Barrington Pheloung

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Barrington Pheloung
Birth name Barrington Somers Pheloung
Born (1954-05-10) 10 May 1954 (age 60)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation(s) composer, conductor
Years active ff. 1973–present
Website www.pheloung.co.uk

Barrington Somers Pheloung (born 10 May 1954) is an Australian composer, now living in England.[1]

Early life and studies[edit]

Pheloung was born 10 May 1954 in Manly, New South Wales and grew up in Sydney's northern beaches suburbs.[1][2] He began playing R&B guitar in clubs but his discovery of Bach in his late teens drew him to the classical repertoire.[3]

In 1972, aged 18, he moved to London where he studied guitar at the Royal College of Music under John Williams and Julian Bream.[2] There he also took instruction in composition and conducting; in his second year he received his first commission for a ballet score.[2]

Composer[edit]

Pheloung is best known for the theme and incidental music to the Inspector Morse television series, for which he was nominated for 'Best Original Television Music' at the British Academy Television Awards in 1991,[4] the sequel Lewis,[5] and the prequel Endeavour. He has also composed for dance companies such as the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and for events including the opening night of the Millennium Dome.[citation needed]. Pheloung also wrote the theme music for the BBC television series Dalziel & Pascoe.

His film work includes Hilary and Jackie, based on the life of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré, for which he was nominated for the 'Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music' at the 52nd British Academy Film Awards.[6] Other works include A Previous Engagement, The Little Fugitive, Shopgirl, Touching Wild Horses, Twin Dragons, Shopping and The Mangler.[5] He also composed the scores to Revolution Software's adventure games In Cold Blood and the first two Broken Swords.[5]

Pheloung's other work includes music for the Sydney Opera House's Twentieth Birthday Celebrations and he contributed to the music for the film Truly, Madly, Deeply, in which he also appeared.[5] He composed the incidental music for the first series of Boon.[5]

In 2009 he composed the music for 1983, the concluding episode of the acclaimed Channel 4 drama series Red Riding.[5][7]

Discography[edit]

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shand, John (7 April 2001). "Morse Coda". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 10. 
  2. ^ a b c Strachan, Laurie (6 February 1999). "Composer in exile". The Australian. 
  3. ^ Lambert, Catherine (4 February 2001). "Composer sings the blues". Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). p. 24. 
  4. ^ "Television Nominations 1991". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Barrington Pheloung". IMDb. Amazon.com. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Film Nominations 1998". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Red Riding". Channel 4. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 

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