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April 2016

Blair has been busy composing several tracks for Hot Property, a new feature film from Fortune Films which closes the London Comedy Film Festival on May the 1st. To purchase tickets, click here.

The Northern Line, the new album from Ryan O'Reilly is released by DNA Records on the 6th of May, featuring string arrangements by Blair. For more information or to preorder the album click here.

Mark Gattis's Doctor Who novel Nightshade is released this month as an audio book starring Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred. The story features an original score by Blair and deliberately captures the sound of the era in which it's set. The music was made entirely electronically with analogue synths and electronics, evoking the sound of Doctor Who in the late 80s. You can purchase Nightshade here.

Haynes Library, a documentary film about a unique library servicing the local community of Governor's Harbour on the island of Eleuthera, premieres at the Eleuthera All That Jazz festival on Saturday the 2nd of April. Blair provided music for the film as well as having shot and edited the project on location in Eleuthera, The Bahamas.

February 2016

Season 2 of the official Torchwood audio range begins this month with Torchwood: The Victorian Age. The opening episode features a new Victorian String Quartet version of the Torchwood theme arranged by Blair, as well as incidental music. Click here for more info.

Frequencies, directed by Darren Paul Fisher, features heavily this month on Showtime's The Movie Channel, to see details of screening times click here. To listen to or purchase Blair's score for Frequencies click here.

October 2015

Blair has composed the music for The Blind Man, a lost Hitchcock project commissioned by Radio 4, directed by Mark Gatiss with a cast including Hugh Laurie, Rebecca Front and Peter Serafinowicz. The project was produced by Laurence Bowen for Feelgood Fiction, and premieres on the 31st of October at 2:30pm on Radio 4.

Tales of Halloween is released on the 16th of October in cinemas across the US. For the opening credits of the film, Blair had the honour of being asked to work with six-time Oscar-nominated composer Lalo Schifrin - best known for composing the Mission: Impossible theme.

September 2015

To celebrate the return of hit series Torchwood, Blair was asked to provide a new arrangement of the official theme. Click here to check it out.

This month also sees Blair in the recording studio with singer Ryan O'Reilly providing string arrangements for Ryan's upcoming album to be released in early 2016 by DNA records.

August 2015

Tales of Halloween which features a musical collaboration between Blair and Lalo Schifrin closes Frightfest this year on the 31st Of August in Leicester Square.

Also this month, on BBC2 there's not one but three opportunities to see projects Blair provided the music for. Horizon: The Problem with Space Junk, Horizon: First Britons and Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace. All three programmes will be available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days after transmission.

June 2015

The Royal Shakespeare Company's show Famous Victories will feature original music by Blair. The show will premiere in the Swan Theatre in Stratford this month and tour throughout the summer finishing with a performance at the Barbican on the 19th of November.

May 2015

Blair was asked to compose for the opening titles of the BBC's new show Doctor Who The Fan Show. The show will go out weekly featuring Blair's music each time at the start. Whilst being an original composition, fans of the show will notice a few orchestrational nods to the original Doctor Who theme, originally composed in 1963.

February 2015

After the success of his first episode, Blair has been asked back to score a second episode of BBC's Horizon.

In other news, he has also been selected to attend the Berlinale Talent Campus, which partners with the Berlinale International Film Festival in bringing together filmmakers from all over the world for a unique week-long event.

December 2014

This month sees Blair writing the music for an episode of BBC's flagship science documentary Horizon. Stay tuned for transmission details.

Lizard Girl, which Blair previously scored, has won a BAFTA in the Children's BAFTAs. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Frequencies (OXV: The Manual) is now available to stream on Netflix in the US. Special edition DVDs and Blu-Rays featuring a wealth of extra material, including Blair talking about composing the score, are available here.

November 2014

Blair has just fished work on COIL, on new film directed by Stephen Kenny and Collie McCarthy, a psychological horror shot on location Connemara, West Ireland.

Blair provided music for this year's NHS Flu Jab campaign. Directed by the BAFTA-nominated Luke Snellin, with whom Blair has previous collaborated, the film was made produced by 2AM Films for M&C Saatchi.

October 2014

Carnegie, a new documentary about Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish entrepreneur and philanthropist who tried to avert World War 1, has received a full original score by Blair. Produced by GaleForce Films, Carnegie will be broadcast in 2015.

