Lawrence Ashmore 12th February 1928 – 5th March 2013
It is with sadness that we have to announce that Larry passed away in the early hours of the morning of the 5th of March from a stroke.
He was much loved by many and will be greatly missed.
The family wish to extend their thanks to Norman Lebrecht for his kind words on his site http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2013/03/hollywood-film-composer-dies.html
Larry Ashmore is an arranger and orchestrator of Film scores, Ballets and Concert works based in London but also working extensively in Los Angeles and Europe.
whilst in 2002 completing an animated French feature
“Kaena”.2003 saw Larry working on, amongst other projects,
Mel Gibson’s Biblical epic “The Passion of the Christ”.
2004 involved projects ranging from “Nouvelle France” by
Oscar winning director Regis Wargnier to “Man to Man” directed by Jean Boudin;
both pictures with music composed by Patrick Doyle.
2005 saw the completion and release of “Nanny McPhee” for production
company Working Title which premiered in March and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
for Warners, directed by Mike Newell.
Towards the end of 2005 larry completed work on Kenneth Branagh’s
new Shakespearean picture ,“As you like it”. which will premiere in Spring 2006.
Larry also arranges and composes music for Television and the
Theatre including many Ballet and Concert pieces.
At the end of 2008, Larry decided to take semi-retirement having been writing on and off since the mid 1960s. Since then,
with his wide reputation as an Orchestrator, he has been giving occasional Master Classes
with advanced students. At the beginning of 2009 he was asked to Mentor a young, 16 year old composer, Lloyd Coleman,
who, whilst still a student at Chethams Music School, had been commissioned to write a large work on the theme of
‘Overcoming Adversity’ ( a pretty good theme, too). As a partially disabled person himself, he was the perfect choice for such a commission.
They have been consulting together since June 2009 and the work must be ready to coincide with the Olympics in 2012.
Should you wish to contact Larry, you can e-mail him
Completed Work & Projects
- “Nouvelle France”
- “Man to Man”
- Two french films directed by Regis Wargnier with music by Patrick Doyle.
- “Nanny MsPhee”
- Screenplay by Emma Thompson , music by Patrick Doyle. Recording in January 2005.
- Harry Potter (No4) “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
- Following the Premiere in December 2005 it has been hailed by the media,
both here and in the US, as the best one of the series so far
- “As You Like It”
- Kenneth Branagh’s latest Shakespearean picture due for release in the spring of 2006.
Arrangements & other Projects
- Symphony Arrangements
- Larry has also been working on arrangements of Folk songs and Dances
for a Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan; this is ongoing.