Known for his wide-ranging and evocative scores, BAFTA award winning composer and producer James Hannigan has created music for virtually all forms of media.  His credits include entries in the Harry PotterDead SpaceEvil GeniusCommand and Conquer, RuneScape, TransformersThe Lord of the RingsWarhammer, EA Sports and Theme Park video game series; TV such as Primeval; Radio and full cast audio drama including the Alien series, BBC R4 adaptations of Neverwhere and Good Omens – and, most recently, Neil Gaiman’s record-breaking The Sandman (Act II receiving a Webby People’s Voice Award for Original Music Score/Sound Design, 2022).  His current projects include Steelrising (Spiders/Nacon), Discworld, Call of Antia, and Act III of The Sandman.

An IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) award winner for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, James’s credits also include Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (including the much-memed, parodic ‘Soviet March’), Theme Park World/Sim Theme Park (BAFTA Award, 2000), the BAFTA Award nominated Evil Genius and the groundbreaking interactive music of Republic: The Revolution (designed by Google DeepMind co-founder, Demis Hassabis),  Conquest, Nintendo‘s Art Academy, entries in the Wing Commander universe including The Darkening and FreelancerTerraria: OtherworldTransformers Universe, several titles in the FIFA and F1 series, film tie-ins such as Catwoman, Cutthroat Island, Reign of Fire, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs; The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s QuestHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 and 2; EA/WBIE), and many others

Music from James’s back catalogue finds placement in many TV productions, ranging recently from the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, Top Gear and The Grand Tour to Floor is Lava, SpongeBob SquarePants and The World According to Jeff Goldblum – along with games such as the Super Smash Bros series, along with themes for the most listened-to audiobooks in history: the Harry Potter series read by Stephen Fry. His sound design, from his early days based at Pinewood Studios in London, can been heard in films such as the Golden Reel nominated Lost In Space.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, James 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.

With his music airing on stations such as Classic FM and Scala Radio, James has worked with several world class orchestras including The PhilharmoniaThe Chamber Orchestra of LondonThe Royal Philharmonic OrchestraThe Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Symphony Orchestra – recording at locations such as Air Studios, Abbey Road and Skywalker Ranch.  A regular radio interviewee, Comic Con and conference panelist, James has written articles for Classic FM and other outlets and once penned DEVELOP Magazine’s first ever audio-related cover feature, and in 2012 he was made a subject of BAFTA’s Conversations with Composers series held at the Royal Albert Hall.



“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”

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“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