Continuing his ongoing relationship with 27 Ten Productions, Blair provided original music for The Gift, directed by Gabriel Robertson and produced by Ken Petrie.

August 2014

Blair has been busy the first half of this year working closely with composer Murray Gold, providing musical arrangements for Doctor Who and David Attenborough's Life Story.

 

May 2014

After winning numerous awards on the film festival circuit in America, OXV: The Manual receives its UK premiere at the London Sci-Fi Festival this month. Blair will be part of a panel discussing the film after the screening on the 4th of May.

 

The film is also being released theatrically across America this month under the title Frequencies. Go see what all the fuss is about at your local cinema!

We're pleased to announce The History of Chance, Blair's third collaboration with director Max Blustin, has won the Grand Prize Film Award at the Canada International Film Festival.

April 2014

Blair will be taking part in a Q&A about his score to OXV: The Manual at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival on the 10th of April. For more information about the festival click here.

February 2014

Blair is currently scoring The Happy Prince. Narrated by Stephen Fry, this animated version of Oscar Wilde's fairy tale will air on Sky Arts later this year.

The classic play Gaslight receives a boldly theatrical interpretation by director Ed Dick at the Salisbury Playhouse this month with a very Hitchcockian and tense composed score by Blair running throughout. Showing till March 1st, tickets are available here.

December 2013

Blair has written the music for Lizard Girl, his fourth collaboration with Lynsey Miller which will screen on BBC 2 this January. He has also composed the score for Bucket, directed by Gabriel Robertson which stars fellow Creative Scotland Nominee Paul Brannigan (The Angels' Share, Sunshine on Leith).

We Are Northern Lights is now available on DVD and to stream online. For more information click here.

November 2013

We are delighted to announce We Are Northern Lights has been nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award and the marks the third BAFTA nominated production Blair has worked on. This month Blair didn't write any music whatsoever. Instead, he learnt a new word 'holiday' and travelled around America where he spent his time jet skiing off the coast of Cuba, making friends with alligators in the Everglades and being slightly underwhelmed by Niagara Falls. Spare a thought for our intrepid traveller.

October 2013

Blair is currently scoring The Birthday Gift for Agile film, directed by Max Myers. The film stars Tobias Menzies (Casino Royale, Atonement, Game of Thrones) and Sarah Smart (Wallander, Doctor Who). This month Blair also composed the music for a campaign by water charity Just a Drop.

September 2013

Outside on the Street transfers to London's Arcola Theatre from the 2nd September. For more information and to book tickets click here.

August 2013

August sees the premiere of Blair's ballet for The English National Ballet at the Wilderness Festival on the 9th of August. Click here to buy a ticket for the festival. August also sees the premiere of the musical Outside on the Street, for which Blair has written the songs and incidental music. The show will debut in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at The Pleasance Dome throughout this month. For more information and tickets click here.

July 2013

This month Blair will finish composing a ballet for the English National Ballet. Entitled The Magic Workshop, it is to be premiered at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire on the 9th of August. Blair is also working on The Bubble Tree, an art installation project commissioned by the City of London.

On the 25th of July Blair's fourth Feature film OXV: THE MANUAL will premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. The festival said about the film, "One of 2013's most mind-blowing discoveries, OXV: THE MANUAL is endlessly imaginative. This is a resoundingly original piece of work that will have you smiling for weeks."

June 2013

After showing at numerous festivals across the world Paper Mountains, which Blair scored last year, has won a Limelight Film Award in this year's ceremony. Blair was on hand with director Lynsey Miller and producer Joshua Davis to collect the award on stage at the red carpet event in London.

In other festival news The History of Chance received a Silver Lei Award at the Honolulu International Film Awards and will be screening at several festivals this summer including the Shortini, Kansas City, Cape Fear and the Sardinia Film Festival.

At the end of this month Blair will chairing a PCAM seminar at Angel Studios in London to discuss 'creative workflow' and how best to speed up the composing process.

May 2013

We Are Northern Lights, a new documentary exploring Scotland and its culture, opens in cinemas on the 3rd of May. The film has licensed three of Blair's tracks for use in the film.

