Richard Harvey began his composing career working with the celebrated composer Maurice Jarre and has gone on to create scores for over seventy television and film projects, including the International Emmy Award-winning Death of a President, the moving historical drama Eichmann and the idiosyncratic fantasy Les Deux Mondes.
He also made a key contribution to the score for The Da Vinci Code with his unforgettable Kyrie for the Magdalene. His work in film and television has been recognised with a British Academy Award (shared with co-composer Elvis Costello) and three Ivor Novello nominations. Harvey’s skills as a multi-instrumentalist have often been called upon for feature films, including Disney’s The Lion King, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and the Harry Potter movies.
Away from the screen, Harvey’s best-known works include Concerto Antico, written for guitar virtuoso John Williams, and the hugely ambitious eco-oratorio Plague and the Moonflower, created with artist and writer Ralph Steadman. Harvey has conducted and written for the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and has collaborated in recordings with artists such as Kate Bush, Sir Paul McCartney, Hans Zimmer and both John Williamses.