Leigh Phillips

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Leigh Phillips
Leigh Phillips (Composer).jpg
Born August 14, 1973
South Wales
Nationality British
Education Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, London College of Music (TVU)
Occupation Composer/ Orchestrator

Leigh Phillips is an award-winning composer*,[1] orchestrator, and conductor of music for film, media,[2] and theatre. In addition to this, he is responsible for developing unique orchestrations and arrangements of film music, for live concert performance and recording.

Previous collaborations have included the, BAFTA Award-winning, composer John Ottman, Grammy Award-winning television composer Joe Harnell, The Halle Orchestra, The Golden State Pops Orchestra, soundtrack producers Silva Screen Records and Tadlow Music; his orchestrations and arrangements featuring in productions by companies such as Decca Records, SKY, IMAX, ITV, Channel 4, Prometheus Records, Classic FM and the BBC.[3]

One particularly prominent feature of Phillips' career has been his involvement in the reconstruction of classic (and previously unreleased) film scores. Some notable examples of reconstruction projects (both complete scores and compilation albums) that have utilised his orchestrations, include:

  • Thriller - vol. 2 (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • Ben Hur (Miklos Rozsa)[4]
  • Thriller - vol.1 (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • The Thief of Bagdad (Miklos Rozsa)
  • Sodom & Gomorrah (Miklos Rozsa)
  • The Blue Max (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • Exodus (Ernest Gold)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (Maurice Jarre)
  • Conan the Barbarian (Basil Poledouris)
  • Conan the Destroyer (Basil Poledouris)
  • Villa Rides (arranger for various suites)
  • Taras Bulba (traditional folk-song arrangements)
  • Notre Dame de Paris (arranger for various suites) (Maurice Jarre)
  • Quo Vadis' (Miklos Rozsa)[5]
  • The Salamander (Jerry Goldsmith)[6][7][8]
  • Public Access (John Ottman)

Other orchestration & composition projects have included:

In 2014, Leigh was presented with the IFMCA Special Award for his work on the reconstruction of Jerry Goldsmith's score, 'The Salamander'; previous recipients of this award have included Marc Shaiman, Haiti - The Symphony of Hope project, and James Horner.

With a long-standing interest in music education, he is currently a tutor of both undergraduate and postgraduate film-music composition students at The London College of Music where, in collaboration with the composition department, he assisted in the development of the UK's first, film music specific, Bachelor of Music Degree.[9]

*Denotes 2006 Jerry Goldsmith Award for Best Achievement in Audio Visual Music


  1. ^ Rogers, Alan. "IFMCA Winners 2013". Reel Music. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Harvey, Dennis. "War Made Easy - Film Review". Variety. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  3. ^ E, RJ. "Biographical Detail". IMDB. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Raynes, Doug. "Ben Hur session report". Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Lysy, Craig. "'Quo Vadis' - CD Review". Movie Music UK. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Hadley, Chris. "Reconstructing the Salamander (Interview)". Film Score Monthly. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Gonzalez, Danny. "Rebuilding the Salamander (Interview)". Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Southall, James. "'The Salamander' - CD Review". Movie Wave. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  9. ^ LCM, UWL. "BMus in Film Composition course page". Retrieved 9 September 2014.