Blair is currently scoring Desire, starring recent 'best supporting actor' BAFTA nominee Harry Llyod (Game of Thrones, The Iron Lady, Doctor Who). The film is directed by Leon Ockenden. Blair has also recently completed work on Groucho Nietzsche, directed by Simon Eves and Charlie Henniker.

April 2013

Blair will be composing songs and incidental music for a new musical Outside on The Street, a Brechtian abstract tale of post-war guilt set in Germany, 1945. The production, produced by Invertigo Theatre Company, will premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and play throughout August in the Pleasance Dome. The show will also transfer to London in the autumn, playing at the Pleasance in Islington.

February 2013

Blair is in the middle of scoring and music supervising Int'Vic directed by Brady Hood. Later this month Blair will also be scoring Capital directed by Jamie Jones.

December 2012

Christmas and beyond will see Blair working on In T'Vic, exec produced by (Atonement/Anna Karenina) director Joe Wright.

We're delighted to announce three of Blair's compositions have been licensed for use in the upcoming documentary Northern Lights, which paints a picture of Scotland and its people throughout 2012.

And finally, to get you in a festive mood here's some Christmassy music Blair composed for audio book version of Edward R. Moline's The Underground Santa Clause - available from the Amazon Kindle Store now.

November 2012

Blair has been nominated for a Creative Scotland Award in the 'Best New Talent' category! The awards, a black tie ceremony held on the 13th of December at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, celebrate the depth and diversity of Scotland's creative talent in 2012.

Electric Man has been released on DVD. The Deluxe DVD also includes a 7-minute documentary on the making of the musical score. For more details on how to get a hold of a copy click here. Blair also recently composed a new variation on the Electric Man theme for the new trailer - have a listen here.

October 2012

The History of Chance, a 24-minute film directed by Max Blustin, premiered at the Raindance Film Festival this month. The Pub was also showing in the festival and picked up the award for 'Best UK Short'. Bradley Manning Had Secrets won best short film at The Mix Copenhagen International Film Festival - Blair also recently attended the Winterthur International Film Festival to talk about the process of composing the score.

That Woman premiered at the UK Jewish Film Festival, to hear a sneak peak of the finished score click here.

September 2012

After a string of feature films Blair is now scoring an exciting selection of shorts. Having just completed Mirror directed by Richard Twyman, he now scores A History of Chance directed by Max Blustin.

Work has also begun on the score to That Woman directed by Edward Dick, starring Maureen Lipman (The Pianist, Doctor Who) and Ben Caplan (RocknRolla, Band of Brothers). That Woman, a specially commissioned piece, will premiere at the UK Jewish Film Festival this October.

August 2012

Work has been completed on Blair's fourth feature film The Manual, directed by Darren Fisher. The film now begins its tour of festivals around the world. Stay tuned for the latest updates on how the see it in advance of its release; for now, you can hear a short excerpt from the score.

Blair was also delighted to hear he has been appointed an associate composer of the London Symphony Orchestra's Sound Hub beginning this September.

July 2012

Electric Man has been selected to screen in the Friday evening slot at Comic Con International, San Diego, California. The film will also be returning to the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, London on the 8th of July after a sell-out screening there earlier this year. Blair will take part the Q&A following the film to discuss his score. Click here for info on how to get tickets.

June 2012

The Pub, directed by Joseph Pierce, has won the award for Best Animated or Experimental Film in the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. This allows the film to be eligible for an Oscar nomination, so fingers crossed for an Academy award!

Blair has been selected to attend the Edinburgh International Film Festival Composers Lab at the end of the month where The Pub is also in competition for Best British Short Film.

May 2012

Blair will be attending a special Q&A screening of Bradley Manning Had Secrets as part of the Oberhausen International Film Festival in Germany. For more information on the festival click here.

Work continues on the score to feature film The Manual as well finishing work on short film A Clear Intention, directed by David Campbell-Bell.

April 2012

We're delighted to announce Blair has been nominated for a BAFTA New Talent Award in the 'Original Music' category for his score to Electric Man.

In other good news, following its release last month, 7 Welcome To London has also broken box office records by becoming the most successful British-Hindi language film of all time. You can read more about its success here.

