A tribute to James Horner

The London Symphony Orchestra is sad to hear of the death of one of its long-time collaborators, the film composer James Horner.

The Orchestra's relationship with Horner began in the early 1980s with the score to Peter Yates' Krull, and continued for over 20 years. The list of films we collaborated on includes Aliens, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Legends of the Fall and the 1995 Mel Gibson epic, Braveheart, many of which were nominated for, and won, Oscars, Golden Globes, Grammys and BAFTAs.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this sad time.

LSO Principal Percussion Neil Percy said 'I feel so fortunate to have played on all of James's scores with the LSO from The Land Before Time onwards and he was always such a warm, generous and gracious musician to work with. The experience recording Braveheart in particular is an event I shall never forget, with James's customary use of indigenous instruments and vocals paired with a large symphonic palette. His influence is clear for all to hear on a generation of younger film composers. My sincere condolences go to James's family, loved ones and friends.'

Image: James Horner at the sessions for Braveheart at Abbey Road Studios in 1995, with the film's director and star Mel Gibson. Photo by Michael Humphrey.


1983 Krull
1983 The Dresser
1983 Brainstorm (album)
1986 Aliens
1986 An American Tail
1988 Willow
1988 The Land Before Time
1988 Honey I Shrunk the Kids
1990 American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West
1992 Once Upon a Forest
1992 Endangered
1993 The Man Without a Face
1993 We're Back: A Dinosaur's Story
1994 Legends of the Fall
1994 The Pagemaster
1995 Braveheart
1995 Balto
1998 Back to Titanic (album)

James contributed to this film below, recorded in 2009, in which he talks about working with the LSO and the relationship between the composer and orchestra on film sessions alongside fellow film composers John Williams, Patrick Doyle and George Fenton.