Orchestration Workshop with Tim Davies

Led by renowned Hollywood orchestrator and conductor Tim Davies, this two half-day workshop aims to provide insights into orchestration and arranging, is suitable for composition students and anyone who has some arranging experience in any genre for a symphony orchestra. This will be Davies’ first such workshop held in Singapore.

Up to six candidates will be selected to work alongside Tim Davies and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to further hone their art of orchestration. At the workshop, they will work on a piece by Ravel and learn about orchestrating using cues from Tim Davies’ Trollhunters score.

Each day will end with an open dialogue session dedicated to a specific topic.


Tuesday/ 21 January 2020/ 2:30PM to 5:30PM
Wednesday/ 22 January 2020/ 2:30PM to 5:30PM


Victoria Concert Hall

How to Apply

To apply for consideration, you should be a Singapore citizen, Permanent Resident or a foreigner studying, working or residing in Singapore.

Please submit by 10 November 2019:

Your orchestration for symphony orchestra of the first nine bars of Le Gibet from Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit using the instrumentation (maximum) as set out below.

    • 3 flutes including piccolo
    • 3 oboes including English horn
    • 3 clarinets including E-flat clarinet and bass clarinet
    • 3 bassoons including contrabassoon
    • 4 horns
    • 3 trumpets
    • 3 trombones
    • 1 tuba
    • 1 timpani
    • 3 percussions
    • 1 harp
    • 1 celeste or piano
    • 12 first Violins
    • 12 second Violins
    • 10 violas
    • 8 cellos
    • 6 double-basses

Your biography including date of birth, musical background and contact information.


Please submit the score in PDF and email all application materials to OrchestrationWorkshop@sso.org.sg

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 25 November 2019, and will be expected to orchestrate the complete Le Gibet plus a 2-3 minute work from a selection in preparation of the workshop in January 2020.

More details will be available in due course.

About Tim Davies

Tim Davies is one of the most versatile and busiest conductors, orchestrators, and arrangers in Hollywood. His film and TV highlights include La La Land, Trolls, Minions, Ant-Man, The Peanuts Movie, The Muppets, Empire, The Lego Movie 2 and Frozen 1 & 2. He is the most prolific orchestrator and conductor in the world of video games, having worked on multiple titles from the God of War, Infamous, Sims, Resistance and Batman franchises and the recent Marvel Spider-man game. A full list of credits can be found on IMDB.

He is also becoming known in the concert hall, having conducted concerts with such symphony orchestras as Detroit, Baltimore, and San Diego, and abroad with the Jalisco Philharmonic of Mexico, and the Evergreen and National Symphonies of Taiwan.

Davies is an active pop and jazz arranger as well, whose recent highlights include arranging and playing drums for the twentieth anniversary concert of NAS’ Illmatic and being lead arranger for Kendrick Lamar’s performance of To Pimp a Butterfly, both featuring the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Other collaborations with the NSO have included shows with Ledisi, Common and Maxwell. January 2018 saw Davies conduct the NSO for the first time featuring his arrangements for Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds. He has arranged for albums by chart-topping artists Amy Winehouse, Akon, Miguel, and Cee Lo Green. He is enjoys a close relationship with the Metropole Orkest in the Netherlands recently writing for concerts featuring Donny McCaslin and Cory Henry. He plays drums and writes for his own group, the 18-piece Tim Davies Big Band, and has received two Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition, in 2010 and 2016.

Davies occasionally composes for the screen as well. He worked with two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla on the score to The Book of Life. This was the beginning of a relationship with Guillermo del Toro, which led to contributing additional music for Crimson Peak and then composing the Annie-nominated score for his TV show, Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia, produced by Dreamworks Animation for Netflix.

In 2013 he launched his orchestration blog, www.debreved.com, which has since become an important resource for composers and orchestrators. Davies has given guest lectures all over the world and is currently a visiting artist at the San Francisco Conservatory. He likes to give back and is currently on the board of Education Through Music Los Angeles, helping provide music education for underprivileged children. He is represented by Columbia Artists Management.