James Hannigan

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James Hannigan
Background information
Occupation(s) Composer, musician, producer
Years active 1992–present
Website http://www.james-hannigan.com/

James Hannigan (born 1971) is a British film, television and video game composer who has composed music for entries in the Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Command & Conquer, Dead Space, Theme Park, Warhammer, RuneScape 3 and Grand Prix series of games, among others.


Early game credits include Sim Theme Park, Space Hulk, Conquest: Frontier Wars, Wing Commander: Privateer 2: The Darkening and Freelancer. He has created and remixed tracks for numerous titles on the EA Sports label, along with creating scores for the BAFTA-nominated titles Evil Genius and Republic: The Revolution. Hannigan also composes for television, most recently contributing to BBC America sci-fi TV series Primeval. Some of his other VG credits include Dead Space 3, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Twilight, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Art Academy and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

In the earlier stages of his career, between 1995 and 1997, Hannigan held the position of in-house composer at Electronic Arts, before he based himself at the world-famous Pinewood Studios complex in West London for ten years. Some of James Hannigan's other credits include Theme Park World and Theme Park Inc, along with Elixir Studios' Evil Genius and Republic: The Revolution. A sound designer as well as a composer, Hannigan worked on films such as Lost in Space in the earlier stages of his career.


Hannigan's music scores have been nominated five times by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and he won a BAFTA Award with Electronic Arts in 2000 for Sim Theme Park (UK title: Theme Park World). In 2010 his score for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince received a BAFTA nomination[1] and won an International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) award.[2] Most recently, in 2014, Hannigan was nominated for a Develop Award for his work on Runescape 3.

Game Music Connect[edit]

James Hannigan is the co-creator of the popular Game Music Connect conference held yearly in London's Southbank Centre and is Director of Game Art Connect, the organisation behind the event

Written publications[edit]

In 2004, Hannigan wrote "Changing Our Tune", a seminal cover article for the UK's Develop magazine, outlining some of the differences between scoring for games and conventional linear media forms such as film and television.[3] It was the magazine's first audio related cover feature.

In 2015 James Hannigan wrote a series of articles on video game music for Classic FM. [4]

Public performances[edit]

In 2007, a collage of Hannigan's music entitled Welcome to Hogwarts[5] was added to Video Games Live debuting in London at the Royal Festival Hall on 22 October 2007, and featuring the Philharmonia orchestra.

Hannigan's 'Soviet March' theme from Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 was performed at 'A Night in Fantasia', by the Eminence Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Australia on 26 September 2009.[6] The popular track can be heard on YouTube.[7]

On 28 October 2010, a concert of Hannigan's music was held at St. Mary's Church, Nottingham, England. As part of the GameCity 2010 Festival, the concert featured The Pinewood Singers and soloists performing the theme of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1', pieces from Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, Evil Genius and other titles[8]

On 29 June 2012, Hannigan was interviewed in front of a live audience at the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room by presenter Tommy Pearson, as part of the BAFTA Sponsored event 'Conversations With Composers'. The event featured an overview of the composer's work and live performances from soprano, Tamara Zivadinovic.

Live recording[edit]

James Hannigan has worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra, The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra, The Slovak Symphony Orchestra and The Chamber Orchestra of London, recording at Abbey Road Studios, AIR Studios and Skywalker Ranch.

Some of James Hannigan's credits[edit]

  • Dead Space 3 (Electronic Arts)
  • Transformers Universe
  • RuneScape (Jagex Studio)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (EA Bright Light Studio)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (EA Bright Light Studio)
  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (Electronic Arts)
  • Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight (EA LA)
  • Primeval (Impossible Pictures/ITV)
  • Art Academy (Nintendo/Headstrong)
  • The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest (Headstrong/Warner Bros.)
  • FreeLancer (Digital Anvil/Microsoft)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Electronic Arts/Warner Bros; BAFTA nomination, 2010)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Ubisoft/Sony Pictures)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (EA/Warner Bros. 'Best of 2007', IGN; 'Best VG Score', Movie Music UK Awards 2007).
  • Evil Genius (VU Games. BAFTA Nomination, Music, 2005)
  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 Uprising (EA LA)
  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 Commander's Challenge (EA LA)
  • Republic The Revolution (Eidos. BAFTA Nomination, Music, 2004)
  • Conquest: Frontier Wars (Digital Anvil/Ubisoft)
  • Warhammer: SotHR (Mindscape; Games Workshop)
  • Sim Theme Park* NASCAR Thunder 2004 (2003), Electronic Arts, Inc.
  • NASCAR Racing 2002 Season (2002), Sierra Entertainment, Inc.
  • NASCAR Thunder 2003 (2002), Electronic Arts, Inc.
  • F1 2000 (EA Sports)
  • F1 Manager (EA Sports)
  • FIFA 96, FIFA 98 (EA Sports)
  • Theme Park World (EA/Bullfrog; BAFTA Award, 2000)
  • Hasbro Family Game Night 3 (EA Bright Light)
  • Grand Prix 4 (Infogrames)
  • Brute Force (Digital Anvil/Microsoft. Co-composed with Jesper Kyd and Mike Reagan)
  • Catwoman (EA/Warner Bros.)
  • Reign of Fire (KUJU/BAM)
  • Mr. Bean (VG)
  • Lost In Space (Sound Design; New Line Cinema)
  • Theme Park Inc. (EA/Bullfrog)
  • Warhammer: Dark Omen (Electronic Arts; Sound Design)
  • Action Man (multiple titles; Hasbro/Intelligent Games)
  • Privateer: The Darkening (Electronic Arts, Origin Systems)
  • Sim Coaster (EA/Bullfrog)
  • FA Premier League Manager(EA Sports; BAFTA Nomination, 2000)
  • FIFA Soccer Manager (EA Sports)
  • Cutthroat Island (Software Creations)
  • Short Cuts series (Chappell)
  • Big Screen (West One Music)
  • Distorted Reality (Chappell)
  • Jetix (various titles)
  • Flight of the Amazon Queen (Renegade)
  • Yamaha SuperCross
  • ATV Racing
  • Infestation (Frontier Developments)
  • MoHo (Lost Toys)
  • Ball Breakers
  • Beasts and Bumpkins (Electronic Arts)
  • Gummy Bears Crazy Golf (Beyond Reality Games)
  • Darklight Conflict (Electronic Arts; additional music)
  • Space Hulk (PSX, Electronic Arts/Games Workshop)


  1. ^ "List of 2010 BAFTA Games Award Winners". Bafta.org. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "IFMCA Award Winners 2009". Filmmusiccritics.org. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Changing Our Tune by James Hannigan". Postlinear.co.uk. 16 September 1926. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Video Game Music: Is it Art by James Hannigan". 
  5. ^ Welcome to Hogwarts on YouTube
  6. ^ Eminence Symphony Orchestra Eminence Symphony Orchestra
  7. ^ Soviet March on YouTube
  8. ^ "James Hannigan concert report in Develop". Develop-online.net. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 

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