Dr François Evans

Dr François Evans
Joint-Programme Leader BA (Hons) Music
François Evans is a composer specializing in music for film, with a particular interest in music and scores combining orchestral & electronic musical instruments using spectral techniques. He wrote and conducted the music for Edgar Wright’s first feature film, and has scored eight others along with many short films in the UK and France.

Evans won a Ralph Vaughan Williams Scholarship to research at IRCAM in Paris, where he studied under Tristan Murail (pupil of Olivier Messiaen), Jonathan Harvey, Marc-André Dalbavie, Brian Ferneyhough, Kaija Saariaho and others. In 2008 he conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra for the ‘Barry Gray Centenary Concert’ at the Royal Festival Hall, in aid of the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund.

He is one of the few players of the ondes Martenot and has recorded with members of Portishead and Goldfrapp, including live performance at the Glastonbury Festival in 2015. He has set up a vintage recording studio in an abandoned school in Western France.

François has won awards for his teaching (including ‘Most Inspiring Lecturer’ in 2016). He is a Middlesex University Teaching Fellow and has also taught at the Royal College of Music. Evans is a member of the Music Producers’ Guild and the Royal Society of Musicians.

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