John Harle is the composer of over 100 film and TV scores and 50 concert works, and has won an Ivor Novello award and two Royal Television Society awards for Best Music. His music for BBC’s Silent Witness has remained the theme of the show for over 20 years. Recent work includes feature films on artists such as David Hockney and Lucian Freud with director Randall Wright, five films about The Queen for BBC1. and films in China and South East Asia.¬†
He is the composer of two operas (Angel Magick and The Ballad of Jamie Allan), and the progressive rock drama The Tyburn Tree, with Soft Cell singer Marc Almond. 

His music ranges from EDM and pop to contemporary classical, and he is currently composing Mr Punch, a music theatre work with writer/director Patrick Marber, a saxophone concerto for Jess Gillam and the BBC Concert Orchestra, (RANT!) and a retro-jazz album for BMG (Hanky Panky.)

Current Work

Mr Punch

A music theatre piece based on Punch and Judy shows, with Patrick Marber


A saxophone concerto for Jess Gillam and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Hanky Panky

A '60's and '70's retro-jazz album for BMG

Our London

An album with Marc Almond of songs about the lost world of Soho in the '70's


Full orchestration for Birmingham Royal Ballet performances

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THEME TO SILENT WITNESS Winner of RTS Best Theme Music

LUCIAN FREUD - A PAINTED LIFE Winner of Ivor Novello Award and RTS Best Soundtrack

MESSIAH - BBC1 DRAMA Starring Ken Stott for Paramount/BBC

PRICK UP YOUR EARS - THEME Winner Cannes Film Festival. Starring Gary Oldman, directed by Stephen Frears

LONDON BLUES Feature film by Nobby Clark for Black and White Productions

HOCKNEY Feature-bio of David Hockney, directed by Randall Wright

Dramatic Works

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THE FOUR CASTLES From Angel Magick

THE BALLAD OF JAMIE ALLAN A Folk Opera. Music by John Harle, words by Tom Pickard

THE TYBURN TREE A video artwork by Richard Scott

MY FAIR LADY From The Tyburn Tree, sung by Marc Almond

FORTRESS From The Tyburn Tree, sung by Marc Almond

THE ECHO - BBC2 DRAMA Sanctus sung by The BBC Singers

CLASSIC CAR COMMERICALS Nissan and Toyota themes

THE SONG OF THE SWIFT Mazda MX5 advertising and brand music

A HISTORY OF BRITAIN - BBC1 Simon Schama's epic series theme

JOHN HARLE - COMPOSER AND SAXOPHONIST Performing in Christ Church, Spitalfields

TERROR AND MAGNIFICENCE A film featuring John Harle and Iain Sinclair for BBC2

ELVIS COSTELLO AND JOHN HARLE O Mistress Mine from Terror and Magnificence