Composer/ Orchestrator/ Arranger
Credits for Film/TV include Borgia, A Promise, Toast, In The Night Garden, Eragon and Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire. Credits for Popular Music Arrangements include Pavarotti, Simply Red, Phildel & Saint Saviour.
James McWilliam is a composer, arranger and orchestrator based in central London. James’ professional career began at Metropolis Studios in 2000 after forging a strong working relationship with producer Andy Wright for whom he has written countless arrangements including tracks for Pavarotti, Simply Red and Jeff Beck. At a similar time Andy introduced James to David Whitaker, one of the country’s foremost film composers and arrangers. After 10 years they still have a close working relationship and James has worked as David’s assistant on a number of film scores and pop arrangements.
In 2005 James began work with the Oscar winning film composer Dario Marianelli and film composer Patrick Doyle. Working with the latter enabled James to get his first taste of orchestrating on Hollywood film scores including Harry Potter, As You Like It and Last Legion. James has also written a number of arrangements for Warner Entertainment, Universal Music and Endemol TV.
Recent and current work includes … Orchestrating feature films ‘A Promise’ (Composer – Gabriel Yared), ‘Les Kaira’ (Gaumont) and ‘Flight of the Storks’ (Canal Plus), orchestrating the second series of ‘Borgia’ (Canal Plus/Atlantique/Composer – Eric Neveux), composing scores for forthcoming features ‘Born of War’ (Jewson) and ‘Exorcist Diaries’ (Ipcress), conducting the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, providing orchestrations on BBC Drama ‘Toast’ for Ruby Productions (Orchestrations), and orchestrating/conducting on the albums ‘American Soul’ by Mick Hucknall, ‘The Disappearance Of The Girl’ by Phildel and ‘Stages’ by Melanie C.
James has an MA in Composition from Goldsmiths College and a BA from Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
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