James Hannigan is a BAFTA award winning composer with a career spanning several industries – from AAA games and Television to groundbreaking audio drama. His many credits range from entries in the Harry Potter, Dead Space, The Lord of the Rings, Evil Genius, RuneScape, Transformers, EA Sports and Command and Conquer game franchises to The Sandman and Alien audio series. His awards also include a Webby People’s Choice Award for The Sandman Act II, and an IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) Award for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (BAFTA Award nomination, Original Music). <Continued Below>

“An astonishing composer…”

- NEIL GAIMAN

“James Hannigan has not only written the best music in the series, but he has surpassed [the] film score.”

- MOVIE MUSIC UK

“The music expertly captures the ‘60s spy-movie aesthetic”

- GAME INFORMER

“10/10. The music in Republic is amazing. It is possibly the greatest and most appropriate music in any game ever. The sweeping eastern classical music fits the game so well it is untrue.”

- GAME FAQS

“…a wonderful cinematic score”

AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE - BEST OF 2020

“Seeing a horde of monsters fast approaching, with pointy limbs flailing, as .. horns and violins rise to cacophony, is guaranteed to get the heart pumping.” 

- TIME

“In games of this genre, it’s common for me to mute the music and listen to something other than the OST. In Evil Genius 2, that most certainly wasn’t the case… the music truly excels”

- RAPID REVIEWS

“The most powerful weapon is the music.”

- L.A. TIMES

“Returning composer James Hannigan (has) brought this new game to life without losing step with the original. The music that Hannigan brings to life shows that he has not missed a beat. My only wish was that there were more..”

- GAMING TREND

“A score which combines musicality with wit … complementing the sound and dialogue perfectly.”

- BAFTA

” a superb score by composer James Hannigan — nothing more, nothing less.”

- MULTIVERSITY COMICS

“The formidable music, sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, is by the composer James Hannigan, noted for his contributions to screen and video games”

- THE TIMES

“… Dramatic special effects and James Hannigan’s music make The Sandman totally immersive.”

- THE SUNDAY TIMES

“The soundtrack is particularly fantastic”

- NGN

“The music.. is amazing. James Hannigan returns and he expands the original soundtrack with gusto… Brilliant Music.” 

- GAMEWATCHER

Hannigan's recent projects include the multi-award winning NY Times No.1 Bestselling The Sandman Act III (with a cast including James McAvoy, Michael Sheen and Regé-Jean Page), Steelrising, Evil Genius 2 and Discworld.

Among Hannigan's diverse past projects are cult hit Red Alert 3 (with Tim Curry and J. K. Simmons, and featuring the much-memed, "Soviet March"), Primeval (BBC America), Chris Roberts' Freelancer, Dead Space 3, Evil Genius (BAFTA Award Nomination, Original Music, 2004), Reign of Fire, Catwoman, Republic: The Revolution (designed by DeepMind co-founder, Demis Hassabis; BAFTA Award Nomination, Original Music, 2003), Command and Conquer 4, Conquest, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2, Art Academy (with music featured in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series), The Darkening (with Christopher Walken, Clive Owen and the late John Hurt), Transformers Universe, Theme Park World (aka Sim Theme Park), Terraria: Otherworld, Call of Antia, The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest, entries in the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Space Hulk, F1, FIFA, Grand Prix, and Warhammer series - among others.

James Hannigan's credits also include sound design for the Golden Reel nominated Lost in Space, scores for Audible's full-cast Alien dramas (featuring the late Rutger Hauer and Michael Biehn), themes for the hugely popular Harry Potter audio book series read by Stephen Fry, and the BBC R4 adaptations of Good Omens and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.

Music from Hannigan’s back catalogue is often heard in a wide range of TV productions, commercials and trailers - ranging recently from Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, Top Gear and The Grand Tour to Floor is LavaSpongeBob SquarePants, Disney shorts and The World According to Jeff Goldblum.

With his music often airing on Scala Radio, Classic FM, BBC Radio ABC Classic and other stations, Hannigan has recorded with several world class orchestras, including The Philharmonia, The Chamber Orchestra of London, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra, The Budapest Film Orchestra, and The Slovak Symphony Orchestra – at locations such as Air Lyndhurst, Abbey Road and Skywalker Ranch.  

James Hannigan is a founder of sold-out London Southbank based conferences, Screen Music Connect and Game Music Connect, introduced to inspire and educate professional and aspiring composers alike.  London Southbank-based events held since 2013 have been partnered with BAFTA, Classic FM, Sony PlayStation, Music Week, The Ivors Academy and others. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a BAFTA member for over twenty years, Hannigan has served as a BAFTA juror on multiple occasions and has also been a subject of BAFTA’s Conversations with Composers held at the Royal Albert Hall.

A frequent radio interviewee, Comic Con and conference panelist, Hannigan has also written articles for Classic FM,  DEVELOP Magazine and other outlets.

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