Mike MacLennan

Biography

Mike is an English composer, arranger and conductor. Having originally started out as a pianist and drummer, he then focussed on composition and studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.

He has since gone on to compose soundtracks for TV & film, working from his studio in Oxfordshire. For television, he has written music for the first two seasons of the hit Amazon Prime series The Grand Tour (starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May) with Rage Music, and is currently working on the show's third season. Other TV work includes the BBC documentaries The Quest for Bannockburn, and the BAFTA Scotland nominated BBC series Planet Oil. He has also scored a number of short films, including Grasslands, Man Of The Land, La Boulangerie, and the animated short Mr. Plastimime, directed by Oscar winning director Daniel Greaves. Alongside his TV and film work, Mike scores trailers & commercials. Recent work in this area includes scoring the cinematic trailer for the Bethesda Softworks video game Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset with Rage Music.

Mike writes production music for Zone Music, Soho Production Music and Aurora Production Music, through which he has had tracks used in various productions worldwide by the BBC, ITV, Fox, CNN and Marvel Studios.

As well as composing, Mike works as an arranger and conductor. As conductor he has worked with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Big Band. Recent arranging credits include Netflix's Outlaw King (directed by David Mackenzie and starring Chris Pine), and Mcasso's new sonic branding for the BBC World Service, which launched in September 2018.