MUSIC PRODUCTION WORK DETAILS IN BRIEF:
Marque of a Legend
A 50-minute documentary for the ITV Network Broadcast on LWT, HTV, STV, YORKSHIRE, TSW.
Children of The Dust
A thirty-minute documentary for Channel 4
Landscape of Childhood
A twenty-minute documentary for Channel 4
Marque Of A Legend
A twenty-minute edited version of this documentary was supporting feature with 'The Woman In Red'
Men of Letters *
A drama documentary celebrating the 350th Anniversary of The Royal Mail
DOCUMENTARIES CONTRACTED BY:
Spacelab * The European Space Agency
The Longest Link STC
Challenge of the Continents Polaroid
Shell Social History * Shell
Gas Naturally * BP Gas
Electric Shock Ministry of Defence
Zantac, The Overnight Success Glaxo
Understanding The Motor Car Ford
Practical Electrical Knowledge Electricity Board
Prestige Appliances ICL
New Access APT
Compass Services Compass
*Award Winning Productions
Produced and Directed a promotional video for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
anthem (which he wrote and composed), entitled, “Children For The World Call You Now”.
SONGS COMPOSED, WRITTEN AND PRODUCED FOR:
Plácido Domingo - Classical Singer
Demis Roussos - Popular Singer
LaToya Jackson - Popular Singer
Brigitte Nielsen - Hollywood Actress and Popular Singer
Gary Byrd - International DJ and Rap Artist
Bill Fredericks - Lead singer of The Drifters
Jiannis Zografos - Record Producer (Chariots of Fire and Other Vangelis Albums)
Also, Songs and Anthems written and composed for:
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
CORPORATE AND STATION IDENT'S COMPOSED AND PRODUCED FOR:
The British Airports AuthorityRoyal Navy (training films)
Cable Sports and Leisure
JINGLES COMPOSED AND PRODUCED FOR:
BACKGROUND MUSIC COMPOSED AND RECORDED FOR:
Rediffusion Music and Business Electronics (World-wide)
COMPOSED AND CONDUCTED MUSIC FOR THE FOLLOWING SHORT FEATURES:
The Lumber Room
Fantasy To Reality
THEATRE MUSIC COMMISSIONED BY:
Cambridge Theatre Company
EXECUTIVE FILM PRODUCER AND ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR ON:
'Technics' Keyboards Commercial
'Technics' CD Player Commercial
'Children Of The Dust', Channel 4 Documentary
CONTRACTED BY THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTION COMPANIES:
World Wide Pictures
DNETS (Ministry of Defence)
The Colin Hamp Group
Luton Neal Productions
Formula One Films
The Sinclair Company
Epic Industrial Communications
CONTRACTED BY THE FOLLOWING ADVERTISING AGENCIES:
The Harrison Agency
DIRECTORS WORKED WITH INCLUDE:
Tony Maylam (Director of “Riddle Of The Sands”)
Clive Barker (Writer and Director “Hellraiser”)
George Pavlou (Director of “Raw Head Rex”)
FILM PRODUCERS WORKED WITH INCLUDE:
Gary Kurtz (Producer of “Star Wars”)
Frixos Constantine (Producer of “Pavlova”)
DEMIS ROUSSOS ALBUMS AND SINGLES RELEASED WORLD-WIDE BY:
Teldec - Germany
BR Music - Holland
Canalista - Italy
Readers Digest - Germany
DOCUMENTARIES WORKED ON HAVE BEEN NARRATED BY:
President Ronald Reagan
FILMS AND VIDEOS WORKED ON HAVE BEEN MARKETED AND DISTRIBUTED BY:
Rank (UK, Cinema)
Arts & Entertainment (USA, Cable)
ARP Video (USA)
Duke Marketing (UK & Australia Home Video)
Screensport (UK, Home Video)
NVC Media (UK)
Spafax Television (UK)
West & Nally (UK)
WORK BROADCAST IN:
UK BBC RADIO, ITV, Channel 4
USA NBC, Channel 23, Arts & Entertainment, Cable
Netherlands Radio Veronica/Television
Denmark Denmarks Radio
New Zealand BCNZ
Spain Channel 3
South Africa SABS
SW Africa BOPTV
Music to all films, corporate videos and Album recordings are published, controlled and administered by VIOLARIS MUSIC
PERSONAL COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY:
“It’s a wonderful song, I would put it on my album”
Referring to ‘Follow Me’, the first demo recorded for the 'El Cid' project
Brian Loucks, Creative Artists Agency, Inc. (Los Angeles)
"I have listened to the tape which you sent me and you are a very talented artist.
