Music News: ‘His Dark Materials’ Composer Releases Unheard Charity Demo


Graham McCusker, who wrote the music for the BBC series His Dark Materials, has released an unearthed piano piece that was unused in the final soundtrack, with the proceeds going to charity.

The piece, which is titled His Dark Materials: Theme For Lyra, was originally written for the protagonist and intended for particular moments or feelings.

“I wanted them to use [it] for Lyra’s character, as a theme for a time when Lyra is alone or in deep thought. When she has moments of feeling sad, unsure or scared of what the future holds,” said McCusker.

The song is available through McCusker’s Bandcamp and costs 99p, and the entirety of the proceeds go towards The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Withington, Manchester, in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Words by Billy Brake


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