James Banbury

I arrange strings, mix, write

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Do you know the global mega-hit Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol? I arranged and conducted the strings on that and many others.

James Banbury has worked in the music industry for almost 25 years.
After starting his career making some dance records, he joined notoriously grumpy and yet much admired indie band The Auteurs (Virgin Records) as cellist and keyboard player.
He spent much of the 90s recording albums and touring with The Auteurs, performing on TV, and moonlighting as a session cellist for various luminaries of the Britpop scene.
With the band’s ultimate demise James became a sought-after arranger, programmer, and engineer. He remixed an ArtofNoise album with Paul Morley and went work Trevor Horn in LA, composing and producing tracks for the Bruckheimer film Coyote Ugly. He worked on hits by Natalie Imbruglia and Holly Valance and also toured as MD, cellist and keyboard player with Richard Ashcroft (The Verve) and Mercury Music Prize winner Talvin Singh.
His string arrangements include the global mega-hits Chasing Cars and Run (Snow Patrol) and The Original of The Species by U2, and he has conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the London Session Orchestra and the RPO.
In 2005 James formed Infantjoy with Paul Morley and released two acclaimed albums Where The night Goes (Sony BMG) and With (serviceAV).
Banbury relocated to Hong Kong with his family in August 2010 and founded the successful music production and composition company, Component.
James is a member of Blood Wine or Honey.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for James Banbury
  • Luke Haines
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Lily Allen
  • Kasabian
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Scouting for Girls
  • Pete Lawrie
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Depeche Mode
  • Depeche Mode
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Russell Watson
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • V.V. Brown
  • Snow Patrol
  • Snow Patrol
  • Geoff Sewell
  • Geoff Sewell
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Duffy
  • Duffy
  • Bloc Party
  • Bloc Party
  • Bloc Party
  • Editors
  • Editors
  • Editors
  • Editors
  • Blake
  • Blake
  • Keram
  • Keram
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Natalie Imbruglia
  • Natalie Imbruglia
  • Snow Patrol
  • Snow Patrol
  • Sarah Nixey
  • Sarah Nixey
  • Sarah Nixey
  • Sarah Nixey
  • Sarah Nixey
  • Sarah Nixey
  • Sarah Nixey
  • Teatro
  • Teatro
  • Kasabian
  • The Playwrights
  • The Playwrights
  • Snow Patrol
  • Snow Patrol
  • Snow Patrol
  • Rob da Bank
  • Big Chill
  • Freelance Hellraiser
  • Vega 4
  • Vega 4
  • Joy Zipper
  • Tina Dico
  • Tina Dico
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Luke Haines
  • Luke Haines
  • Luke Haines
  • Aqualung
  • Wild
  • Wild
  • Infantjoy
  • Infantjoy
  • Infantjoy
  • Infantjoy
  • Infantjoy
  • Infantjoy
  • Snow Patrol
  • Aqualung
  • Aqualung
  • Snow Patrol
  • Snow Patrol
  • Snow Patrol
  • Snow Patrol
  • Dominic Miller
  • Dominic Miller
  • Dominic Miller
  • Chantz
  • Chantz
  • Chantz
  • Chantz
  • Chantz
  • Chantz
  • Amici Forever
  • Maksim
  • Luke Haines
  • The Auteurs
  • Luke Haines
  • The Auteurs
  • Myleene Klass
  • Myleene Klass
  • Myleene Klass
  • Myleene Klass
  • Snow Patrol
  • Snow Patrol
  • Aqualung
  • Natalie Imbruglia
  • Holly Valance
  • Russell Watson
  • Dennis McCarthy
  • Holly Valance
  • Holly Valance
  • Spearmint
  • Tricky
  • Tricky
  • Luke Haines
  • Luke Haines
  • Jacknife Lee
  • Jacknife Lee
  • Jacknife Lee
  • Luke Haines
  • Black Box Recorder
  • Natalie Imbruglia
  • Kim Richey
  • Kim Richey
  • Kim Richey
  • Kim Richey
  • Kim Richey
  • The Auteurs
  • The Auteurs
  • The Auteurs
  • The Auteurs
  • The Auteurs
  • The Auteurs
  • Drugstore
  • Drugstore
  • The Auteurs
  • The Auteurs
  • The Auteurs
  • Baader Meinhof
  • Goya Dress
  • The Auteurs
  • The Auteurs
  • The Auteurs
  • The Auteurs
  • Microfilm
  • Microfilm
  • Blood Wine or Honey
  • Blood Wine or Honey
  • Blood Wine or Honey
  • Blood Wine or Honey
  • Blood Wine or Honey
  • Blood Wine or Honey
  • Blood Wine or Honey
  • Blood Wine or Honey
  • Blood Wine or Honey
  • Blood Wine or Honey
  • Blood Wine or Honey
  • Blood Wine or Honey
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Lady Christmas
  • Katherine Jenkins
Gear Highlights
  • Cello (Henry Thorogood
  • London 1760)
  • Brauner Phantom mic
  • Focusrite Pre
  • Pro Tools Ultimate 2019
  • Lynx Aurora 16
  • Finale (for preparing sheet music)
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