Video Premiere: “Flying the Nest” by Danny Mulhern

Danny Mulhern is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer from London. His film and TV scores include long-running forensic crime drama Silent Witness (BBC Drama), BBC wildlife documentary strand The Natural World, major arts and science documentaries for the BBC including How Art Made The World and Alternative Medicine, plus entertainment shows with Derren Brown, Matt Lucas and Simon Pegg. Much of his recent work has been with members of the London Contemporary Orchestra on the award-winning short The Dead Sea as well as developing three EPs of solo and small ensemble music which have been picked up for release by 1631 Recordings.

The first EP, entitled Metanoia, will be available on May 26 and is heralded by this beautiful new video presentation of the short but very sweet “Flying the Nest” directed by Antony Barkworth-Knight with bird animation by Rachel McMahon and guest musicians Violeta Barrena-Witschi and Nathaniel Anderson-Frank on violin, Helen Sanders-Hewett on viola and Miriam Wakeling on cello.

If you have not hear Mulhern’s work before, it should only take these three minutes to captivate your interest. A simple, elegant piano line creates the piece’s narrative tension while a single violin emerges, as fragile and uncertain as a fledgling bird before it knows to spread its wings. Just then, the strings rise in unison and we are suddenly soaring on currents of air with a sense of freedom and release. It is an exceptionally lovely piece on its own and a tantalizing introduction to what is soon to come.

Metanoia can be pre-ordered now at the link below and if this whets your appetite to get know Mulhern’s work better, he has posted a generous sampling of tracks on his Soundcloud page which you can find here.