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Barrington Pheloung (credit: DNA Music Limited)

Barrington Pheloung FRCM, 1954-2019

Friday 2 August 2019

Beloved television and film composer Barrington Pheloung, who studied at the Royal College of Music between 1972 and 1977, has died aged 65.

Born in Australia in 1954, Barrington composed the theme tune for Inspector Morse, along with its sequel Lewis and prequel Endeavour. His music for Morse was nominated for Best Original Television Music at the 1992 British Academy Television Awards. He also composed for dance companies such as the London Contemporary Dance Theatre and events including the opening night of the Millennium Dome in London. His film work includes the score for Hilary and Jackie, based on the life of cellist Jacqueline du Pré.

Barrington moved to London from Manly, New South Wales, at age 18 to study with guitar professors John Williams and Julian Bream at the Royal College of Music. He also studied composition and conducting and received his first commission for a ballet score during his second year. Barrington was honoured with an RCM Fellowship by HRH The Prince of Wales during his President’s Visit in 2016.

Professor Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music, comments: ‘I am greatly saddened to hear of the death of Barrington Pheloung. The Royal College of Music is proud to count him amongst our alumni and his wonderful music will continue to entertain and move audiences for years to come. My thoughts and those of my colleagues are with Barrington’s family and friends at this difficult time.’

Read more about Barrington Pheloung’s life and career on his website.