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George Fenton

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Best known for his work scoring Gandhi (1982) and Groundhog Day (1993) as well as writing music for the BBC series "The Blue Planet" and "Planet Earth", George Fenton is one of the most prolific film and TV composers in the UK, having written scores for over 100 films and collaborated with some of the world’s most influential filmmakers.

After initially working as an actor and later as a musician and band manager, Fenton finally found his vocation as composer. He received first commissions for theatre productions in The National Theatre, The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Royal Court and others, and went on to write his first television scores.

One of Fenton’s first works for motion picture was the theme for British TV show Bergerac which earned him a BAFTA Award. He went on to compose for big budget TV series including The Jewel in the Crown (1984) and The Monocled Mutineer (1986), also earning him BAFTA nominations and wins. Amongst his most notable works are the soundtracks to a number of wildlife television programmes, such as David Attenborough’s Planet Earth (2006).

Fenton’s best known works, however, are his film scores, for which he accumulated a total of four Oscar nominations. Having worked with the likes of Pedro Almodóvar, Terry Gilliam and Alan Clarke, Richard Attenborough’s eightfold-Oscar-winning Gandhi (1982) and Harold Ramis’ BAFTA-winning Groundhog Day (1993) stand out particularly.

Fenton is founder and member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). He also holds the position of a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music
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