Decca Classics is releasing the soundtrack to the highly-anticipated new film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s book, On Chesil Beach, featuring music from British composer Dan Jones and a stand-out performance from violinist Esther Yoo. The album is released on the May 18 to coincide with the film opening in cinemas the same day.

Jones’ brand new score is performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and young American-Korean violinist Esther Yoo, who has a prominent solo part throughout. Alongside Jones’ score are familiar classical pieces by composers including Rachmaninov, Schubert, Elgar and Mozart.

Dan Jones says, “It’s been a great journey working with one of my favourite directors Dominic Cooke, and long time collaborators BBC NoW, to produce a score which is woven into Ian McEwan’s wonderful script, and an absolute delight to work with Esther who has brought so much insight and depth to the music. I’ve found it really rewarding working with a soloist who has taken as strong an interest in the drama as the music, and who has brought her extraordinary musicality to bear on both.”

Esther Yoo comments, “Dan has written a wonderful score and it was very important for me to really understand the story – first through the book and then by watching the movie, to place exactly where the music appears and why it appears. The music is discreet, it’s subtle, it’s very sentimental and magical and I’m delighted to be venturing into film music for the first time.”

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his acclaimed novel of the same name, On Chesil Beach stars three-time Academy Award nominee, four-time BAFTA nominee and recent winner of a Golden Globe, Saoirse Ronan (Lady BirdBrooklynAtonement) and Billy Howle (DunkirkThe Sense of an EndingThe Seagull). It is directed by Dominic Cooke, four-time Olivier Award winning and BAFTA nominated theatre, TV and film director and writer.

On Chesil Beach centres around two young spouses, Florence (Ronan) – a violinist in a string quartet, and Edward (Howle) – a graduate student of history, on their honeymoon on the dramatic coastline of Chesil Beach in Dorset. However, the hotel is old fashioned and stifling, and underlying tensions between the young couple surface and cast unexpected shadows over their long-anticipated wedding night.

From the precise depiction of young lovers, to the touching story of how their misunderstandings and fears shape the rest of their lives, Jones’ soundtrack provides a stunning and heart-breaking musical accompaniment to this tender love story. Cooke’s on-screen adaption of On Chesil Beach shows how the entire course of a life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

Dan Jones is a multi-award-winning composer and sound designer working in film, television and theatre. Recent credits include Louis Theroux’s documentary feature My Scientology MovieShadow of the Vampire starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe, which received two Oscar nominations, The Tonto Woman – also nominated for an Oscar in the short films category – and Max starring John Cusack and Noah Taylor, for which he won his first Ivor Novello award. For Channel 4/Carnival’s Any Human Heart Jones won BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards as well as gaining double Emmy nominations.

2018 – Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

2017 – Lady Macbeth
2016 – Louis Theroux – My Scientology Movie
2016 – The Hollow Crown – The Wars of the Roses
2010 – Any Human Heart (BAFTA, Winner Television Music)

2008 – Dead Set
2006 – Max (Ivor Novello Award, Winner Best Original Film Score)


  1. Dan Jones – Talking to the Birds

  2. Dan Jones – Solemn Love *

  3. Edward Elgar – Nimrod from Enigma Variations

  4. Joseph Haydn – String Quartet No.1, 1st mvt *

  5. Dan Jones – Open Door

  6. Dan Jones – Into the Woods *

  7. Dan Jones – Love at First Sight *

  8. Dan Jones – Walk in the Meadows *

  9. Ludwig Van Beethoven – String Quartet No. 13, Finale *

  10. Dan Jones – Walk from Henley

  11. Dan Jones – Lulworth Cove *

  12. J.S. Bach – Partita for Violin Solo No. 3, Preludio *

  13. W. A. Mozart – Symphony No. 35, 1st mvt

  14. Dan Jones – Pandora’s Piano

  15. Dan Jones – Fear of Sex *

  16. Franz Schubert – “Death and the Maiden” String Quartet No. 14, 1st mvt *

  17. Dan Jones – You May Enter

  18. Dan Jones – You Can Change Your Mind

  19. Dan Jones – Factory Tennis

  20. J.S. Bach – Suite for Cello Solo No.1, Prelude

  21. Dan Jones – I’d Do Anything

  22. Dan Jones – Ponting Electronics

  23. Dan Jones – Buried Memory *

  24. Franz Schubert – “Death and the Maiden” String Quartet No. 14, 2nd mvt *

  25. Dan Jones – Cold Shoulder (violin solo version) *

  26. Dan Jones – Chloe *

  27. Dan Jones – Arrival at Wigmore Hall

  28. W.A. Mozart – String Quintet No. 5, 1st mvt

  29. Dan Jones – My Promise To You *

  30. Dan Jones – Date on the River *

  31. Rachmaninov – Symphonic Dances, 1st mvt

  32. Dan Jones – Cold Shoulder

* violin from Esther Yoo

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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