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Harry Gregson-Williams (born 13 December 1961) is an English composer, orchestrator, conductor, and music producer. He has regularly written for video games, television and films, such as the Metal Gear series, Spy Game, Phone Booth, Man on Fire, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Déjà Vu, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Martian, and the Shrek franchise. He is the older brother of composer Rupert Gregson-Williams.
Gregson-Williams won a musical scholarship to St John's College School Read more on Last.fm
Some of you have expressed an interest in hearing some of the cues from "The Martian" that didn't make it onto the soundtrack. I've uploaded a small selection to my SoundCloud page for those of you who may be curious.
Dec 27, 2015
I haven't seen this film yet but apparently it contains a song that I wrote some time ago with the heavenly singer Lisbeth Scott....it's not a bundle of laughs, but it was pulled from the heart.
Dec 07, 2015
Hello! I'd like to share two rather different pieces of music. They both originated during previous scoring assignments, but neither of them appear in this form in their respective final scores.
1. 'Crossing Mars ALT'. This was an early draft of a cue for a moment within Ridley Scott's movie, The Martian. If you know my main theme from that score, you'll recognize it here, but the instrumentation that is used in this demo is in stark contrast to what I ended up with in the final score. Because of that, I thought it might be fun to hear!
2. 'Smiling, Longer Version'. It's now many years since I scored "Man On Fire" for Tony Scott and one cue in particular has taken on a life of its own. There's a poignant and very brief moment in the movie where Denzel is trying to make Dakota smile and she is trying to resist. A while ago, the 45-second cue that accompanied this fleeting moment was used for an Omega watch commercial. I suppose that's where many people heard it for the first time and I received an extremely positive response to the music. However, it quickly became clear to me that many people were frustrated because the piece was so very short and was over so quickly. In response to that, I have just re-written and re-recorded a longer version of this little cue. I hope you like it!
Completely different in tone to The Martian, this is a truly wonderful film directed by the unique and awesome Catherine Hardwicke. Very English and surprisingly funny as well as really emotional, I had the great fortune to score this much earlier this year, and it was quite a challenge. Here is a clip from one of the cues towards the end of the movie - I hope you will like it and go and see the movie when it arrives:
Sep 15, 2015
I had a lot of fun scoring this one - I hope you can check it out when it arrives - it's a blast!
Jun 23, 2015
RIP James Horner - A Beautiful Mind, one of my favs.....always enjoyed that one. Love those harmonic progressions. He was one of the proper guys, no doubt - none of your guess work here, he was a sound musician.
I never knew him personally however, but I did look up in his direction on many an occasion.
A sad day, for sure.
Jun 05, 2015
What fun it was last night to be invited to conduct the Mira Costa High School Wind Ensemble in Manhattan Beach playing an arrangement of some of my Shrek music. Awesome musicianship and commitment from the students!
Apr 25, 2015
What great fortune I had to be in Prague with their wonderful orchestra and choir.
Shrek, Spy Game & Narnia never sounded so good - it was a great experience for me. Thank you everyone at the Prague Film Music festival!
Happy times! Check out this wondrous movie that will come to you on Earth Day (April 17th). I have rarely had such a fulfilling creative experience writing the score, and I'm looking forward to recording it at Abbey Road in London in February.
Jan 08, 2015
Check out this 7-minute featurette of Michael Mann's "Blackhat", for which I had the unusual pleasure of creating just some of the score. Michael Mann's way......
The film is a truly interesting glimpse into the modern-day realities of cyber attacks, and this short clip offers some terrific insight behind the scenes.
Hope all of you can catch "Blackhat", in theaters January 16th--just 9 short days away!
Nov 10, 2014
Just finished a presentation at the wonderful Berklee College of Music in Boston. What a treat to meet such knowledgeable and excellent students. And what a superb facility!
Nov 07, 2014
It's been quite sometime since my last post, but I'm excited to share some news with all of you regarding my recent and upcoming projects. Be sure to check out my score for the new "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare", released just earlier this week. I had such a unique and incredible experience working on this game--I hope you all enjoy it!
In these past few months, I have had the distinct pleasure of creating some music for the amazing Ridley Scott epic, "Exodus: Gods & Kings" set to release this coming December (just around the corner!). I'm also thrilled to announce two more upcoming film releases in 2015: Michael Mann's "Blackhat" as well as Mark Linfield & Alastair Fothergill's "Monkey Kingdom".
Please do keep your eyes and your ears out! Many more exciting things to come!
Sep 20, 2013
I’ll be in Paris over the weekend of October 5th to participate in the Festival Des Musique à l’Image. My old friend Hans Z did it last year and told me how fun it was!
I hope some of you can come and meet me there.
On Saturday October 5th I will be doing an in-depth Masterclass performing and talking about music from some of my scores - particularly my collaboration with directors such as Ben Affleck, Tony & Ridley Scott, Joel Schumacher & Andrew Adamson.
