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.

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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.

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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.

Derek Jacobi

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).