Composer for film and television
Kevin Sargent is a UK-based, multi-instrumentalist and composer for film and television.
He was nominated for a BAFTA for his stylish, nuanced work on Emmy-winning drama The Hour (Kudos/BBC) and an Ivor Novello Award for A Waste of Shame (BBC).
Mapp & Lucia (BBC) was nominated Best Original Music by the Royal Television Society, and We’ll Take Manhattan (Kudos/BBC) and The Wrong Mans (BBC/Hulu) for two Music+Sound Awards.
Productions he has scored have won notable prizes including the Prix Europa Best Drama for We’ll Take Manhattan and International Emmys for family films Katy (CBBC), and Ratburger (Sky/King Bert).
Kevin Sargent is UK-based multi-instrumentalist and composer best known for his work in film and television.
He was nominated for a BAFTA for his stylish, nuanced work on Emmy-winning drama The Hour (Kudos/BBC) and both an Ivor Novello and European Soundtrack Award for the film portrait of Shakespeare as poet, A Waste of Shame (BBC), scripted by William Boyd.
His mischievous, thematic score for Mapp & Lucia (BBC) was nominated Best Original Music by the Royal Television Society, and the 60s jazz-inspired We’ll Take Manhattan (Kudos/BBC) for two Music+Sound Awards.
Kevin recently had the honour of working closely with the late Ennio Morricone in Rome – rhythm-programming and remixing one of the maestro’s final projects.
“Your score, besides being so right for the movie, also displayed a rare quality among composers these days: you write terrific melodies! I was very impressed …”
Burt Berman, President, Music Division, Paramount Pictures
A classically-trained pianist, Kevin’s performance as joint soloist in the Malcolm Arnold double piano concertos with the Ulster Orchestra was broadcast on BBC R3 and is now available on the Naxos label.
As drummer, percussionist and keyboardist signed to A&M and then Elektra Records, he recorded three acclaimed albums with Thrashing Doves and toured across Europe and the USA.
“Really so delighted with what you’ve done. Sophisticated, original, sexy, emotional, layered, witty, understated and elegant. Everything we hoped for.”
Sandra Goldbacher, director The Hour
Productions he has scored have won notable prizes including the Prix Europa Best Drama for We’ll Take Manhattan and International Emmys for both Katy (CBBC) and Ratburger (Sky). Katy and The Wrong Mans (Hulu/BBC) earned two BAFTA nominations apiece and The Hour, no less than five.
Killing Joe (Joy Films) was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Short Film) and Slava’s Journey: Secrets of Snow (Blue Canary) won Best Original Score at the Docs Without Borders Festival 2020.
“Your willingness, talent and great attitude for going above the call of duty was refreshing, thoughtful and extremely appreciated.”
Jack Binder, Producer, The Upside of Anger (Sunlight Pictures)
Distinctive commercials include original and award-winning work for global brands such as Adidas, Patek Philippe, Hyundai, Harrods, Volvo, Financial Times and Sony Playstation. The Christmas Guinness commercial he memorably scored has become a much-loved staple of the festive season in Ireland.
“As ever, your response was creative and inspired”
Mal Stevenson, Creative Director, BBDO Dublin
A founder member of The Hurricane Club comedy improvisation team, he performed at their weekly West End venue for several years. Recently Kevin has been elected Board Member and Media Committee Chair of the Ivors Academy for Music Creators, the UK’s leading organisation campaigning on behalf of composers and original music creators.