James Morgan and Juliette Pochin formed the partnership Morgan Pochin while they were undergraduates at Cambridge, and have gone on to work in a huge variety of fields, from EMMY award winning TV series to UK album chart successes, and, most recently, their first feature film.
They began working in television with Armstrong and Miller (C4) and then followed the Emmy/BAFTA winning The Kumars at no.42, According to Becs (BBC1), Sermon from St.Albion’s (Harry Enfield/Ian Hislop), War Months (Discovery), The Thing about Vince (Timothy Spall – ITV) and Horizon (BBC1).
Their first feature film First Night (Richard E Grant, Sarah Brightman), was recently premiered in the UK with worldwide release to follow. They are currently working on the film Quartet for release next year which marks Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut and stars Dame Maggie Smith, Sir Tom Courtenay and Billy Connelly.
Their production and writing credits include Alfie Boe’s Alfie, Joe McElderry’s Classic, Alfie Boe’s Bring Him Home and Joe McElderry’s Classic Christmas. All these were top 10 chart successes, and in 2011, CDs produced by Morgan Pochin for Decca/Universal have reached over 600,000 sales. Other credits include the Brit-nominated, gold selling Katherine Jenkins Premiere , Songs Without Words, Now is the hour – Jane Horrocks/Gracie Fields, Classic Rock (Decca), Swimming over London – King’s Singers (Signum), and numerous compilations. They have produced artists as diverse as Julian Lloyd Webber and Elton John, and wrote and produced Juliette’s debut album Venezia for Sony Classical.
Their choral piece Kyrie was premiered on BBC R3 with the BBC Singers, and their compositions and arrangements have been broadcast on BBC R2 and 3, Classic FM and on BBC TV and ITV, including the Classical Brits, and performed by most of the major UK orchestras, including recordings by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Danielle De Niese, Diva). Other commissions include Kubla Khan for the Philharmonia Orchestra, brass band and chorus (over 300) performers at the Brighton Festival.
As orchestrators, and arrangers, credits include scores for BBC, ITV and C4, Tangier Tattoo for Glyndebourne (‘sensuously crafted orchestral effects’ – The Times), Gaddafi for ENO and tracks by Peter Gabriel, Fatboy Slim, Michael Bolton and Katie Melua. Plans include numerous recording projects and a new children’s orchestral piece with acclaimed children’s poet Michael Rosen. They are also attached to a further two feature films due to go into pre-production in 2012.
James is also a conductor, working with artists as diverse as Glyndebourne, ENO, Andrea Bocelli, the RPO, Il Divo, the BBC Singers and Rick Astley; his work is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio and he has conducted numerous CD recordings – most recently Diva for Danielle de Niese with the LPO.
Juliette is also a mezzo soprano, nicknamed the Domestic Diva by the Daily Mail, who’s career has included such diverse performances as Sea Pictures with Iain Burnside and Gerontius with the CBSO, to duetting with Meatloaf on Popstar to Opera Star, and having a chocolate named after her by Hotel Chocolat. As well as Venezia (Sony), Juliette also features on The Sky Shall Be Our Roof with Iain Burnside (Gramophone Editor’s Choice), Classical Greats (Sony BMG), Classic Voices (Sony BMG), the No.1 Classical Album 2009 (UCJ) and Classical Voices 2010 (Decca).