You have an impressive tape and a great list of credits”.
Vic Lanza, Head of EMI Records
"We feel the single is the best recent recording made by Demis Roussos and we would congratulate you on the song and production".
On 'ISLAND OF LOVE'.
Tony Maylam - Director
"Thank you for your effort and enthusiasm on The Marque of a Legend project. I particularly appreciate your professionalism, as I know how little time you had. I hope it is not too long
before we have a chance to do another project together, as I continue to greatly respect your talent".
Skip Humphries - LWT
"The video showreel was quite impressive".
Robin Brown - Central Television
"An immensely impressive CV...excellent work".
"The music gave me goose pimples"
On the arrangement, production and additional English lyrics of the song “ENDLESSLY”, written and composed by Plácido Domingo Jr. Plácido Domingo and Viviane Ventura commissioned the production.
Michael Guest - Film Producer
"Peter Duffell (Director) and I were both very impressed by your showreel".
Frixos Constantine - Producer of 'Pavlova'/ 20th Century Fox
After hearing the pilot music for 'The Golden Fleece'.
James Dearden - Director
"I was very impressed with examples of your work".
On pilot themes for 'PASCALI'S ISLAND'
Robert Porter, Film Producer
"A great musical talent".
Tony Maylam - Director
"It was good to hear some of your latest work - which as always is excellent".
Sandra Marsh, Talent Agency
"I was extremely impressed with your music and background".
David Puttnum, Film Producer
"I listened to the cassette soundtrack of ‘Children of the Dust’ with interest. I will certainly keep your tape by me for future reference".
Gordon Honycombe - Television Presenter
After the performance of the song ‘GIVE A LITTLE LOVING’ at an NSPCC Charity Show.
Gordon Thompson - Hollywood Actor
"A really excellent song".
After helping to host the NSPCC show featuring the song ‘GIVE A LITTLE LOVING’.
Tony Maylam - Director
"Thank you for your demo tape of 'Across the Lake'. I thought it was a very
strong piece and you created a beautiful sound".
Vic Lanza - Head of EMI Records
"A pity it wasn't used in the film as you captured the mood exactly".
On 'THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS' film theme song demo
Gloria Hunniford - BBC Radio 2 Presenter
"He still comes up with some good ones".
On the Demis Roussos single 'SUMMER IN HER EYES'.
Aida Young & Tierzah Lowen - Portman Film Productions
"We had to call and say how beautiful we thought your music was".
On a special showreel prepared for the film 'Voice of the Heart'.
Hervé Hachuel - Producer
"The music is perfect for our film, just what we are looking for".
On pilot themes for the feature film 'The Golden Fleece'.
Byron Kolasis - Eminent Greek Conductor
"Andonis Violaris' String Quartet is a composition of very high calibre; one of the best contemporary
composers I have come across. I will certainly be conducting his orchestral works in the future".
WORK CREDITS IN DETAIL
CHILDREN FOR THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT
Wrote and composed the Anthem, “Children For The World – Call You Now” for the above project, which was commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), to support their Outreach programme. Andonis also Directed and Produced the promotional video.
