RIPPER STREET: Best TV Soundtrack

Congratulations Dominik Scherrer!


Damian Michael Barcroft

dominikscherrerThe 59th Ivor Novello Awards took place on Thursday 22 May 2014 at the Grosvenor House, London. The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing. They are presented by BASCA and judged by the writing community.

Ripper Street, composed by Dominik Scherrer won the prestigious Best Television Soundtrack Award. The other nominations were for Mr Selfridge composed by Charlie Mole and The Thirteenth Tale by Benjamin Wallfisch.

I spoke to Dominik earlier today who gave me the following quote regarding his much deserved win: “It’s rare that they let us composers out of our studios, but didn’t quite expect this! To be in the company of some of my heroes such as Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Nile Rodgers is awesome… The Ripper Street soundtrack is successful because it involves many great collaborations: The Ripper Street production team, directors and the writers were always in favour of pushing things further and creating something unique. A great music team and we had very creative and accomplished musicians playing on it.”

Dominik is currently working on the much anticipated Ripper Street soundtrack album which is due to be released shortly although the exact date is yet to be confirmed.

Did you know?

Crimson Noise Ltd, Dominik Scherrer’s recording studio is located at Brick Lane in Spitalfields, the same area where Annie Chapman, Jack the Ripper’s second victim was murdered!

The Daily Mail complained about the use of banjo and fiddle in his score and suggested that the sound of a barrel organ would be more appropriate for the 1890s. The barrel organ was actually used in the score!

Other instruments included Mandolins, Mandola, Sethar, Dobro and the solo on the theme tune is played on a Norwegian Hardanger fiddle.

Dominik and series creator, Richard Warlow, wanted the music to have a Western feel and portray Victorian Whitechapel as a kind of Wild West.


My exclusive interview with Dominik will be published right here at in the autumn to coincide with the broadcast of the third series of Ripper Street.

Damian Michael Barcroft


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