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Composer, Artist, Musician 

Declan is a Scottish BAFTA / Pigott Award winning composer with vast experience in the Music industry across the United States and United Kingdom. Having experience in Composition for Film, Musical Theater, Studio Recording, Session Conducting, Live Performance and much much more.

Declan's music can currently be heard across California's oldest classical radio station KDFC and the 2023 NBA Knicks Commercial. His movie scores can be heard at film festivals across America and Europe. 

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MEDIA WORKS

FEATURING ORIGINALS SCORES FROM SHORT AND FEATURE FILMS

ALL ABOUT DECLAN JAMES MCLEISH

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At first, a singer/songwriter, then a performer, followed by arts management and now a media composer, Declan has really experienced different parts of the industry. Declan has spent the last 5 years working and traveling between Scotland and the United States as a performing art and musical director for theatre companies and summer camps.​ Declan has worked with local composers in a variety of roles such as studio engineer, producer, orchestrator and conductor. He was also heavily involved with multiple SONY PlayStation X SFCM collaborations. In 2022 Declan secured his first short film and quickly became a go to composer for up-and-coming directors racking up 6 short films and a feature since 2023. His most recent project featured his music on the 2023 NBA Knicks Commercial produced by North 130 productions.
Declan continues to work with local and international directors as a composer as well as assisting composers with MIDI Programming, Audio Editing, Orchestration and much more. ​Declan is a Graduate of the University of the West of Scotland with his Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Music Production and his Master's Degree in Technology and Applied Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of music. 

In 2024 you can hear Declan's 8 different sound logos across the KDFC Classical California airwaves as well as new films on tour around film festivals in both America and Europe. His solo works can be streamed on all streaming services.

He is currently based in Scotland.

IN THE NEWS

From creative collaborations and side projects, to career developments and musical updates, you’ll want to be the first to know what goes on in the life of this hardworking and talented music professional. Here you will find all of the latest news surrounding Declan James McLeish.

SCORING BIG WITH PIXAR, REMOTE CONTROL & SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

May 8, 2023

During Declan's time at the San Fransisco Conservatory of Music he created the Film Scoring club and lead a team of incredible composer to Pixar Animation Studios. Declan produced, conducted and composed for the live showcase of  'The Year End Changed' by Sir David Attenborough. Check out the article for more.

KDFC SOUND LOGO COMPOSER 2023

April 4, 2023

Declan was commissioned by California's biggest and oldest classical radio station KDFC to compose eight sound logo variations that will be broadcast throughout 2023 and 2024. Recorded live in San Francisco in April 2023.

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PIGOTT/BAFTA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEE

October 7, 2022

Declan is awarded a scholarship to The San Francisco Conservatory of Music from the Pigott/BAFTA committee. An incredible accomplishment that few achieve each year, Declan has become part of Britain's largest film community.

SAN FRANCISCO FILM FESTIVAL 2022

May 22, 2022

Declan attends the 2022 San Francisco Film Festival - better known as SFfilm. Coming together with the rest of the community to celebrate the latest independent films and to score his first film credit as sound engineer.

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