Wrote and composed a musical version of EL CID for Plácido Domingo to sing the lead role of Spain’s greatest hero. Also, devised and currently producing a two hour ‘Television Special’ centred on a major concert event to celebrate the life of and mark the 900th anniversary of El Cid. The event is planned to take place in the ancient Roman amphitheatre below the castle of Sagunto in Valencia - the city El Cid took from the Moors and where he died. The large-scale “crossover” musical work is scored for Soloists, Chorus, Children’s Chorus, Flamenco Dancers and Musicians, Narrator, Rhythm Section and Symphony Orchestra. This project is the initial venture into television film production by Andonis Violaris and Magic Sphere Limited; a company specially formed to develop original ideas by Andonis Violaris for television, based on storylines of a musical nature.
The venture is backed by Andonis Violaris' twenty years professional experience and background of working in the field of entertainment; his many connections in the industry and in working closely with directors, producers, film editors and production companies, including personal experience in directing and production.
THOMAS HARDY SONG CYCLE
A project being developed by Magic Sphere Limited as a dramatised documentary for television with the support of the Thomas Hardy Society. It is centred on original songs set to the poems of Thomas Hardy. The production will have an actor playing Thomas Hardy the novelist, and a classical singer portraying Thomas Hardy the poet.
THE MUSIC SPINNER
Conceived and wrote this original story based on Greek mythology, including the musical score. It is a modern day setting of a tale of mystery, legend and the supernatural and is being developed by Magic Sphere Limited as a ninety-minute filmed musical drama for television.
MAGIC SPHERE LIMITED
Formed this company to develop and produce original television film and animation projects with predominant musical themes.
MAGIC OF THE SPHERES
Completed writing this original 'sword and sorcery' cartoon fantasy for children, including illustrating the characters and composing songs and incidental music. Magic Sphere Limited is developing it as a full length animated feature for television with the intention of it being followed up with a television series.
THE SECRET OF THE LOCKED DRAW
Co-wrote this short children's story, including composing musical themes. Being developed by Magic Sphere Limited as a 30-minute combination of live action and cartoon animation.
THE FAIRY WITH THE BROKEN WING
Co-wrote this children's story, and composed the musical themes. Being developed by Magic Sphere Limited as a thirty-minute cartoon for television and video.
DEMIS ROUSSOS - 'MY VAGABOND HEART' CONCEPT ALBUM AND TV SPECIAL
Conceived, wrote, composed and recorded a demo of a concept album entitled 'MY VAGABOND HEART' for Demis Roussos. It is intended to be developed as a Television Special centring on a live concert event to be filmed in the ancient amphitheatre in Limassol, Cyprus. Songs include: “My Vagabond Heart”, “The One That I Loved”, “Lady Of Vienna”, “La La Lai My Love”, “Club Mexicana”, “My Sombrero”, “Love Is An Island”, “My Summer's Delight”, “Land Where The Red River Flows”. The theme of the story is, that Demis Rousos is cast as a world-weary traveller reflecting back on his life and past loves.
SPINNY - THE LITTLE WORLD & FRIENDS
Continued to develop this children's cartoon property.
SONG OF SAPPHO
Composed and recorded demos for this new age album based on the Ancient Greek 'Love Poetess'.
SPINNY - THE LITTLE WORLD & FRIENDS
Conceived, illustrated and sculpted models of a series of children’s fun type characters.
Invited to Vienna to co-write, compose and produce songs for this Austrian singer and recording artist.
Trained and conducted the singers for the above song to take part in a competition for the Cyprus entry into The Eurovision Song Contest.
TMI ADVERTISING AGENCY
Composed and produced jingles for a wide variety of TV commercials made by this London based company.
Co-arranged and produced this song for the Cyprus entry into the Eurovision Song Contest.
LAND OF THE LOST
Co-composed and produced pilot themes and songs for this television series made by the ABC Television Network in the USA.
LA TOYA JACKSON
Produced music tracks for La Toya's international television and stage shows.
Produced songs and music tracks for stage performances by this international film actress.
Composed and recorded this piece as a demo for David Puttnum's film 'MEMPHIS BELLE'.
