Harry Gregson-Williams
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Background information

13 1961 (1961-12-13) (age 58

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Origin Chichester, England, UK
Genres Film scores, video game music
Occupation(s) Composer, conductor, music producer
Instruments Piano, guitar, percussion
Years active 1993–present
Labels Wavecrest Music
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Harry Gregson-Williams (born 13 December 1961) is a British composer,[1] orchestrator, conductor, and music producer. He is best known for his film scores, of which he has composed using over sixty electronic music and orchestral pieces. He is also known for his collaborations with director Tony Scott, having scored all his films since the 1998 film Enemy of the State (for which Trevor Rabin received lead score credit), and for composing video game scores for the Metal Gear Solid series. Gregson-Williams is one of the most recognized film score composers and a highly-respected film score composer for his musical style, combining electronic music with orchestral and classic music elements.

Early lifeEdit

Gregson-Williams was educated at The Prebendal School, before attending Stowe School. Early in his career, he held a position in the 1980s as a music teacher at the Amesbury School in Hindhead, Surrey, (his brother Rupert Gregson-Williams, also a film composer, also taught at Amesbury School during this period). Also, in the 1980s 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 Egypt and other African states.


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 Medieval and Renaissance polyphony with Middle Eastern themes. One track, Ibelin, was reprised as the closing credits theme with singer Natacha Atlas performing Arabic lyrics.

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

Gregson-Williams 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.

Gregson-Williams is a prominent member of Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions (formerly known as Media Ventures) along with John Powell, Lisa Gerrard, Trevor Rabin, Geoff Zanelli, Klaus Badelt, and Mark Mancina. During his first years in Media Ventures, he was mentored by Hans Zimmer and Nick Glennie-Smith with whom he is close. He is also good friends with fellow film composers and musicians Martin Tillman, Heitor Pereira, Klaus Badelt, John Powell (with whom he collaborated to compose the scores to Antz, Chicken Run, and Shrek), along with his musical assistants David Buckley, Stephen Barton, Welsh band Hybrid and producers and film directors Andrew Adamson and Tony Scott. He was a favourite of Hans Zimmer and considered as the most talented and prominent apprentice during his time in Media Ventures. Thanks to Zimmer's teachings and his own great creative ideas, Gregson-Williams began a close collaboration with Zimmer by making additional music and giving ideas for his music along of conducting many of his scores. Zimmer was so satisfied with the results that he decided to put Gregson-Williams in charge as conductor of both the orchestra and choir for many projects and became his protégé. Thanks to the experiences he shared with Zimmer, Gregson-Williams began mentoring several musicians such as Steve Jablonsky, Toby Chu, Stephen Barton, David Buckley and Marc Streitenfeld among others. He is also the first Media Ventures composer working in the video games industry and he stated that it was very different compared to his work but interesting and fun at same time. Now as an independent contractor he has his own studio called Wavecrest Music.

His most recent project was in the 2010 film The Town, directed by Ben Affleck which received widespread acclaim and extraordinary reviews for both story and original score. Gregson-Williams composed the score of the film Cowboys & Aliens directed by Jon Favreau and starring Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Ana de la Reguera and Harrison Ford. It was also announced that Gregson-Williams will be in charge of composing the score for the upcoming film The Night Stalker, a film version of author Philip Carlo's book about the 1980s serial killer Richard Ramirez. James Franco will star and direct the film. The film's date for release is 2012.



Year Title Notes
1992 Champion Children
1999 The Hunger Episode: "Sanctuary"
2002 AFP: American Fighter Pilot
2007-2008 The Riches
2007 Shrek the Halls TV special


Year Title Notes
1994 White Angel
Broken Heart short film
1995 Hotel Paradise short film
Three Miles Up TV movie
Full Body Massage TV movie
1996 The Whole Wide World
Witness Against Hitler TV movie
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow with Hans Zimmer
The Borrowers
1998 The Replacement Killers
Antz with John Powell
Enemy of the State with Trevor Rabin
1999 Swing Vote TV movie
The Match
Light It Up
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?
2000 The Tigger Movie
The Magic of Marciano
Chicken Run with John Powell
King of the Jungle
2001 Shrek with John Powell
Powder Keg
Spy Game
2002 Passionada
Phone Booth
The Hire: Beat the Devil
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Veronica Guerin
The Rundown
2004 Man on Fire
Shrek 2
Return to Sender
Team America: World Police
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
2005 Kingdom of Heaven
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Golden Globe nominee
2006 The Uninvited short film
Seraphim Falls
Flushed Away
Déjà Vu
2007 The Number 23
Shrek the Third
Gone Baby Gone
2008 Em
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Forbidden Kingdom Score producer
Main score by David Buckley
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Taking of Pelham 123
2010 Twelve
Shrek Forever After
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
The Town With David Buckley
2011 I Am Bad
Life in a Day
Cowboys & Aliens
Arthur Christmas
2012 Mister Pip
Total Recall
Prometheus Two tracks ("Life" and "We Were Right")
Main score by Marc Streitenfeld
2013 The East

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Notes
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty with Norihiko Hibino
2004 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater with Norihiko Hibino
2006 Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Main themes and samples only (uncredited)
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Main Themes only and producer. Score by Stephen Barton
2007 Plasma Pong
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots with Nobuko Toda
2010 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Main themes and samples only (uncredited)


Year Title Notes
2001 Shrek 4-D At various theme parks around the world
Based on Shrek film franchise

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