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Edmund ButtBorn: 1968 (age: 49)
Edmund Butt is a composer of film and television music. Born in Hampton, he started off his career in music aged six as a chorister at Hampton Court Palace and then became the head chorister at Windsor Castle. This led to winning a scholarship to Charterhouse School, and his talent for the violin and piano was to later gain him a first class performers degree at the Royal College of Music.
Following this, he won a Countess of Munster Scholarship to study in New York and Japan, and then joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra as their youngest performer. He has also performed with London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philharmonia, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. It was whilst performing in the scores of films such as Basic Instinct and The English Patient that his ambition of working on film scores took shape, and he took on the orchestrations for a number of films including Desperate Measures, Dark City, and Merlin.
His first film score came with Revelation for Romulus Films, and he has since composed for The Dark (Impact Pictures), True North (Ariel/BBC Films), The Waiting Room (Bright Pictures) and Diary Of A Nobody (Clerkenwell Films).
On television, Butt has composed the music for a number of sci-fi based shows, including the paranormal Sea of Souls, the spiritualist Afterlife, both "time travel" series Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, the post-apocalyptic remake of Survivors, and the recent zombie-based In The Flesh. Other scores include The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Combat Hospital, and Mistresses. He won the 2009 Royal Television Society Award for Best Television Score for Yellowstone, and then again in 2011 for Garrows Law - he was also nominated for 2012 Royal Television Society Award for Best Original Title Theme for Without You.
Other work has included being the musical director for pop artists, including Madonna, Puff Daddy and George Martin.