GREEK ETHNIC ALBUM
Arranged, produced, conducted, and recorded an album of twelve ethnic songs based on significant dates in the Greek Calendar.
Composed and wrote new songs for a planned Demis Roussos album. Titles include: “She's Leaving Home”; “Dear Heart”; “Andromeda's Love”; “September's Song”.
A GREEK CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Arranged, produced, conducted and recorded an album of twelve Greek Christmas carols.
THE GOLDEN FLEECE
Composed, arranged and recorded pilot themes for the above feature film, which was to be directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
JINGLES FOR MIDDLE EAST COMMERCIALS
Composed and produced jingles for television and radio for the following products: -
Unimaster, Universal Life Insurance, Red Label Tea *, Red Label Tea Bags *
* Also acted as executive film producer
THE SIREN'S SONG
Composed and recorded themes for a 'New Age' album based on Homer's epic story 'The Odyssey'.
KING OF THE WIND
Composed and recorded a pilot theme song for the above film being made by HTV International.
Composed and produced five pilot themes for James Dearden's film 'Pascali's Island'.
BBC TELEVISION/ BRISTOL
Composed and produced two pilot themes for 'The Great Rift Valley'.
Commissioned to compose and produce original titles for this world wide Diffusion Service, for use as background music in Hotels, Restaurants and Clubs etc.
JINGLES FOR COMMERCIALS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Composed and produced a series of jingles for radio, television and cinema, including:
'Tono' Blackcurrent Juice. *
'Technics' CD Player *
'Technics' Keyboards **
'Petromin' Extra Super Motor Oil
'Petromin' Corporate Commercial
* Also acted as executive film producer.
** Also acted as assistant to the director for specialist music sequences.
ROLAND-SYNSOUND, INTERNATIONAL SYNTHESISER COMPETITION
Joint winner for 1986 of this professional and prestigious world-wide competition with the entry ‘Journey To The Celestial City'.
GIVE A LITTLE LOVING
Commissioned to write, produce and record this song and 'single record' for an NSPCC Charity Show. Bill Fredericks from the group The Drifters sung it with Jasmine Ventura. The show was presented by Gordon Honeycombe, Charles Dance and Hollywood star Gordon Thompson.
Three jingles for commercials for Maltese Television.
'SAN MICHELE' Table Water.
'SELEKTA' Fruit Juice.
Commissioned by Viviane Ventura and Plácido Domingo to arrange and produce the song 'ENDLESSLY', which was written and composed by Plácido Domingo Jr. It was recorded by Jasmine Ventura. Andonis also wrote additional English lyrics.
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
Originally written as a pilot theme and pitched for the James Bond film of the same title. Recorded by Jasmine Ventura and featured on television in the USA, South America and Spain. Also performed by Miss Ventura in her international cabaret shows.
Arranged and produced musical backing tracks for Miss Ventura's cabaret shows.
Two Jingles for Kraft cheese.
Composed and produced a series of jingles for radio and television promoting 'Red Label Tea' and 'Red Label Tea Bags'.
Composed and produced the music for a National Westminster Bank Corporate Video. Produced by Martin Rosenbaum for World Wide Pictures.
Wrote the following songs - words and music - for the Albums 'GREATER LOVE' and 'THE STORY OF DEMIS ROUSSOS’, which had a world-wide release.
“Island of Love'”(including the single)
“Summer In Her Eyes” (including the single)
“I Found You”
DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS
Wrote and produced the theme song and incidental music to this children's play with a social message. Performed regularly at schools and community centres by Conway Theatre. The play was also featured in The Camden Arts Festival in 1987.
CHILDREN OF THE DUST
A film made for the European Space Agency concerning the Giotto Mission to intercept Halley's Comet. The film also featured specially written pop songs including 'The Comet Rap' performed by
the international DJ and Rap artist, Gary Byrd. Shown by Channel 4 Television and many other
television networks around the world during 1985. Repeat showing by Channel 4 1988. Also, assistant to the director for specialist music sequences. Directed by Philip Saunders and produced by Judith Maddern for Spafax Television.
