Nicholas Hooper

Nicholas Hooper – Composer Profile

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Nicholas Hooper is one of Europe’s leading composers, having written and produced music for over 250 films, dramas and documentaries since 1990. He has developed a reputation for producing music that is original, inspiring and always colourful.

His scores have received several major accolades. In 2004 he won the BAFTA for Best Original Score for The Young Visiters as well as being nominated for State of Play in the same year. Nicholas was nominated for a 2006 BAFTA for his score to The Girl In The Café, and prior to this was BAFTA nominated for The Way We Live Now. In 1998 he won the coveted Golden Panda Award for Land of the Tiger, a major BBC documentary series on India. The following year he won again (having been nominated for three separate scores), making him the first composer to win the award consecutively. He has received many other accolades for his feature films including the period feature The Heart Of Me, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Williams, and The Tichbourne Claimant (a quote from Variety: “Nicholas Hooper’s alert symphonic score rates a major bow, adding shape and atmosphere to the labyrinthine tale”).

Nicholas scored Philip Martin’s feature, Einstein and Eddington, starring David Tennant as Sir Arthur Eddington and Andy Serkis as Albert Einstein for Company Pictures/HBO, and Belonging for BBC Wales Drama. He also scored Enid Blyton for Carnival/BBC, Mo Mowlam for C4, and Yes Virginia, a CBS animated film for Christmas 2009.

Nicholas has received great critical acclaim for his stunning scores to both Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for Warner Bros, (“Let there be no doubt – Hooper’s reputation is cemented with this work, and his career just shifted gears.” Daniel Champion, Music from the Movies, July 2007), and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, nominated for a 2010 Grammy for Best Film Score. He most recently completed recording two wonderful scores to the Walt Disney Pictures feature releases, African Cats and Chimpanzee.

Film & Television
THE ESCAPE ARTIST BBC
Directors: Brian Welsh
Producers: Hilary Bevan-Jones
Starring: David Tennant, Sophie Okenedo
NORTH AMERICASilverback Films
Directors: Sarah Kass, Max Salomon, Laura Fravel, James Manfull
Producers: Adam Chapman
Starring: Tom Selleck
CHIMPANZEEWalt Disney Pictures
Directors: Mark Linfield, Alistair Fothergill
Producers: Mark Linfield, Alistair Fothergill, Alex Tidmarsh
AFRICAN CATSWalt Disney Pictures
Directors: Keith Scholey, Alistair Fothergill
Producers: Jane Hamlin, Keith Scholey
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCEWarner Bros
Director: David Yates
Producer: David Heyman, David Barron
rammy Nomination 2010: Best Film Score
Classic FM Film Music of the Year Award 2010
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIXWarner Bros
Director: David Yates
Producers: David Heyman, David Barron
YES VIRGINIAJ Walter Thompson / CBS
Director/creator: Wayne Best
Producer: Kate Schwerin
Executive Producers: Robin Feldman, Mick Ebeling
ENID BLYTONCarnival/BBC
Director: James Hawes
Producers: Lee Morris, Sally Woodward Gentle
DCI BANKS Left Bank Pictures
Director: James Hawes
Producers: Francis Hopkinson
MO MOWLAMGranada/C4
Director: Phillip Martin
Producer: Lisa Gilchrist
EINSTEIN AND EDDINGTONHBO
Director: Philip Martin
Producer: Mark Pybus
Starring: David Tennant, Andy Serkis
PRIME SUSPECT VII THE FINAL ACTTV
Director: Phillip Martin
Producers: Andrew Benson, Rebecca Eaton, Andy Harries
Starring: Helen Mirren
BAFTA Award 2007: Best Original TV Music
THE CHATTERLEY TRIALBBC
Director: James Hawes
Producer: Karen Lewis
MY FAMILY & OTHER ANIMALSBBC
Director: Sheree Folkson
Producer: Simon Lewis
Starring: Imelda Staunton
THE GIRL IN THE CAFETightrope Productions
Director: David Yates
Producer: Hilary Bevan Jones, Julie Gardner
Executive Producer: Richard CurtisStarring: Bill Nighy
BAFTA Nomination 2006: Best Original Music
MESSIAH IIIBBC/Paramount
Director: David Drury
Producer: Sanne Wohlenberg, Sophie Gardiner
Starring: Ken Stott
THE YOUNG VISITERSBBC Film
Director: David Yates
Producer: Christopher Hall
Starring: Jim Broadbent
BAFTA Award 2004: Best Original Music
IVOR NOVELLO Award 2004: Best Original Music
STATE OF PLAY BBC
Director: David Yates
Producer: Hilary Bevan Jones
Starring: Bill Nighy; John Sim
BAFTA Nomination 2004: Best Original Music
THE HEART OF ME (Feature Film)Martin Pope Productions/BBC Films
Director: Thaddeus O’Sullivan
Producer: Martin Pope
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Williams, Paul Bettany
THE WAY WE LIVE NOWDeep Indigo Productions/BBC
Director: David Yates
Producer: Nigel Stafford-Clark
Starring: David Suchet
BAFTA Nomination 2002: Best Original Music
TIGER SPECIALBBCWinner GOLDEN PANDA award 2000
ELEPHANTS OF THE SAND RIVERBBCWinner GOLDEN PANDA award 2000
WARRIOR MONKEYSBBCWinner GOLDEN PANDA award 2000
THE TICHBORNE CLAIMANTBigger Picture Company
Director: David Yates
LAND OF THE TIGERBBCWinner GOLDEN PANDA award 1998
Finalist RTS award 1998