Cliff recently worked on the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards as Musical Director and Composer. Featuring live performances by Paloma Faith, Freya Ridings, George Ezra and The Lightning Seeds – as well as original music by Cliff, the show was broadcast to 10 million people from the Birmingham Genting Arena.
Cliff's Work: Arranger
Cliff was recently commissioned to compose an album of ‘Hollywood Adagios’ by Audio Network. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with a 60 piece orchestra, the album showcases a number of string-centric, emotive compositions featuring outstanding solo performances from Tom Pigott-Smith (violin) and Ian Burdge (cello). You can hear the whole album now on Apple Music, […]
Steps star Claire Richards is stepping out on her own with the release of her debut solo album “My Wildest Dreams” on 2nd November 2018. Recorded at Angel Studios earlier in the year, the new album by Claire Richards features a number of string arrangements by Cliff – including this one on her latest single, […]
Cliff recent worked again with Il Divo – writing a number of arrangements for their most recent album, “Timeless”. Released in the Autumn of 2018, the album features a number of timeless songs including “Smile”, “Love Me Tender” and “Unforgettable”.
Cliff was recently at Angel Studios recording an exclusive performance of Tom Walker’s current single “Leave A Light On”. This live, ‘in the round’ acoustic performance, produced and arranged by Cliff features string quartet, piano, guitar and Tom’s soaring vocals.
Cliff and Steve have been invited by Opera North and Leeds City Council to team up once again with Back2Basics to create a brand new orchestral show for the summer of 2018. The last show in 2017 featured a full symphony orchestra in the city’s Millennium Square and feature guest artists including: Basement Jaxx, Groove Armada, […]
****Back for 2018 – an event that promises to be “Larger, Longer and Louder” than before!**** ****Tickets on sale now.**** Lush! – 20 Years of Dance Music Classics. Curated by Steve Anderson and Dave Seaman (Brothers In Rhythm), Cliff wrote and conducted the orchestral score for the performance. The culmination of 2 months work, this was […]
Cliff was commissioned to arrange a brand new orchestral version of “I Believe In You” for Kylie’s very special performance at the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration Concert. Kylie’s performance was accompanied by “horse whisperer” Jean-Francois Pignon’s beautifulÂ display of equineÂ choreography.
Kylie is back for another Christmas extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall – and this time for 2 nights! Cliff has been working with Steve Anderson over the summer arranging new songs for Kylie’s Xmas album and sold out show for this December.. It’s going to be seriously festive!
Along with production partner Steve Anderson, Cliff produced the debut album for 13 year old singing talent Beau Dermott. Signed to Decca in the summer of 2017 after her performances on Britian’s Got Talent received more than 25 million views on YouTube, the album BRAVE is released on 25th August.
Emeli Sandé’s new album “Long Live The Angels” features a number of new string arrangements written by Cliff. The orchestra was recorded at Angel Studios over the summer of 2016. The albums first track, “Hurts” is available online now.
Cliff teamed up once again with Steve Anderson to produce their 3rd studio album for Susan Boyle. The album, “Wonderful World” features duets with Michael Bolton and Nat King Cole… And perhaps most unexpectedly, a cover of Madonna’s “Like A Prayer”.
Harriet’s eponymously titled debut album is out now. A firm favourite on Radio 2, the album features Cliff’s arrangements played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Cliff and Harriet also wrote the song “Empty Shoes” together which appears on the album.
Cliff teamed up once again with Steve Anderson to produce Ella Henderson’s cover of the classic Kate Bush song “This Woman’s Work”. The song was recorded in one take,Â live at Angel Studios with strings and Cliff playing piano – and is featured on the 2016 album “Sounds of the 80’s – volume 2”.
Cliff was recently in the studio recording strings for the new Little Mix album on tracks including “Secret Love Song” – a duet with Jason Derulo. Recorded at London’s Angel Studios, featuring a 24 piece string section the band’s 3rd album “Get Weird” was released on the 6th November.
Cliff had the privilege of being commissioned to compose an album of uplifting, sporting anthems for Beds and Beats over the summer of 2015. The album was recorded at Angel Studios with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, annd then mixed at the legendary Capitol Studios, Hollywood. The compositions are a hybrid of orchestral elements, fused with […]
Cliff and Steve have been busy throughout the summer working on Kylie Christmas! Recorded at Angel Studios and Sarm Music Village, the album features 13 tracks â€“ including several duets and a mix of original and classic songs. Kylie has enlisted the help of her sister Dannii Minogue for the deluxe version of the album, […]
Cliff has been working on strings for Fleur East’s debut album. You can her Fleur’s version of “Girl On Fire” in the new Virgin Media advert.
Cliff has just finished arranging and conducting a project with German superstar Helene Fischer at Abbey Road Studios, London. The Christmas album entitled “Weihnachten” features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Cliff had a busy week working on the all four possible winners singles for The Voice UK TV Show. He arranged the strings and choirs for all four versions as well as arranging and producing the version of the song recorded by Lucy O’Byrne.
