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Barrington Somers Pheloung (born 10 May 1954) is an Australian composer based in England.[1]

Barrington Pheloung
Birth nameBarrington Somers Pheloung
Born (1954-05-10) 10 May 1954 (age 65)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation(s)composer, conductor
Years activeff. 1973–present


Early life and studiesEdit

Pheloung was born 10 May 1954 in Manly, New South Wales and grew up in Sydney's northern beaches suburbs.[1][2] He began playing R&B guitar in clubs, but his discovery of Bach in his late teens drew him to the classical repertoire.[3]

In 1972 at aged 18, Pheloung moved to London where he studied guitar at the Royal College of Music under John Williams and Julian Bream.[2] There he also took instruction in composition and conducting. In his second year, he received his first commission for a ballet score.[2]


Pheloung is best known for the theme and incidental music to the Inspector Morse television series, for which he was nominated for 'Best Original Television Music' at the British Academy Television Awards in 1991;[4] the sequel Lewis, and the prequel Endeavour. He has also composed for dance companies such as the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and for events including the opening night of the Millennium Dome.[citation needed] Pheloung also wrote the theme music for the BBC television series Dalziel and Pascoe.

His film work includes Hilary and Jackie, based on the life of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré, for which he was nominated for the Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music at the 52nd British Academy Film Awards.[5] Other works include A Previous Engagement, Little Fugitive, Shopgirl, Touching Wild Horses, Twin Dragons, Shopping and The Mangler. He also composed the scores to Revolution Software's adventure games In Cold Blood and the first two Broken Sword.

Pheloung's other work includes music for the Sydney Opera House's Twentieth Birthday Celebrations and he contributed to the music for the film Truly, Madly, Deeply, in which he also appeared. He composed the incidental music for the first series of Boon.

In 2009 he composed the music for 1983, the concluding episode of the Channel 4 drama series Red Riding. [6]


  • Red Riding, 2009
  • Lewis, Music from Series 1 & 2, 2008
  • And When Did You Last See Your Father? 2007
  • Shopgirl, 2006
  • The Magic of Inspector Morse, 2000
  • Inspirations, 2001
  • Hilary and Jackie, 1998
  • The Passion of Morse, 1997
  • The Essential Inspector Morse Collection, 1995
  • Shopping, 1994
  • Nostradamus, 1994
  • Days of Majesty, 1993
  • Inspector Morse Vol. 3, 1992
  • Inspector Morse Vol. 2, 1992
  • Inspector Morse Vol. 1, 1991



  1. ^ a b Shand, John (7 April 2001). "Morse Coda". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 10.
  2. ^ a b c Strachan, Laurie (6 February 1999). "Composer in exile". The Australian.
  3. ^ Lambert, Catherine (4 February 2001). "Composer sings the blues". Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). p. 24.
  4. ^ "Television Nominations 1991". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Film Nominations 1998". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Red Riding". Channel 4. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010.

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