Jared recently began scoring this epic story of the life of St. Patrick. The 8 part series stars John Ryes Davies (Lord of the Rings, Raiders of the Lost Ark) as St. Patrick, Niall Buggy (Alien 3), and Sian Phillips (Dune, Clash of the Titans). The script was written by Paul McCusker, and is produced by Dave Arnold.
In preparation to compose the score, Jared spent two months assembling a team that could bring authenticity to the music he would write. Through the help of longtime collaborator, Sarah Van Der Ploeg (soprano), Jared hired Maire O’Brien to translate various texts into Gaelic and then coach Sarah as to sing this complex language. The score also features recording artist, Jessica Baran-Surel, a master recorder, Tabor Pipe, and Gemshorn player out of Hamburg Germany that specializes in music of the Middle Ages and early Celtic music. Jessica grew up in Bretagne, France, the Celtic region of France making her a perfect fit to this score.
After completing the score, Paul McCusker said, “I’m not often left speechless, but the music Jared composed for The Trials of St. Patrick has left me unable to adequate words to say how remarkable it all is. Astonishing. Unsurpassed. Words don’t do this score justice.”