“Heartfelt arrangements” – BBC Music
“Glorious strings” – Dance Music Weekly
“Extraordinary talent” – Tyne Out
“Up-and-coming composer” – Classic FM
- Groove Armada
- Skeewiff / Jungle Brothers
- Stacey Soloman
- Urban Soul Orchestra
- Paramount Pictures
- German Radio And Television
- Iceland Foods
SULTRY SEDUCTION : violin and piano building to epic distorted synths and tough beats
PULSATE : soft strings build slowly into a piano and violin ostinato. An impassioned cello melody rises ever higher, chugging strings and powerful brass lead to a dramatic end
WAR AND DESTRUCTION : Dire Consequences, Escape Route, Pain Of War, Traumatic Reflection, Conflict Conclusion.
THE WITCH: Dark comedy, spooky orchestral moments, ghoulish strings, percussion and winds to frighten the halloween out of you…
JAZZ / FUNK
MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS (feat. Lauren Lucille)
A FOOL FOR LOVE (feat. Rebecca Hollweg) : A nostalgic jazz ballad. Piano trio, strings and brass accompany a smooth voice singing about love and romance
TWO LONELY PEOPLE : A guitar-led, emotive romantic ballad, evoking the jazz world of New York City. A woman walks alone in the rain. An empty park bench. A man crosses the street. They meet, and love blossoms. The sun sets over a Manhattan skyline.
MOORISHANTI : Brooding, intense and dark piano trio building into a powerful climax
SONHO DE AMOR : Lounge-style Brazilian-flavoured jazz chill-out
FUNK MACHINE : Raw, funky track. with trombone, hammond organ, bass and drums.
CHANGE OF ROOT (SOUL FUNK SECRET): A bright, edgy, fast-tempo funk track with energetic vocals and a kicking rhythm section.
WHEREVER YOU GO (Featuring Lauren Lucille) : Emotive strings, piano and vocals
FIND ME A WAY (SKY FIDELITY) : Smooth vocals, positive message, country guitars, happy uptempo groove
NO, NO, NO : modern, male vocal-led pop song – “She was just a girl who lived across the street…..”
DROPLETS : delicate, hypnotic piano notes drop calmly from the keyboard
SEASCAPE : gently rolling piano melody, nostalgic and wistful
DREAMCATCHER (feat. Teowa) : calming music with piano, keyboards, violin and vocals for sleep, deep relaxation
EDGE HILL (GROOVE ARMADA) : Quotes about my arrangement – “the glorious strings that explode from Edge Hill are proof of life…” “The heartfelt string arrangements of Edge Hill take the vibe of At The River and sail it down stream” (BBC Music review)
MUSIC – MADONNA : My string quartet arrangement for Groove Armada’s 12″ remix of the Madonna single
DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (STACEY SOLOMON / CHRIS REA) : My string arrangement for the Iceland Foods TV campaign
THE JOHN EAST PROJECT – “MR BUSINESSMAN” : Songs arranged by me for 6-piece band
If you would like to purchase a bespoke arrangement for your own performances, please get in touch to discuss your needs!
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Here are a selection of transcriptions prepared by Dan, covering a range of professional music recordings.
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BRUNO MARGALHO QUARTET: THE EFFORT OF BEING
I played piano and keyboards, co-produced and mixed this album in Lisbon. You can view the whole album here:
SKEEWIFF IN BRAZIL
I played, composed and arranged tracks on this album produced by my friends Skeewiff
Brother Tree is a flexible group of musicians and soundscapers brought together from London’s finest chamber orchestras, folk and jazz groups to create an exciting new ensemble performing their own music which flows between acoustic and electronic performance.
Individual members of Brother Tree work with the top London orchestras, chamber groups and jazz ensembles, performing in all the major concert venues and festivals throughout the world.They have all met and played together as freelance musicians, be it for chamber music festivals in Bordeaux, at the Barbican for London Jazz Festival, or playing in one of the BBC proms.
The group share a passion and a vision for a new perspective in contemporary music performance by writing for themselves, with each person in the group bringing something different to the process, yet on stage, their combined experience as seasoned chamber musicians gives a tight knit clarity to their performances. Brother Tree aims to collaborate as much as possible with other artists and musicians.
