Timothy Williams (composer)

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Timothy Williams
Born (1966-02-14) 14 February 1966 (age 53)
Surrey, England, U.K.
GenresFilm score, television score, contemporary classical, musical theatre
  • Composer
  • conductor
  • orchestrator
Years active1993-present
Associated actsTyler Bates, Benjamin Wallfisch

Timothy Williams (born 14 February 1966) is an English composer, conductor, and orchestrator known for his film, television, and video game scores. A graduate of the National Film and Television School, Williams has won numerous awards and currently holds over 110 feature film credits, including Brightburn, Get Out, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Deadpool 2 and Robert Duvall's Wild Horses. He is a frequent collaborator of musician and composer Tyler Bates, Robert Duncan and Benjamin Wallfisch.

Early life and education[edit]

Williams went to St. Michaels University School in Victoria, Canada,[1] at the same time as Leslie Hope, Andrew Sabiston, Kenneth Oppel, and Bert Archer. He then attended the National Film and Television School in England and furthered his studies at UCLA Extension and the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop.



Williams wrote the musical Napoleon, which opened in 1994 at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. It was nominated for a Dora Award for Best New Musical. EMI released a Highlights Album on their Angel Broadway label. In 1996, he relocated to England and worked with Directors Gale Edwards and Francesca Zambello to rework Napoleon until its opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End Theatre District in 2000. Napoleon did a run at NYMF in 2015, which was a reimagining of the original show with an entirely new book and many new songs.

In July 2017, a lavish new production ""Napoleon"" opened at the Charlotte Theater in Seoul for a limited three-month. It quickly became the number one selling ticket of the summer. It feature a cast of 54 including B.A.P's Daehyun and BTOB's Changsub alongside famous musical actors such as Lim Tae Kyung, Michael Lee, and Han Ji Sang. It was directed by Richard Ouzounian and features all new sets, costumes, projections, orchestrations and was translated into Korean. It received glowing reviews. It is repped in Asia by Broadway Asia


Williams has scored numerous award-winning feature films including Brightburn, Wild Horses, written, directed and starring Robert Duvall, Josh Hartnett and James Franco; Walking with the Enemy, starring Ben Kingsley , the score for which was on the eligible list for the 2015 Academy Awards, and won Best Picture at FLIFF, I.T. directed by John Moore starring Pierce Brosnan, I'm Not Ashamed, directed by Brian Baugh, nominated for Best picture at the 2017 Dove Awards, Diablo, starring Scott Eastwood and Walton Goggins which won Best Picture at the San Diego film festival, The Butterfly Circus which won over 35 Best Picture awards, the Tom Hanks produced WWII documentary Beyond All Boundaries, Red Sky for which Tim Williams was nominated Best Composer and Music Editor by Motion Picture Sound Editors.

He has received numerous awards including two Motion Picture SE Golden Reel Award nominations, four Thea Award wins, 10 ASCAP Plus Awards and best score at the 24FPS Festival. Recent films include Brightburn and Piney - The Lonesome Pine, starring Simon Pegg and Jonathan Pryce, and We Summon The Darkness directed by Marc Meyers.

He scored additional music on many blockbuster and other genre films including Get Out, Hobbs_&_Shaw, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Conan the Barbarian, 300, Watchmen, Super, Sucker Punch, Doomsday, Shark Night 3D.

Orchestrations and conducting[edit]

In addition to orchestrating and conducting all the above, Williams also orchestrated and/or conducted the scores to Deadpool 2, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Christopher Robin, Hidden Figures, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, It, Premium Rush, Green Hornet, The Way, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Halloween, Slither, and Half Past Dead. Williams has orchestrated for Tyler Bates, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Robert Duncan, and Bruce Broughton. He conducted for the soundtrack to Valve Corporation's Dota 2 and orchestrated Zella Day's album Kicker and "Love is Alive" from Lea Michele's album.


Williams scored the AMC/Shudder Creepshow, the FOX Pilot Richard Lovely, and the Disney Pilot Madison High and additional music on the Cartoon Network animated series Sym-Bionic Titan, ABC's Missing as well as Fox's The Exorcist, Season 2. He orchestrated the TV series Castle, Whispers, Last Resort, Timeless, and S.W.A.T.

Video Games[edit]

He contributed music for the video game score of Rise of the Argonauts with composer Tyler Bates and contributed additional music on God of War: Ascension. He orchestrated and conducted Transformers: The Game and Army of Two: The 40th Day.

Live spectacle[edit]

Williams has also written music and arranged for over 55 live and spectacle shows for Disney, Universal Studios and Seaworld, including Universal's adaptation of "Wicked", Disney's "Aladdin" (Thea Award) at California Adventure, Disney's Tangled – The Musical, Disney's "Snow White", Disney's "Believe", Disney's "Wishes", Disney's "Twice Charmed", Seaworld's "Blue Horizons", Seaworld's "Believe", Disney's "Candlelight Reflection", Disney's "Rhythms of The World", Disney's "Glow in the Park", Disney's "Buzz Lightyears Big Mission", Universal Studio's "Sorciere" and Universal's "Peter Pan" and Napoleon, the West End show. He composed the score for the Georgia Aquarium's "Dolphin Tales". At least 15 shows are currently playing around the world. He has won 4 Thea awards and a Dora Award for the projects "Aladdin – A Disney Spectacular", Universal's "Peter Pan", and "Voice of an Angel" and "Beyond All Boundaries". Timothy arranged the music for the opening of Shanghai Disneyland, which was later turned into "Lunar New Year" for the "World of Color Show" at California Adventure. Williams most recently composed and arranged the Jurassic World Live Tour for Universal Studios.

