James Seymour Brett

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James Seymour Brett
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Background information
Born (1974-04-03) 3 April 1974 (age 41)
Origin London, England
Genres Film scores
Occupation(s) Composer
Years active 1997–present
Website jamesseymourbrett.com

James Seymour Brett (3 April 1974) is an English composer and conductor.

Early career[edit]

After graduating from The Royal Academy of Music in 1997 James was immediately hired by the acclaimed composer Michael Kamen. James’ further contribution to film scores includes writing collaborations with Kamen on features such as The Event Horizon, What Dreams May Come, The Iron Giant, Frequency, X-Men, and the epic mini series, Band of Brothers produced by Steven Spielberg. In this period James also co-produced and provided additional score on Paramount's Against the Ropes.

In 1999 James helped mastermind the ambitious and groundbreaking concert that saw Metallica pair up with The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as assistant Musical Director. The album has since sold over 5 million copies worldwide. In 2002 James went on to plan and execute, again as assistant Musical Director and in close partnership with the BBC, Party at the Palace (part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations). This unprecedented and star-studded event was broadcast live to a multi-million audience worldwide with a gold CD in less than a week. James co-ordinated and arranged many of the collaborations both with traditional rock pairings and new orchestral interpretations.

Film and television[edit]

James has written extensively for film and television, establishing himself as a worldwide talent through his scores for TriStar Picture’s Planet 51 and the 13-part NBC primetime series, Crusoe. James’ collaborative work as composer, conductor and orchestrator with Harald Kloser can be heard in the epic feature 2012 and the historical thriller Anonymous (film) directed by Roland Emmerich. James became an integral part of this creative team on the hugely popular 10,000 BC. James’ music for the horror feature Outpost, directed by Steve Barker, also showcases his talent and versatility. In addition, James has written, orchestrated and conducted for the 2007 releases of Transformers for DreamWorks and The Nanny Diaries for The Weinstein Company.

In May 2013, James once again collaborated with Roland Emmerich on his major film White House Down. James also spent the summer working on One Chance (The Weinstein Company) working closely with Paul Potts and James Corden producing their vocal performances and arranging the material. James also composed the score to Stephen Frears film Lay the Favorite, which demanded a quirky, Americana-style score covering rock, blues & folk genres.

Walking With Dinosaurs - The Live Experience[edit]

James travelled to Australia to collaborate on Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular. Working with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra he composed and conducted over 80 minutes of music to score the live arena show. The show features 20 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs, as they battle through evolution. It has recently finished a worldwide tour seen by over 8 million people in 217 cities having won numerous awards since its opening in 2007.

Disney - Imagination Parks[edit]

To mark the global relaunch of Disney's Stores, James was asked to write music designed to thrill both children and parents alike. The "Imagination Parks" introduced new interactive zones, live events and mini theatres,[1] which opened officially in Madrid on 6 July.

Batman Live[edit]

James' music can again be heard in arenas across the world in Batman Live, a live action theatrical extravaganza. The epic score to accompany the DC superhero incorporates full symphonic forces, including choir.[2] The show premiered in Manchester, UK in July 2011 and toured North America in 2012.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee/Party In The Palace[edit]

Working with the BBC and Gary Barlow in 2012, James masterminded and conducted the biggest and most prestigious musical event in Britain – the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II celebrating the 60-year reign of Her Majesty the Queen alongside Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Stevie Wonder. James’ Diamond Jubilee collaboration followed on from the 2002 BBC ‘Party in the Palace’, where he served as Assistant Musical Director as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.



Dir. John Wells | The Weinstein Company

Dir. Roland Emmerich | Columbia Pictures

Dir. David Frankel | The Weinstein Company

Dir. Stephen Frears | Emmett/Furla Films

  • L'Historie De Nos Petites Mort

Dir. David Chidlow | Campfire Stories

  • Geography of the Hapless Heart

Dir. David Allain | Saetre Films

Dir. Roland Emmerich | Studio Babelsberg

Dir. Roland Emmerich | Columbia Pictures

Dir. Jorge Blanco | Sony Pictures

Dir. Steve Barker | Matador Pictures

Performed by Kate Bush | Arranged by James Brett.

Dir. Roland Emmerich | Warner Bros.

Dir. Michael Bay | DreamWorks

Dir. Shari Springer Berman / Robert Pulcini | The Weinstein Company

  • Four Last Songs

Dir. Francesca Joseph | BBC Films

Dir. Phyllis Nagy | Number 9 Films

Dir. Michael Bay | DreamWorks

Dir. Catherine McCormack | Woman on the Beach Ltd.

  • Die Stormflut

Dir. Jorgo Papavassiliou | teamWorx Produktion

Dir. Paul W. S. Anderson | 20th Century Fox

Dir. Brian Grant (director) | Icon Entertainment

Dir. Tommy O'Haver | Miramax

Dir. Stephen Hopkins (director) | Labrador Films

  • Daniel and the Superdogs

Dir. André Melançon | Zephyr Films


Prods. Marc Van Buuren & Justin Bodle | NBC

  • Hex: Seasons 1 & 2

Dir. Brian Grant (director) | SKY 1

  • Don't Just Dream It

Prod. Ben Rigden | Prospect Pictures

  • TR American Lion

Prod. Raymond Bridgers | Greystone TV


Concerts/Arena Shows[edit]

  • Batman Live

Composed and conducted original score - premiered UK July '11

  • Disney Stores - Imagination Parks

Composed and conducted original score

Composed and conducted original score Australian Tour Jan – April ’07, US Tour July ’07 – Dec '10, European Tour August '09 - June '11

Assistant Musical Director for live concert in Buckingham Palace Gardens Arranger/Coordinator of Music Live beacons event

Assistant Musical Director San Francisco, Berlin, New York

  • EMI 'When Love Speaks' RADA Benefit Album

Co-Producer, Assistant Musical Director @ live concert launch, album

Co-producer/Assistant Musical Director for album/live event

Pop/Classical – Musical Director/Arranger[edit]

Alfie Boe, Annie Lennox, Atomic Kitten, Blue, Brian May, Brian Wilson, Bryan Ferry, Dave Gilmour, Des'ree, Eric Clapton, Hayley Westenra, Joe Cocker, Metallica, Mis-Teeq, Ozzy Osbourne, Sir Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Ricky Martin, Sophie Solomon, The Corrs, The Last Shadow Puppets, Will Young

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "James Seymour Brett - Official Website". Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Batman Live - Discover Gotham". Retrieved 2011-08-26.