Laurence Aston works in the music, TV and film industries, principally in management and marketing. He is manager and business affairs adviser to several leading composers of screen music, including the distinguished Polish film composer Zbigniew Preisner. Alongside his composer management business, Aston has set up First Name Music, a boutique music publishing company for screen composers.
Since 1990 Aston has also been active as a film and TV music consultant. Under a four-year contract with BBC TV documentaries department (1993 – 1997) Aston was Series Music Adviser to the major 26-part BBC TV history of the twentieth century, ‘People's Century', transmitted on BBC1 and BBC2. He commissioned and supervised all the theme and incidental music and researched the archive music in each episode. Other TV music work includes the 24-part documentary series ‘Cold War’ produced by Jeremy Isaacs Productions for Turner/BBC2; and the recent groundbreaking four-part series ‘China’ made by ITV for BBC2.
During the last three decades Aston has developed his skills in contract negotiation, intellectual property issues and product marketing. He has an extensive knowledge of a wide range of contemporary, classical, folk, ethnic, jazz and popular music; of record marketing and distribution; and of the European performing arts scene.
Aston is currently a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music, London, where he gives music business seminars to post-graduates in screen composition.