Cliff was invited to return as Musical Director and Composer for the BBC’s 2019 Sports Personality of the Year Awards show. Featuring performances by Lewis Capaldi, Emeli Sandè and the Royal Scots Combined band, the show was broadcast live from Aberdeen.
Cliff's Work: orchestrator
Tom Walker has a great new single, “Better Half Of Me” and Cliff once again was asked to arrange a special acoustic version to celebrate the single’s release. Here’s a live performance of Cliff’s arrangement from the Jonathan Ross Show…
Lush! Classical 2020 – SSE Arena Belfast – Saturday 10th October – Tickets on sale now! After 4 consecutive sell out shows at the SSE Arena in Belfast, the story continues with a new show just announced for 2020..
Cliff recently teamed up with long term collaborator Steve Anderson to work on the new Luke Evans album “At Last”, arranging a number of titles for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Luke has appeared in huge Hollywood blockbusters such as “The Fast and The Furious”, “The Girl On The Train”, “The Hobbit”, “3 Musketeers” and “Beauty […]
Cliff was commissioned to compose an album of ‘Hollywood Adagios’ by Audio Network in 2019. 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 […]
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 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, recording […]
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”.
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.
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”.
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 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.
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 […]
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 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 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 […]
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.
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 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.
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 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 […]
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 […]