18.09.20 / PANEL: Music from Stage to Film

PANEL: Music from Stage to Film
Date: Friday September 18th at 12pm
Duration: 90mins
Venue: Online
Cost: €0

Course Profile:

Screen Skillnet in partnership with IMRO are pleased to offer Music from Stage to Film – music as a key creative element in the development of stage to film productions.

The panel discussion will look at the creative craft of composing, songwriting and developing musical themes with composers; David Arnold, Anna Rice, Bill Whelan and music supervisor Dina Coughlan. The panel will be moderated by Screen Composers Guild of Ireland CEO Sarah Glennane

The session will include a Q&A. W e would encourage participants to come armed with their questions.

This panel is being offered free of charge to support the Irish creative screen and music industries impacted by the ongoing situation with COVID-19.


Sarah Glennane is a music professional with many years experience working in performance and recording music sector and in music for screen. In 2017 Sarah authored An Examination of the Music for film & TV Sector in Ireland report for IMRO/ MCPS Ireland and from this was instrumental in the setting up of the SCGI.

Sarah holds a BSc in Marketing with special interest in Marketing the Arts and a certificate in Music Supervision from Beklee College of Music, online.


David Arnold is a multi award-winning British film and television composer. Best known for his work on blockbuster films such as Independence Day, Stargate and Narnia, he also took over the mantle from John Barry to compose the music for five James Bond films (including Casino Royale, for which he was nominated for a Grammy, a BAFTA and won ‘Best Song’at the World Soundtrack Awards).Other films scores include Godzilla, Shaft, Zoolander, Hot Fuzz, Made In Dagenham, The Inbetweeners, to name but a few.David is also renowned for his work on the hugely successful television series’ Little Britain & Little Britain USA and for co-composing the BAFTA-nominated music for the BBC’s Sherlock. In addition to his film & television work, David recently wrote the music for the West End production of“Made In Dagenham” which opened in late 2014.In 2012 David was appointed to the prestigious role of Musical Director for the London Olympics & Paralympics Closing Ceremonies and was also involved in one of the highlights of the Jubilee Thames Flotilla; composing a new arrangement of the ‘James Bond theme’ as the Queen passed by the MI6 headquarters.As well as being a world-renowned score composer, David is a highly esteemed artist, record producer, songwriter and conductor who has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop,George Michael, Massive Attack, the Kaiser Chiefs, Shirley Manson, Shirley Bassey and Sir Paul McCartney.David has guest-starred in several live concerts over the years, including a tribute to John Barry atThe Royal Albert Hall in 2011. A dedicated ambassador for the aid charity CARE International, David has twice produced the spectacular fundraising ‘Concert for CARE’. The first of these took place in 2009 at the Brixton Academy and featured an array of high profile musicians and comedians including Simon Le Bon, Gary Barlow, David Walliams and Dara O’Brian. The second, in 2010 at the Royal Albert Hall, featured the RPO playing music from a range ofpopular films, accompanied by a host of stars including Paloma Faith, Imogen Heap and Ricky Wilson from The Kaiser Chiefs.​


Anna Rice is a Wicklow based composer and lyricist. Her recent work includes the critically acclaimed Channel 4 (UK) series CHIMERICA (Playground Entertainment, starring Alessandro Nivola, Sophie Okonedo and F. Murray Abraham) as score arranger, producer and conductor. Her live action & documentary scores include the title music to Ian Hislop’s BBC series WHEN BANKERS WERE GOOD and Ian Hislop’s AGE OF THE DO-GOODERS, the multi-award-winning 4 QUEENS (dir. Vittoria Colonna) and TONGAN ARK (dir. Paul Janman). In 2011 She scored the Abbey Theatre & National Theatre’s inaugural collaborative production of JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK (dir. Howard Davies) starring Ciarán Hinds, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Sinéad Cusack. Her score to Graham Cantwell’s ANTON was nominated for ‘Best Original Score’ in the 2009 IFTAs.

As lyricist, Anna’s feature film theme song credits include ‘Eternal Breath’ from CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY (English lyrics) (The Weinstein Co. / Pegasus / Netflix), ‘Take Me To Shanghai’ from THE WASTED TIMES and ‘Brush The Sky’ from MISS PUFF, as well as the title songs for animated series Zombie Hotel (BBC/France 3) and MONDO YAN (Imira/Telegael/Toonz).

