Location: England, United Kingdom
James Whitbourn has an international reputation as a composer of choral music and as a composer 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 choral music has been recorded by the Choir of Clare College Cambridge, Commotio and the Westminster Williamson Voices, on Et cetera and Naxos.
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 Daniel Hope, Arianna Zukerman, BBC Philharmonic and the choirs of King's College Cambridge, Westminster Abbey and many other cathedral choirs. He has a close association with Westminster Choir College, NJ, where he has been artist and composer in residence.