Cliff has recently been in the studio with Markus Feehily and producers Mo Jam and Steve Anderson, working on titles for his forthcoming solo project. Working at Angel Studios he arranged and conducted strings and gospel choir on a number of tracksâ€¦ Here is the first released from the album – “Love Is A Drug”
Cliff was recently interviewed by “Don’t Stop The Pop” about various aspects of his career… You can find the interview here : Don’t Stop The Pop Interview Part 1 Don’t Stop The Pop InterviewÂ Part 2
England Rugby has released its official single for 2015, a new recording of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot from Brit Award winning singer, Ella Eyre featuring strings and choir arranged by Cliff. The contemporary version of the fans’ favourite song is being released on iTunes and Spotify with a donation made to England Rugby All Schools […]
Cliff arranged strings and choir on several tracks for Ella’s first album. Produced by a host of top drawer producers, the album “Chapter One” was released in October 2014.
Emeli Sandé’s string heavy debut single “Heaven” was arranged by Cliff, as was the second single, “Daddy“. Emeli has become a household name in the UK since bursting onto the music scene in 2011 with her debut album “Our Version Of Events“. The album broke the Beatles’ record of the spending the most consecutive weeks […]
To celebrate 25 years in the music business, Kylie Minogue released the “The Abbey Road Sessions” album. The album features new arrangements of many of Kylie’s hit records – set in a more acoustic, orchestral style. It was recorded at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios in late 2011, and produced by Steve Anderson and Colin […]
Ella Henderson’s Radio 1 Live Lounge performance featured her current single, “Glow” and a cover of A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something”. Recorded live at the BBC, both songs included brand new string arrangements by Cliff. Here’s the Live Lounge performance of “Say Something”
Cliff has worked on a number of projects with Little Mix, from their first appearance on the X Factor, through to album tracks and a Radio 1 Live Lounge performance. He arranged this acoustic version of DNA And teamed up once again with Steve Anderson to arrange this down tempo version of the Mumford and […]
Cliff has worked with Labrinth on a number of projects including his debut album, “Electronic Earth“, which features the hit duet “Beneath Your Beautiful” with Emile Sandé. The song was a huge radio record thoughout 2012 and continues to be used as an instrumental for numerous TV shows. Cliff also arranged a version of Labrinth’s […]
After the huge success of “I Need A Dollar” from the “Good Things” album, Aloe Blacc‘s second single “Loving You Is Killing Me” was released, featuring a horn arrangement by Cliff. The track was re-mixed for radio by Germany production gurus Numarek and became a top 10 single across Europe.
Cliff has worked on various projects with Leona Lewis over the last few years, arranging strings for both her live tour and studio albums. Her performance at the Radio 1 Live Lounge, featured a brand new arrangement of “Let The Sun Shine“ He has also worked on her Christmas album “Christmas With Love” with producer […]
Cliff recently teamed up again with the lovely chaps at Wise Buddah to record the new Radio 2 Christmas Idents.
Throughout 2014 Cliff has been co-producing the 6th album to be released by Susan Boyle. Teaming up once again with production partner Steve Anderson, the album is available now in the US and due for a UK release on the 24th November. Entitled “Hope”, the album is full of inspiration songs including “Wish You Were […]
Cliff recently returned from conducting the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague. Beds and Beats, a London based music production company, asked Cliff to musically direct the recordings of two of their latest symphonic album releases featuring work by Dave Bethell, Dick Walter, Roger Dexter and Lukas Ledzki.
Along with production partner Steve Anderson, Cliff produced the music for the opening section of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Featuring a cast of thousands, including John Barrowman, the song “Welcome To Glasgow” journeyed through the host nation, showcasing all things Scottish along the way.
Cliff was invited by Ian Masterson (unrelated!) to contribute a number of new arrangements for the Coronation Festival Gala Concert performance at Buckingham Palace in the Summer of 2013. Working with the National Youth Orchestra, Cliff penned the orchestrations for performances by the Sylvia Young Theatre School, and the Finale featuring Katherine Jenkins and Only […]
Cliff travelled to Olso with Kylie Minogue to conduct her live performances at the Nobel Peace Prize 2012. Oslo’s Spektrum Arena seats approximately 7,000 guests and the concert is broadcast to over 100 countries.
Wise Buddah were commissioned by the station sound team at BBC Radio 1 to create a number of themes for their new Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw. It was recorded at Angel Studios in London with the BBC Concert Orchestra and was arranged and conducted by Cliff Masterson
Cliff co-wrote the theme song to the Mission:Space attraction in EPCOT, Walt Disney World Florida. The song, “Destiny” performed by Louise Warren, was commissioned by Walt Disney Imagineering back in 2003 and ran on a permanent loop until the summer of 2017.