And on Sunday October 6th I will be conducting music from the Shrek series, Bridget Jones 2 and Prince of Persia in a Gala Concert that is really all about legendary music from the other Williams – the man himself, John! But I get a little slot within the program and it should be fun – it’s a huge and accomplished orchestra they have there and I’m excited to be a part of it.
Here’s a little taster of one of the pieces I will perform on the Sunday – enjoy!
Aug 19, 2013
1 year ago today Tony Scott took his own life and it's still as if he must be about to call me and shout 'get ready H, this next one is going to be a hell of a ride!' They were all helter skelter experiences with Tony, of course.
Sadly no call will come this time.
Today I am in Boston on the set of my next movie just getting a feel for what the director is going for. Denzel W is the star.....how strange it is then that Tony isn't at the helm. I remember showing up in Times Square, NY, on the set of Pelham some years ago and Tony smiling and chuckling at my sense of awe that he had held up traffic in that city to get a quick shot of Denzel running around the streets. He loved what he did.
Here is a quick edit of some cues from a couple of his movies and a TV show we did called Sanctuary.
Miss you Tone.
Jun 13, 2013
Thought I'd share this today: It's a 2 minute QT edit of some favorite moments of mine from films I did pre 2006. Who knew that the theme from Bridget Jones 2 would run so seamlessly in to the theme from Shrek? Same key, same tempo as it happens (roughly!).
Apr 23, 2013
Today felt like a good day to share an edit I made of some of the music I'd written for Tony Scott films that I had hoped to have played at his Memorial Celebration held in LA earlier this year.
Although I did indeed have the honor of speaking at that event, there was no chance for this to be heard. So rather than have it fade away on the cutting room floor, here it is.
I hope it evokes dome decent memories from his wonderfully diverse films for one or two of you, and it makes you smile just a bit.
It did me!
Mar 29, 2013
Hello fellow music lovers.........
In case anyone is interested in coming to a Concert I'm taking part in at the beginning of May in London, here are the details.
I have spent the last 9 months on sabbatical in the UK teaching music in one of the schools where I myself was once a music scholar.....long ago! I've been sharing my experiences as a film composer and teaching students aged 13-18 and it has been an energizing and wonderful time. Some of the most accomplished students will play at this Concert and I will conduct music from a couple of my more 'English' scores.
My sabbatical is over and now it's back to LA and the wonders of film scoring for me!
Feb 12, 2013
Almost six months has passed since the one and only Tony Scott died, leaving a creative void where once he stood in my life. I found this picture recently which was taken during the after party at the premiere of Deja Vu in New York and I just thought I'd share it since it is a really happy memory and clearly a happy Tony.
Good times, Tone!
Aug 20, 2012
The news of Tony's death reached me whilst I was leaving a music festival in the UK and, like many others, I find it nothing short of devastating. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Donna, and to his boys and the rest of the Scott family. What a desperately sad & bewieldering loss.
I last spoke to Tony about 10 days ago just as I was about to leave the US for my upcoming sabbatical year. A year in which I had decided not to score many, if any, films & do considerably less studio work in order to focus instead on my ever expanding family, and on some teaching and performing projects. I had previously talked to Tony about this plan of mine and of my anxiety at the possibility of being unavailable to him for his next film if he were to go in to production quite soon....he joked with me that he would track me down wherever I was and we would 'go into battle' once again no matter what. He thought the timing would be just perfect and told me I wasn't to worry.
He was always confident and optimistic towards me and my music. Always. He encouraged me to have faith in what we did together and not to worry about anything or anyone else. He believed in me, and he let me know it, which I found unusual and exceptional. It was understood between us without it ever having to have been said that complete & total commitment and 100% immersion in our work was all he required in return for this trust & belief. I'm certain he was the same with all his creative team as he recognized a kindred spirit and demanded a fierce loyalty.
I first met Tony way back on his rather grim movie 'The Fan'. You could say it was on that score that Hans Zimmer passed scoring duties of his movies over to me. Tony pushed Hans very hard during that time. Hans' music editor and I found Hans lying on the floor outside the bathrooms at Media Ventures one evening. He'd over done it and had momentarily collapsed under the strain of that score. As he recovered in a chair, Hans told me that working with Tony required nerves of steel but that if there was one person you could follow over the top and 'in to battle' it would & should be Tony Scott. So I did.
He was, indeed, a kind of Patton-esque character (albeit pink hatted) and a truly unforgettable & formidable artist to work with. Fearless yet thoughtful, strong as an ox yet amazingly sensitive, always utterly focused on his vision, yet never lacking in humor and compassion and never losing sight of his and our great fortune to be working on movies for a living.
I loved scoring movies for Tony Scott and I can honestly say that each and everyone of those experiences has left an indelible mark on me. From the sadness of 'Man on Fire' to the kick in 'Spy Game' to the lunacy of 'Domino', Tony always believed so whole heartedly and passionately in his work that it was nothing short of a privilege to be a part of his team, time and time again.
He was a one of a kind and will be sorely missed.
Enemy of the State
Beat the Devil,
Man on Fire,
The Taking of Pelham 123