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: String Arranger
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 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.
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 […]
Cliff recently teamed up again with the lovely chaps at Wise Buddah to record the new Radio 2 Christmas Idents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]