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Emmy-winning 'Sherlock' composer joins Surrey's Tonmeister teaching team

Award-winning screen composer and Tonmeister graduate Michael Price returns to the University of Surrey's Music & Sound Recording degree as Visiting Professor.

Composer Michael Price at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys

Fresh from his Emmy success for his score for the BBC’s hit television series Sherlock, Tonmeister graduate Michael Price is to bring his experience as one of the UK’s most sought-after screen composers to the University of Surrey's Music & Sound Recording degree in the role of Visiting Professor.

Michael's Emmy triumph came in the category of Outstanding Music Composition for an Original Dramatic Score for the episode 'His Last Vow', broadcast in series three of the BBC hit show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. He shared the award with David Arnold, with whom he has collaborated on all three seasons of Sherlock. The duo have also been nominated for and won numerous other awards for their work.

"I hope that sharing some of my experiences on Sherlock and other projects will be useful for the Tonmeister students, as well as fun for me." - Michael Price

Michael (whose credits also include the Lord of the Rings trilogy, James Bond movies Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, The Inbetweeners, Love Actually and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason) takes up his new role at Surrey from September, in addition to his commitments as a professional composer.

Michael commented: "It’s a real privilege to spend time with the Tonmeister students and staff. I hope that sharing some of my experiences on Sherlock and other projects will be useful for them, as well as fun for me."

Professor Tony Myatt, Head of Music and Media at the University of Surrey, said: "It’s wonderful to see a Tonmeister graduate achieving such prestigious international recognition. Michael’s willingness to share his knowledge and to support our Sound Recording degree students is extraordinarily generous.

"Surrey students who are looking towards a career in film music and composition will have a fabulous opportunity to gain first-hand insight from one of the world’s most professional and talented composers for film and TV."

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