Mark Thomas

Composer and Arranger

Mark’s professional musical career began as a violinist with the Royal Ballet Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with various London session orchestras throughout the 1980s. Mark worked in both the worlds of symphonic classical music and in the recording studio for Hollywood films and recording artists, and his first encounter with West End musicals happened in 1987 when he was invited to join the original orchestra for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

Since 1990, Mark has composed music for well over 100 broadcast productions, including numerous feature film scores and music for many television series.

Mark composed the theme and incidental music for Aardman Animations’ globally successful award-winning animated children’s series Shaun the Sheep.

Other television credits include: Brief Encounters (ITV); Episodes (BBC2); Stella (Sky); Being Eileen (BBC); Ladies of Letters (BBC); Hyperdrive (BBC2); The Booze Cruise III: the Scattering (ITV) and, of course, Benidorm (ITV/Tiger Aspect), for which he composed the memorable theme and incidental music.

Feature films include: Last Summer, Zoo, The Magic Roundabout, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, School for Seduction, Dog Soldiers, Under Milk Wood, The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby and Shadows in the Sun.

Mark was nominated for an Emmy Award in Hollywood for his main title theme for the production Episodes, and he was awarded a BAFTA Award for Best Original Composition for his original score for the feature film Twin Town. During his career, Mark has received 12 nominations for BAFTA Awards and has also composed music for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.