FILM & TV
Nicholas Hooper is one of Europe’s leading film composers, and has written and produced music for over 250 films, dramas and documentaries since 1988. He is best known for his scores for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for which he was nominated for a GRAMMY award and received the CLASSIC FM FILM MUSIC OF THE YEAR AWARD. He has developed a reputation for producing music that is original, inspiring and colourful. He is particularly skilled at writing deeply emotional music. Nick has had five BAFTA nominations, including Richard Curtis’s The Girl in the Café, the BBC drama The Way We Live Now and Paul Abbott’s State of Play, and he has won two BAFTA awards, for The Young Visiters and Prime Suspect. He was awarded the IVOR NOVELLO for The Young Visiters.
Amongst many other TV dramas, he scored Einstein and Eddington, starring David Tennant; Enid (a biopic about Enid Blyton), starring Helena Bonham Carter; and Mo (a biopic about Mo Mowlem), starring Julie Walters.
Nick has worked in natural history films for many years, including Land of the Tiger and Andes to Amazon, and in 2014 he wrote the soundtracks for the Walt Disney Pictures feature releases, African Cats and Chimpanzee.
Nick Hooper taught himself to play blues guitar at the age of 13. He studied classical guitar with Alexandre Lagoya in France and went on to study with John Williams at the Royal College of Music in London, where he won the coveted guitar prize. He toured for Live Music Now and the British Council, making his debut at the Purcell Room. His guitar recordings include his arrangements of the Bach Cello Suites nos. 2 & 6 and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, for SCS Music; Turning Tables, with renowned folk fiddler Chris Leslie for Banana Records, and Portrait of a Concertina with Dave Townsend for Saydisc.
Nick has returned to folk music in the past 15 years and this is now his main focus for his guitar playing. In May 2015 he recorded his new album, 6 Strings, at Abbey Road Studio 2, with sound engineer Andrew Dudman. He is currently planning a guitar and fiddle duo album with his wife Judith.
In August 2012 Nick’s wife Judith embarked on a life-writing course. Over a cup of tea, she read out a sentence from the course text book, which triggered a light-bulb in Nick’s head, and he began writing short stories and novels and hasn’t stopped since. He was accepted on the Gold Dust writers’ mentoring scheme in 2014, working with author Shelley Weiner. Nick has written three novels which he is currently editing. Watch this space.