Russell Dawson-Butterworth

Russell first starting writing music at the age of eleven when his brother wrote a script for a school play and needed some music. Russell then invested in some keyboards and began writing his own tunes. He studied Band Musicianship with specialist studies in synthesis composition, arranging and recording techniques at University College, Salford, graduating with an honours degree.

Whilst working in music hi-tech retail, Russell continued his composing, writing for clients such as Sonoton music library, local independent TV companies and local bands and musicians.

He then left his job in retail and was a freelance composer and soundtrack engineer, until an opportunity arose to become Senior Recording Producer at Carrera Recordings. He produced and engineered several singles and albums and also co-wrote, produced and engineered the album "Turning the Tide" as a member of Iconic Phare under the Executive Producer - Alan Parsons (of Abbey Road and Alan Parsons Project).

After a relocation to Peterborough, Russell continued to work in the role of Senior Engineer and Producer at B&H Sound Services Limited and worked with a huge variety of clients and styles ranging from soundtracks for video games to heavy rock bands and orchestras/choirs to singer/songwriters, covering pretty well all genres in between! He also continued to compose music for TV and corporate clients.

In 2006, Russell was one of the Finalists in the BBC New TV Composer competition and had the opportunity to learn from George Fenton, Tony and Gaynor Sadler, Ty Unwin and others. This proved to be an excellent opportunity to re-focus on composing on which he is now spending the majority of his time.