MEN OF LETTERS
The Royal Mail's 350th anniversary film narrated by Sarah Kennedy. The documentary rapidly
interposes dramatised scenes form the early days of the Royal Mail with present day technology, thus
illustrating changes that have taken place in the postal services since its inception. Won the Golden
Camera Award, the US Industrial Film Festival, Chicago 1986. Directed by Derek Martinus,
produced by Ray Townshend for World Wide Pictures.
BRITISH AIRPORTS AUTHORITY
Signature tune and incidental music for use with management information films. Produced by
Martin Rosenbaum for World Wide Pictures.
A twenty-minute marine exploration documentary. Directed by John Cadd and produced by Undersea
ICL Supermarkets promotional film. Produced by Epic Industrial Communications.
POLAR SOFT DRINKS
A series of jingles for Nigerian Television. Commercials produced by Luton Neal Productions.
UNDERSTANDING THE MOTOR CAR
A series of drama based training films for the Ford Motor Car Company. Directed by Vic Ritelis,
produced by the Colin Hamp Group.
A twenty minute documentary with a mixture of live action and cartoon sequences relating to the
history of gas exploration Won 'The Chris' Silver Award at the US Columbus Film Festival 1985.
Directed by Clive Mitchell and produced by Clifford Paris for World Wide Pictures.
ZANTAC - THE OVERNIGHT SUCCESS
A promotional film for a new pharmaceutical product by Glaxo. Directed by John Luton and produced by Luton Neal Productions.
THE LONGEST LINK
STC's 50-minute documentary film account of the laying of the longest undersea telephone
communications cable in the world, linking Australia (via the Pacific Ocean) to Canada. The film
was three years in the making. The film also included STC's new signature tune, which was specially commissioned. Directed by Glyn Jones and produced by Clifford Paris for World Wide Pictures.
A promotional corporate video. Produced by Colin Hamp for the Colin Hamp Group.
Composed and produced the music for this Royal Navy training film made for the Ministry of Defence. Also commissioned to compose the signature tune for the training films. The production was directed by Clive Mitchell and produced by Chris Pettican for DNETS.
SHELL SOCIAL HISTORY
Composed and produced the signature tune and incidental music. Won the Certificate of Creative Excellence at the US Industrial Film Festival in Chicago 1986. Also winner of the BFI Special Award 1986. Produced by Clifford Paris for World Wide Pictures.
UNION BANK & NASCO WAFERS
Composed and produced two jingles for Nigerian television. Commercials produced by Luton Neal Productions.
This composition and recording was commissioned by the Countess of Lonsdale to commemorate a
special and personal event.
A Film made for the European Space Agency to explain the potential of Spacelab to general
audiences. Won the Certificate of Excellence at the US Industrial Film Festival. A special edited
version was narrated by President Ronald Reagan and shown on American Network Television.
Directed by Philip Saunders, produced by Clifford Paris for World Wide Pictures.
CSL TITLE LOGO
Composed and recorded this station identity tune to Britain's first 24-hour Cable Sports channel. Produced by Formula One Films.
PRACTICAL MARINE ELECTRICAL KNOWLEDGE
Composed and produced music to a series of six educational films for the Electricity Board. Also commissioned to compose the signature tune for the production company. Directed by George Bekes and produced by Videotel.
MARQUE OF A LEGEND
Commissioned to compose and produce a 50-minute documentary on the history of the sports car narrated by Robert Hardy. An edited version of this film went on general release with the feature film ‘The Woman In Red’ in 1984. The film was distributed by Rank and also shown on RTE Television in 1984, with ITV network transmissions in 1985 and 1986. International Broadcasts followed including Theatrical Presentations and Video Sales. Directed by Tony Maylam and produced by Drummond Challis for Worldmark Productions.
