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Composing success

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas (copyright: Belinda McCarthy Photography)

A Welsh composer and School of Music alumnus recently took a red carpet walk at one of Hollywood’s biggest show business awards ceremonies.

Mark Thomas, a Bafta –winning composer, was shortlisted in the Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music category at the 2011 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The nomination recognised his composition for comedy series Episodes, starring American actor Matt Le Blanc.

Although the award went to Trevor Morris for his work on The Borgias, the nomination is further recognition of Mark’s talents. Mark has previously won a Bafta award for his musical score to cult Welsh film Twin Town and, earlier this year, received the John Edwards Memorial Award from the Welsh Music Guild for services to Welsh music.

Discussing the nomination, Mark said: "Episodes is an exciting comedy series and I had a lot of fun writing the score." I see this nomination as a fantastic opportunity to be an ambassador for Welsh and British composers and highlight our work in film and television on an international stage.

"I owe a debt of gratitude to Welsh language broadcasting and the work that I did with producers in Wales earlier in my career."

A trained classical violinist, Mark studied music at Cardiff. Following his studies, he worked as a freelance violinist, before turning his attention to writing music for film and television. He has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Ballet Orchestra, and the original orchestra for The Phantom of the Opera.

Professor David Wyn Jones, Head of the School of Music, said: "Mark has had a varied and successful career since his days at Cardiff and it is wonderful to see his talents recognised on an international stage. He is an excellent example of the calibre of our graduates and the heights that they can reach."

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards honour excellence in more than 75 categories and are dedicated to key technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production.