James Shearman

James Shearman has gained worldwide recognition as a conductor and orchestrator of over 60 feature film scores, from the critically acclaimed Academy Award winning score for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Gosford Park (2001), Mansfield Park (1999) and the Classical Brit Award nominated score The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) to Hollywood blockbusters such as Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), (2005), Rise of the Planet of the apes (2011), Thor (both 2011), Pixar’s Brave (2012) and the recently released Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).

James Shearman regularly conducts many leading orchestras, most notably the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czeck Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian Studio Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Session Orchestra, and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducting and orchestrating for some of the most established composers in film, including Patrick Doyle, Mark Isham, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, John Powell and Hans Zimmer.

James Shearman studied composition and orchestration with Nick Ingman and conducting with Denise Ham at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won the Eric Coates prize for light composition. In his final year of studies, as part of the Academy’s annual music festival, he was commissioned to compose a piece honouring the career of legendary film composer John Williams. The piece was premiered to John Williams himself, by the Royal Academy of Music Symphony orchestra as part of the British Film Festival 1996. Upon Graduation James quickly established himself internationally as a skillful orchestrator and conductor working on both British and Hollywood film scores, and as an arranger and conductor for popular recording artists such as Gary Barlow, Connor Reeves, Oasis and classical crossover soprano Charlotte Church, for whom in 2008 he co-wrote the title song for the album Dream a dream which had within weeks, accumulated sales of over 1.5 million copies in the U.S. alone.

James Shearman makes his conducting debut with the Ulster Orchestra in March 2014 with The Music of Patrick Doyle from the Films of Sir Kenneth Branagh. Other current projects include the orchestration and conducting of the scores for both Disney’s live action film Cinderella with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the upcoming American drama film Serena (2014) staring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

James regularly conducts the Philharmonia in the recording studio, but is particularly delighted to be making his concert debut with the Orchestra in October 2014.