Trotter 1999 TV Mini-Series 4 episodes
March in Windy City 1998 TV Movie
Mystery!: Cadfael 1994-1998 TV Series 10 episodes
The Animal Train 1998 TV Short
Vig 1998 TV Movie
This Could Be the Last Time 1998 TV Movie
Imogen's Face 1998 TV Series
Heaven on Earth 1998 TV Movie
The Moth 1997 TV Movie
The Locksmith 1997 TV Mini-Series 6 episodes
Sex & Chocolate 1997 TV Movie
Rag Nymph 1997 TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
Into the Blue 1997/I TV Movie
Noah's Ark 1997 TV Series
Pie in the Sky 1994-1997 TV Series 40 episodes
The Pale Horse 1997 TV Movie
Ivanhoe 1997 TV Mini-Series 6 episodes
The Wingless Bird 1997 TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
Cartoon Sushi 1997 TV Series 1 episode
The Beggar Bride 1997 TV Series 2 episodes
The Willows in Winter 1996 TV Movie
The Crow Road 1996 TV Mini-Series 4 episodes
Space Truckers 1996
Bodyguards 1996 TV Series 1 episode
Our Friends in the North 1996 TV Mini-Series 9 episodes
The Girl 1996 TV Movie
The Tide of Life 1996 TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
The Wind in the Willows 1995 TV Movie
Body Language 1995 TV Movie
Chiller 1995 TV Series
The Buccaneers 1995 TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends 1992-1995 TV Series 9 episodes
The Puppet Masters 1994
Captives 1994
Screen One 1990-1994 TV Series 3 episodes
The Dwelling Place 1994 TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
Stark 1993 TV Series 3 episodes
Curacao 1993 TV Movie
Don't Leave Me This Way 1993 TV Movie
A Question of Guilt 1993 TV Movie
City Boy 1992 TV Movie
The Blackheath Poisonings 1992 TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
Nice Town 1992 TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
Between the Lines 1992 TV Series 13 episodes
Anglo Saxon Attitudes 1992 TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
Truckers 1992 TV Series
The Sandman 1991 Short
Gray Clay Dolls 1991 TV Movie
Clarissa 1991 TV Series 4 episodes
Smack and Thistle 1991 TV Movie
Screen Two 1991 TV Series 1 episode
Hands of a Murderer 1990 TV Movie
Daughter of Darkness 1990 TV Movie
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase 1989
Capital City 1989 TV Series
The Fifteen Streets 1989 TV Movie
Getting It Right 1989
The Play on One 1989 TV Series 1 episode
Vampire's Kiss 1988
The Fear 1988 TV Series 5 episodes
The Black Museum 1988 TV Movie documentary music composed by
Bellman and True 1987
Born of Fire 1987
Knights & Emeralds 1986
Rawhead Rex 1986
Shadey 1985
Ian Gillan Band at the Rainbow 1984 Video short documentary
Slayground 1983
The Rocking Horse Winner 1983 Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Who Online Adventures 2013 TV Series short incidental music - 1 episode
Man Dancin' 2003 musician
Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years 2001 TV Series composer - 2 episodes
Essex Boys 2000 music arranger / music programmer
Complicity 2000 orchestrator
Maybe Baby 2000 orchestrator
Guest House Paradiso 1999 orchestrator
Space Truckers 1996 conductor / musician: electronics / orchestrator
Chiller 1995 TV Series composer - 4 episodes
Knights & Emeralds 1986 music coordinator
Rawhead Rex 1986 orchestrator
Slayground 1983 orchestrator

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doc Martin 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Wingless Bird 1997 TV Mini-Series music - 3 episodes
Space Truckers 1996 performer: "Martian Moons" - as Colins Towns / writer: "Martian Moons" - as Colins Towns
Dyningar 1991 lyrics: "Mystic Lands" / music: "Mystic Lands" / writer: "Mystic Lands"
Getting It Right 1989 writer: "Getting It Right"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Highway Star: A Journey in Rock 2007 Documentary Himself
Ian Gillan Band at the Rainbow 1984 Video short documentary Himself
Gillan Live at Oxford Polytechnic 1981 TV Short Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series Fungus the Bogeyman (2004)
1997 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Original Television Music The Crow Road (1996)
1982 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Music Full Circle (1977)


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