Dom Kelly

Chief Audio Producer

Despite a classical training, Dom is somewhat of a musical chameleon, highlighted by his former head of Academic Studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in referring to him as 'one of life's vacillators’.

As an oboist and following the Guildhall, Dom studied electroacoustic music at the University of East Anglia, a jazz post-grad in London (yes, on oboe), collaborated with Courtney Pine, recorded a version of Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze for Tim Friese-Greene of Talk-Talk fame and played on countless film scores from Bridget Jones Diary to Hannibal, Steve Jobs to Ant-Man. He also played on the game HALO 4 for Neil Davidge of Massive Attack. Topically, Dom's oboe and cor anglais playing is currently featured on the BBC Parliament channel. On the pop scene Dom has performed & recorded with Paul Weller, Robert Plant, Elbow, David Gray, Nigel Kennedy, Divine Comedy, Leona Lewis, Nitin Sawhney, Jonny Greenwood, Ed Harcourt, The Funky Lowlives, Bob Geldof & Guy Chambers. Dom also once appeared in a music video for the band Spiritualised with a music stand wrapped around his head.

Endorsed by Roland as a pianist & Musical Director, Dom has worked for artists including Aled Jones, Katherine Jenkins, Hayley Westenra, Triniti, Keedie, Peter Grant, at venues including Hampton Court, the Royal Albert Hall & internationally at the Sydney Opera House to Seychelles, China, Nairobe and beyond. Dom was also Music Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company for their run of Victoria (Ian Brown).

Dom is behind several production music albums as a composer and producer plus advert campaigns for major brands including Coca Cola, Maltesers, Nivea, Disney and BBC Worldwide idents. This role also involves solving rights issues and licensing music across multiple platforms and territories.

Twenty-something years ago as a budding entrepreneur, Dom acquired the trademark for Musicians Direct in the entertainment sector and then coded (HTML, JavaScript, PERL) the first ever online entertainment agency in the UK to stream music.

As a manager and agent, Dom has represented artists including Aled Jones & Gilad Atzmon, devising concert tours, venue agreements, assessing contracts and royalty structures, clearing tracks for public performance and liaising with public performance collection organisations such as PRS.

Dom manages and contracts the English Session Orchestra, having collaborated with artists such as Madonna, Mark Ronson, Nigel Kennedy, Robert Plant, Badly Drawn Boy, Above & Beyond, Mica Paris, Eric Whitacre, Einaudi, Alex James, James Taylor (JTQ).

ESO specialises in modular compositions having recorded our CEO's award-winning game products Compose Yourself and Detroit: Become Human. ESO has also spent over ten years in the studio recording 'sample libraries' (virtual instruments) as compositional tools for composers. Ensuring the correct acquisition of rights, tiered exploitation options for the relevant delivery channels and the collection and distribution of royalties are all key to the role of a musicians’ contractor.

Film credits for ESO include Madonna’s film W.E., The Final Year (Philip Sheppard), Spitfire (Chris Roe), If Only (Paul Englishby), Jump (Dru Masters), Indigo, Sanctified, Black Death & Wild Bill (Christian Henson), Peekaboo, Hippopotamus, I Can Smell The Cordite (Samuel Karl Bohn), The Journey (Stephen Hilton), Rue Huvelin (Christopher Slaski), Perfect Skin (Chris White), Half of a Yellow Sun (Paul Thomson), Fear of 13 (Philip Sheppard), Dance of the Steel Bars (Ed White), Robot Overlords (Christian Henson), Meet Pursuit Delange (Tim Garland), Nine Nights (Arhynn Descy), the trailer for The Hobbit : Battle of the Five Armies (Tom Player) and the end titles to Mortdecai (Mark Ronson / John Altman).

Music for television includes titles such as Agatha Christie’s Poirot (Christian Henson), Thursday 12th (Peter Salem), Mumbai Calling (Sanjeev Bhaskar), Charlie Brooker’s A Touch of Cloth (Dru Masters), Kidnap & Ransom (Christian Henson), the BBC BAFTA-winning drama The Fades (Paul Thomson), Being Human (Richard Wells), the BBC series Silk (Dru Masters), Gunpowder 5/11 : The Greatest Terror Plot (Jody Jenkins), Brian Cox’s acclaimed Human Universe (Philip Sheppard), the BBC series The Interceptor (Paul Thomson), Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Carly Paradis), Our Girl (Ben Foster) and Wild West (Mike Kruk).

At the Musicians' Union, Dom is a member of the Recording & Broadcast Committee, determining media policy and negotiating the collective bargaining agreements with the core trading industry sectors of record labels, live concerts, TV & film, advertising, production music, games and sample products.

In his spare time, Dom is enjoying training for his private pilot’s licence and learning Greek!