Barrington Pheloung is a composer, conductor and performer of international renown. Barrington has an immense catalogue behind him that includes fifty two ballet scores for many dance companies worldwide, numerous concerto's, scores for film, television, radio, theatre and new media. He is a popular phenomenon in Britain and a man who has straddled the worlds of film and television music, the pop record industry and the concert hall all with equal ease.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Pheloung took up guitar at age six and he played in blues in bands throughout his teenage years. He moved to London at the age of 18 to study composition, conducting, double bass and guitar at The Royal College of Music and in 1977 won a place on the International Course for Professional Composers and Choreographers at Surrey University. Pheloung began laying the groundwork for a film & television career with his work on ballets, and since the late 70's has written more than 50 commissioned ballet scores for world renown ballet and dance companies in Britain and Europe, and conducting and recording several of them including the popular works Run Like Thunder and Rite Elektrik both choreographed by Tom Jobe.
Oscar winning director and writer Anthony Minghella took a liking to Pheloung's ballet work and asked him to score one of his early plays, "Made in Bangkok," directed by Michael Blakemore in 1986. Pheloung went on to score more than half a dozen stage plays, including Arthur Miller's "After The Fall," at The National and "Sweet Bird of Youth", also directed by Blakemore on Broadway, as well as plays for The Royal Shakespeare Company and “The Graduate” adapted by Terry Johnson for the West End and Broadway. He has also scored the live show Wheel of Life which is performed by the kung-fu Shaolin Monks from China, and directed by Micha Bergese.
Pheloung made his mark on the British popular consciousness when he began working in television on the popular 13 part series Boon in 1985. Anthony Minghella wrote a number of the show's scripts, and the series went on to be an enormous hit.
Pleased with the reaction to his work on the series, Pheloung was eager to continue work with "Boon's" producer Kenny McBain, and their next project was the one which would firmly establish Pheloung's reputation in the UK, the enormously popular detective series Inspector Morse. Pheloung's classically-styled, melancholy theme for Morse became an instant hit with the public. Other acclaimed television work for the composer includes Lewis, Red Riding Trilogy: 1983, The World of Nat King Cole, Portrait of a Marriage, Stanley and the Women, Channel 5 News, Good-bye Cruel World, Blood & Peaches, Mickey Love, Cinderpath, Brown Bears Wedding and the sequel White Bear’s Secret, Days of Majesty, The Legends of Treasure Island, Mosley, The Politician’s Wife, Dalziel and Pascoe and Cor Blimey.
His motion picture scoring assignments began with Peter Wollen's Friendship’s Death in 1987, and he achieved a coup with Anthony Minghelia's 1992 hit Truly, Madly, Deeply. Since then his film credits have grown and include Shopgirl, And When Did You Last See Your Father, Hilary & Jackie, Nostradamus, Twin Dragons and The Mangler.
Barrington Pheloung continues writing chamber music and concertos by commission for many of the top musicians in both Britain and the world, and was more recently asked to conduct the Inspector Morse Theme at a gala concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at a full Royal Albert Hall. He remains an outstanding example of the marriage between the world of concert hall composition and film scoring.
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