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Harry Potter sound team brings magic to PSNPresents 4!

Supervising sound editor and Foley guru join wizard line-up

This morning we’re pleased to announce three more leading names from the world of audio production who will be joining the line-up at PSNPresents 4 on Wednesday 2nd November.

Supervising sound editor James Mather (above), leading Foley/sound FX man Pete Burgis and Peter Gabriel arranger/collaborator John Metcalfe will be appearing alongside Grammy-winning Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green day) and PSAwards hero Wes Maebe (Ellie Goulding, Carly Simon) for another evening of sensational studio tales and glimpses behind the curtain of the sound-to-picture universe.

Mather and Burgis have both work extensively on many Harry Potter films, among many others, while Metcalfe co-produced and arranged the last two Peter Gabriel albums, and has worked with Simple Minds, Blur and Coldplay.

This time, the PSNEurope team is looking forward to seeing you at the Sway Bar on Great Queen Street near Holborn central London.

Sponsored by Focusrite and Roland, the event kick off at 7pm, with the first chat/Q&A session at 7.30pm (recording studios) and the second at 8.45pm (sound-to-picture). It’s a free event, and there’s an even a free bar to start things off… and by 9.45pm, we should be back in that bar, for a final hour of essential networking and socialising.

Please register so you don’t miss out!

Meanwhile, here’s more on the line-up….

Pete Burgis is the resident and lead Foley artist at Pinewood Studios. Having worked in the industry for 25 years, he has over 250 feature film credits and numerous TV programmes to his name. Films include the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech and Gosford Park. He has also won two Emmy awards for his work on Band of Brothers and Generation Kill. A career highlight was being part of the Harry Potter family for 10 years.

More recent credits include Bridget Jones’ Baby, Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children and JK Rowling’s forthcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Pete is well-known for his love of “smashing stuff to bits, running in high heels, being a dog or a horse… or a dragon”.

New Zealand-born John Metcalfe took up the viola aged 10. As a teenager he joined The Durutti Column on Manchester’s legendary Factory label and with Tony Wilson launched the groundbreaking Factory Classical Label. During this time he recorded and toured worldwide with the Duke String Quartet.

As one of the UK’s top arrangers, John has worked with artists such as Blur, Simple Minds, Pretenders, George Michael and Coldplay. Metcalfe co-produced and arranged Peter Gabriel’s last two albums and MD’d the worldwide touring including stop-offs at major venues such as New York’s Radio City and the Hollywood Bowl.

As composer he has released 4 solo albums and written for TV and radio. The latest album, The Appearance Of Colour, described as “staggeringly beautiful” by 6Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs, is out on Real World records.

Born in Bristol, UK, James Mather started as an apprentice picture editor in 1982 working on early Aardman Animation projects and numerous Natural History documentaries.

In 1984, while travelling in Australia, James assisted on the soundtrack of Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome. This experience led him to divert his energies from picture assisting to sound post-production.

James’ first significant break as a Supervising Sound Editor came when working on Chicken Run and the films success enabled him to continue to work as a supervising sound editor from then on.

In 2005, after critical success with Notes on a Scandal, David Yates and Warner Bros called on James to supervise the sound for Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. This second major break created the opportunity to work on a string of blockbuster films, including the last four Harry Potter instalments, Sherlock Holmes,Clash of the Titans, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Ken Branagh’s Cinderella and currently DC’s Wonder Woman.

James has also been credited with both sound supervising and re-recording on the recent Me Before You, A United Kingdom and Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid.