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Sheridan Tongue:
A Biography

BAFTA-nominated, Belfast-born composer Sheridan Tongue is one of Northern Ireland’s most successful television composers, best known for working on award-winning drama series and documentaries featured on the BBCITV, PBS and The Discovery Channel that have reached a global audience. He has two studios in London and works regularly in the USA.

Having started his career working in London working in 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 numerous UK contemporary drama series including DCI BANKS (5 series), SEA OF SOULS (1 series) and SILENT WITNESS (12 series).

He has scored the music to five television series for The Discovery Channel, PBS and Curiosity Stream with Professor Stephen Hawking, bringing to life his theories (INTO THE UNIVERSE WITH STEPHEN HAWKING, GRAND DESIGN, DID GOD CREATE THE UNIVERSE, STEPHEN HAWKING’S FAVORITE PLACES – SERIES 1 AND 2).

In 2018 he scored the music to the film BERTIE starring Alison Steadman, Arthur Darvil and Jemima Rooper.

Sheridan created a magical and moving score for the children’s drama SUMMERHILL, a BBC film 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 One about soldiers injured in action in Afghanistan, which won a BAFTA for Best Single Documentary.

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

He has also worked on other acclaimed documentaries such as ATLAS 4D (Discovery).

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.

Sheridan has spoken on panels at SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (Interactive, Film & Music festivals Austin, Texas), SENSORIA (Film, Music & Digital festival Sheffield, UK), and held composing workshops at SURREY UNIVERSITY (Guildford, UK), TILEYARD EDUCATION (London, UK), ACADEMY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (Guildford, UK), HILLS ROAD SIXTH FORM COLLEGE (Composer in Residence 2006-7, Cambridge, UK), R.B.A.I (Belfast, NI).

He has participated in Film and Television juries for BAFTA, Ivor Novello (British Academy of Songwriters and Composers) and the Royal Television Society 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 at Warner Brothers studios.

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. In a rare combination of gifts, he is a true collaborator and a multi-talented musician.

In 2016 he released a debut album of original music as the artist IN-IS entitled ‘Seven Days’. available on iTunes and Spotify through NW1 Records. He is currently working on a second album collaborating with artists from around the world.

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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