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Anna Calvi announces the release of Peaky Blinders: Season 5 & 6 (Original Score)

30 November 2023, 17:46 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Anna Calvi wrote and performed the scores for season five and six of the BBC One show Peaky Blinders. She has announced that her compositions will now be released in full for the first time, alongside new single, “Black Tuesday".

Talking about her work on the score, Calvi says “Composing for Peaky Blinders was about atmosphere and space. There’s so much nuance when it comes to scoring to picture. It’s more about what you leave out than what you leave in. I had to let the voice of the actors do the talking but find ways of bringing out the emotion within that. I became completely obsessed with Tommy Shelby, I dreamt about him every night whilst I was working on the scores, I had to really inhabit the show.”

Having been initially commissioned to write the score for Season 5 in 2019, Calvi’s arrangements were a match with Peaky Blinders and led her to being brought back on board to work on the show’s final ever season. Calvi explains further: “There is a duality to the show, of beauty and brutality, which I had been exploring in my own music. I’m fascinated by the manipulation of emotions with sound, it’s so mysterious. I really tried to explore this with Peaky Blinders, sometimes putting the opposite music than you would expect on a scene had the most impact.”

Peaky Blinders: Season 5 & 6 (Original Score) comprises 37 tracks taking in different members of The Shelby Company Limited as well as newer characters such as Oswald Mosley. The album also includes the previously released original songs “You’re Not God” and the swaggering “Ain’t No Grave” as well as Calvi’s cover of “Red Right Hand”, the Peaky Blinders theme song by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

On Season 5, Anna composed everything herself and performed it largely herself including vocals, guitar, violin, piano, percussion and harmonium. Talking about the process, Calvi says: “For Season 6 I wanted to bring more musicians on board for a fresh take, and I wanted to find a new musical voice for Tommy. I decided to bring in Nick Launay to work with me – he had produced my last album, Hunter. We faced several challenges on this score as it was during the Coronavirus pandemic, and I was also late into the pregnancy of my first child. The combination of such intense work whilst being heavily pregnant was challenging. I didn’t want it to be seen as affecting my work. Yet at the same time it felt strange to believe, because of the pressures of our society, that I should hide any difficulty I was having. I felt aware that I can’t be the first pregnant person to be conflicted in this way.”

Peaky Blinders: Season 5 & 6 (Original Score) is set for release on 26 January. "Black Tuesday" is out now. For more information, visit

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