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Hal Beckett: Biography

Hal Beckett
1955 -
Region: British Columbia

Hal Beckett

Hal Beckett is an award winning composer, conductor, and music producer based in Vancouver, B.C. He divides his time between composing film scores (2007’s “They Wait”, 2008’s “Prodigy” and 2009’s “The Storm”), television series (live action and animated), operatic and symphonic works, and producing film score recordings with the Vancouver Film Orchestra. Most recently, Hal produced 102 national anthems with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

Hal had the world premieres of his orchestral work “B.C. Folk Song Suite” for Orchestra, Soloists and Narrator with the Kamloops Symphony, and his a cappella choral work “The Last Wild Salmon” performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir. He won the inaugural Reel Music competition with the Victoria Symphony; won several Leo Awards and a Prime Time Emmy nomination (2000’s “Call of the Wild”); and conducted the string ensemble on Bryan Adams’ latest release, “11”. His multi-media dance compositions with Judith Marcuse Projects, “Fire: Where There’s Smoke” and “EARTH=home”, have both toured across Canada. Hal is currently working on a Chamber Opera based upon Nick Bantock’s best selling “Griffin and Sabine” series.

In addition to composition, Hal provides music editorial and supervision services to film and television productions, including ABC’s “Once Upon a Matress” starring Carol Burnett, MTV’s “Kaya”, Sony/Touchstone’s miniseries “Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital”, NBC’s “Psych”, and numerous films produced by Gold Circle Films, Brightlight Pictures, Miramax/Disney/Keystone Entertainment, and the Lifetime Network among others.