Nic Raine – Conductor / Music Director / Arranger

Nic Raine has conducted several orchestras in Europe including the English Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Royal Scottish National and Ulster orchestras and the City of Prague Philharmonic, City of Granada Orchestra and Ljubljana Symphony Radio Orchestra elsewhere. He has worked as an arranger of film music with Elmer Bernstein, Maurice Jarre, Gabriel Yared, Michael Kamen, Georg Fenton, Mark Ayres, Stanislas Syrewicz and Stanley Myers on films like “A Passage to India”, Mad Max 3″, “Spies Like Us”, “Castaway”, “High Spirits”, “Top Secret” and “Madame Sousatzka”.

Nic Raine
Nic Raine

His work for television has included his orchestrations for the Wallace and Gromit animation films “The Wrong Trousers” and “A Close Shave” and the Channel 4 documentary “D W Griffith – Father of Film”.

Nic Raine has had particularly fruitful relationships with two of the most prolific film composers of recent times, John Barry and Carl Davis. John Barry’s name is synonymous with the Bond films and Nic Raine has been a regular collaborator with him since their first meeting in 1984 when his work on “A View to Kill” and “The Living Daylights” enhanced Nic’s growing reputation within the film industry. He also works regularly on projects with Carl Davis that have included feature films such as “The Trial”, “Frankenstein Unbound” and Ken Russell’s “The Rainbow” as well as over ten silent movie scores for Thames TV that included “The General” and “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”.

He has also conducted more than 40 CD’s for Silva Screen that include titles such as “The Classic John Barry”, “The Essential James Horner”, “The Essential James Bond” and “The Essential Jerry Goldsmith” and music by Dimitri Tiomkin, Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, Basil Poledouris, Jermone Morosse, Vangelis and Alan Silvestri. In addition to his film and recording work he works with contemporary artists having arranged tracks for Maire Brennan (Clannad), Duran Duran (a View to a Kill), Aha (the Living Daylights) and songs for the singer Desree and group Texas which were performed at the recent Net Aid Concert.

Nic Raine recording for Silva Screen with the City of Prague Philharmonic
Nic Raine recording for Silva Screen with the City of Prague Philharmonic

Born in London, Nic Raine studied the piano, organ, double bass and classical guitar. He worked for Boosey and Hawkes, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra, and it was during that time of intense music copying and arranging he was to develop a love of orchestration based on what he describes as “the sound of an orchestra”. When not working in concert halls and studios Nic Raine lives with his family in the depths of the Sussex countryside in England.

April 2001


Mark AyresThe Innocent Sleep
John BarryA View to a Kill
The Living Daylights
Swept from the Sea
The Scarlet Letter
Mercury Rising
Playing by heart
The Beyondness of Things
Elmer BernsteinSpies Like Us
Peter BernsteinEwoks – Caravan of Courage
Shaun DaveyDavid Copperfield
Carl DavisThe Pied Piper
Girl in a Swing
The Accountant
Covington Cross
Separate but equal
The Rainbow
Frankenstein Unbound
Widows Peak
The Thames Silents
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
The Mysterious Lady
The General
Safety Last
Kid Brother
One Week
Hotel du Lac
Silas Marner
A Very Polish Practice
The Voyage
The Trial
Return of the Native
Fire and Ice
Crucifer of Blood
Fragments of Isabella
The Secret life of Ian Fleming
George FentonHigh Spirits
Gerald GourietA Question of Attribution
Madam Sousatzka
Maurice JarrePassage to India
Mad Max beyond Thunderdome
Top Secret
Michael KamenSeinfeld
From the Earth to the Stars
The Iron Giant
Stanley MyersRobin Hood
Jullian NottThe Four Lieutenants
The Wrong Trousers
A Close Shave
A Man of No Importance
My Mother’s Courage
A Respectable Trade
Stanislas SyrewiczTrue Blue
Shooting Fish
Evil Streak
The Clandestine Marriage
Bernard TaylorWuthering Heights – The Musical
Rob WarrBest of British