March 2012

7 Welcome To London is out in cinemas across the UK from the 9th of March featuring a diverse musical score by Blair. Visit the official website for more information.

Bradley Manning Had Secrets is now available to watch online via Animate Projects.

February 2012

We're delighted to announce that Electric Man will premiere at the Glasgow International Film Festival on the 23rd of February. The film will also be doing Q&A screenings around the UK leading up to its release later this year. Stay tuned for details...

December 2011

Blair's most recent collaboration with Adam Butcher, Bradley Manning Had Secrets, premieres at the BFI on the 14th of December. Click here for a sneak peak of the score. You can also check out Partition directed by Emile Rafael at the National Gallery on the 13th of December.

November 2011

Check out Blair's music in BAFTA-nominated director Luke Snellin's short Jess // Jim, exec. produced by Kevin Spacey and made in just 24 hours.

October 2011

The Internet exploded this month with over half a million people watching Internet Story, for which Blair composed the music as well as recording/mixing all the sound. To see what all the fuss is about click here.

August 2011

In-between writing music for his next feature film score The Manual, Blair's also been composing some Russian ballet music for his third collaboration with the Scottish director Lynsey Miller, as well as finding time to write music for a spoof commercial by Wilkinson Ford - you can see it here!

July 2011

Blair has been at Savalas this month for the Electric Man dubbing mix. Check out a snippet of the score in the trailer here. Blair is also now tweeting on Twitter as BlairMowat. Go follow him!

June 2011

Here's an excerpt fresh from the mixing desk, of Blair's recent score for Gareth Peever's short film Somebody's Daughter.

April 2011

Recent work includes music for BBC Scotland documentary Night Shift and a reworking of IGN UK's podcast theme for their E3 coverage.

January 2011

Blair is at work finishing the score to feature film Electric Man as well as developing themes for upcoming features Magpie and The Manual.

This month sees four films scored by Blair showing at the London Short Film Festival. Hoodie, Sally and Clive, Internet Story and Half Hearted are showing between the 13th and 15th of January. Upcoming shorts recently scored by Blair include Pork directed by Tom Daley and Three Days in London directed by Sasha Nithwani.

July 2010

This summer sees Blair working on pre-production music for his upcoming feature film scores The Manual and Electric Man. Directed by Darren Fisher, The Manual is a 'Science-Philosophic Romance' filming this autumn. Electric Man, also filming in late 2010, is a live action adventure directed by David Barras, telling the story of a comic book that changes two boys' lives forever.

In the meantime here's a sneak peak of the song 'Believe in Her', Blair's collaboration with singer songwriter Ryan O'Reilly for short film Sally & Clive. Stay tuned for his next song written with Rosie Oddie, appearing in the upcoming short film Bleach.

Festival screenings this summer include Half Hearted, which will be appearing in the London International Film Festival and Attack of the Aliens, which is premiering in the New York City International Film Festival.

January 2010

This month's audio treat is the opening music to Half Hearted which Blair completed recently.

Finally, there'll also be some new sections added to the website later in the year – so watch this space!

December 2009

Seasonal greetings to all! Blair has composed a short track to keep you feeling Christmassy during the festive period. Click here to listen.

November 2009

This month sees several new commissions including scores for Half Hearted directed by Max McGill, When the Bough Breaks directed by Gareth Peevers and Internet Story directed by Adam Butcher.

The Lost Book, which features Blair's music, has been nominated for a Scottish BAFTA Award! (See the full list of nominations).

Blair has been invited to speak at the Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival as part of the panel or a discussion on 'Getting Your Music in Film and TV'. See more details on the event and how to attend.

November also sees the completion of Attack of the Aliens and Hoodie as well as a collaboration with singer-songwriter Ryan O'Reilly creating an Americana-inspired soundtrack for short film Sally and Clive.

In festival news, Blair's music can be head this month in Foxes in the Underground showing at Filmstock and the Salford Film Festival. Hip Hip Hooray has also been included in the official selection for the Falstaff International Film Festival.

September 2009

Catch short films scored by Blair this autumn on the festival circuit. Swipe hits Raindance, Filmstock and Young Cuts, Hip Hip Hooray is screening at the Cambridge, Norwich and West Hollywood Film Festivals, whilst Arcadia, Swipe and Hip Hip Hooray can all be seen at the Portobello Film Festival in London this September.

