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Harry Gregson-Williams
Birth name Harry Gregson-Williams
Born 13 December 1961 (1961-12-13) (age 48)
Origin United Kingdom United Kingdom
Genres Film scores, Video game music
Occupations Composer, Conductor, Music producer
Instruments Piano and Percussion
Years active 1993-Present

Harry Gregson-Williams (born 13 December 1961) is a Golden Globe- and Grammy-nominated British film score composer, orchestrator, conductor, and music producer.

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Life and career

Early in his career, Harry Gregson-Williams held a position in the 1980s as a music teacher to pupils at the Amesbury School in Hindhead, Surrey, England (his brother Rupert Gregson-Williams, also a film composer, also taught at Amesbury School during this period). Also in the 1980's Harry was an estate agent for Palmer Snell in Wells Somerset.

He later taught music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he had been a pupil, and also for a short period in both Egypt and Africa.

In addition to scoring a number of motion pictures including Kingdom of Heaven, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, The Rock, Shrek, Chicken Run, Antz, Spy Game, Man on Fire, Domino, and Team America: World Police, Gregson-Williams has also worked on the video games Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. His arrangement of the original Metal Gear Solid Main Theme was one of many works he created for the Metal Gear Solid productions that involved both orchestral and electronic textures.

In his score to the Ridley Scott film Kingdom of Heaven, he introduced a mix of operatic and Middle Eastern themes. One track, Ibelin, was reprised as the closing credits theme with singer Natacha Atlas performing Arabic lyrics.

He scored The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as well as the second installment in the series, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. (David Arnold is under contract for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.) He also composed the soundtrack for the latest film in the X-Men film series, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Harry has also worked with the electronic music group Hybrid. In 2004, he produced a track called The Drop (Man On Fire Edit) for Hybrid Present Y4K. He and Kirsty Hawkshaw worked with Hybrid on their 2006 album, I Choose Noise.

His studio is called Wavecrest Music. Gregson-Williams was a member of Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions (formerly known as Media Ventures) along with John Powell, Klaus Badelt, and Mark Mancina.

Discography

1993

  • White Angel

1995

  • Hotel Paradise

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (with Nobuko Toda)
  • The Forbidden Kingdom (score producer, music composed by David Buckley)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • Jolene

2009

2010

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