Hal Beckett lives music. The Emmy-nominated composer and conductor has, over 30 years, established himself as one of Western Canada’s most respected composers and music specialists. In his varied career he has composed music for film, television, animation, operatic and symphonic ensembles, dance productions, multimedia projects, and even an aircraft unveiling; conducted the string ensemble on Bryan Adams’ album “11”, Mariana’s Trench’s albums “Ever After” and “Astoria”; provided orchestral services for Michael Bublé’s hit album “Crazy Love”, conducted an album of operatic arias with soprano Ariel Sung, conducted film scores for Universal, Lionsgate, and 20th Century Fox, composed commissions for the Victoria Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, and Vancouver Chamber Choir, and produced 102 national anthems for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Hal also holds the position of Music Director with the Vancouver Film Orchestra, contracting and producing film scoring sessions for clients including Disney, Miramax, Gold Circle Films, ABC Television, Infinity Features, and Brightlight Pictures. For these and other projects, Hal’s production company, Beckett Music, provides musical services for any and all stages of production – from pre-records through to dub stage music editorial.
When not composing, Hal takes an active role in the Vancouver arts community – he’s a member of SOCAN, the Vancouver Post Alliance, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT), the American Federation of Musicians (AF of M), an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), and served for many years on the regional board of directors for the Screen Composers’ Guild of Canada (SCGC), planning and participating in educational sessions and seminars. He has lectured on the topic of film music at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Capilano University, and numerous other film and recording schools. Through the years he’s been a mentor to many young composers and engineers, building a strong network of colleagues within the community.
Working with Hal to achieve the highest quality results on all projects is the finest technical support team in the Pacific Northwest. Under Hal’s leadership, the team has become an efficient machine, effortlessly handling all musical aspects and technical details so clients need not worry. Their expertise behind the scenes combined with Hal’s musical direction and professionalism result in an incomparably smooth and successful musical experience on any scale project.