Amongst ongoing projects Blair is also scoring the short film Hoodie directed by Patrick Finnegan as well as composing the score to Romeo and Juliet from theatre company Love & Madness, directed by Owen Horsley.

August 2009

This month sees Blair start work on his lush orchestral score for Attack of the Aliens, a sci-fi animation short from Edge Haine Productions.

July 2009

Blair has been collaborating with the Soho Theatre on an untitled education project to be premiered at the theatre on 1st July.

June 2009

Swipe, for which Blair composed the soundtrack, has been selected for the Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival, as well as being nominated in the Best Newcomer category. The festival takes place between the 22nd and 31st of July.

May 2009

Blair has just finished another commission for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. His music for Episode 4 of The Lost Book can be seen here. The Lost Book and its soundtrack have been produced in conjunction with The City Of Literature festival, Binary Fable and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Education Department.

Also this month, Blair is scoring the short films Stranger and Foxes in the Underground, starring Jonathan Hyde and Neil McCaul.

April 2009

April has seen Blair writing new music for the London transfer of the Edinburgh Festival smash hit The Exquisite Corpse, which runs at the Southwark Playhouse from the 5th to the 30th of May. The play is comprised of 16 scenes in a different order every night (chosen by the audience) with choreographed musical transitions in-between each segment. For this run, Blair has been commissioned to compose a new piece of music for an additional scene which contains no dialogue. After composing the track, the director and performers devised a piece of movement theatre in response to the music. To hear the music for this new scene click here.

March 2009

Blair has just finished writing the score for Episode 2 of The Lost Book, which was recorded using members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The animation is part of Edinburgh's City of Literature Festival, in conjunction with Bristol and Glasgow, and has been made by the wonderful Helen Jackson and Adam Brewster at Binary Fable. Head on over to thelostbook.net to check out the episode and read Blair's blog on how he composed the music.

March is the month of the short film for Blair. This month he scores Norway directed by Emile Rafael, Faded directed by Doug French and Stranger directed by Robert Paskin.

As an exclusive treat we've put up an mp3 of the isolated Lost Book score. Enjoy!

January 2009

Hip Hip Hooray, starring EastEnders actress Kacey Ainsworth, is currently being scored by Blair. Directed by Lynsey Miller and produced by Craig Heathcote, Hip Hip Hooray is due for completion in mid-February.

December 2008

This year's winner of the Exposures Film Scoring Competition is none other than Blair Mowat. Blair was presented with his prize, alongside his co-winner, at the awards ceremony in Manchester. The award was presented by Shameless actor David Threlfall and creator Paul Abbott.

November 2008

Blair's score for Arcadia appeared recently in this year's Filmstock Film Festival. Both the score and the film were very well received and Arcadia was announced at the end of the festival as the Filmstock Audience Award Winner.

October 2008

Blair has been commissioned to compose music for 2 animation webisodes as part of Edinburgh's City Of Literature Festival in conjunction with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Education Department. The webisodes will appear in early 2009.

Blair has just finished the score for Waiting Room, directed by Tom Grigg. The film will premiere on 21st October at the Odeon in Covent Garden.

Blair is to provide the musical score for FletcherWilson's new film The Boys. Shot on 35mm and directed by Josh Collier, The Boys is due for completion in mid-November.

September 2008

Blair has been short listed for one of Channel 4's prestigious 4Talent awards in the 'Production Music' category, placing him in the top 5 young composers for media in the UK. The full shortlist can be viewed here.

Blair's recently finished theatre scores in the last two months include K2's Mary Postgate, Eyestrings' Edward II and True Fiction Theatre's The Exquisite Corpse, which gained much critical acclaim in this year's Edinburgh Festival, scooping up no less than seven 4-star reviews. Blair's music and soundscapes were praised consistently for being 'dynamic', 'inspiring', 'strong' and 'atmospheric'.

March 2008

Blair has been working on music for Channel 4's Big Art Mob. Stream the video here.

Blair has just been awarded a Dewar Arts Award. The awards help financially support exceptionally talented Scottish musicians and artists, in order to further their careers. Blair would like to thank the Dewar Arts Awards for their generosity and support.