‘Black Panther’ Conductor, Orchestrator Was 60 – The Hollywood Reporter

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John (*60*) Thomas, the British composer, arranger, conductor and orchestrator who contributed to the Oscar-winning rating of Black Panther and labored on greater than 160 different movies, has died. He was 60.

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Thomas’ loss of life Oct. 4 was announced by music writer Manners McDade and Trinity Laban, the London faculty the place he had taught since 1992 as its composition division’s longest-serving member. The reason behind loss of life was not instantly accessible.

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An achieved pianist with a background in jazz, Thomas collaborated with composer John Powell — his onetime Trinity College of Music classmate — for 20 years on practically 4 dozen movies, together with How to Train Your Dragon (2010), for which Powell acquired an Oscar nomination for finest rating.

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The pair additionally teamed on the Paul Greengrass-directed The Bourne Supremacy (2004), United 93 (2006) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007); three Ice Age movies and two Rio movies helmed by Carlos Saldanha; Happy Feet and Kung Fu films; and The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), The Italian Job (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), amongst different efforts.

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Thomas partnered with composer James Newton Howard on movies together with The Last Airbender (2010), The Bourne Legacy (2012) and installments of the Hunger Games, Fantastic Beasts and Maleficent franchises.

More just lately, he labored on Captain Marvel (2019), Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019), The Call of the Wild (2020), The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) and Operation Mincemeat, set for launch subsequent yr.

He additionally wrote preparations for the Oscar ceremony for a number of years.

Born on March 28, 1961, in Plymouth, Devon, England, Thomas as a teenager was a chorister at Exeter Cathedral, then studied at Trinity College and at Goldsmiths College on the University of London.

He served as an orchestrator on The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) and Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000) earlier than working with Powell for the primary time on Rat Race (2001).

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He and composer Ludwig Göransson collaborated on Tropic Thunder (2008), then reunited for Black Panther (2018) and Trolls World Tour (2020).

He just lately carried out for Christine McVie, Diana Ross, Michael Buble and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

In 2004, Thomas was awarded an honorary associateship from the Royal Academy of Music, the place he had taught jazz aural and transcription earlier than leaving to pursue alternatives in Hollywood.

“As a beautiful human being and mentor to aspiring younger artists, John possessed the rarest sort of ardour, generosity and talent from which all of us can solely really feel supremely fortunate to have benefitted,” the varsity’s head of jazz, Nick Smart, mentioned in an announcement.

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