Rohan Stevenson is an award winning composer best known for his work on the hugely successful BBC TV series Merlin and Casualty 1900s (London Hospital).
The main feature of his work is the search for distinctive and fresh melodic and thematic ideas that can develop and morph to tell a story, or carry the ear through time. It doesn’t matter if it is for film or the concert hall, the aim is always for a distinctive and immediately understood idea.
Some opportunities to explore thematic distinctiveness have come from his work for TV. For example, you can hear it in this cue from the award winning BBC series Casualty 1900s, or even from Merlin, where the Gwen Arthur theme became hugely popular. But it isn’t always a ‘tune’ that he seeks – sometimes it is a distinctive idea, texture, or hook. Listen to this cue called Dean’s Treatment, where a repeated phrase from an ethnic flute creates a feeling of isolation and anguish in a period drama, supporting a story about a doctor who becomes drug addicted.
Another major feature of his work is his command of orchestral forces. Having been a professional clarinet player and classically trained he always seeks to build on that training with colourful and exciting orchestral writing that draws upon that experience. Here, in a cue from BBC’s Atlantis, a dramatic race against time to escape Hades provided a perfect opportunity to exploit his orchestral and cinematic proclivities, but also draw on his experience performing ethnic instruments to give a flavour of the mythical world in which the action was set. A thoroughly recommended listen.