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          James Hesford is an award winning composer/musician working in Film, TV and Theatre as well as receiving regular commissions for contemporary orchestral and chamber music.

         

          James was born in a mining village in South Yorkshire (UK) and began performing in his early teens in soul and blues bands, touring Europe and the UK.   After moving to London, at the age of 19, he studied Fine Art at Sir John Cass and Goldsmiths School of Art. Taking advantage of their music department, he frequently gate crashed lectures on 20th century compositional techniques taking a particular interest in the scores of Stockhausen, Varèse and John Cage. During this period he established himself as a leading jazz guitarist and in 1980 won the Arts Councils GLAA Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award. The next two years were spent In New York composing and performing all styles of jazz - from bebop to free atonal improvisation - as well as playing in punk bands.

         

          Now resident in the UK, James continues to develop his unique compositional style drawing inspiration as much from his early rock, soul and jazz roots, as from late 20th century contemporary classical music.  James is highly in demand as a film and theater composer, employing his skills as a multi-instrumentalist and his in depth knowledge of many musical genres to create memorable, original scores for any combination of instruments and musical genres from symphony orchestra and small chamber groups to death metal, house music, hip hop, punk rock, jazz, electro, World music - Indian classical and folk music, Arabic music, South East Asian,  etc.etc. with an authenticity gained from years of in depth study and practice.

 

 

          James Hesford is an award winning composer/musician working in Film, TV and Theatre as well as receiving regular commissions for contemporary orchestral and chamber music.

         

          James was born in a mining village in South Yorkshire (UK) and began performing in his early teens in soul and blues bands, touring Europe and the UK.   After moving to London, at the age of 19, he studied Fine Art at Sir John Cass and Goldsmiths School of Art. Taking advantage of their music department, he frequently gate crashed lectures on 20th century compositional techniques taking a particular interest in the scores of Stockhausen, Varèse and John Cage. During this period he established himself as a leading jazz guitarist and in 1980 won the Arts Councils GLAA Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award. The next two years were spent In New York composing and performing all styles of jazz - from bebop to free atonal improvisation - as well as playing in punk bands.

         

          Now resident in the UK, James continues to develop his unique compositional style drawing inspiration as much from his early rock, soul and jazz roots, as from late 20th century contemporary classical music.  James is highly in demand as a film and theater composer, employing his skills as a multi-instrumentalist and his in depth knowledge of many musical genres to create memorable, original scores for any combination of instruments and musical genres from symphony orchestra and small chamber groups to death metal, house music, hip hop, punk rock, jazz, electro, World music - Indian classical and folk music, Arabic music, South East Asian,  etc.etc. with an authenticity gained from years of in depth study and practice.

 

 

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