promoting the arts of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

ASMAC Premier Master Class Series: Pop Arrangers: Touching the Heart


ASMAC Premier Master Class Series 

Pop Arrangers: Touching the Heart 


John Altman

Sylvester Rivers

Richard Niles


In the Studio - On The Killing Floor

What have Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross and Swing Out Sister all got in common? Apart from being iconic artists, they have also worked with our speakers. What’s it really like to be in the studio with a legend? How does an arranger approach the job? What techniques and principles are applied in the studio? The answers to all your questions and more will be provided by Rivers and Niles as they take you through some of their biggest hits!


About The Panelists

John Altman

John Altman is a film composer, music arranger, orchestrator, conductor and saxophonist. Among the 54 movies he composed, arranged and orchestrated for are Titanic (period music), Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Goldeneye, winning a BAFTA Award for Hear My Song and a Golden Globe for orchestrating Sheltering Sky and Léon: The Professional. He also won an Emmy for his score for RKO281, was nominated for Roman Spring of Mrs Stone and received a nomination for the Golden Reel award for Little Voice. In addition to writing a 100-minute score for the silent movie Shooting Star for the London Film Festival Gala, John has his name as an arranger on 19 platinum records, including George Michael's album “Faith”, which won several GRAMMYs in 1989 including Album of the Year, and was nominated for the Rutles film All You Need Is Cash. He wrote for Simple Minds, Barry White, Tina Turner, Björk, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Pretenders, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson and many others and has scored over 4,000 commercials worldwide to boot.


Sylvester Rivers

Composer, arranger and pianist Sylvester Rivers has recorded with numerous hit artists including Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, The Jacksons, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, New Edition, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Barry White, Marc Bolan & T. Rex, Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio, Deniece Williams, The Fifth Dimension and many others. Composing, arranging and orchestrating for television and film, as well, such as the television series Fame, songs for the Kevin Bacon/Laurence Fishburne film Quicksilver, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, The Arsenio Hall Show and numerous others, he has been prolific in producing music throughout a wide spectrum.


Richard Niles

Dr. Richard Niles is a prolific composer, producer, songwriter, arranger, conductor and musical director whose career spans pop, R&B, rock and jazz. Records featuring his work have sold over 250 million copies worldwide. Niles has worked in the recording industry, feature films, in theatre and television and has performed worldwide. He has written, produced and presented acclaimed music documentaries for BBC Radio. He is a published author, journalist and music educator. Niles was awarded a PhD from Brunel University for his thesis “The Invisible Artist – Arrangers in Popular Music (1950 – 2000)”. It is now an acclaimed book published by Niles Smiles Music, available through Amazon.








Event Date Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:00 pm
Registration Start Date Saturday, August 1, 2020 3:00 pm
Cut off date Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:00 pm
Individual Price $7.50 (members), $11.50 (non-members)
Location Online
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