Kieron Maguire is a composer, producer and founder/ director of The Cabinet of Living Cinema. He composes for theatre and film using viola, guitar and loop-pedals to build up layers of melody, “soundscapes” and live sound-effects. A range of world, folk and electronic music inflects his style as well as a belief in keeping music live, the accidental and semi-improvised being integral elements of his working practice. Kieron began his musical career as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral under Martin Neary and David Hill then as. He studied Film and Philosophy at Glasgow University (MA Hons), and has since worked as a composer/performer for Future Cinema, Secret Cinema, The Paper Cinema (2008-2010), the Cabinet of Living Cinema, European Theatre Company (Romeo & Juliet, Naples Theatre Festival, 2010), The Jewish Museum (Goldin’s East and West live score, 2011), Sonja Linden (The Man Who Became a Room, 2012), Victoria and Albert Museum (Things to Come, 2013) and British Library (Eisenstein’s Strike! Live score, 2013). Scores include Breakdown or Breakthrough (Rose, 2012), Boys with Broken Ears (Shayeghi, 2013) and Oxi: An Act of Resistance (McMullen, 2014).

Theatre, documentary and film scores by Kieron Maguire

Gogol’s The Nose

Live theatre score for adaptation of the Nose by puppetry/commedia dell’arte company, Carnival of Objects, 2012/2013


Iran’s Sporting Dreamers

Score for Documentary (Aljazeera and independent release, Nima Shayeghi, 2013)
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Breakdown or Breakthrough: pregnancy, birth and the first 18 months of life’

Documentary score, 2012 (in partnership with NSPCC and Warwick Medical School)
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The Man Who Became a Room

Kieron, Jack Maguire and Zac Gvirtzman created a live score to The Man Who Became a Room, a performance inspired by Rachel Lichenstein/ Iain Sinclair’s best-seller Rodinsky’s Room. 2012 (produced by Sonja Linden)


BBC Radio 4: Something Understood

Music contributor, 2012


Romeo and Juliet

Score devised and performed live by Kieron Maguire (Fender Strat, 2 Line 6 DL4s), Naples Theatre Festival, June 2010
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The new show of the European Theatre Company, created in 2008 by the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, with director Alexander Zeldin and dramaturg Hussein Omar, becomes a multiethnic and multilanguage tragedy, pervaded by the conflicts between fathers and sons, Europeans and immigrants. The young English director succeeds in giving us a realistic portrait of contemporary Europe, and at the same time involves in his metaphor a cast made up of North-african and Middle-eastern actors, Italian immigrants of first and second generation. The show is designed by George Tsypin and lit by Jean Kalman with music by Kieron Maguire and costumes by Daniela Salernitano and the associate director and voice coach is Barbara Houseman. – Press Release, Naples Theatre Festival, May, 2010


BBC Radio 3: Late Junction

00:18: Kieron Maguire and Zac Gvi — Kieron Maguire: Groatless Sailors
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The Paper Cinema

Scores devised by Kieron Maguire (flamenco guitar, viola, foley): Night Flyer, King Pest & Lost World (2008-2010)
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Art + Cinema = Dark Energy

Films by Ken McMullen, live scores by Kieron Maguire, 2008


The Jewish Museum

Live score for East & West commissioned by the Jewish Museum, 2010 and performed by Kieron Maguire (guitar, viola) and Zac Gvirtzman (accordion, clarinet).


Roxy Bar & Screen

Live score for Faust by Jan Svankmajer commissioned by Roxy Bar & Screen, 2007 (Kieron Maguire, Sandy Bartai and Chris Reed).