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JAMES WHITBOURN

James Whitbourn’s music has been described as “achingly beautiful”. A composer and conductor writing for film, television and concert hall, Whitbourn studied at Oxford University and began his career initially as a BBC producer. His symphonic score composed for the BBC/Discovery landmark series Son of God continues to be broadcast internationally. Its seminal themes formed his best-known choral work Son of God Mass, for saxophone, choir and organ which receives many performances worldwide.

His concert-length choral work Annelies, based on The Diary of Anne Frank, has received prestigious performances both in its orchestral and chamber versions, involving artists Leonard Slatkin, Daniel Hope and Arianna Zukerman. Whitbourn has been praised as “a master of choral colors. His direct musical language and his masterful bonding of text and tune create indelible and beautiful choral textures.”

Whitbourn has been commissioned to compose music for important national occasions, including the Queen Mother’s funeral, the National Holocaust Memorial and the National Commemorations of 9/11.

Read an interview with James Whitbourn

James Whitbourn: On telling the story of Anne Frank in music (Naxos 8.573070)

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TAVENER, J.: Choral Ikons (NTSC) Opus Arte
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Classical Concert
TAVENER, J.: Choral Ikons (The Choir, Whitbourn) Opus Arte
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Choral - Sacred





 
 
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