Alastair King

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Alastair King
Born1967 (age 53–54)
GenresFilm score, Classical music
Occupation(s)Conductor, Composer, Orchestrator

Alastair King (born 1967) is a British composer and conductor, perhaps best known for his musical contributions to film and television. He frequently collaborates with composers Charlie Mole, Geoff Zanelli, Nicholas Hooper and Rupert Gregson-Williams by either conducting for them or acting as an orchestrator or both.


King studied music at Bath College of Higher Education, graduating in 1991. He then undertook postgraduate study at Birmingham University and the University of Kansas.

His work Hit the Ground (Running, Running, Running) was the only European entry in the final of the composing competition Masterprize 2001.

In addition to his concert works, King has composed music for various films, including Shrek, Chicken Run, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and television programmes, including the FIFA World Cup 2002, The Last Detective, Second Nature and William and Mary.

King's most recent roles include conducting and orchestrating on Doctor Who for Murray Gold. He replaced Ben Foster after his departure in 2015 and has taken the full role for Series 10 onwards.


Year Title Composer(s) Notes
2001 Shrek Harry Gregson-Williams
John Powell
Music Assistant
2002 Thunderpants Rupert Gregson-Williams Conductor and Orchestrator
The Heart of Me Nicholas Hooper Conductor
Plots with a View Rupert Gregson-Williams Conductor and Orchestrator
2003 What a Girl Wants
2004 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Mark Thomas Music Preparation
King Arthur Hans Zimmer Music arranger: Choral
Hotel Rwanda Rupert Gregson-Williams Additional score arranger
2005 The Magic Roundabout Mark Thomas Conductor: Choir
Kingdom of Heaven Harry Gregson-Williams Orchestrator
Guy X Charlie Mole
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson
Conductor and Orchestrator
The Island Steve Jablonsky Conductor: Choir
Spirit Trap Guy Fletcher Orchestrator
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Julian Nott Composer of Additional Music
Blood Rayne Henning Lohner Conductor
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Harry Gregson-Williams Conductor: Choir(uncredited)
2006 Goose on the Loose Charlie Mole Conductor and Orchestator
Curious George Heitor Pereira
Over the Hedge Rupert Gregson-Williams
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Hans Zimmer Conductor: Choir
Fade to Black Charlie Mole Conductor and Orchestrator
2007 Mr. Bean's Holiday Howard Goodall Orchestrator
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nicholas Hooper Conductor and Orchestrator
Bee Movie Rupert Gregson-Williams
Fred Claus Christophe Beck Conductor
St Trinian's Charlie Mole Orchestrator
2008 Made of Honor Rupert Gregson-Williams Conductor(uncredited) and Orchestrator
You Don't Mess with the Zohan
Bedtime Stories Orchestrator
2009 The Maiden Heist Conductor and Orchestrator
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Nicholas Hooper
Dorian Gray Charlie Mole
Harry Brown
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Charlie Mole Conductor and Orchestrator
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Harry Gregson-Williams Orchestrator(uncredited)
Grown Ups Rupert Gregson-Williams Orchestrator
2011 Just Go with It
Stella Days Nicholas Hooper Conductor and Orchestrator
Beneath the Darkness Geoff Zanelli Conductor
Jack and Jill Rupert Gregson-Williams
Waddy Wachtel
2012 Red Lights Victor Reyes Conductor
Should've Been Romeo Geoff Zanelli Conductor and Orchestrator
That's My Boy Rupert Gregson-Williams Orchestrator
Total Recall Harry Gregson-Williams
Song for Marion Laura Rossi Conductor and Orchestrator
Here Comes the Boom Rupert Gregson-Williams Orchestrator
2013 Dead Man Down Jacob Groth Conductor and Orchestrator
Grown Ups 2 Rupert Gregson-Williams Orchestrator
Gravity Steven Price Orchestrator(uncredited)
2014 Vampire Academy Rolfe Kent Orchestrator
Winter's Tale Hans Zimmer
Rupert Gregson-Williams
Blended Rupert Gregson-Williams
Postman Pat: The Movie Conductor and Orchestrator
Exodus: Gods and Kings Alberto Iglesias Orchestrator
2015 The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power Geoff Zanelli
Mortdecai Geoff Zanelli
Mark Ronson
Conductor and Orchestrator
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Rupert Gregson-Williams Orchestrator
The Martian Harry Gregson-Williams
The Ridiculous 6 Rupert Gregson-Williams
Elmo Webber
2016 Dad's Army Charlie Mole Conductor and Orchestrator
Altamira Mark Knopfler
Evelyn Glennie
The Do-Over Rupert Gregson-William
The Legend of Tarzan Conductor and Orchestrator
Masterminds Geoff Zanelli Orchestrator
Winter Thaw Nicholas Hooper Conductor and Orchestrator
2017 The Ottoman Lieutenant Geoff Zanelli Orchestrator
Sandy Wexler Rupert Gregson-Williams
Wonder Woman Conductor and Orchestrator
2018 Swimming with Men Charlie Mole
Skyscraper Steve Jablonsky Conductor
The Meg Harry Gregson-Williams Orchestrator
Aquaman Rupert Gregson-Williams Conductor and Orchestrator


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