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James Whitbourn

Born: 1963

Nationality: British

Publisher: Chester Music

Photo © Simone Canetty-Clarke


James Whitbourn is a versatile composer with an international reputation for choral music and music for film, television and concert hall. After studying music at Oxford University, he began his career as a BBC producer. His compositional output has been influenced by that background and is admired for its direct connection with performers and audiences worldwide.His largest composition is the concert-length choral work, Annelies, which sets words from The Diary of Anne Frank, and which was premiered by Leonard Slatkin at London’s Cadogan Hall in 2005. His choral works have been performed on every inhabited continent in the world, especially the Son of God Mass, which is regularly performed throughout the United States, Europe and other parts of the world.His Film and TV work includes the lush orchestral score for the BBC landmark series Son of God, together with music for 9/11, the Cenotaph and the Queen Mother’s funeral.Artists who have performed and broadcast Whitbourn’s music include Katherine Jenkins, Daniel Hope, Arianna Zukerman, BBC Philharmonic and the choirs of King's College Cambridge and Westminster Abbey.
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