Composer Mark Thomas is known for writing arrangements for a wide range of projects, including Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep, the TV comedy Episodes, and the films Dog Soldiers and The Magic Roundabout. He graduated from the School of Music in the mid-1970s…
“It was a great music department, really cool to be part of. All the tutors and staff were friendly and it was a happy environment to be in.
The orchestra was of a very good standard and I played the violin. This was a very good practical experience as well as an academic one. I loved Cardiff too. It has always been a very friendly city, especially around the campus.
After graduation I pursued a career as a violinist and moved to London where I played for a number of companies, including The Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I often worked for session orchestras for commercial music too, especially film scores, and with some of my heroes such as John Barry and Jerry Goldsmith. It drew me into that world.”
Read the full interview with Mark – From Sheep to Symphonies – in the Winter 2011 edition of the Cardiff University Magazine.