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Candle is London's most exciting music house. We are involved in all aspects of music and soundtrack production and have worked with the most established agencies worldwide.

Our expertise include the supervision of music and sound to media, from conception to final delivery. The heart of Candle's work lies in TV commercial soundtracks and radio production but we cover all areas of sound production.These increasingly include online campaigns but also run to one-off projects like talking books and musical t-shirts.We have our own studio designed for both music and voice work.

Email charlie@candle.org.uk for our showreel or with any queries. There isn't much in the sonic zone that Candle hasn't produced and we look forward to tackling your next project.

 

What we do: * Music Supervision * Copyright Clearence * Licensing Negotiation * Music Composition * Music Arrangement * Radio Production * TV Idents * Sound-a-likes * Casting * Incidental Music * Foley * Music Searches * Voice Overs * Production SFX * Ring-tone Creation * Sonic Branding * Sound Design * Website Audio * Internet Virals * Research * Narratives * TV Sponsorship Idents * CD/DVD Duplication * Animatics *

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Tony Satchell - Managing Director

Tony started his career running the family farm in Sussex which had the only pedigree herd of Welsh Black Cattle in the South of England. At 19 he came up to London temporarily to baby-sit the offices of the music management company MMM.

He went on to tour managed RCA’s ground breaking classical-rock band Continuum`s UK tours.  

Tony was a founding partner of Dart Records, one of the first independent UK record labels, starting as a Plugger, moving through A&R to becoming M.D.  After ten turbulent, drunk, drugged, exhausting, but exciting years, the record label was sold to President Records.

He then joined record producers and artistes Barry Kirsch & Charlie Spencer to run their music production company, which turned into the commercial music company Candle Music.  He is also on the committee of the advertising industry body PCAM, which looks after the interests of commissioned music writers. 

From Monday to Thursday he lives on a 50ft traditional Narrowboat, Kildare IV, moored in the heart of London at  Little Venice, returning on Friday to join his family Gilmore, Cassandra, Oakley and wife Mary in their secluded house on Newtown Creek, near Yarmouth in the Isle of Wight. He is available 24/7.

What a thing: Tony breeds Scots Dumpys (rare breed chickens), gardens, shoots, sleeps in his hammock and drives a 1952 Ferguson TD20 tractor and 5.5 metre Avon RIB dayboat

 

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Charlie Spencer - Creative Director / Composer

Charlie Spencer

He was born in Bolton, Lancs. After jobs in bleaching and dyeing and in a pulp and paper mill in Fort William, Scotland he came to London in 1979. He recorded his first single for EMI at Abbey Road and released a host of one-off records under such names as Mash, 13amp and Charlie da Vinci. He got involved in management as well as production and took on the awesome task of trying to control five mad Venezuelans who made up a Latin/Rock fusion band called Spiteri. Two singles went to number one in Venezuela and the album was a hit all over Latin America. The band is still a legend and a newly mastered CD of this first album has just been released.

Charlie then went to California for a year producing the LA band, August. On returning, he wrote and recorded for many different artistes and had an international best-seller with the Bay City Rollers recording of "Love Brought me Such a Magical Thing". Charlie later formed Candle Music with Tony Satchell.

 

Charlie’s latest project is The Zoobes. From abbey road song demos in the 70’s he has remixed and re-recorded the album called 'From The Attic' on Clear Records. The Zoobes have already broadcast on BBC Radio Tees (the Bob Fischer Show) and BBC6 (the Gary Crowley show) with lots more to come from them!

Charlie lives in North London with his wife Robyn and three children Alfie, Poppy and Sadie.

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Ian Ritchie - Composer

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Ian joined his first band playing saxophone whilst at Liverpool University studying chemistry. The band happened to be Deaf School, the seminal Liverpool theatre rock group that included producer Clive Langer (Madness) as a guitarist and Ian Broudie (Lightning seeds) as a roadie. The band toured extensively in the UK, Europe and USA as well as making three albums and numerous singles. Following Deaf School's break up Ian moved to London and was active as a session musician, playing sax on records by Wham, David Sylvian, The Beach Boys, Robbie Nevil, Dee C. Lee, Ash and Aswad among many others. He later formed his own electronic "New Romantic" duo Miro Miroe. This lead to studio work as an arranger/programmer with producers Steve Levine, Zeus Held, Godley and Creme, Colin Thurston and Tim Palmer.

In the late Eighties Ian moved into record production himself, working with Roger Waters on "Radio Kaos", Laurie Anderson on "Strange Angels", Pete Wylie on "Sinful" as well as albums with Hugh Cornwell, Soho, Three O Clock and The Big Dish. The Nineties saw Ian concentrating on composing, with themes and incidental music for the "Lonely Planet" and "Globetrekker" series as well as one off documentaries including "Supertwins" and "The Real James Bond Gadgets" featuring Roger Moore. During 2006-2008 Ian toured the World with Roger Waters playing saxophone, EWi and bass on Dark Side of the Moon and other Pink Floyd hits. His own group Ian Ritchie's SOHO Project is active on the London jazz scene, as well as the European festival circuit. They are soon to release their second album "South Of Houston".  Deaf School have reformed and followed up London gigs at the 100 club and the Garage with a triumphant weeks residency at Liverpool's Everyman Theatre. On his days off Ian performs with the amazing cabaret diva Holly Penfield and Charlie Spencer's  "Zoobes".

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The Duchess Of Crouch End

Cicely, the Duchess of Crouch End, was born in Dorset and was presented to the monarch at her coming-of-age.

A year later she married Gerald, the 6th Duke, and they lived for some years at the ancestral home, Crouch Hall in Crouch End, north London.

Sadly Gerald passed away in Tangier in a freak accident involving root vegetables and Cicely was forced to sell their home to pay some of Gerald’s outstanding debts. Crouch Hall was later demolished and the site is now a branch of Waitrose.

Cicely retired to Dorset but recently returned to her first love of performing. She has just completed a highly successful tour and has released a Christmas record, Chuck It Out in the New Year which not only offers festive cheer but also an explanation of monetary policy.

Visit the Duchess' youtube channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/DuchessOfCrouchEnd

 

 

 

Past performances:

21 Oct                                                Jay Stapley’s Hootenanny at the Bull and Gate

16 Nov                                                Cellar Door

21 Nov                                                Sergios

29 Nov                                                Volupte

2 Dec                                                  Beaufort Suite, Savoy Hotel

11 Dec                                                Lincoln Lounge, 52 York Way, King’s Cross from 8.30pm