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's Work: Arranger
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.
When Alexandra Burke recorded a cover of the Bond classic “Live and Let Die”, Cliff was asked to orchestrate the new version for use as the theme music to X Factor USA.
Cliff was recently in the studio with producer James Lewis recording strings for Heather Peace’s new album, “The Thin Line”. “We Can Change” is the first single to be taken from the album featuring Cliff’s string arrangement.
America’s Got Talent finalists Forte’s debut album features four new arrangements by Cliff – Caruso, their debut single, Silent Night, Bridge Over Troubled Water and My Heart Will Go On.
In the summer of 2013 BBC Radio 2 updated their jingle package, to feature a new a brand new sonic logo. The producers of the new package, Wise Buddah, once again enlisted the help of Cliff to orchestra and arrange all of the new logos, including the iconic Radio 2 News logo.
Cliff has worked on a number of projects with Irish superstars Westlife. He has worked on string arrangements for some of their album tracks including “The Love Album”, but more recently a TV Special for ITV, an exclusive live performance at the O2 in Dublin, and BBC Proms In The Park.
Cliff worked with long term associate Jon Cohen, orchestrating the albums for the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. The number 1 classical album “Journey” also won album of the year at the Classical Brits. Here is the title track “Journey To The Line”, composed by Hans Zimmer.
Cliff was thrilled to be able to contribute a number of string arrangements to Michael McDonald‘s “Motown” album. The album, produced by Simon Climmie, features 13 classic tracks from the Motown era.
Cliff arranged the strings on a number of tracks for James Morrison including the hit, “You Make It Real”
Once again teaming up with Steve Anderson, Cliff co-wrote the music for the gymnastics display at the London 2012 Olympics. The composition performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was used for a gymnastic display every day of the Olympics at the London O2 arena, as well as during the presentation of medals ceremony.
During the summer of 2013, Cliff spent time producing Susan Boyle‘s Christmas album “Home For Christmas” with Steve Anderson . The album features a duet withÂ Elvis Presley, “O Come All Ye Faithful”. This is the first time a British artist has recorded a duet with Elvis posthumously. The album entitled “Home For Christmas” also features […]
Throughout 2011 and the early part of 2012, Cliff was working closely with Bee Gee’s legend Robin Gibb, orchestrating and producing “The Titanic Requiem” featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mario Frangoulis, Isabel Suckling and RSVP voices. The album, released in March 2012 was followed by the London Premiere in April – exactly 100 years after the doomed liner […]
Bond have been described as the best selling string quartet of all time, selling over 4 millions records. Their 2011 album, “Play“, produced by Cliff Masterson, Graham Stack and Magnus Fiennes features a number of Cliff’s new arrangements. Songs on the album include their first single “Diablo“. The string quartet also showcases “Jai Ho“, a […]
Back in 2012 Cliff worked with Australian singer / songwriter Clare Reynolds. Clare’s songs have featured on a number of TV shows including “Private Practice”. Her album “Colour My Heart” featured a number of string arrangements by Cliff.
Multi-million selling group Il Divo have recorded a number of songs arranged by Cliff, including “Alone“, “My Heart Will Go On“, Stay With Me“, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” and “I Will Always Love You“. Cliff also co-produced the track “Furusato” which was released exclusively in Japan.
Cliff was asked by TVC, a London based Global PR company to arrange and conduct the Nation’s Top Five Anthems in a ceremony to announce Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, “The Anthem of the Seas”. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed live from the top floor of one of London’s tallest skyscrapers, live-streamed to an audience of […]
Cliff worked as inhouse arranger for the X Factor TV show from 2010 until 2015. When the live shows begin, the contestants need bespoke tracks for their live TV performances. These tracks often feature new arrangements by Cliff. Cliff has gone on to work with many of the contestants after the show has finished and […]
Cliff was invited to arrange and conduct “Abide With Me” at the opening of the FA Cup Final 2013. Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and opera group Amore, the broadcast was seen by an estimated 5oo million viewers!
Cliff was invited by producer Jennie Muskett to write the string and brass arrangements for Rumer’s second album, “Boys Don’t Cry“. The album features a selection of songs by artist/writers from the 1970s period including songs by, Todd Rundgren, Terry Reid, Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, Leon Russell and Gilbert O’Sullivan. The sessions were recorded at […]
Ben Montague’s critically acclaimed debut “Overcome” was produced by Cliff. The album featured the singles “Haunted” and “Broken“, both of which were championed by Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2.
Cliff also conducted the “We Will Remember Them” project, one of the largest sessions to be held at London’s Abbey Road Studios, featuring Michael Bolton, Robin Gibb, Hayley Westenra, Atomic Kitten, Paul Carrack, Mica Paris, Paul Rodgers and Lee Mead as well as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,Pipes and Drums from the Army School of Music, a celebrity choir and members of the Carmel Thomas Youth Choir. […]
Cliff uniquely won the Kent Young Composer of the Year competition twice, originally aged just 14 years old. This success started him on a path that led him to study Commercial Composition at London’s Royal Academy of Music under Nick Ingman. He has composed across many genres including work for television, film, theatre and concert […]