Graham McCusker has unearthed a previously unreleased piece of music written for hit BBC drama, His Dark Materials. The Scottish composer’s pieces were admired by the cast and crew of the show, and he was tasked with composing and directing over 200 cast members to perform some of these.
The piece McCusker is releasing now, was ultimately left out of the final soundtrack for the series, however that does not mean it wasn’t worthy of a place. The two-minute piano piece is titled ‘Theme For Lyra,’ and McCusker says it was intended for when the character was alone or deep in thought. It’s a suitably beautiful theme, with a soft, delicate melody triggering all sorts of emotions. As it is just a demo, it has the added quality of sounding raw and unpolished, giving it a vulnerable feel. Released for fans to enjoy during lockdown, this is the perfect soundtrack for contemplating life during these truly unprecedented times.
As another wonderful gesture, McCusker is donating all proceeds raised from the piece to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, a specialist cancer treatment hospital of which he is a former patient. As a result of the current pandemic, cancer patients are facing severe disruption to their treatment and care, and McCusker, who has already raised thousands of pounds for the charity, is keen to help again in this hour of need.
His Dark Materials: ‘Theme For Lyra’ can be downloaded from Graham McCusker’s Bandcamp.
Written by Will Cooper