Andrew McKenna creates powerful, unique, original scores, orchestrations, arrangements and musical direction for film and live theatre.

ABOUT ANDREW

Andrew McKennaToronto native Andrew McKenna has been providing unique original scores, orchestrations, arrangements and musical direction for a wide range of international clients throughout his career.

Project highlights have included music consultation on recent film productions AlliedJane Eyre and The Debt, original score for Robbie the Reindeer (BBC TV/Comic Relief ), choral conducting for stadium performances of Roger Waters’ opera Ca Ira, orchestrations for Cocciante’s Giulietta e Romeo, sound design and original music for Wallace and Gromit’s World of Cracking Ideas (Science Museum, London), sound design and theme music for the Atlantis Submarine Voyage, a world’s-first attraction operating at LEGOLAND Windsor.

Composition Credits

The LEGO Story (animated), Robbie the Reindeer: Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (BBC/Comic Relief with Rick Wentworth), Dog Days of Summer (source music), SpellBreaker 4D (animation release: LEGO Company), a suite of music commissioned by SeaLife California, and many other original works for LEGOLAND Parks and other Parks worldwide including live action Stunt Shows, Rides and Film Attractions.

Production and Orchestration Credits

Soundtrack sessions for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, The Boys are Back, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Big Fish, Racing Stripes, Bailey’s Billions, Bright Young Things and Dalziel and Pascoe (BBC TV). Additional Music composition for Dog Days of Summer, Poirot: Death on the Nile (ITV/PBS), and The Prince and Me (Paramount). Orchestrations for Giulietta e Romeo (Ricardo Cocciante), World Trade Center (Craig Armstrong), Goal! (Graeme Revell), Bride and Prejudice (Craig Pruess), Dalziel and Pascoe (Rick Wentworth), Mindhunters and Hotet (Tuomas Kantelinen/Dimension Films), and for vocal group Amici. Piano Coach/Music Advisor for Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre, John Madden’s The Debt, Oliver Stone’s W, and Stephen Hopkins’ The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, rehearsal accompaniment and solo performance coaching for The Edge of Love, and De-Lovely.

Other musical projects have included the Canadian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s REQUIEM with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, musical Alice (David Levin/Rick Wentworth) at the Bridewell Theatre, London; and Durante: The Musical (Pianist and Assistant Conductor) with tour stops in Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, and finally Los Angeles, where Andrew made his conducting debut with the show.


I am based 45 minutes west of London, 30 minutes from London Heathrow, with quick train links to London Paddington and Waterloo. Using the latest in orchestral sampling technologies from companies such as CineSamples, Spitfire Audio, Vienna Symphonic Library, 8dio and Spectrasonics, and meticulous computer programming and editing, my goal is to deliver the highest level of realism in the sound of the finished orchestral track. Live players are always used where budget permits, either to enhance the recorded sequenced track, or to replace it entirely. Using conferencing and video streaming technology, I can collaborate with a choice team of colleagues in the US and Canada to provide additional services from voice talent, to instrumental overdubs and music preparation.

Capabilities

Composing, Arranging and Orchestration

Composing, Arranging and Orchestration

All work notated in Sibelius or Finale for live performance, or Digital Performer for fully realised MIDI mockups. Also piano transcriptions, and/or reductions of orchestral scores for publication or rehearsal purposes. See my IMDB page for credits.

Learning
Publications

Learning
Publications

High quality sampled instrumental audio tracks to accompany learning publications for ‘play along’ purposes. Piano arrangements of pop/rock/stage hits for all levels of difficulty. Read the Oxford University Press/Faber News Story

Parks
and Attractions

Parks
and Attractions

A wide range of sound services, providing custom music, themed voices and soundscapes for quality attractions worldwide. I have been a member of creative teams involved in delivering high impact live shows and attractions experiences, from compact Family Entertainment Centre experiences to large theatre performances.

Piano Coaching for Film and TV

Piano Coaching for Film and TV

Private lessons for actors requiring keyboard performance as part of their role. This may range from arranging and teaching of music that will be played on set, or preparing visually plausible movement at the instrument. View my credits here.

Piano
Sessions

Piano
Sessions

Piano performance as part of large or small ensembles, and choral/solo vocal accompaniment. Experienced player in wide range of styles, classical to music theatre to rock/pop/jazz (Abbey Road, Air Lyndhurst, Angel Studios).

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