Edward Shearmur

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Edward Shearmur
Born (1966-02-28) 28 February 1966 (age 52)
London, England
Other names Ed Shearmur
Occupation Film scorer, composer
Spouse(s) Allison Shearmur
(–2018; her death)
Children 2

Edward Shearmur (sometimes known as Ed Shearmur; born 28 February 1966) is a British film composer. Born in London, England, at age 7 he sang in the boys' choir at Westminster Cathedral. Educated at Eton College, he studied at the Royal College of Music and went on to a scholarship at Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. He further honed his craft as assistant to Michael Kamen (on such films as Licence to Kill, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and the acclaimed Don Juan DeMarco), orchestrating and conducting before scoring his first full-length feature film The Cement Garden[1] which won the director's prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Coming to prominence in his own right with The Wings of the Dove in 1997, he has since proven both his strength and his versatility scoring for a diverse range of immensely popular films including the likes of both Charlie's Angels[1] outings, Cruel Intentions, Species II, and K-PAX.[1]

In addition to his film work, Shearmur has always had a deep love of rock 'n' roll, having collaborated as both a keyboardist and an arranger with a number of top performers including Eric Clapton, Annie Lennox, Pink Floyd, Marianne Faithfull, Bryan Adams, Echo & the Bunnymen, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Shearmur has influenced many artists. One example of this is the ambient artist David Helpling. Helpling seeks to have a cinematic quality to his songs and draws on Shearmur's style of composition.

Shearmur was married to film producer Allison Shearmur (née Brecker) until her death from lung cancer in January 2018. They have two children.[2]





  1. ^ a b c Goldwasser, Dan (10 August 2001). "The Talented Mr. Shearmur". SoundtrackNet. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Kit, Borys; Kilday, Gregg (January 19, 2018). "'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Producer Allison Shearmur Dies at 54". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 20, 2018. 

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