BBC Studios Glasgow


When the BBC approached me to score Charles: The Making of a Monarch, I was intrigued to see how they would approach depicting such a complex and interesting character. Having previously worked on films about Prince William and the Duke of Edinburgh, I understand how sensitive certain topics and portrayals of the Royal Family can become and the importance of music in supporting those narratives without detracting from the humanity of the protagonists.

Due to the nature of the documentary, where the King speaks about his experiences in his own words, there were large sections of the film without his commentary. My role was to compose a score that covered Charles’s upbringing and the intimate relationship he had with his mother, through to the more challenging one with his father and the tragic death of Princess Diana, all without being too earnest or interrupting the story being told by the King.

The style of music needed to shift considerably throughout the film, while also allowing space for the King’s character to shine through. Other than small snippets of archival footage where the music was baked in or couldn’t be removed, my score can be heard throughout, depicting a man who is both serious and determined, yet has a frivolous side to him.

Staying faithful to the classical sound associated with the Royal Family, yet adding a modern feel to keep things contemporary, I recorded a live quartet, vocalist and various instruments myself while incorporating subtle electronic elements.

Charles R: The Making of a Monarch (BBC)