George Fenton began writing music for theatre productions in 1974 after a brief career performing and song writing. He now works exclusively in film and television.
His scores for TV series include The Jewel in the Crown, The Monocled Mutineer, The History Man, Shoestring and Bergerac. He has written music for many of Alan Bennett’s plays, films and monologues as well as popular signature tunes including the BBC News and Newsnight and the major documentary series: The Trials of Life, Life in the Freezer, Beyond the Clouds, Shanghai Vice, Life, The Blue Planet and Planet Earth for which he was awarded Soundtrack Composer of the Year at the Classical Brits in 2007.
Following the broadcast of The Blue Planet in 2001 for which he won Ivor Novello, BAFTA and Emmy awards for Best Television Score, he created the show, The Blue Planet in Concert which has toured both in the UK and worldwide, performed by many of the world’s leading orchestras. Due to its success, Planet Earth in Concert was created in 2010 with it’s premier in the USA and will be touring in the UK in the Autumn of 2012. Frozen Planet in Concert has also premiered at the Hollywood Bowl in LA in the Summer of 2012, receiving highly acclaimed reviews.
He has composed for a wide variety of feature films, receiving Academy Award nominations for: The Fisher King, Dangerous Liaisons and Gandhi and was double-nominated for Cry Freedom for Original Score and Original Song. Other Scores include: The Madness of King George, Groundhog Day, Shadowlands, Ever After, Anna and the King, Stage Beauty, Mrs Henderson Presents, Hitch, and Fool’s Gold as well as Ken Loach’s films including, Land and Freedom, My Name is Joe and The Wind That Shakes The Barley and Looking For Eric and the most recent, Route Irish.
He has a Royal Television Society Lifetime Achievement Award and is a Fellow of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.