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James Whitbourn

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b. 1963

'A truly original communicator in modern British choral music.'

The Observer

'. . . here's a dazzling collection of unashamedly tonal new music from James Whitbourn, the extravagantly talented composer, conductor, clinician, writer and - for the past 20 years - producer of the BBC's Carols from King's.'

The Guardian online

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Composer News

We are delighted James Whitbourn has signed a long-term publishing agreement with Oxford University Press. Since he signed he has written choral and organ pieces, with his current project being an orchestral accompaniment to his celebratory carol Christmas Welcome.

Composer Biography

After graduating from Magdalen College Oxford, James Whitbourn started his career in broadcasting, composing many works for the BBC. Annelies, the setting of The Diary of Anne Frank, is among the most performed large-scale choral works of the twenty-first century. Other scores reflect his eclectic interests, from a planetary portrait of C. S. Lewis (The Seven Heavens) to a portrayal of Ada Lovelace, a Carnatic-influenced work for dance (Luminosity) and a narrative work on the NASA Apollo missions. He has written for several national occasions, including a D-Day anniversary and the Queen Mother's funeral. Among the renowned ensembles who have recorded his music are the choirs of King's College, Cambridge, Magdalen College, Oxford, Clare College, Cambridge, Wells Cathedral, the Princeton-based choir Westminster Williamson Voices and the Oxford-based Commotio. James Whitbourn is also an award-winning conductor who, as a member of Oxford University's music faculty, directs the university's choral summer courses.

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