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  Altered States wins BAFTA for Best Factual Series.

Released a new album today : Hidden Patterns Between documentaries soundtracks of the last 4 years I would try to write a track that was as different as possible from what I had just done. Since each has an unusual pattern (structure, rhythm etc) I decided to release them as an album. Hope you like them.



I’ve won a Jerry Goldsmith award for Best Documentary score with Diana:Our Mother

The new Louis Theroux film I’ve recently scored will hit the theaters in Australia and NZ in November, (Also on BBC2 in the UK) as part of the Altered States series

Altered States Soundtrack – promo purposes only

My soundtrack for Michael Palin in North Korea series was released by MovieScoreMedia

and the gorgeously crunchy vinyl was the cherry on top.

Diana:Our Mother – listen to the score here
Best of British scores 2017, Movie Music UK
premieres on HBO and ITV this Monday 24th July


The Prosecutors
and First Dates have been nominated for a BAFTA
for Best documentary series and Best factual, respectively


First Dates album is now out on HMV, iTunes, amazon, etc…
Alas, only 3 of my tracks from the original score. But they are in stellar company.

Really happy with how this album turned out – Live string and woodwind orchestra with a Moog Voyager + other electronic bits
You can listen to Human Drama on KPM Trailers





Delighted to confirm I’ll share a panel about Factual Television with brilliant composers Nainita Desai, William Goodchild and Sandy Nuttgens at the Media Composer Conference will take place @ Goldsmiths University on the 12th of November: 9:30 to 6:30.




My soundtrack for Joanna Lumley’s Trans Siberian Adventure has been nominated for a Jerry Goldsmith on the best documentary score category, and for Best TV score at MASA


First Dates won a BAFTA for Best Factual series last Sunday.





The kickstarter campaign for my Periodic Table of Musical Instruments, in support of Mind UK was a success. A big Thank you to all the backers. x

Delighted to announce that my soundtrack for this ITV series has been released by Movie Score Media.


Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure

The whole score is effortlessly charming, with real warmth, and an engaging personality that mirrors Lumley’s own. The instrumental textures d’Oliveira employs are consistently interesting, blending together in a series of excellent combinations, and the scope of the score perfectly encapsulates the heart of the project.
Jon Broxton, Movie Music UK

“lovingly crafted and perfectly realised little jewel; I only wish it were longer
album review by Michael Beek

“Instead of making me try to associate it with the TV show, Miguel d’Oliveira’s creation stirs my imagination and lets it fly freely.
This is what good film music is all about.”

“It is playful from start to finish and the orchestration is light and really fun to listen to.
This music takes me on a journey to places I have never been. It feels magical and beautiful.”

“From bold, bright and dynamic to more nuanced lyrical, melancholic and even slightly sarcastic themes. All written with a lot of class.”
Mundo BSO

“Trans-Siberian Adventure is a charming, uniformly lovely score whose only drawback is that there isn’t more of it.”    ****

“The composer put together a quirky ensemble and stuck with it. It’s incredibly pleasant on the ear.
It has some beautiful and magical moments.”

“Delightfully wonderful.
This is a great effort from Miguel d’Oliveira who showcases some rather impressive writing”
Film Music Media



Project timeline

Jul 2016

Recorded with an 35 piece orchestra last week for my new trailer music album for EMI SONY - 2 very full on days. Starting work on First Dates Hotel for channel 4. Really excited to go back to the National Film + TV School  as visiting tutor.

Apr 2016

Writing new music for the next series of First Dates, an album of film trailer music, scoring a 3 part series for ITV about Japan and a 2 part documentary for BBC one.

Apr 2015

Series I have recently scored (or about to finish) coming soon to BBC one, BBC two, ITV, Ch4 and Ch5: The Met, Great Ormond Street series 3, Joanna Lumley Trans-Siberian Adventure, The Ice Rink, Junk Food Kids, The Prosecutors, First Dates series 3 and Britain Biggest Primary School.

Nov 2014

writing 5 tracks for 2 production music albums for Universal and the music for a Ch4 documentary about narcolepsy

Aug 2013

About to start scoring a 4 part series for Channel 4 about West End musicals plus a 1 hour documentary for ITV.