Vyvyan Hope-Scott is a composer, musician, and visual artist. Born in 1960, he graduated in Jazz and Light Music at Leeds Music College as a pianist and bass player. He was touring MD with the Flying Tortoise theatre company for several years before moving to London, playing rock and pop sessions and working with various jazz outfits. At this time he began writing production library music with guitarist and producer Rick Cassman, who together produced dozens of tracks for Warner Chappell, Carlin, Boosey & Hawkes and other library publishers. These tracks found their way on to feature films and TV shows as diverse as Zoolander, Catherine Tate Show and Spongebob Squarepants. Commissioned music for TV includes Michael Winner’s True Crimes for LWT and the BBC’s popular Spider! series.
Vyv was also active as a session player at this time for dance and house-orientated acts including Joey Negro, Colour Systems Inc, Princess and Boy George. Meanwhile, on a rootsier front, he formed Sitting Ducks with Darts singer Peter “Pikey” Butler, playing mainly jump jive and blues classics. The group recorded for BBC radio 2 and found a following touring in Brittany, France. Vyv continues to perform as a Jazz and Blues pianist, in the UK and in Europe. He has worked with a number of top British touring solists, including Alan Barnes, Pee Wee Ellis, Iain Ballamy and Bobby Wellins.
He has been a member of Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble since its inception in 2005. Originally intended to celebrate the multi-tracked analogue synth recreations of Bach by Wendy Carlos in a live setting, it now plays both old, new and specially-composed music, bringing a chamber ensemble aesthetic to performing on vintage monophonic keyboards.
Since 2010, Vyv has continued to write for production music publishers such as Soho Production Music, Strange Fruit, Cute Music, Clearwave and Squirky. He is increasingly interested in writing for classical ensemble performance, gaining an MA in composition at Bristol University in 2011. He has performed with members of Bristol Baroque Soloists, and writes and performs with the CoMA contemporary music ensemble.