James McWilliam - Composer
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. Up until David passed away in 2012 the two of them retained a close working relationship and James 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. www.jamesmcwilliam.com