The SPOGreatMusic Podcast Series: S01E13

Release Date: March 19, 2021

Guest Host: Ronald Royer | Composing music for an animated film is among the most complex, time consuming and technically challenging project a film composer can face. From Walt Disney’s developments in the field to present day work, go behind the scenes with composers who have experience in the field.

Episode 13 looks at the history of Hollywood animated films and music featuring interviews with Bruno Degazio and Jim McGrath.

This podcast is part of a YouTube project which includes Sheridan College student animated short films with music created by SPO related composers.

This podcast episode features brief music and audio from the animated short film, Ramon The Magnificent, created by Sheridan College Animation graduate, Vladimir Volkov, with new 2020 music by composer, Ronald Royer. Used with permission. Watch the video on our YouTube channel here


Here’s some additional information and pictures on our special guest interviewees for this episode:


Ronald Royer, Music Director & Conductor

Ronald Royer is an extremely talented cellist, composer, and educator. His wife, Kaye, has played clarinet with the SPO for more than thirty years. Ron has performed on, or composed music, for many films. You can learn more about Ron here, or on his fantastic new website Check out his IMDB page here.


Jim McGrath, Composer

Jim McGrath (pronounced McGraw) is a Toronto-based composer best known for his television work, which includes the critically acclaimed series “Degrassi: the Next Generation”, CBC’s “Republic of Doyle” and “The Kids in the Hall’s Death Comes to Town”. Film work includes ThinkFilm’s “The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman”, Alliance Atlantis’ film “Foolproof”, starring Ryan Reynolds, Columbia Tristar thriller “Resurrection” and Odeon’s “Treed Murray”, which was nominated for five Genie Awards including Best Picture and Outstanding Achievement in Music. The score for “Treed Murray” went on to win Gold in the Film Festival in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

McGrath has orchestrated and conducted film scores with the Munich Symphony, the Salt Lake Symphony, the London Philharmonia and the City of Prague Philharmonic. He has also written arrangements for such recording artists as Tom Cochrane (with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), Ian Thornley and Big Wreck (with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra), the Tower of Power Horns, Manteca, The Northern Pikes, Chantal Kreviazuk, Justin Hines, Strippers Union (with Bob Baker of the Tragically Hip), Sarah Slean, Madeleine Peyroux, Brent Carver, Colin James, Tom Wilson and Steven Page with the Art of Time Ensemble.

Jim has also written extensively for the concert stage. His compositions have been performed by a wide range of ensembles including Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings, The Montreal Chamber Orchestra, The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, The Hamilton Philharmonic, True North Brass, The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra,The Mississauga Symphony, and the Ontario Philharmonic. Concert music includes concertos for flute and cello, a set of miniatures recorded by True North Brass, a suite for horn and orchestra for Canadian Opera Company principal horn Joan Watson, and a commission for the Kitchener Waterloo symphony:

“…both the piece and the performance were pretty much the highlight of the whole concert. Larry Larson’s trumpet was beautiful and flawless, and the piece itself had echoes of Aaron Copland, John Williams and even Samuel Barber. Written for trumpet solo, strings and harp, Silent Town is a miniature masterpiece.” — Harry Currie | The Kitchener Waterloo Record.

Learn more about Mr. McGrath on his: Website * Counterpoint Music Library Services * Facebook Facebook * Internet Movie Database IMDB.


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