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Callum Au

Work

A Musicians’ Orchestrator

Callum has written music for albums, films, television, live concerts, theatre shows, and adverts. His list of past clients includes an extraordinarily diverse range of top artists and ensembles from Beverley Knight & Jessie J to Randy Brecker, the Tippett Quartet and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

He prides himself on producing high quality, stylistically aware music, with a first-hand understanding of instrumental playing at its core.

Arranging & Orchestrating

However large or small your project, Callum can arrange or compose music for you for any ensemble or combination of instruments.

Callum Au Orchestra feat. Claire Martin
‘I Never Went Away’

Callum Au works in Sibelius™, and has access to all major DAWs and notation programs. Hearing arrangements before they are recorded can be an invaluable part of the process, and Callum can create rough midi demos of his work.

Once you are happy with everything, Callum will provide you with a set of immaculately copied parts, as PDFs or as physical charts (or both), that leave no room for doubt in a studio or live setting.

Turnaround times depend on the scale of the project but can start from as little as 72 hours for a single track.

Would you like to discuss your next project?

Transcribing

An original flair for transcribing music.

The Callum Au Big Band feat. Atila Huseyin
‘Night & Day’

Over the course of his career, Callum Au has transcribed hundreds of arrangements from the big band era, originally penned by writers like Nelson Riddle and Billy May. Many of the world’s top jazz artists have performed his transcriptions, including the SWR Big Band, Claire Martin OBE and Matt Ford.

If you can provide the audio, Callum can transcribe it, whatever the original instrumentation. He can also re-orchestrate and adapt the original arrangement for your band’s specific line-up, skilfully adding or removing parts to make it work perfectly with the available forces. He will provide you with a set of immaculately copied parts, as PDFs or as physical charts (or both), that leave no room for doubt in a studio or live setting.

Turnaround times depend on the scale of the project, but can start from as little as 48 hours for a single track.

Would you like to discuss your next project?

Composing

Callum Au has worked with many of the top big bands and contemporary jazz orchestras in the UK as both a trombonist and an composer.

His practical experience as an performing musician gives him a first hand insight into writing original music for these ensembles. His original compositions and arrangements have been performed by groups such as the Metropole Orkest, the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, and the Louis Dowdeswell Big Band to huge acclaim. He is the 2020 winner of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra International Composition Competition.

Callum has a particular passion for helping to promote the next generation of big band musicians, and therefore offers special educational rates for school & college bands and youth music programs.


‘Far Beyond the Stars’
feat. Nadim Teimoori

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Recording

Stadium Studios – bring your musical projects to life

As a trombonist working at the heart of the UK commercial music scene, Callum works closely with many of the best session instrumentalists and vocalists in the world. Alongside top trumpet player and recording engineer Louis Dowdeswell, he runs Stadium Studios, Wembley: a project studio with the capacity to bring your musical dreams to life, from initial ideas and arrangements to recording and final mixes.

With Callum and Louis’ combined musical expertise (as well as that of their excellent colleagues in the string, wind, and percussion departments), they can help to guide you through every step of the production process from beginning to end.

Would you like to discuss your next project?