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George Fenton was born in in Bromley, Kent,  one of five siblings. His father was a mechanical engineer, and his mother had been a dancer and dance teacher before becoming a nurse during the war. Both his parents were musical — his mother played the piano and his father the drums — but weren't professional musicians. However, his great grandfather on his father's side was a conductor, and as a child had been a chorister and had even sung at the funeral of the first Duke of Wellington.
George sang in church choirs as a boy, but it was the electric guitar — a Rosetti Lucky 7 — that first won his heart at the age of 7. Fenton initially worked as an actor, changing his name as there was already a George Howe, and getting an early break in with a part in Alan Bennett 's first West End play Forty Years On. In he dabbled in band The Bells Of St. Marys - Mike Fenton - The Best Of Mike Fenton 1984 - 1996 helping to get the folk-rock band Hunter Muskett a recording contract with Bradley's Records.
InFenton received his first major commission, as composer and musical director for Peter The Bells Of St. Marys - Mike Fenton - The Best Of Mike Fenton 1984 - 1996 Jamie - Ray Parker Jr. - Chartbusters production of Twelfth Night by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Throughout the rest of the s and early s Fenton worked frequently as a composer for theatre productions.
Between and Fenton composed for 9 of Gill's productions; 4 of these were at the Riverside Studios theatre where Gill was appointed artistic director in while the following 3 were at the National Theatre after Gill became Associate Director in During this period Fenton also worked regularly at the Belgrade Theatrecomposing for 3 of their productions in and another 3 inand in he collaborated with Adrian Noble on 3 productions at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
He continued to work with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company composing for 4 of their productions between andworking again with Adrian Noble on Anthony and Cleopatra inand most recently with Othello in directed by Michael Attenborough. Since the mid s Fenton's theatre work has become sporadic, just 7 productions since  as opposed to over television and film scores. His most unusual theatre work occurred in when he wrote the music for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Showa dinner theater show at Disneyland Paris   which The New York Times described as a "fake-rodeo-cum-dinner-theater" and the "indisputable highlight in the live performance category".
Fenton wrote his first television score in By the late s Fenton was working regularly The Bells Of St. Marys - Mike Fenton - The Best Of Mike Fenton 1984 - 1996 television, becoming a popular choice of composer for dozens of television productions.
He composed the music for all six of the LWT television plays by Alan Bennettwhich were broadcast during and and are collectively known as Six Plays by Alan Bennett. Fenton also composed for all of the episodes of Bennett's acclaimed Talking Heads series in and, a decade later, Talking Heads 2 in During this period Fenton also frequently collaborated with the director Stephen Frearscomposing for his television productions of Bloody KidsGoing GentlyWalter and Saigon: Year of the Cat Fenton has composed for a number of notable The Bells Of St.
Marys - Mike Fenton - The Best Of Mike Fenton 1984 - 1996 television programmes, often collaborating with the wildlife broadcaster David Attenborough and nature documentary filmmaker Alastair Fothergill. He has spoken of how much he likes composing for wildlife programmes. I just thought it was so great that I turned down the offer of doing another film in the States and flew straight back home.
Since he has written the music for a number of big budget wildlife series. His track record in this genre has placed him firmly as the BBC's composer of choice for its flagship wildlife programmes.
Fenton has composed the jingles or theme music to dozens of British television and radio programs, mostly for the BBC. George Fenton is also known as a composer of film scores. He has written the music for over one hundred feature films and has collaborated with some of the most influential film makers of the late 20th century. His film scoring as a professional composer began in  with Richard Attenborough 's biopic Gandhi for which he was nominated—with his collaborator, Ravi Shankar —for the Academy Award for Original Music Score.
Fenton's career as a composer of film scores owes a debt of gratitude to Attenborough's asking him to compose for Gandhi. He has also frequently worked with the theatre and film director Nicholas Hytnerwriting the score for all six of the movies that Hytner has directed. The latter three of these allowed Fenton to collaborate once again with their writer Alan Bennett.
Although Fenton composed the Каменният Конник - Various - Вестителят music of five of these films, for The Madness of King George he instead adapted and arranged the music of Handel. Fenton's long-standing collaboration with Stephen Frears has not been limited to television productions. Fenton has scored more feature films for Ken Loach than for any other filmmaker; bya total of fourteen. Fenton has developed other long-standing collaborations with filmmakers, scoring several films each for directors as diverse as: Harold RamisNora EphronPhil Various - Disc Pentru Manualul De Limba Germană Clasa A XI-aAndy Tennantand many others.
InFenton scored his first natural history documentary series, David Attenborough 's The Trials of Lifeand followed it up with Attenborough's next series, Life in the Freezer. This led to the producer Alastair Fothergill asking Fenton to compose the music for The Blue Planet inwhich began a Double Lovin - The Osmonds - Ultimate Collection (Special Edition) period of writing for natural history television programmes, including Planet EarthFrozen Planetand Life.
Inhe Rocks - Various - Rock Hits and conducted the music for the documentary film Deep Bluewhich was performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra — the first film score the orchestra had recorded in its history.
Inthey repeated the collaboration for the documentary film, Earth. With the producer Jane Carter, Fenton turned each of the scores into concert works. His live film scores continue to be performed by orchestras worldwide. He composed the score for "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show" I Was A Fool - Elmore James And The Broom Dusters* - Blues After Hours a dinner show recreating the experience of the famous world travelling show of Buffalo Bill.
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