Timothy Williams (composer)

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Timothy Williams
Born (1966-02-14) 14 February 1966 (age 57)
Surrey, England
Genres Film score, television score, contemporary classical, musical theatre
  • Composer
  • conductor
  • orchestrator
Years active1993-present
Website timothywilliams.net

Timothy Williams (born 14 February 1966) is an English/Canadian 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 is best known for his award winning work on the A24 film Pearl , Finding You , 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

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. In August 2022, Napoleon was translated into Dutch and performed in Holland. In September 2022 Napoleon was translated into French and a large scale tribute concert was performed in Seoul, Korea. In May 2023 Napoleon did a four week run in Seoul.


Williams has scored numerous award-winning feature films including A24's Pearl , Finding You , Brightburn , Wild Horses, written, directed and starring Robert Duvall, Josh Hartnett and James Franco; "We Summon The Darkness", Disney Jr.'s "Piney The Lonesome Pine", starring Jonathan Pryce and Simon Pegg, 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 winner of 2023 "Best UK Critics Horror Score", nomination for 2023 "Best International Critics Horror score", and a 2023 Crystal Pine Award nomination for best score, two Motion Picture SE Golden Reel Award nominations for "Red Sky", four Thea Award wins, 10 ASCAP Plus Awards and winner of best score at the 24FPS Festival for "Butterfly Circus" and best score at LA Screamfest for "We Summon The Darkness".

Recent films include Your Monster , Pearl , The Swearing Jar, Finding You , Brightburn , which was listed among of the best scores of 2019 in Film Music Magazine, Piney - The Lonesome Pine, starring Simon Pegg and Jonathan Pryce, released on Disney Jr., and We Summon The Darkness directed by Marc Meyers, which won best score at Screamfest LA.

He scored additional music on many major 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 .

Upcoming films include Lionsgate's The Bagman, Intermedium, Founders Day, and Your Monster.

Orchestrations and conducting

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's Dota 2 and orchestrated Zella Day's album Kicker and "Love is Alive" from Lea Michele's album.


Williams scored the Sony Animation/Netflix series "Agent Elvis", 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

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

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

Timothy Williams has received numerous awards including winner of 2023 "Best UK Critics Horror Score", nomination for 2023 "Best International Critics Horror score", and a 2023 Crystal Pine Award nomination for best score, two Motion Picture SE Golden Reel Award nominations for "Red Sky", four Thea Award wins, 10 ASCAP Plus Awards and winner of best score at the 24FPS Festival for "Butterfly Circus" and best score at LA Screamfest for "We Summon The Darkness".

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



2002 A Time for Dancing Peter GilbertComposer additional music
Half Past Dead Orchestrator
2005Gotham CafeJack Edward SawyersComposer
The Devil's Rejects Rob Zombie Orchestrator & conductor
The Moment After 2: The AwakeningWes LlewelynComposer
2006 Slither James Gunn Orchestrator
300 Zack Snyder Orchestrator, conductor, choral arranger & composer of additional music
2007 A Dog's Breakfast David Hewlett Composer
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The Passage Mark HellerComposer
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
2009Up in the AirWes LlewelynComposer
Star CrossedMark HellerComposer
The Butterfly Circus Joshua WeigelComposer
Playmobil: The Secret of Pirate IslandAlexander SokoloffComposer
Beyond All Boundaries David BriggsComposer
Watchmen Zack Snyder Composer additional music, orchestrator & conductor
2010 The Brazen Bull Douglas Elford-ArgentComposer
The Mulberry TreeMark HellerComposer
The Way Emilio Estevez Orchestrator & conductor.
Super James Gunn Composer additional music
2011Blood Soldiers: InterrogationJake ThorntonComposer
The Lutefisk WarsChristopher 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
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The Darkest Hour Chris Gorak Orchestrator
Premium Rush David Koepp Orchestrator & conductor
2013 Walking with the Enemy Mark SchmidtComposer
2014 Red Sky Mario Van Peebles Composer
Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn Composer additional music, orchestrator & conductor
FragmentedDouglas Elford-ArgentComposer
Debug David Hewlett Composer
The Sun Devil and the PrincessSteven AyromlooiComposer
2015 Wild Horses Robert Duvall Composer
Diablo Lawrence Roeck Composer
Kill Me, Deadly Darrett SandersOrchestrator
2016 I'm Not Ashamed Brian BaughComposer
I.T. John Moore Composer
Spark: A Space Tail Aaron Woodley Orchestrator
Hidden Figures Theodore Melfi Conductor
2017The 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
NocturneAndy Schuler
Sean Michael Williams
Perfect PairNeil JacksonComposer
2019 Brightburn David YaroveskyComposer
A Modern MagicianMark HellerComposer
Piney The Lonesome PineTodd Edwards & Timothy HootenComposer
Hobbs & Shaw David Leitch Composer additional music, orchestrator & conductor
It Chapter Two Andy Muschietti Conductor
2020 We Summon the Darkness Marc Meyers Composer
2021 Finding You Brian BaughComposer
GringaEJ FoeresterComposer
Have You Heard About Greg?Steve EcclesineConductor
FistAndrew McVicarComposer
Southern GospelJeffrey SmithComposer
The Swearing Jar Lindsay MacKayComposer/Song Producer and Arranger
2022 Pearl Ti WestComposer
She Came from the Woods Eric and Carson BloomquistComposer
Catch Your BreathMatt SearsComposer
DayshiftJ.J. PerryOrchestrator
DC League of Super-Pets Jared Stern Sam LevineOrchestrator
Red Notice Rawson Marshall ThurberOrchestrator
John Wick: Chapter 4 Chad StahelskiOrchestrator
2023Gringa Marny Eng and EJ FoersterComposer
Tiger's ApprenticeRaman HuiOrchestrator
Fools ParadiseCharlie DayConductor
The Boogeyman Rob Savage Orchestrator and Conductor
The Bagman Colm McCarthy Composer
Founders DayErik BloomquistComposer
IntermediumErik BloomquistComposer
Fixed Gendy Tartakovsky Additional Music and Orchestrations
Your Monster Caroline LindyComposer
The Color Purple Blitz Bazawule Song Arranger
Borderlands Eli Roth Orchestration


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
2017-2021 S.W.A.T. Lead orchestrator
2019 Creepshow (AMC/Shudder)Composer
Richard Lovely (FOX)Composer
2020Piney The Lonesome Pine (Disney Jr.)Composer
2022The Night Agent (10 Episodes)Orchestrator
2023 Agent Elvis Netflix/Sony Animation (10 Episodes)Composer

Video games

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
Dota 2 Orchestrator and conductor

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