Anna has scored over two hundred animated episodes for TV broadcast, most recently LUCKY FRED 2 (Imira Entertainment / Telegael / Toonz

Entertainment / Televisió de Catalunya / Aeon Entertainment) and CAPTAIN FLINN AND THE PIRATE DINOSAURS (SLR Australia / Telegael / Top Draw /ZDF Enterprises).

She works closely with Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi as orchestrator & producer, collaborating on feature film scores for THE WASTED TIMES dir. Cheng Er, GOD OF WAR dir. Gordon Chan, the E3 trailer score for GHOST OF TSUSHIMA (Sony Playstation) and also Umebayashi’s violin concerto ‘The Japanese Four Seasons’, commissioned by violinist Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica. Other collaborators for whom Anna has orchestrated include The Chieftains, Cara Dillon and Moxie.

Musicians who have recorded and performed Anna’s film scores, arrangements and songs include Lang Lang, Joseph, Jam Hsiao, Coco Lee, the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, the Hallé, the Ulster Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Irish Film Orchestra, and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has served as a panel judge for the BAFTA TV Awards, Ivor Novello Awards and the Irish Film & Television Awards and on the board of directors of the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland.


Bill Whelan has composed music for theatre, film and orchestra. His 1997 Grammy Award winning music Riverdance continues to be performed around the world and the show is about to embark on a 25th anniversary tour of the United States, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.  To date, 22 million people have seen Riverdance The Show live.

His orchestral work, The Seville Suite was specially commissioned for Expo ’92 and continues to be widely performed . The Spirit Of Mayo, written for orchestra and choir was first performed in 1993 at Dublin’s  National Concert Hall.

His musical settings of the literary works of Irish writers have been performed widely at home and abroad and include the poetry of WB Yeats, Paul Muldoon, Derek Mahon, Tom McIntyre, Frank McGuinness and Paul Durcan.

As a producer in the studio he has worked with U2, Van Morrison, Kate Bush, Richard Harris, The Dubliners, Planxty, Andy Irvine, Davy Spillane and Bulgarian/Irish band, East Wind.  His film work includes music scores for “Dancing At Lughansa” starring Meryl Streep, “Some Mother’s Son” featuring Helen Mirren and “Lamb” with Liam Neeson.

The Connemara Suite, a trilogy of pieces composed for chamber orchestra premiered in Carnegie Hall by the Irish Chamber Orchestra in March 2005.  He was commissioned by RTE Lyric FM to write a concerto for flute for Sir James Galway in 2014 . Titled Linen & Lace it was performed by the Irish National Symphony Orchestra and subsequently by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The Train musical was inspired by the contraceptive train and the Irish Woman’s Liberation Movement of the 1970’s.  With music by Bill Whelan and lyrics by Arthur Riordan, it was performed as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2015 and returned to the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and The MAC in Belfast in 2017.


Dina Coughlan is a music supervisor based in Ireland who has worked on diverse range projects across Film and Television.  Dina was the music director for Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen television network in NYC where she oversaw music placement for all productions and produced live concerts for the network.  After leaving Oxygen, she set up Planet of Sound and worked on projects for Discovery Networks, FUSE, Chevy and The Blue Man Group.  In 2014, she relocated to Ireland and has since worked on a dynamic range of projects including most recently, the films ‘Dating Amber’, ‘Broken Law’, ‘Vivarium’ and ‘The Young Offenders’ (film & tv series) as well as the upcoming TV series ‘Professionals’ and upcoming films ‘French Exit’, ‘Boys from County Hell’ and ‘Deadly Cuts’.

Participant Profile:

This panel is open to established composers, music supervisors, producers and directors who wish to expand their knowledge of the process of composing for the screen.

Participants must have industry track record with at least two professional credits (which can be in television, film or theatre.)

Application Procedure:

Please apply by noon on Wednesday Sep 16th, by emailing apply@screenskillnet.ie attaching a current CV or Bio. Please reference Music from Stage to Film in the subject line.


  • 18th September 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm