Rupert Gregson-Williams at the premiere of Wonder Woman in May 25, 2017
October 12, 1966 (age 52)|
Chichester, England, United Kingdom
|Associated acts||Harry Gregson-Williams (brother)|
His filmography includes Hotel Rwanda, for which he was awarded the European Film composer award, Hacksaw Ridge, Wonder Woman, Over the Hedge, Bee Movie, Zookeeper, Made of Honor, Bedtime Stories, and numerous films by Happy Madison Productions, many of which star Adam Sandler. His most notable works in television include Veep and The Crown. He has received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award and a recipient of a BMI Award and a European Film Award.
Rupert is one of the Britain's leading commercial film arrangers, sometimes composing scores, but very often called in to provide the additional music or to arrange. Like his brother Harry Gregson-Williams, Rupert was a lead chorister in one of Britain's great traditional academic church choirs, that of St. John's College, Cambridge. In return for singing with the choir at daily services during the school term and touring with it around the world, he received a scholarship to St. John's College's preparatory school and entrance to Cambridge. Unlike Harry, who graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Rupert admits to being a rebellious student who got thrown out of school more than once. He believed that he had all the basic knowledge he needed and went to work as a professional musician, mostly in rock & roll bands, after a stint as a teacher in Africa.
A friendship with composer Richard Harvey, which grew from their shared interest in ethnic music and instruments, led him into film music. Rupert had been intrigued by the use of classical music in film since Visconti used Mahler's music in Death in Venice, and was happy to assist Harvey after the latter got some work scoring for British television projects. The two worked together in collaboration with Elvis Costello on G.B.H. and Jake's Progress, two films directed by Alan Bleasdale. In the process, Rupert learned much about advanced orchestration. His first original score was for an independent film by Genevieve Jolliffe, called Urban Ghost Story, which was a coming-of-age drama rather than a horror picture. Rupert composed an intimate score, mainly for solo piano and flutes, but of a substantial length at 50 minutes.
Following that, the established film composer Hans Zimmer asked him to join his organization Media Ventures, which provided music for film, television, advertisements, and other commercial uses, including the two-minute piece Rupert wrote for the World Cup soccer finals in Japan. Gregson-Williams worked directly with Zimmer on the score to The Prince of Egypt, composing certain sequences in the film using Zimmer's melodies to the composer's specifications. Other film and television projects followed for Gregson-Williams, including The Road to El Dorado, Virtual Sexuality, Muppets from Space, Extremely Dangerous, and Hannibal.
In 2004, he gained notice with the highly lauded drama Hotel Rwanda, for which he was bestowed the European Film Composer Award. From there, he scored such notable films as 2006's Over the Hedge, 2007's Bee Movie, 2008's You Don't Mess with the Zohan, and others. Gregson-Williams has since supplied the music for an increasingly higher-profile set of films including 2010's Grown Ups and 2014's Blended, as well as more awards season fare like Mel Gibson's 2016 WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge and Netflix's The Crown. In 2017, the soundtrack for superhero feature Wonder Woman, which included Gregson-Williams' score and the original song "To Be Human" by Sia, landed on the Billboard 200 and the Top 10 of the soundtracks chart.
|1998||The Prince of Egypt||Brenda Chapman|
|DreamWorks Animation||Choral conductor|
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
|1998||Urban Ghost Story||Geneviève Joliffe|| Living Spirit Pictures|
Pacific Data Images
Score composed by John Powell & Harry Gregson-Williams
|1999||Virtual Sexuality||Nick Hurran||Columbia Pictures|
|1999||Muppets from Space||Tim Hill||Columbia Pictures|
Jim Henson Pictures
|Score composed by Jamshied Sharifi|
|1999-2003||At Home with the Braithwaites|
|2000||Take a Girl Like You|
|2001||Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story|
|2001||The Wonderful World of Disney|
|2004||William and Mary|
|2004||Long Way Round|
|2005-2007||The Last Detective||with Alastair King|
|2012||Veep||with Chritopher Willis|
|2014||Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death||with Chritopher Willis|
|2015||Virtuso||with Chritopher Willis|
|2016-||The Crown|| Main theme by Hans Zimmer|
with Lorne Balfe (Season 2)
Video games Edit
|2005||Battlefield 2: Modern Combat|| Composed with Tobias Marberger|
Additional music by Lorne Balfe and Tony Clarke
|2013||Fire Emblem Awakening|| Additional Music with Lorne Balfe, Geoff Zanelli, Steve Mazzaro, Andrew Kawczynski & Jasha Klebe|
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
Original themes written by Jerry Goldsmith
- ↑ Exclusive: Stream Track From Rupert Gregson-Williams’ ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Score, Composer Talks ‘Wonder Woman,’ Mel Gibson, More. The Playlist. Retrieved on 3 November 2016.
- ↑ Rupert Gregson-Williams to Score James Wan’s ‘Aquaman’. Film Music Reporter. Retrieved on 7 March 2018.