Biography of Film & Classical composer Phil Mountford
Phil started his musical journey when he was 10, studying the electronic organ. The 80’s was an era that saw the birth of MIDI and provided him with the interest in the technology and music that would form the basis of his later life. Leaving school at 15 he started work as a stonemason in the family business prior to graduating from Aston University in Software Engineering. He went on to spend several years in the IT industry as a computer programmer. Throughout his early working career he was regularly out performing as a vocalist and keyboardist.
Moving away from his computer programming career he started composing film music after his first demo CD found its way into the hands of the then up-and-coming director, Steve Reynolds. Many years developing his composing skills and equally many short films, corporate films, adverts, animations and theater productions later, Phil would go on to score the soundtrack to Steve’s first feature, Vendetta (Danny Dyer, Roxanne McKee), which became one of the biggest selling non theatrical DVD releases of 2013 in the UK.
Some of his more recent projects he has gone on to score include the documentary feature film Journey To LeMans (Patrick Stewart), World War 1 TV drama Battle Lines and the hard hitting feature film Breakdown (Craig Fairbrass, James Cosmo).
Phil has composed and had his music placed in many adverts and corporate films including Intel, British Gas and Mamas & Papas. Aswell as scoring to picture he regularly composes songs for theater productions and has also written music for Macmillan Cancer charitable productions including Norman Wisdom’s last film, Espresso.
In parallel with his career as a film & TV composer, Phil was composing light classical music and formed the ensemble Fordante in 2009 as a musical outlet for this new instrumental scores. Composing for the group allows him to regularly exercise his musical writing and arranging skills for the talented ensemble of instrumentalists – violin, viola, cello, oboe and piano. The ensemble has won several awards including Best New Music and support from the UK Arts Council. Their debut album, The Arrival, was released in 2010, composed and produced by Phil. Fordante can regularly be seen performing throughout UK, equally at home performing in prestigious venues such as the Birmingham Symphony Hall and theaters to community and village halls.
Phil’s melodic approach to classical music composition has received much critical acclaim. His style has led to various classical music commissions including a works commemorating World War I for choir and ensemble to be premiered in 2016.