Gavin Greenaway

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Gavin Greenaway (born 15 June 1964) is an English music composer and conductor. He is the son of Roger Greenaway.[1]

Gavin Greenaway
Background information
Birth nameGavin Greenaway
Born (1964-06-15) 15 June 1964 (age 58)
London, England
GenresFilm Score
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor, arranger

Early life and career[edit]

Educated at Strode's College and Trinity College of Music, Greenaway started working with his father before leaving school. Their compositions for BBC children's television include Jimbo and the Jet-Set, The Family Ness and Penny Crayon, as well as Channel 4's 1996 drama The Fragile Heart.

Greenaway also conducted the scores for the films The Thin Red Line, Gladiator and Pearl Harbor, all of which were composed by Hans Zimmer. He also conducted many scores for DreamWorks Animation such as Shrek, Chicken Run, Antz, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, The Prince of Egypt, Bee Movie, and The Road to El Dorado. In addition, he was commissioned by Disney to compose the score for their fireworks show IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth and a parade called Tapestry of Nations at Epcot. The resulting pieces of music from the fireworks show have been used by Disney since 1999. With the permission from Disney, who hold the full rights to the composition and the Hal Leonard corp. who hold the publishing rights, Reflections of Earth has now been arranged for the idiom full symphonic wind band and dedicated to the Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds and their musical director Phil Evans. The first performance of this arrangement was in Radnor PA on 2 December 2012. For Tokyo DisneySea, he composed the score for "BraviSEAmo!", the pyrotechnics and water nightly show in 2004. He also conducted in Paul McCartney's oratorio Ecce Cor Meum. He has also provided music-only soundtracks to accompany VHS-releases such as The Everton Football Club Season Review 1988/89.

His music was heard during both the 2000 Super Bowl XXXIV Halftime Show and the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Greenaway was one of the composers commissioned to write music for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012 in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The piece, entitled The New Water Music, was inspired by the George Frederic Handel's Water Music and contained movements by several modern British composers working under the direction of Greenaway.[2] After the pageant, Greenaway was critical of the BBC coverage of the pageant as the live broadcast did not feature the performance at all.[3] In his personal blog, he expressed the view that the presenters had focused on interviewing celebrities while ignoring the musicians completely.[4]

Il Falco Bianco is Gavin Greenaway's first solo piano album, released in May 2016.[5]

