TV & Film Composer
BAFTA-nominated, Belfast-born composer Sheridan Tongue is best-known for working on award-winning series and documentaries from the BBC, ITV and The Discovery Channel that have reached a global audience.
Having started his career working in London recording studios with icons such as Robert Plant and Blur, Sheridan was presented with a gold record for his work on the album ‘Prodigal Sista’ by Beverly Knight. He segued into film and television composition and worked on SPOOKS for the BBC, which secured him a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Music.Full Biography
I suddenly realised that I could not ‘hear’ my music, I was unable to work and it really scared me. It’s hard to explain how the sensation affected me – but I liken it to a painter suddenly becoming blind and unable to see the canvas.
Whilst I could still hear the sound coming out of the speakers my ears could not discern the individual elements of my composition – the ringing sound in my ears (tinnitus) was very disturbing.
When I was the ‘Composer in Residence’ for Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge I was commissioned to compose a Christmas carol for their 2006 Christmas concert in Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge.
A few years later the Mousehole Male Voice Choir contacted me and asked if they could perform the carol at their Christmas Concert in Mousehole.
At the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Picasso exhibition was filled with masterpieces. Yet there was one portrait I had never seen before – and it cried out to me.
This was the piece entitled Bibi-La- Puree, and it’s an incredibly powerful and striking portrait. I knew that composing a piece of music in response to this painting would be challenging, but also rewarding.