Awards and nominations[edit]

He won Best Original Soundtrack for The Butterfly Circus at the 24 FPS International Film Festival, 8 ASCAP Plus Awards and was nominated for best composer for Red Sky by Motion Picture Sound Editors and best soundtrack by the Hollywood in Music Media Awards. He had won four Thea Awards for his work in themed entertainment.

He has over 30 soundtracks released on labels Sony Records, Milan Records, Lakeshore Records, Disney, EMI Broadway Asia, and First Night Records.



Year Title Director Notes
2002 A Time for Dancing Peter Gilbert Composer additional music
Half Past Dead Orchestrator
2005 Gotham Cafe Jack Edward Sawyers Composer
The Devil's Rejects Rob Zombie Orchestrator & conductor
The Moment After 2: The Awakening Wes Llewelyn Composer
2006 Slither James Gunn Orchestrator
300 Zack Snyder Orchestrator, conductor, choral arranger & composer of additional music
2007 A Dog's Breakfast David Hewlett Composer
Aberration Douglas Elford-Argent Composer
The Passage Mark Heller Composer
Halloween Rob Zombie Orchestrator & conductor
2008 Doomsday Neil Marshall Orchestrator, conductor & composer of additional music
The Day the Earth Stood Still Scott Derrickson Orchestrator & conductor
2009 Up in the Air Wes Llewelyn Composer
Star Crossed Mark Heller Composer
The Butterfly Circus Joshua Weigel Composer
Beyond All Boundaries David Briggs Composer
Watchmen Zack Snyder Composer additional music, orchestrator & conductor
2010 The Brazen Bull Douglas Elford-Argent Composer
The Mulberry Tree Mark Heller Composer
The Way Emilio Estevez Orchestrator & conductor.
Super James Gunn Composer additional music
2011 Blood Soldiers: Interrogation Jake Thornton Composer
The Lutefisk Wars Christopher Panneck
David E. Hall
The Green Hornet Michel Gondry Orchestration
Sucker Punch Zack Snyder Composer additional music, orchestrator & conductor
Conan the Barbarian Marcus Nispel Composer additional music, orchestrator & conductor
The Entitled Aaron Woodley Orchestrator & conductor
2012 The History of Future Folk Jeremy Kipp Walker
John Anderson Mitchell
The Darkest Hour Chris Gorak Orchestrator
Premium Rush David Koepp Orchestrator & conductor
2013 Walking with the Enemy Mark Schmidt Composer
2014 Red Sky Mario Van Peebles Composer
Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn Composer additional music, orchestrator & conductor
Fragmented Douglas Elford-Argent Composer
Debug David Hewlett Composer
The Sun Devil and the Princess Steven Ayromlooi Composer
2015 Wild Horses Robert Duvall Composer
Diablo Lawrence Roeck Composer
Kill Me, Deadly Darrett Sanders Orchestrator
2016 I'm Not Ashamed Brian Baugh Composer
I.T. John Moore Composer
Spark: A Space Tail Aaron Woodley Orchestrator
Hidden Figures Theodore Melfi Conductor
2017 The Tank Kellie Madison Composer
Get Out Jordan Peele Composer additional music, orchestrator & conductor
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 James Gunn Arranger, synth programmer, conductor, & lead orchestrator
Annabelle: Creation David F. Sandberg Conductor
It Andy Muschietti Conductor
24 Hours to Live Brian Smrz Composer additional music
2018 Deadpool 2 David Leitch Conductor, orchestrator & programmer
The Spy Who Dumped Me Susanna Fogel Conductor, orchestrator & programmer
Christopher Robin Marc Forster Conductor
The Darkest Minds Jennifer Yuh Nelson Conductor
Nocturne Andy Schuler
Sean Michael Williams
Perfect Pair Neil Jackson Composer
2019 Brightburn David Yarovesky Composer
A Modern Magician Mark Heller Composer
We Summon the Darkness Marc Meyers Composer
Piney The Lonesome Pine Todd Edwards & Timothy Hooten Composer
Hobbs_&_Shaw David Leitch Composer additional music, orchestrator & conductor
It Chapter 2 Andy Muschietti Conductor


Year Title Notes
2014 Last Resort Orchestrator - 13 episodes
Madison High (Disney) Composer
2015 The Whispers Lead orchestrator - 13 episodes
2015-16 Castle Orchestrator
2016 Quantico Lead orchestrator
2017 Empire Conductor
The Exorcist Composer additional music
2016-18 Timeless Lead orchestrator
2017-19 S.W.A.T. Lead orchestrator
2019 Creepshow (AMC/Shudder) Composer
Richard Lovely (FOX) Composer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Notes
2008 The Rise of the Argonauts Composer additional music
2010 Army of Two: The 40th Day Composer additional music, orchestrator
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Orchestrator
2013 God of War: Ascension Composer additional music, orchestrator and conductor
Dota2 Orchestrator and conductor


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