Saturday, 27 December 2014



A huge Thank You to all our YouTube watchers who have raised The Last Belle viewing figures to 100,000 this holiday!

Though the making of The Last Belle was totally analogue and traditional, the chance to put it online where it can find friends around the world is still an amazing thing to me.

So to all our viewers, and blog readers, in the UK, the USA, France, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, India, Russia, Australia... all of you everywhere... many, many thanks for your support. And to those of you who celebrate it, may we wish you a very Merry Christmas and New Year!

Keep reading in 2015 for more behind-the-scenes stuff. Thank you! Merci! Danke! Gracias! Grazie! Spasibo! Dhan'yavada! Cheers!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Pure, Distilled Charm..!

A wonderful review of the recently released score to The Last Belle, courtesy of film music website Movie Music Mania

"Hancock has concocted a compact work of pure, distilled charm!" screams the headline.

"The performance by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra is rich and vivacious, and Hancock knows how to write music that really lives and breathes. What's more, he demonstrates a knack for detail, the minor flourishes he adds and emotional shades he is able to execute really elevating the score to an impressive level of complexity. Don't be fooled by your preconceptions of a "short film score", because Stuart Hancock once again demonstrates that good things can indeed come in the smallest of packages. Bravo!"

You can read the full review HERE.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Score Is Released!

Calling all fans of exciting, romantic and fun movie-music: the award-winning score to The Last Belle will be available to buy from today (Dec 2nd)!

All 14 minutes of the lush score, recorded by the mighty Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, are being released by Moviescore Media and will be available as a digital download either directly from them, or from Amazon US, Amazon UK, and many other outlets.

To quote from Moviescore Media's press release:

"MovieScore Media finds love (and great film scores) in the most unusual places - this time we release a digital EP by award-winning composer Stuart Hancock who once again proves that small films do not necessarily have small scores - in fact, a symphonic orchestral score can do wonders to fill the 2-D animated characters with life! Performed by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, The Last Belle is a rich, colourful and versatile score which gives you an emotional rollercoaster in just 14 minutes. The music follows the two parallel storylines, alternating between a hopeless romantic ("I’ve Got Myself a Date!", "Giddy Rosie", "Finding Love in London") and a carnivalesque rush which sounds like the most insane moments of Danny Elfman’s career ("Going Down the Tubes", "Rushing to Ripov’s" ). The score recently won the Gold Medal at the prestigious Park City Film Music Festival, Utah."

If you'll pardon the mixed metaphors, it's the perfect Christmas stocking-filler for your ears..!