Nick Bicat biography
Nick Bicat has written music in all media, starting with songwriting and theatre music, and extending over the years to include musicals, opera, ballet, film, television, recording and concert works for both orchestra and choir.
FILM & TV
Nick Bicat's music has ranged from mass-audience TV productions in the USA (Lace, A Christmas Carol, The Scarlet Pimpernel), to art-house cinema (Wetherby, The Reflecting Skin, Stella does Tricks), and many TV films and series in the UK (The Irish RM, Holding On, Births Marriages & Deaths). Nick Bicat's score for the feature film The Passion Of Darkly Noon (written and directed by Philip Ridley) won the award for Best Music Score at the 1995 Film Festival in Sitges, Barcelona, and he has twice been nominated for the BAFTA music award (Cruel Train & Holding On).
Beginning with Nick Bicat's first commission (at age 19) for the Castle Theatre in Farnham, Surrey, word-of-mouth led to further work in theatres all round the UK, including Nottingham Playhouse (for Richard Eyre), the National Theatre (for David Hare - Plenty, A Map of the World, The Bay at Nice, Pravda, King Lear) and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (The Greeks – John Barton). Nick Bicat's opera The Knife (book & lyrics by David Hare and Tim Rose-Price) was premiered at Joseph Papp's Theatre in New York in 1987 (nominated for Best Musical Score in the New York Drama Desk Awards). A stage musical Peer Gynt (version & lyrics by Adrian Mitchell) was commissioned and produced by the Oxford Playhouse, as was All’s Well (book and lyrics by Tony Bicat); this was nominated for the Ivor Novello Award. Elvira Madigan, originally commissioned by the Malmö Stadtsteater, Sweden in 1991 has since been remounted with new productions in Norway, Hungary, Germany, Italy and most recently at the Riksteater Theatre Stockholm in September 1995. An English version is in preparation, as is Talk to Me (an improvisatory comic opera, book & lyrics by John Gardyne).
Under The Eye Of Heaven, a work for contemporary orchestra was commissioned by Virgin Records and performed by the London Chamber Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in 1989, the Hammersmith Odeon and London Arena in 1990 and at an open air concert in Geneva in 1993 for the BBC. In 1991 Dante, a concert piece for taped electronics and choir, was written featuring the London Chamber Orchestra, members of the Hot House Flowers and Dave Stewart of the Eurthymics for open-air performance in Moscow. Symphony in Morris Minor (an orchestral and choral work with soloists) was commissioned and performed as the climax of an open-air festival in Oxford in July 2000 to an audience of 50,000. Requiem – Songs in Memory is to be performed and recorded this year by the conductor Andrew Parrott.
Nick Bicat's work with recording artists started in 1986 when he wrote the title song for the American TV series Lace, which was performed by Deniece Williams. He later wrote string orchestrations and played keyboards for Beverley Craven and Beth Neislen Chapman, and more recently had two songs recorded by PJ Harvey: Who Will Love me Now? (lyric by Philip Ridley - selected as Favourite Film Song by Radio 1 in 1998) and This Is Mine (lyric by PJ Harvey). Who Will Love me Now? was subsequently covered by Sunscreem, and entered the top 40 UK chart.