Composer Details

James WhitbournJames Whitbourn

 

James Whitbourn is a versatile composer of film, television and concert works. His range of style moves from lush symphonic television scores to the sonorities of his choral works. He memorably composed the BBC’s title music for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and was commissioned with Poet Laureate Andrew Motion to write a new work for the broadcast of a Westminster Abbey service for the victims of 9/11 – subsequently performed in New York on the first anniversary of the attacks. He also composed the title music for the BBC coverage of the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day as well as many other programmes and series. James studied at Magdalen College, Oxford where he was a choral scholar and began his career in television as a programme maker for the BBC, winning many awards including a Royal Television Society Craft Award and a Sony Gold.

 

 

‘For [the BBC’s Son of God], James had created a broad brushed landscape, a timeless introduction of breadth with expert control of orchestral forces.’ Robert Tear



A Passion For Churches (2006), Bible Mysteries (2004), The Holocaust Memorial Day (2005), 9/11 commissioned piece (2002), Queen Mother’s funeral BBC-commissioned piece (2000), Jesus: The Complete Story (2001), Son Of God (2001), Carols For Kings (2000), Burmese Journey (2000), Cathedral Calls (2000)

 

 

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Son Of God - BBC TV
James Whitbourn

Son Of God - BBC TV
James Whitbourn
Burmese Journey
James Whitbourn
A Passion For Churches - BBC TV
James Whitbourn
Anne's Meditation
James Whitbourn
Bible Mysteries
James Whitbourn
Cherub Song
James Whitbourn
D-Day 60 - BBC TV
James Whitbourn
Funeral Of Queen Mother - BBC TV
James Whitbourn
Kyrie (Holocaust 60th Anniversary)
James Whitbourn
Living Voices
James Whitbourn
Miracle Of Tears
James Whitbourn
You Kissed My Hair (feat. Katherine Jenkins)
James Whitbourn
The Wounds - BBC Radio 4
James Whitbourn
Everyman - BBC TV
James Whitbourn
Cathedral Calls - BBC TV
James Whitbourn
Adagio
James Whitbourn