Adrian Munsey has enjoyed a long, wide-ranging and productive career as a film and TV producer and distributor, a documentary film-maker, an author and a composer. He is the head of the Music Infinity record label and Odyssey Video and founded and still directs the True Movies TV channels.
A history scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and a graduate of the Royal College of Art, Munsey’s early career included a spell as an academic and putting on Elton John’s first paid gig. In 1982 he founded Odyssey Video and has since released and distributed over 500 films on video or DVD. He produced the feature films Zina and Every Picture Tells a Story and has made over 30 TV documentaries, many of them about aspects of the British royal family.
Music, both classical and popular, has been a lifelong passion for Munsey, and recently he has devoted much of his time to composing. “A growing sense that time was running out led me to re-evaluate the direction of my life,” he says. “I was also beginning to feel that I had achieved something that could truly be transmitted to others.”
Classic FM described Munsey’s music as “unashamedly melodic and heart-warmingly nostalgic, capturing the emotions stirred by visual imagery”. Working with eminent arrangers such as John Bell, Geoff Alexander and Andrew Powell and the lyricist Jeff Chegwin, Munsey has released several albums of vocal and instrumental compositions, including Four Suites and Incognito (both released in 2005), A Wider Sky (2006), Requiem (2008) and Songs (2010). His latest album, Full Circle (2013), a collaboration with Andrew Powell, an old friend from his Cambridge days, reached No. 20 in the Radio 3 Classical Chart.
Munsey’s compositions have been performed by an intriguing and eclectic mix of artists, including soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, the violinists Angèle Dubeau and Janice Graham, the Medici Quartet, the actress Honor Blackman, the classical boyband Blake, the Muscle Shoals Horns and Rhythm Section, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Treorchy Male Voice Choir. Many of his compositions are inspired by his great love of the British landscape and its history, and this is reflected in the numerous short films he has made that feature tracks from his albums. Munsey has also enjoyed commercial and critical success with his Music Infinity record label, releasing albums by the bestselling Classical Brit-winning boyband Blake, ‘crossover’ star soprano Lesley Garrett (her album A North Country Lass reached No. 1 in the classical charts) and showbiz legend Neil Sedaka.
Munsey’s love of the British landscape and his fascination with its impact on the creative imagination form the focus of his book, Images of Nature, due out in September 2014, which explores the history of man’s changing attitudes to nature and the natural world and features his own landscape photographs. Other current and forthcoming projects include composing the score for the feature film Oxi, which will form the basis for Munsey’s new album, due out in 2014.