Rowland Lee (composer)

Rowland Edward Lee (born August 19, 1960) is a composer, pianist and conductor. In addition to his many published concert works, he is also one of the US's premier TV, theatre and media composers and musical arrangers with over 600 episodes of various series and short films to his credit.[1] Lee is perhaps best known for writing the theme song of the animated TV series 64 Zoo Lane and for his orchestration of Sir Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake which is currently the most performed dance production in the world.

Early lifeEdit

Lee was born in Woking, Surrey to parents Brian and Dilys Lee (née Lucas). He attended Sheerwater Secondary School then transferred to Woking Boys Grammar School and Woking VI Form College. From 1978-1982 Lee was organist and choirmaster of Christ Church, Woking. From 1979-1984 Lee attended The Royal College of Music studying music composition (under the tutelage of Joseph Horovitz and Philip Cannon), piano and conducting. In 1982 Lee was elected president of the Royal College’s Student Association in the College's centenary year. He graduated with Honours in 1984.[2]


Prior to graduation from the Royal College of Music, Lee was approached by the Royal College of Art to compose soundtracks for two films by then animation student, Janet Simmonds. The short films entitled: The Waterfall and Merlin, taken together, won Lee the 1986 British Film Institute's Anthony Asquith Young Composer Award. This marked the reinstitution of this prize which has been awarded every year since. Subsequently, this led to Lee's writing extensively for animation films and TV soundtracks. In addition to his work in animation, Lee has composed and arranged for Ballet, Musical Theatre and both secular and religious concert music.



Concert MusicEdit

  • Requiem
  • Elegy
  • Oboe Sonata
  • Violin Concerto
  • Snow Dance (Celesta Concerto)[4]


External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Bumblescratch/Creatives". MusicWorld (US) Ltd. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Rowland Lee". Sleaford Choral Society. Sleaford Choral Society is a Registered Charity No 518318. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Marry Me A Little: 1996 Bridewell Production". The Stephen Sondheim Reference Guide. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Rowland Lee". Sleaford Choral Society. Sleaford Choral Society is a Registered Charity No 518318. Retrieved 9 May 2018.