He has also recently conducted music for the Star Wars anthology film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Composer(s) Notes
1992 Peter's Friends Musical director
1993 Needful Things Patrick Doyle Additional music arranger
1994 Exit to Eden Additional orchestrator
1995 Beyond Rangoon Hans Zimmer Orchestrator
1997 Face/Off John Powell Composer of additional music
The Peacemaker Hans Zimmer Conductor
1998 Antz
  • Composer of additional music
  • Conductor
The Prince of Egypt Hans Zimmer Conductor
The Thin Red Line
1999 Forces of Nature John Powell
  • Additional music arranger
  • Composer of additional music (uncredited)
  • Conductor
Light It Up Harry Gregson-Williams Conductor
2000 The Road to El Dorado
  • Hans Zimmer
  • John Powell
  • Composer of additional music (uncredited)
  • Conductor
Chicken Run
  • Harry Gregson-Williams
  • John Powell
  • Composer of additional music (uncredited)
  • Conductor
2001 Hannibal Hans Zimmer Conductor
  • Harry Gregson-Williams
  • John Powell
Pearl Harbor Hans Zimmer
Evolution John Powell
  • Composer of additional music
  • Conductor
I Am Sam Conductor
2002 D-Tox
The Time Machine Klaus Badelt
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Hans Zimmer
  • Composer of additional music (uncredited)
  • Conductor
2003 Paycheck John Powell Conductor
2005 The Ring Two
Madagascar Hans Zimmer
Batman Begins
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Julian Nott
2006 United 93 John Powell
Happy Feet Additional music arranger
Blood Diamond James Newton Howard Conductor (children's choir)
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum John Powell Conductor
Bee Movie Rupert Gregson-Williams
The Golden Compass Alexandre Desplat Additional conductor
The Great Debaters
  • James Newton Howard
  • Peter Golub
2008 Iron Man Ramin Djawadi
Kung Fu Panda
  • Hans Zimmer
  • John Powell
The Dark Knight
  • Hans Zimmer
  • James Newton Howard
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Hans Zimmer
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Henry Jackman Conductor (score and choir)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Conductor (choir)
9 Deborah Lurie Conductor
Sherlock Holmes Hans Zimmer
2010 Henri 4
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Henry Jackman
Green Zone John Powell
How to Train Your Dragon John Powell
  • Additional orchestrator
  • Conductor (score and choir)
Fair Game Conductor
Despicable Me Heitor Pereira Music director
Inception Hans Zimmer Score consultant
Conductor (score and choir)
Love & Other Drugs James Newton Howard Conductor
Tron: Legacy Daft Punk
Gulliver's Travels Henry Jackman
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Hans Zimmer Conductor (choir)
Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Hans Zimmer
  • John Powell
  • Additional orchestrator
  • Conductor (score and choir)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Steve Jablonsky Conductor (choir)
Puss in Boots Henry Jackman Conductor (score and choir)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Hans Zimmer Conductor
2012 Man on a Ledge Henry Jackman
Safe House Ramin Djawadi
The Hunger Games James Newton Howard
  • Conductor (score and choir)
  • Orchestrator
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Theodore Shapiro Conductor
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Hans Zimmer Conductor (score and choir)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Henry Jackman Conductor
The Dark Knight Rises Hans Zimmer
Total Recall Harry Gregson-Williams
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Lucas Vidal
Turbo Henry Jackman
Ender's Game Steve Jablonsky
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Henry Jackman
How to Train Your Dragon 2 John Powell
Interstellar Hans Zimmer
Kingsman: The Secret Service
2015 Dough Lorne Balfe
Terminator Genisys
Pan John Powell
Burnt Rob Simonsen
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Conductor (choir)
Captain America: Civil War Henry Jackman Conductor
Spark Robert Duncan
The Angry Birds Movie Heitor Pereira
Jason Bourne
Brimstone Tom Holkenborg
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Conductor (choir)
A Cure for Wellness Benjamin Wallfisch Conductor
2017 Kong: Skull Island Henry Jackman
La Gran Promesa Rodrigo Flores López
The Boss Baby
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Steve Mazzaro
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Tyler Bates
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Geoff Zanelli Conductor (choir)
Dunkirk Hans Zimmer Conductor
Detroit James Newton Howard
Breathe Nitin Sawhney
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • Henry Jackman
  • Matthew Margeson
2018 Early Man
  • Harry Gregson-Williams
  • Tom Howe
Charming Tom Howe
Solo: A Star Wars Story
The Predator Henry Jackman
Smallfoot Heitor Pereira
Mary Poppins Returns Marc Shaiman
2019 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World John Powell
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Henry Jackman
Brightburn Timothy Williams
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Judy Gabriel Yared
6 Underground Lorne Balfe
2020 The Witches Alan Silvestri
Black Beauty Guillaume Roussel
The Midnight Sky Alexandre Desplat
Wonder Woman 1984 Hans Zimmer
News of the World James Newton Howard
2021 Zack Snyder's Justice League Tom Holkenborg

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Studio(s) Composer(s) Notes
2014 Destiny Bungie Martin O'Donnell

Michael Salvatori

2018 Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
Marvel's Spider-Man John Paesano
2019 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order


  1. ^ "Alfred Music | Gavin Greenaway". Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Herald Music Barges" (PDF). Thames Jubilee Pageant official website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 May 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  3. ^ Dowell, Ben (6 June 2012). "Jubilee pageant composers condemn BBC coverage". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  4. ^ Greenaway, Gavin. "Cock-up or conspiracy?". Not a Destination (blog). Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  5. ^ " - Il Falco Bianco". Retrieved 7 February 2016.

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