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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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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