Composed and produced a Jingle used in an advertising sales pitch by the Harrison Advertising Agency.
LANDSCAPE OF CHILDHOOD
Arranged and produced music used in this programme made by Simon Heavens for Channel Four,
about the Greek Cypriot Community in England.
Composed and produced three jingles used in Middle East advertising campaigns. Commissioned by the advertising agency, BBDO.
Composed and produced two jingles for used in a sale pitch by advertising agency BBDO.
Commissioned to compose and produce a Jingle used in a sales pitch by The Leo Burnett Advertising Agency.
Composed, arranged, produced and conducted the music for a short feature film on a supernatural theme. starring Annabel Giles and James Wynn. Directed by Bill Jordan and produced by Bruce Rowley for The Other Film Company.
“MY SONG I SING ALONE”
Arranged, produced and conducted this original song scored for a ninety-piece orchestra.
Programmed synthesisers for this musical play performed by the Cambridge Theatre Company.
COMMERCIALS FOR CYPRUS TELEVISION AND CINEMA
Composed and produced jingles for Bonjuice, Foxy Soap and Maya Shampoo. Directed and produced by Evangelos Ioannides.
CHALLENGE OF THE CONTINENTS
Commissioned to compose and produce a 40-minute documentary on the 1978 World Cup Games in Montreal. Narrated by Tom Conti. Directed by Alan Boast and produced by Socrates Pelendrides for Dulwich Films. Sponsored by Polaroid.
Produced and recorded excerpts from this three act opera by Veronica Haigh.
Composed and conducted the music for this short feature film starring Fiona Victory and Robert Macintosh. Set in Victorian England and based on a story by Chekhov. The music was scored for string quartet, wind quartet, double bass, piano and harp. Directed by Domenic Othenin-Girrard and produced by The London International Film School.
Orchestrated the three act opera 'Totara Bay', about the history of New Zealand. Written and Composed by Veronica Haigh for Kiri Te Kanawa.
Composed, Produced and recorded two promotional films for Polaroid. Directed by Alan Boast and produced by Socrates Pelendrides for Dulwich Films.
THE LUMBER ROOM
Composed and conducted this short student film based on a story by Saki and made in 35mm. Scored for string quartet, wind quintet, double bass and harp. Directed by Ira Hurvitz and produced by The London International Film School.
FANTASY FROM REALITY
Composed the music for this four-minute cartoon produced and directed by Bherooz Akabir at the London International Film School. Scored for a 30 piece orchestra and recorded at the Royal Academy of Music.
TWO AND A HALF
Composed and conducted the music to this short training film made by The London International Film School. Scored for string quartet.
SONGS FOR CYPRUS
Arranged and conduct two songs for a record based on the Tragedy of Cyprus in 1974.
1974 TO 1977
WORK COMPOSED WHILST AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC
A GREEK OVERTURE
A concert overture for Chamber Orchestra, making use of Greek scales and rhythms. Won the 'Eric
Coates Prize' for composition, 1978.
Tone Poem for string quartet. Based on the 1821 Greek war of independence. Performed at the
Royal Academy of Music. Awarded 'The Lady Holland Prize' for composition in 1976 by the
principal of the Royal Academy, Sir Anthony Lewis.
Symphonic poem for large orchestra. Based on the Battle of Navarino which involved The Royal
Navy and the Champion of Greece, Lord Byron.
A Dramatic Cantata for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra. Sketches and settings of scenes from
Homer's epic story.
FOUR SONGS FOR TENOR AND ORCHESTRA
For Soloist and Symphony Orchestra. Set to poems of Thomas Hardy. Performed at the Royal
Academy of Music.
For oboe, harp and orchestra. Performed at the Royal Academy of Music.
EIGHTEEN VARIATIONS ON A CLASSICAL THEME
For piano. Based on Greek Modes.
For enquiries regarding further details, showreel or meeting, please contact
Andonis Violaris or appropriate representative.