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24/SEVEN - Film Creatives Biographies

24 Hours… Seven People… One Outsider… A Café in London… A Love Affair… A Betrayal… A Tragedy

"My Life! All I hope for, Coming through."
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Stephen Powell

Stephen was born in Birmingham UK in 1961 and read music at the University of Wales where, alongside academic work and piano studies, he was trained in vocal techniques, conducting, and composition with composer William Mathias. Following this he completed postgraduate studies in Piano Accompaniment and Vocal Coaching at Trinity College of Music in London.

In the 1980s, Stephen turned freelance covering a diverse range in classical, popular and theatre music fields, including performing as a pianist/keyboard player, conducting, composing, arranging, recording and teaching. He has written incidental music for Dennis Potter's play
Blue Remembered Hills staged at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, and played orchestral keyboards for a tour around Britain of The British Rock Symphony with Roger Daltrey, Paul Young, Alice Cooper and Gary Brooker. In 2001, he wrote and conducted music for a gala concert held at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

Stephen is an experienced music score engraver and copyist and runs his own business working with other composers, publishers and orchestras to prepare music for publication and performance in the UK and abroad. Client music preparation has been played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the strings of the Hallé Orchestra, the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, and more. Collaboration with the international oboist George Caird has seen Stephen researching, editing and producing scores for CD recordings of music by Benjamin Britten and Dorothy Gow, and he has also produced the scores of many of the works by the British composer Francis Routh.

Stephen also works in music theatre as a Musical Director and keyboard player, and has directed over sixty productions ranging from traditional shows like
The King and I and My Fair Lady to more modern works such as Follies, Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act and Into the Woods. In 2005, Stephen was Musical Director for a production of Piaf at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was back in Edinburgh to MD for another show in 2015.

Recently, Stephen did the score preparation and conducted the orchestra for the new solo album by pop legend Midge Ure, called
Orchestrated. The album was released on the BMG label in December 2017.
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Stephen Francis

Stephen trained in both Oxford and London before going on to work in all aspects of theatre for over 25 years. His work as Artistic Director included the fields of Classical, Modern, Musical, Youth, Community, Open Theatre and Opera. Credits include
The Coventry Mystery Plays, The Importance of Being Earnest, Candida, Pygmalion, Toad of Toad Hall, The Gin Game, Death of a Salesman, A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Trial by Jury, The Mikado, Brigadoon, Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, Annie, The Boyfriend, Cabaret, Man of La Mancha, Godspell, Piaf, The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville and Carmen.

As an actor, Stephen performed a wide variety of character roles ranging from Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus to Koko in The Mikado, and the role of Willy Loman for Troika Productions’ much acclaimed production of Death of a Salesman at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2003.

Stephen also taught at drama school and worked as a private drama tutor, audition coach and freelance writer.

Stephen coped with health difficulties for much of his adult life, but never let anything interfere with his directing, acting and writing activities, maintaining a wonderful zest and drive for the stage, and for life. Unfortunately illness caught up with him and sadly Stephen died in 2009. Amongst his other work,
24/SEVEN will remain a pinnacle of achievement and will be be a lasting legacy to his talent.
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Matt Hickinbottom

Matt began working as a child actor at ITV's Central TV workshop. Whilst there he developed a love of working behind the scenes and soon became a freelance writer for most of Children's ITV's music idents in the 90's.

Whilst also working in a music composer roll for Disney, Matt got involved in scoring a few short films for other colleagues and soon got the bug for creating films himself. After setting up his own studio back in 2003, he soon took on more and more work on the filming and production side but always kept his hand in at writing music for projects that came along.

Since 2004, Matt continued to grow as a film maker and composer working all over the world as a producer and director of photography on many productions for small and big companies including Sony Pictures, Disney, Sky and many more.
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Benjamin Field

Benjamin Field is a Broadcast Award nominated director and recent winner at the London Independent Film Awards.

He has directed over 300 episodes of broadcast television and is sought after nationally and internationally for his creativity and keen eye.

Having been involved with Film and TV since the age of 16 and trained at an early age by Sony, Ben has directed work for BBC 1, CBeebies and across multiple global channels.