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 and a variety of other media, working from his studio in Oxfordshire. He has recently scored The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Flight, the flagship ride at the new Lionsgate Entertainment World theme park in China, working alongside Mcasso & visual FX company Framestore. For television, he has written music for seasons 1-3 of the hit Amazon Prime series The Grand Tour (starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May) with Rage Music. 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. In 2019, he was selected as one of 12 composers to participate in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in LA.

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.

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