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B i o g r a p h y

Cormac Dorrian, studied at Guildhall School of Music and Goldsmiths’ College and continues to work as a composer, conductor and musical director.​

He has written the scores to a number of short films, commercials and documentaries as well as music for BBC Radio Drama. He continues to write music for production libraries, KPM Music, AKM Music, Resource Sound and as a music consultant for music supervisors, Musicalities, inc. Cormac worked with The Music & Media Partnership on their projects for the 2010 World Cup and 2012 Olympic Games.  

He has worked as a music associate for renowned composers including Barrington Pheloung, Richard Rodney Bennett and Maurice Jarre.

As a musical director, Cormac has worked with Brighton Theatre Group, City Theatre Company and Dartford’s ‘DAODS’ on such shows as West Side Story, Oliver!, Les Miserables, Guys & Dolls, Tommy-The Musical, Witches of Eastwick and Footloose, The Musical.

Cormac has been one of the guest conductors for the Dartford Symphony Orchestra since December 2017 and has been on the podium for each of the Christmas concerts since. In Feburary 2019, Cormac conducted the DSO and the Ben Beddoes Big Band in the highly successful 'Music for Heroes of the Screen and returned in March 2020 for their Songs from the Musicals Concert at The Mick Jagger Centre. 

His first collection of solo piano pieces, Closer, is now available for download through iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music.

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As composer



The Quiet American – Documentary for Horse & Country/Amazon (2017)

Mankind: The Story Of All Of Us – Documentary for History Channel/A&E Networks (1 episode) (2012)

Commercials for Fiat, Emirates and Nat West (UK and European territories) (2003-05)

Kashi – Matt Page (Short Film) 2001

Underwater: The West Pier – documentary for Sean Clark Associates (2001)

All Friends Here – Goldsmith Productions (1993)

Production Music for KPM Music, AKM Music, Resource Sound, Platinum Music, Liftmusic (2003-present)



The Piano Player Does Not Take Requests – Pier Production for BBC Radio 4 (2013)

Agonies Awakening – Craig Warner/ BBC Radio 3 – (1996)

Strangers on a Train – Craig Warner/BBC Radio Drama (1996)


Concert/Musical Theatre works

Closer – Solo Piano Pieces (2020) Ten Solo Piano pieces released as an album on iTunes/Spotify streaming services and CD (published by Cormac Dorrian Music)

Next Sunday Afternoon – for Oboe and Piano (2015) (published by Forton Music)

Orchestrated for performance with Dartford Symphony Orchestra

Fantasy on a Theme by Leonard Bernstein – for Oboe and Piano (2015) (published by Cormac Dorrian Music)

Orchestrated for performance with Dartford Symphony Orchestra

Ella’s Album – Five Pieces for Piano  (published by Cormac Dorrian Music) (2015)

Here Comes The Bride – The Musical composed for The Brighton Festival with Seaside Productions – Winner of the Fringe Award (2010)

The Incredible Life of Human Beings – Commissioned by the Brighton Festival and Steve Parry Dancers (2000)

Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra - Commissioned by Peter Sulski (1999)

Hinterland for Chamber Orchestra and soprano – New Cross Sinfonia (1993)

Variations on a Theme by William Walton for String Quartet - for the McCapra Quartet (1990)


As music associate with Barrington Pheloung



Inspector Morse – The Way Through The Woods – ITV (1995)

Trip Trap (TV Film) – BBC 1 (1995)

The One That Got Away – Paul Greengrass/LWT (1995)

Twin Dragons – Jackie Chan/Golden Harvest (1995)

St Exupery Story – Anand Tucker/Oxford Films  (1995)

Dalziel and Pascoe – BBC TV (Series 1) (1996)

The Politician’s Wife – Channel Four (1995)

The Big One – Granada Television (1995)


Video Game

Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars (1995)

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