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Drawn mostly to character-driven, and therefore emotive and dramatic projects, I get to utilise my classical sensibilities often. However, as you'll hear on both the film and classical pages, I also have a passion for fusing classical with electronic music. Writing across many genres demands a broad scope of musical understanding and appreciation. I very much hope all this comes across in what you listen to here.
I have been privileged to have worked on over 80 screen projects as a composer, including award-winning independent feature films, short films, and TV credits including documentaries and promotional work. I have collaborated with directors from all over the world, including France, Africa, Spain, Malaysia, Austria and Thailand, and my music has been on many platforms including Sky One, Sky Sports and Sky News,
Channel 4, Sky Arts, Netflix, TV Monde5, Seven Network (Australia) and through on-demand portals including Apple Music, Spotify, Google, Youtube, Amazon Music and SoundCloud. I have also had my classical works performed around the country from choral works in Guildford Cathedral, large orchestral works for choral societies, to the Cochrane Theatre working with the Royal Ballet School.
You'll find examples of my work within the pages here, including movie soundtracks, compilations, videos and upcoming screenwriting projects. My full bio is below.
Please feel free to reach out via the contact page. I hope you enjoy your experience here.
2021 saw the official launch of Luzidlab, an international community of acclaimed multimedia creatives, who come together on select projects to develop interactive, experiential solutions. As digital experts, storytellers and content creators, we are passionate about creating work that harnesses technology and design for the benefit of society.
I am privileged to be one of the founding creatives and look forward to our collective, positive impact on the world.
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SCREEN COMPOSER NEWS
CLASSICAL COMPOSER NEWS
After almost a ten year break, I am embarking on a new classical project for full orchestra.
While I regularly write classical music for films,
I find it a very different discipline writing for the concert hall.
I'm excited to be back at it and look forward to sharing more in the future.
You can listen to some past classical works on the 'Listen Classical Page'.
Saul James is a London based, classically trained composer, screenwriter, film composer and creator of The Breathe Key.
A 1st study composer at The Royal College of Music Conservatoire having been awarded a Scholarship, Saul studied under David McBride, Joseph Horowitz and the late Professor Philip Cannon and won the Joan Weller Memorial Composition Competition prize. Other studies included trumpet, piano and voice. At 17 years old, his first orchestral work for full orchestra and solo soprano was completed and performed. The following year he won a commission to write a piece for The Royal Ballet School, performed for 3 nights at the Cochrane Theatre, London. Shortly after this came a larger commission of a one hour, full-scale oratorio for orchestra, chorus and 4 soloists, for which he also conducted the premiere performance.
Over the years Saul has worked on numerous projects including musicals, film and pop music, TV and the classical concert hall, from chamber to orchestral, often conducting his own works. He fast became experienced in writing across many genres and is exceptionally apt at reflecting different styles to perfectly suit his commission. He has worked with film directors & producers from around the world including Malaysia, America, France, Africa and Austria and has written scores for award-winning independent feature films.
Saul started his screen career by writing the music to six promotional films for The Colour of Magic feature film, by the late Terry Pratchett. These were produced by Sky and starred Sean Astin, Christopher Lee, Jeremy Irons & David Jason. He has gone on to score and produce music for more than eighty short films and documentaries as well as five feature films, working in many genres including horror/slasher, romantic comedies, martial arts, drama, fantasy and war. Saul's music has reached many territories around the world through companies such as Swiss Films, Amazon, Sky (Sky Sports, Sky One, Sky Movies, Sky Arts, Sky Atlantic), Netflix, Channel 4, TV Monde5, Seven Network (Australia) and through on-demand portals including Apple Music, Spotify, Google, Youtube, Amazon Music and SoundCloud.
As a classical composer, Saul has had UK performances of many pieces including his full orchestral works, string arrangements for solo artist albums and many smaller chamber pieces.
As a screenwriter, Saul wrote The North Wing, an independent feature film, with an attached director and some fantastic actors, hoping to go into pre-production soon. He has written a 6-part drama series looking at the life of someone battling with ME/CFS, a new feature film exploring the reality of living with post-natal depression, both on spec.
Planned projects for 2022/23 include a new classical work for orchestra and solo soprano, a new feature film soundtrack, his first venture in playwriting and a couple of new short film scripts.
Saul is also the creator of The Breathe Key, a webspace built to support people through mindful breathing, mindfulness and meditation, with a particular lean towards supporting those with mental health conditions.
A keen swimmer, you'll often find Saul in the pool doing laps, raising money to support the work of cancer research charities.