Other Composers

Edward Shearmur - film composer

Edward Shearmur - Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow soundtrack CD cover Edward Shearmur (sometimes credited as "Ed") received his education in England's Eton College and the Royal College of Music. With an apprenticeship doing orchestration work, he has rapidly become established in mainstream family movies including the "Charlie's Angels" films. With the release of "Miss Congeliality 2: Armed and Fabulous", it is clear that Shearmur's music is considered to be an essential ingredient in a successful movie and film-makers return to him to include his skills on sequels. Thankfully not all movies turn into franchises and many of Shearmur's movies have been unique in concept. Shearmur won BMI Film & TV Awards for "Miss Congeniality" and for both of his "Charlie's Angels" scores.

Edward Shearmur - Johnny English soundtrack CD cover One hugely enjoyable soundtrack from the composer is "Johnny English" which expertly pays homage to the James Bond soundtracks of John Barry, while at the same time avoiding any overt copying and recognising the needs of today's younger, more sophisticated audience. The main theme itself is an excellent Bond spoof co-written by Shearmur and Howard Goodall (who seems to write for all of Rowan Atkinson's roles). We don't know if it was intentional but the inclusion of some tracks played by "Bond" (the all-girl string quartet group) is a neat pun on the whole spy concept! This soundtrack is very entertaining and recommended listening, whether or not you are a Bond fan. Find it at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

Shearmur's soundtrack for "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" is reminiscent of the old fashioned comic book hero. It brings to mind the thick orchestral music of the golden age of cinema and the melodrama of a "Flash Gordon" type hero. In contrast he has recently provided more delicate music for director Rodrigo Garcia in films such as "Passengers" and "Mother and Child". In recent years Shearmur has continued his association with Comedy, e.g. through the Teen series "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" but has continued to successfully dabble in other genres such as the mystery/thriller "Before I Go to Sleep" starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.

Films by Edward Shearmur:

    Edward Shearmur - K-Pax soundtrack CD cover
  • The Wings of the Dove - not quite "Death in Venice" but a romantic score which defines the complex character relationships
  • Species II
  • Cruel Intentions
  • Miss Congeniality - and "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous"
  • K-PAX
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Johnny English - the lead song "A Man for all Seasons" is sung by Robbie Williams, and written by Williams and Hans Zimmer
  • Edward Shearmur - Reign of Fire soundtrack CD cover
  • Reign of Fire
  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
  • Laws of Attraction
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow - with a heroic main theme
  • Skeleton Key - mostly sound design work in this creepy story
  • Derailed
  • Factgory Girl
  • 88 Minutes
  • Righteous Kill
  • Passengers
  • Edward Shearmur - Laws of Attraction soundtrack CD cover
  • Bride Wars
  • The Winning Season
  • Mother and Child
  • The Wolfman - additional music for this Danny Elfman score
  • Furry Vengeance
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules - first in an ongoing series of Teen comedies
  • Jumping the Broom
  • Abduction
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
  • Spinning Plates - documentary
  • Before I go to Sleep - with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, the music a mix of mystery and emotional charge
  • Elvis & Nixon
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul - third in the series directed bby David Bowers
  • Falling Inn Love

TV Music by Edward Shearmur:

  • Outcast - theme music for this at times harrowing period mini-series

Edward Shearmur - Recommendations:

There's a good range of Edward Shearmur soundtrack available, and here is a good selection:

Edward Shearmur - Memorabilia:

Here are some CD covers signed by Edward Shearmur. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click on any thumbnail to see a full size version of the image in a separate window.

Edward Shearmur: Johnny English - signed CD Edward Shearmur: K-Pax - signed CD Edward Shearmur: Wings of the Dove - signed CD