“The evening contained some of the best jazz playing I have experienced… I must acknowledge the extraordinary talent of Dan Hewson on piano. He left the audience stunned and overwhelmed” (Tyne Out review, 7th October 2013)
Performance highlights: Nigel Kennedy, Lost and Found Orchestra (Stomp), Incognito, Omar, Groove Armada, Rui Veloso, Lucia Moniz, Jazzinho, Heidi Vogel (Cinematic Orchestra), Urban Soul Orchestra, Morcheeba, Bobby Wellins, Art Themen, Herb Geller
Daniel Hewson is an award-winning composer, arranger, pianist and trombonist who has worked worldwide some of the best in the music business. He is the son of composer Richard Anthony Hewson, (The Beatles, Herbie Hancock, Supertramp, Diana Ross). Aged 16 he composed his String Quartet that later won the Oxford University Osgood composition prize. He went on to compose and perform as part of dance act The Beat Foundation, remixing and writing tracks that were championed by top DJ’s such as Sasha and Digweed. He became an arranger and remixer, working with Groove Armada, Madonna, Stacey Soloman and The Weekend Players. His music is featured on the sountrack to the motion picture “Tomb Raider” (Paramount). He has performed with Nigel Kennedy, Joanna McGregor. Groove Armada, Nigel Kennedy, Herb Geller, Art Themen, Ricky Ford, Bobby Wellins, and played at the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tribal Gathering, Rock in Rio and Ronnie Scott’s. He has recorded his music at Abbey Road, Olympic Studios, Angel Studios, on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
He has composed albums for EMI Production Music, Audio Network, Pedigree Cuts and many other record labels. He has recorded at Abbey Road, Angel Studios, been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He has worked extensively with internationally-renowned artists in both classical and contemporary music.
Daniel has released five original albums and many other tracks on the EMI Production Music, Audio Network and Pedigree Cuts labels. He has recorded his arrangements and compositions at Abbey Road, on BBC Radio 3 and for Classic FM.
He has arranged strings for artists including Madonna and Groove Armada, as featured on the “Tomb Raider” soundtrack for Paramount Pictures.He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra (United Kingdom) and studied music at Oxford University, where he won the Osgood Composition Prize for his String Quartet (premiered by the Allegri Quartet).
20 Years Of Music: Album Credits 1996-2016
Daniel has worked internationally with internationally renowned artists including:
- Nigel Kennedy
- Groove Armada
- Stomp’s Lost and Found Orchestra
- Sir Derek Jacobi
- Incognito and Omar
- Urban Soul Orchestra
- Oxford Chamber Orchestra
- Tora Tora Big Band (Portugal)
- Orquestra Todos (Portugal)
- Portuguese artist Rui Veloso
- Maria Rita (daughter of Brazilian superstar Elis Regina)
- UK jazz singer Heidi Vogel (vocalist for Cinematic Orchestra)
- Alexander L’Estrange (renowned choral and jazz composer)
Dan has performed at recognised venues including:
- The Royal Albert Hall (for the BBC Proms)
- Barbican Centre
- King’s Place
- Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre
- Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
- Pizza Express Jazz Club
- Sydney Opera House
- Rock in Rio
- Tribal Gathering
- FMM Sines (Portugal)
BBC Radio interview
He has also composed extensively for library music companies such as Pedigree Cuts (EMI Production Music) and Audio Network.
He co-founded 90’s progressive house electronic dance act The Beat Foundation, producing for the Art of Noise and Virgin Records and championed by top DJs Sasha and Digweed. As well as releasing albums through The Beat Foundation he toured internationally, performing a thumping live set with the group to sell-out crowds at Tribal Gathering, at clubs around the UK, Norway, Ireland and Ibiza (at the legendary club Amnesia).
Following a seven year period living and working in Lisbon, Portgual, Daniel returned to settle in London.
He arranged and performed on a successful UK tour of the project “Look, Stranger” with Ruthie Culver and the Utter Jazz Quartet, performing the songs of Benjamin Britten and W.H.Auden in new jazz arrangements. The tour culminated in a performance at King’s Place, as part of the London Jazz Festival, with Sir Derek Jacobi narrating.
Daniel also works as a freelance piano accompanist for dance at the Trinity-Laban Conservatoire, The Place, Central School of Ballet and the London Studio Centre.
He is currently writing a piano concerto for piano, orchestra and big band for German concert pianist Andreas Boyde (click to visit his website).