Malcolm is a composer and musician based in Glasgow. His work encompasses contemporary classical works for, among others, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Quartet, the Scottish Ensemble and the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, as well as scores for films including Hidden (Gabriel Films), 16 Years Of Alcohol (Tartan Works) and most recently Blinded (OscarFilms). His latest TV score is for Leopard Films’ Mysterious Creatures, starring Timothy Spall and Brenda Blethyn and directed by David Evans.
His 2005/2006 TV credits include: Sherlock Holmes, the BBC’s well received 90 minute dramatised biopic of the famous author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Michael Palin: The Mystery of Hammershoi; and the prime time documentary Submarine Rescue also for the BBC.
Last year he completed work on a 12 part radio series written by the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, for BBC Radio 4. His collaborative work includes performance projects with visual artists, choreographers, theatre groups and writers. These include music for Vanishing Point Theatre Company’s highly acclaimed productions, music for the Colorado based Hannah Karn Dance Company and string and vocal arrangements for the Delgardos CD Hate. He is also co-writing with Californian based cult performer Robert Fisher of Willard Grant Conspiracy for a 2006 CD release.
In addition to the UK, his concert works have been heard in the USA, Mexico and Russia, with more than 70 registered performances. The Lighthouse Suite, originally commissioned for the Royal opening of Glasgow’s Lighthouse Building in 1999, is regularly featured on BBC 2. In 2003 he was the guest of the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble at a performance in Moscow of nine of his string quartets. In 2004 the ensemble came to Scotland to perform these same compositions.
Malcolm is a highly regarded guitar player and played in a number of Scottish bands before forming Deacon Blue with Ricky Ross in 1984. He went on to form The Moors with Stuart Duffin and Carol Moore in 1988 and their collaboration lasted until 1996 when he began to concentrate on classical music. He continues to write and record his own jazz albums and in 2001 he was recognised by Sennheiser with the award ‘Best Unsigned UK Jazz Artist’.
Music Credits include:
BLINDED (OscarFilms) – producer Oscar van Heek, director Ellenor Yule
16 YEARS OF ALCOHOL (Tartan Works) – producer Hamish McAlpine, director Richard Jobson
YOUNG ADAM – director David Mackenzie, producer Jeremy Thomas
HIDDEN (Gabriel Films) – producer Ros Borland, director Craig Strachan
DARKNESS IN THE AFTERNOON (Cormorant Films) p&d Christine Winford
MYSTERIOUS CREATURES (LEOPARD FILMS) director David Evans
SHERLOCK HOLMES (BBC) director Cilla Ware
MICHAEL PALIN: THE MYSTERY OF HAMMERSHOI (BBC) director Ellenor Yule
SUBMARINE RESCUE (BBC) director Andrew Thompson
A MAP OF BRITISH POETRY (BBC Radio 4) written by Andrew Motion, producer Tim Dee
BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME – Vanishing Point Theatre Company
GLIMPSE – Vanishing Point Theatre Company
PEOPLE’S MASS – The Dunedin Consort
THE LIGHTHOUSE SUITE – Royal Opening of Lighthouse Building, premiered by the Scottish Ensemble.
MUSIC FOR WORDS for Waterstones – The Saltire Quartet, string quartets for authors J. Galloway, B. McLaverty & C. Hayman
DREAMS THAT LINGER – Hannah Kahn Dance Company
DREAMING OF JERUSALEM – premiered by McFalls Chamber Quartet
SEVEN STRING QUARTETS – Scottish Chamber Orchestra Quartet, Quartz
MARTIN LUTHER KING – Greenbelt Arts Festival
SOLITARY CITIZEN for string orchestra – Greenbelt Arts Festival
GOMA FOR VIOLIN & CLARINET – Hector & Shinobu Scott
*MAP OF BRITISH POETRY – sound track of music for radio series
*SOLITARY CITIZEN – Scottish Chamber Orchestra Quartet, featuring 10 string quartets.
*PEOPLE’S MASS – Dunedin Consort
*GOMA – Goma – Two’s Company
*WORKING THROUGH – Homelands –Two’s Company
LEAD ME NOT INTO TEMPTATION – with David Byrne (music from the film ‘Young Adam’)
MYSTERY OF HAMMERSHOI – film sound track
GIVING GROOVE – The Groove Brothers (jazz/groove guitar music)
BLINDED – soundtrack from the feature film
MOOR FIRE BURN – The Moors
with Malcolm Lindsay