Edward Shearmur

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Edward Shearmur (sometimes known as Ed Shearmur; born 28 February 1966) is a British film composer. Born in London, England, at age 7 he sang in the boys' choir at Westminster Cathedral. Educated at Eton College, he studied at the Royal College of Music and went on to a scholarship at Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. He further honed his craft as assistant to Michael Kamen (on such films as Licence to Kill, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and the acclaimed Don Juan DeMarco), orchestrating and conducting before scoring his first full-length feature film The Cement Garden which won the director's prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Coming to prominence in his own right with The Wings of the Dove in 1997, he has since proven both his strength and his versatility scoring for a diverse range of immensely popular films including the likes of both Charlie's Angels outings, Cruel Intentions, Species II, and K-PAX.

In addition to his film work, Shearmur has always had a deep love of rock 'n' roll, having collaborated as both a keyboardist and an arranger with a number of top performers including Eric Clapton, Annie Lennox, Pink Floyd, Marianne Faithfull, Bryan Adams, Echo & the Bunnymen, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Shearmur has influenced many artists. One example of this is the ambient artist David Helpling. Helpling seeks to have a cinematic quality to his songs and draws on Shearmur's style of composition.

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Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The Wings of the Dove Edward Shearmur 1
1998 Species II Edward Shearmur 1
1998 The Governess Edward Shearmur 1
1999 Cruel Intentions Edward Shearmur 1
2001 K-PAX: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Edward Shearmur 4.5 2
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo Edward Shearmur 1
2002 Reign of Fire Edward Shearmur 2
2003 Johnny English Edward Shearmur 3
2003 Species Christopher Young & Edward Shearmur 1
2004 Laws of Attraction Edward Shearmur 1
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Edward Shearmur 3 3
2005 The Skeleton Key Edward Shearmur 3
2008 Passengers Edward Shearmur 1
2010 Mother and Child Edward Shearmur 1

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