Talbot's career comprehends a range of styles and purposes, including concert
works as diverse as a trumpet concerto (Desolation Wilderness, 2006) for
Alison Balsom and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; a 60-minute à
cappella choral journey along the Camino de Santiago for Nigel Short's Tenebrae
(Path of Miracles, 2005); arrangements of songs by Detroit rock duo The
White Stripes alongside existing works for choreographer Wayne
McGregor's Chroma (2006) at the Royal Ballet; and as a co-commission with
the National Ballet of Canada, the music for Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland (2011), the first full-length narrative ballet score to be
commissioned by the Royal Ballet in almost 20 years.
In addition, Talbot has written the madrigal The Wishing Tree (The
King's Singers, 2002); the orchestral Sneaker Wave (BBC National
Orchestra of Wales, 2004) and an arrangement of Purcell's Chacony in G Minor
(BBC Symphony Orchestra, 2011) for the BBC Proms. Worlds, Stars, Systems,
Infinity was commissioned in 2012 by the Philharmonia Orchestra as an
addition to Holst's The Planets, for the second of their immersive
orchestral experiences, 'Universe of Sound'.
Tide Harmonic (2009), a work for large ensemble, began life as the
score for Eau by choreographer Carolyn Carlson and CCN Roubaix. Other
significant works written or adapted for dance include Fool's
Paradise (2007) for Christopher Wheeldon and Morphoses, an arrangement of
Talbot's 2002 silent film score The Dying Swan; Genus (2007)
and Entity (2008) for Wayne McGregor and the Paris Opera Ballet and
Random Dance respectively; and Chamber Symphony (2012) for the Residentie
Orkest/Nederlands Dans Theater and Norwegian Opera and Ballet
in Chamber by choreographer Medhi Walerski.
Talbot also has considerable experience writing for the screen, including BBC
Two's comedy series The League of Gentlemen and feature films The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Son of
Rambow (2007), Franklyn (2008) and Hunky Dory (2011), for
which he developed orchestral arrangements of pop songs with young musicians,
alongside writing the largely electronic score.
In 2013, Talbot's string quartet Genus was premiered by the Los
Angeles-based Calder Quartet as part of the Barbican's weekend of new music
curated by Nico Muhly. He completed the score for Working Title's new release
Closed Circuit and the theme for BBC One drama Frankie, and
continues work on his second full-length narrative score for The Royal Ballet
and National Ballet of Canada, for a Christopher Wheeldon ballet based on
Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, to premiere in 2014. In 2014-15 he will
complete a one-act piece for Dallas Opera.
This year also sees international revivals of Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland; Chamber; Chroma; Path of
Miracles; and Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity.