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Sheridan Tongue:
A Biography

BAFTA-nominated, Belfast-born composer Sheridan Tongue is best-known for working on award-winning drama 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, Johnny Marr 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 (BBC/Kudos), which secured him a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Music.

He has also composed the music for the BBC film Magnificent 7 starring Helena Bonham-Carter, based on a true story directed by Kenneth Glenaan.

Sheridan created a magical and moving score for SUMMERHILL, a film for the BBC, based on the real-life court case of a school that took the British government to court and won.  The film took home two BAFTA awards.

Demonstrating his versatility, Sheridan composed the music for WOUNDED on BBC Oneabout soldiers injured in action in Afghanistan, which won a BAFTA for Best Single Documentary.

He has also worked on other acclaimed documentaries such as ATLAS 4D (Discovery) and STEPHEN HAWKING’S UNIVERSE, which was narrated by Stephen Hawking and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Sheridan also composed the music for the BBC series WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE (and WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM) starring Brian Cox, which won a RTS Award for Best Documentary Series.

Sheridan draws on a wide range of musical experiences, from orchestral and electronic to folk-influenced world music, to create his unique and diverse musical scores. He has spent years recording and creating a unique library of bespoke sounds and instruments that he uses in many of his compositions.

Ensuring originality throughout his work, he strives to avoid the traditional routes of composition, including field recordings and extensive research in his compositional toolkit. This approach to writing was influenced by many years working in the recorded music industry as a producer, remixer, orchestrator and arranger. He often brings musicians from the pop world into his soundtracks to add another dimension to the mix.

Sheridan’s formal training started on the University of Surrey’s Tonmeister course. It was there that he explored his love of sound recording and acoustics alongside that of orchestration, composing and conducting.

He has been asked to sit on Film and Television juries for BAFTA, Ivor Novello and the RTS Awards.

In 2014 he was invited onto the BMI conducting workshops in Los Angeles with acclaimed conductor and composer Lucas Richman, which culminated in working with a full orchestra at the Eastman Scoring stage in Warner Brothers studios.

Sheridan is currently composing the music for SILENT WITNESS, one of the longest-running crime series on BBC One and has just completed the soundtrack to the film Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places.

Sheridan’s continued success in scoring highly popular TV projects is a result of the close personal rapport he establishes with each Director and Producer he works alongside.  He is a true collaborator and a multi-talented musician.  This is a rare combination of gifts.

Having recently released an album of original music as the artist IN-IS, “Seven Days” is now available on iTunes and Spotify through NW1 Records.

IN-IS Seven Days

The eight-track album is a reimagining of classical music for the contemporary era.

Each masterfully crafted song on Seven Days has a title, mood, and flow that suggests a story, but Tongue leaves ample space for the imagination of the listener.

“A blissful eight-track album.”
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