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
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.
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”.
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”
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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.
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.
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 […]
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 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 […]